Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Friedman’

Liberals And Stupidity: The Homer Simpson Energy Idiots Club

September 15, 2008

we all know Homer Simpson, that ever-bumbling character on The Simpsons.  His two most entertaining characteristics are his tendency to create one scene of havoc after another – after which he walks away from the disasters he creates – and his continual belief that he has the world all figured out when in reality he is hopelessly stupid.

Homer Simpson is the paradigmatic symbol of the modern American liberal.

With that introduction, allow me to introduce the thinking of “Homer” Friedman:

Making America Stupid

Published: September 13, 2008

Imagine for a minute that attending the Republican convention in St. Paul, sitting in a skybox overlooking the convention floor, were observers from Russia, Iran and Venezuela. And imagine for a minute what these observers would have been doing when Rudy Giuliani led the delegates in a chant of “drill, baby, drill!”

I’ll tell you what they would have been doing: the Russian, Iranian and Venezuelan observers would have been up out of their seats, exchanging high-fives and joining in the chant louder than anyone in the hall — “Yes! Yes! Drill, America, drill!” — because an America that is focused first and foremost on drilling for oil is an America more focused on feeding its oil habit than kicking it.

The question immediately at hand is, “Who is making who stupid?”

You get this?  Oil rich nations WANT the United States to drill for their own oil, because by doing so Americans will continue to be oil-addicts and never address their addiction.

Now, Homer Friedman loves to wax eloquent about economic matters.  But what makes him such a “Homer” – who would blithely create a disaster that he would ultimately simply walk away from while never acknowledging what a fool he is – is how the facts fly in the face of his little “Homer-like” reality.

There are at least three things wrong with Homer Friedman’s position.

Just over a week ago, the Times printed an article, and the title said it all: “Iran calls for production cuts as oil price plummets.”

Why on earth would Iran want to cut production as the price of oil plummets?  Because by producing less oil, the price of oil would correspondingly increase, and they can increase the price they get per barrel.  This is THE LAW (not the ‘theory,’ not the ‘Republican conspiracy’) OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND.

The Times article points out that, “Crude oil has lost more than a quarter of its value since the price peak in July of $147 per barrel.”

Question for the non-Homers among you: what happened in July?

On July 14, President Bush lifted the ececutive ban on offshore drilling, that had been in place since 1990, and urged Congress to likewise lift its ban which had been in place since 1981.

And what happened in the immediate aftermath as an immediate result?

Another title says it all: “President Bush Lifts Offshore Drilling Ban, Crude Drops over $6.00 a Barrel.”

And three subsequent updates appear above the text of the article:

Update: July 18, 2008 Crude Oil has dropped to $128.88 a Barrel

Update: July 17, 2008 Crude Oil has dropped to $130.73 a Barrel

Update July 15, 2008 Crude Oil has dropped to $138.74 a Barrel Biggest drop in 17 years

And the price of oil has continued to drop in the aftermath of the genuine possibility that Americans will begin to harness their own oil resources, and in so doing increase the supply of oil on the market.

Only Homer Friedman, and the unrelentingly stupid psuedo-intellectuals who dominate liberal thought could be such, well, Homers that they would claim that big oil producing countries would actually WANT the United states to increase its production of oil.

This is grab-you-by-the-collar-and-slap-you-repeatedly-in-the-face stupidity.

When I was in boot camp, our mercilessly pragmatic drill sergeants – confronted with the naive theoretical idiocy of one of the recruits under their charge – would ask, “You went to college, didn’t you, boy?  Only an intellectual could have thought of something so incredibly stupid.”

And only the New York Times would be dumb enough to print it (You know, the same New York Times that thought John McCain’s editorial piece was beneath them?).

But that is only one-third of the ridiculous, mind-numbing stupidity of Homer Friedman and his fellow gang of misfiring liberal neurons.

The second third of Friedman’s claim is that – by drilling for our own oil – the United States somehow signs a pact with the devil such that we will never be able to end our dependence on oil.

Modern liberals have always despised the so-called Domino theory, so it is no wonder they would completely butcher it when they try to put it into practice.

But what? Excuse me?

T. Boone Pickens’ ad says, “drill, drill, drill” in his new ad, even as he calls for increased investment in alternative energy.  He doesn’t seem to think that drilling for domestic oil will eternally damn us.  But then again, he’s not a Homer.


If we want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, nothing we can do would help us achieve that end better than harnessing our own oil resources.

The final third of the Homer-like stupidity is the belief that we will be able to stop – or even significantly reduce – our oil consumption in the near-term.

The simple fact is that the United States – and the world – depends on oil to meet nearly 90% of its energy requirements.  And nothing on the horizon has even the potential to meet our energy needs and replace our need for oil.

And as our population – and the planet’s – increases, our need for oil will continue to increase proportionately.

A couple of months ago I wrote an article titled, “Obama’s Absolutely Inexcusable Non-Energy Plan.”  Because “Homer” Obama is a card-carrying member of the “Homer Simpson Energy Idiot Club” as well.  But given the fact that Homer Hussein Obama is running for President of the United States, he is the most dangerous “Homer” in the world.

The sad fact is that I am probably actually insulting Homer Simpson.  Dumb as he is, he probably has enough sense to realize every time time he puts gas in his tank that we need to have enough gas to put in our tanks in order to keep our cars running.  “Homer” Friedman and “Homer” Obama don’t get that, because they live in a world of theory, and think that non-existent abstract alternative energy will meet our needs.  And they are willing to gamble our national future on that discovery.

It is Homer Friedman and Homers just like him who are “Making America Stupid.”