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“I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.”

Thomas L. Friedman uses that quote from Oliver Wendell Holms in his collumn today, “Palin’s Kind of Patriotism,” in which he points out how selfish and wrong-headed her quote abotu paying taxs was during her ‘debate’ with Joe Biden. It is, to me, so infuriating to see her take such an attitude with serious issues. Does she really think a smile, a wink, or a cute phrase is helpful?

Here’s another quote from his column

I only wish she had been asked: “Governor Palin, if paying taxes is not considered patriotic in your neighborhood, who is going to pay for the body armor that will protect your son in Iraq? Who is going to pay for the bailout you endorsed? If it isn’t from tax revenues, there are only two ways to pay for those big projects — printing more money or borrowing more money. Do you think borrowing money from China is more patriotic than raising it in taxes from Americans?” That is not putting America first. That is selling America first.

 

The column closes with

At least the king of Saudi Arabia, in advocating “drill baby drill,” is serving his country’s interests — by prolonging America’s dependence on oil. My problem with Palin is that she is also serving his country’s interests — by prolonging America’s dependence on oil. That’s not patriotic. Patriotic is offering a plan to build our economy — not by tax cuts or punching more holes in the ground, but by empowering more Americans to work in productive and innovative jobs. If Palin has that kind of a plan, I haven’t heard it.

 

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U.S. Confirmed Deaths 
Reported Deaths: 4180 
Confirmed Deaths: 4179 
Pending Confirmation: 1 
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Source: Iraq Coalition Casualty Count

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