Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Friedman: Well, ladies and gentlemen, this is not a test. We've gotten a little fat, a little dumb, and a little lazy. We've been riding on our success.Friedman goes on to say that he thinks that the American people need a challenge to inspire them as Kennedy's Moon Shot inspired a previous generation. He suggests that the Presidency is the ideal bully pulpit from which to launch such an endevor and that the development of alternative energy sources be the grand project.
Stewart: Mmm, hmm. That sounds like the America I know.
Friedman: Right now, basically, we've got a President who is focused basically on taking apart the New Deal when what we really need is a new New Deal to deal with this flattening world and basically empower...
While I think Friedman is right about myriad benefits which would come from significant advances in alternative energy generation, I have absolutely no idea how such a project could be construed to excite Americans, particularly a generation of school children. Maybe we could tell the children that they won't be able to play video games any longer because they won't be able to afford electricty to power their game system on the service industry job salaries which will be available to them.