Here's Freidman's advice:
As for America, we’ve thrived in recent decades with a credit-consumption-led economy, whereby we maintained a middle class by using more steroids (easy credit, subprime mortgages and construction work) and less muscle-building (education, skill-building and innovation).
It’s put us in a deep hole, and the only way to dig out now is a new, hybrid politics that mixes spending cuts, tax increases, tax reform and investments in infrastructure, education, research and production. But that mix is not the agenda of either party.
And Benen's response:
It’s not? Let’s see, a combination of long-term cuts, combined with additional revenue, with an emphasis on boosting investments in infrastructure, education, research, and production. Why does this sound familiar? Because it’s President Obama’s agenda. It’s not as if the White House has made an effort to keep the president’s vision under wraps — the president has been touting this approach for a long while. He recently wrapped up a bus tour in the Midwest in which Obama talked up this vision a few times a day.
How could Friedman have missed this?
Jeeze, its not like President Obama hasn't been saying all of that since his last State of the Union address.
But its August and everyone is on vacation. We all know the President is going to make a speech outlining these kinds of proposals in a couple of weeks. So lets act like we haven't paid an ounce of attention to anything he's said over the last year or so and think we come off like geniuses for coming up with the ideas. When in reality, Freidman makes a joke of himself.