Sunday, September 07, 2008

NBC "Meet the Press" interviews Biden, author Thomas Friedman; Oprah to Palin: "Not on my show"!

Today NBC Meet the Press with Tom Brokaw interviewed Joe Biden, and then author Thomas L. Friedman.

The second interview (Friedman) was the more important, as he talked about his book: “Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America” (Farrar, Straus and Girroux). Our days as a “subprime planet are over” he says. Every individual will eventually to pay for the true cost of the energy he or she uses and warming that he or she causes. He says that “green energy” will be the next revolution in capital markets, just like the information technology in the 1990s. It’s all right to “drill” more, but, he said, when delegates at the Republican Convention were changing “drill” it was like chanting “IBM selectric” when the PC was invented (or perhaps changing “mainframes”).

The first interview, with Biden, started with an observation that Oprah Winfrey would not invite Sarah Palin to her show. “Not on my show.” They went on to the idea of an integrated policy in the Middle East, and then to the idea that shareholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should not be protected from the federal conservatorship announced today. He said that he would not impose his own Catholic religious beliefs (“prolife”) on others. But the most controversial idea may be to complain that John McCain wants to tax workers on the value of their employer contributions to health insurance. Not exactly so. He wants to offer individuals the same ability to purchase health insurance with pre-tax dollars.

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