Monday, June 14, 2010

Pogo Was Right

Perusing The Oil Drum this AM I came across this op-ed by Thomas Friedman.

We cannot fix what ails America unless we look honestly at our own roles in creating our own problems. We — both parties — created an awful set of incentives that encouraged our best students to go to Wall Street to create crazy financial instruments instead of to Silicon Valley to create new products that improve people’s lives. We — both parties — created massive tax incentives and cheap money to make home mortgages available to people who really didn’t have the means to sustain them. And we — both parties — sent BP out in the gulf to get us as much oil as possible at the cheapest price. (Of course, we expected them to take care, but when you’re drilling for oil beneath 5,000 feet of water, stuff happens.)

WE can change our choices, our behavior, and our expectations. But WE have to realize it is in OUR best interest to do so.

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