It’s a good thing New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wasn’t a used car salesman because CNBC “Squawk on the Street” co-host Mark Haines would have driven off the lot in a lemon.
Friedman appeared on the Dec. 14 broadcast of “Squawk on the Street” to promote the paperback release of his book
Friedman insisted it will take action by the government to impose these premiums and to grant some sort of long-term subsidy to stimulate this innovation. Haines
“See, now you're bumming me out and this is where I turn into a cynic,” Haines said. “To suppose that the American political community could act that intelligently and responsibly – that's a real stretch.”
Friedman agreed, but continued to plead his case.
“Mark, we are in this mode in this country of dumb as we want to be,” Friedman said. “Dumb as we want to be and I would say we can’t continue this.”
And that spurred Haines to lash out at the so-called “American political community,” for being concerned over the intricacies of ObamaCare instead of being concerned over Freidman’s pet issue – green energy.
“They’re arguing about killing grandma when there are issues like this one,” Haines said.
And Friedman made his pitch that the Chinese have it figured out because they don’t have the political process, which means it’s a hurdle for the
“Exactly, we can't have an intelligent conversation,” Friedman said. “All we can produce are suboptimal solutions to our biggest problem. How do we rise as a nation and thrive when our biggest competitor globally,
However, the problems democracy in capitalism presented to Friedman’s end goal, as co-host Erin Burnett said Friedman was suggesting, was a discussion for another day.