What is it with Times columnists likening Republicans to terrorist groups? On Sunday Nicholas Kristof compared Tea Party sympathizers in Congress to Al Qaeda. Now Thomas Friedman in his Wednesday column 'Can't We Do This Right?', not content to argue that Tea Party Republicans are misguided, calls them the 'Hezbollah faction' of the G.O.P.
That is why we need to raise new tax revenues as well - so we can simultaneously shrink the entitlements programs, but still keep them viable, and generate the funds needed to strengthen all five parts of our growth formula. Anyone who says that either entitlement reform or tax increases are off the table does not have a plan for sustaining American greatness and passing on the American dream to the next generation.
Alas, that is the Tea Party. It is so lacking in any aspiration for American greatness, so dominated by the narrowest visions for our country and so ignorant of the fact that it was not tax cuts that made America great but our unique public-private partnerships across the generations. If sane Republicans do not stand up to this Hezbollah faction in their midst, the Tea Party will take the G.O.P. on a suicide mission. No American politician was more allergic to debt or taxes than Thomas Jefferson, but he also appreciated the need to have the resources to make the Louisiana Purchase and insisted that on his tombstone it be written that he founded the University of Virginia.
Ironically, Friedman previously praised a deceased Hezbollah terrorist leader, Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, in a July 2010 column, as a sort of Alan Alda feminist of the Middle East.