RUSH: Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, said that global warming is partially to blame for the Boston Marathon bombing. Andrew Cuomo, this is Friday in Albany on the radio.
CUOMO: One gets the sense that this is more reflective of the, quote, unquote, new normal, if you will. So much of society is changing so rapidly, we talk about a new normal when it comes to climate change and adjusting to a change in the weather patterns. New normal when it comes to public security in a post-9/11 world where these random acts of violence, which at one time were implausible, now seem all too frequent.
RUSH: So it's kind of like 9% unemployment is just the way it is. Global warming is just the way it is. The new normal, terrorism, post-9/11, just the way it is. Yeah, lay back and enjoy it, folks. It's just the new normal. That's the governor of New York. Now, I haven't read it, but I have been told that Thomas Friedman, Thomas "Loopy" Friedman, New York Times column yesterday, actually said that the proper response to the Boston Marathon bombing is a carbon tax. People were making jokes about that, proper response, carbon tax. Tom Friedman, I'm told, actually wrote that.
Why a carbon tax? Why would the left want a carbon tax? Well, it isn't warming. And so the left is really trying to maneuver off of the climate change angle now. It's the new normal, but it isn't acceptable. A carbon tax, that's the whole ball of wax. Because a carbon tax, folks, is the fastest route to a global tax, which is what leftists all over the world want, a global tax of the world's developed nations. And the fastest way to get a global tax is a carbon tax. So you write somehow that the proper response to what happened in Boston is a carbon tax. And the columnist in the New York Times did just that.
RUSH: Now, a bunch of e-mails from the bottom of the break: "You can't be serious. Tom Friedman didn't say that the correct response to this is a carbon tax." Yes, he did. This is what passes for enlightened thinking. Thomas Friedman is a card-carrying member of the global elite, columnist, New York Times, cares more than anything about global warming. Here's what Friedman wrote:
"Until we fully understand what turned two brothers who allegedly perpetrated the Boston Marathon bombings into murderers, it is hard to make any policy recommendation other than this: We need to redouble our efforts to make America stronger and healthier so it remains a vibrant counterexample to whatever bigoted ideology may have gripped these young men. So what to do? We need a more 'radical center' -- one much more willing to suggest radically new ideas to raise revenues, not the 'split-the-difference-between-the-same-old-options center.' And the best place to start is with a carbon tax."
So the response to the Boston Marathon bombing is new policy recommendations from a new radicalized center, and among these new policies are new sources of taxes and revenues and the best place to start is a carbon tax. I'm not making it up. If you want to try to make a logical progression out of this, you go right ahead. But Tom Friedman is saying we need a carbon tax in order to protect and grow America so that these radicalized bombers don't do it again. Why a carbon tax? What's the big deal? You know, Clinton wanted a carbon tax. I'm telling you, a carbon tax is the fastest route to a global tax, which is what these guys want.
Friedman ends his column by saying this big idea of a carbon tax would revitalize the moribund Republican Party. So if the Republican Party would come out for a carbon tax they could come back to life. The Republican Party could be reborn. The Republican Party could once again matter. The Republican Party could once again be somebody, if they'd just come out for a carbon tax. In answer to the Boston Marathon bombing, what America needs is a carbon tax. I'm not making it up. And if Friedman is writing and thinking it, it means that scores of others are as well.