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Sarah Palin on the Water Cannon Threat

Earlier today, I noted the incredible feat that Sarah Palin pulled off in writing an op-ed about cap-and-trade that didn't mention "global warming," "climate change," or "carbon emissions." It's a bit like an op-ed that attacks firefighters for pointing pressurized water cannons at everything but never mentions fires, I snarked.

But Justin Fox thought that actually sounded like a good op-ed. So he rewrote Sarah Palin's piece to address the water cannon danger more directly:

I am deeply concerned about the continued use by firefighters nationwide of pressurized water cannons, and I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy. It would undermine our recovery over the short term and would inflict permanent damage.

American prosperity has always been driven by the steady supply of dry, inhabitable dwellings. Particularly in Alaska, we understand the inherent link between dry shelter and prosperity, dry shelter and opportunity, and dry shelter and security. Consequently, many of us in this huge if dry-shelter-poor state recognize that the continued pointing of high-pressure water cannons at commercial and residential structures would adversely affect every aspect of the U.S. economy.

There is no denying that as the world becomes more industrialized, we need to reform our shelter policy and become less dependent on non-waterproof buildings. But the answer doesn't lie in making buildings wetter! Those who understand the issue know we can meet our dry-shelter needs and environmental challenges without destroying America's economy.

"I find this strangely convincing," writes Fox. So do I.

By Ezra Klein  |  July 14, 2009; 2:52 PM ET
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Anyone remember Miss Emily Latella?

"Never mind."

Posted by: PoliticalPragmatist | July 14, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I hope it goes viral.

Posted by: j2hess | July 14, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Actually it is more like writing a piece about children and not mentioning the Tooth Fairy, Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. As with carbon emissions, climate change and global warming they are all fairy tales and hence not really relevant except to Goldman, Gore, Obama and others that are looking to inflate the next bubble to screw the public with.

The economy and what impact cap and tax will have on our economy and jobs are exactly the points that the Spendocrats have missed.

2010 is coming and the Spendocrats who rubber stamped these bills without reading them are going to be shown the door. Palin is showing the way that many in our Country will follow.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | July 14, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Ezra, I'll send you a strangely, deeply sharp file, (or do you use bile on your grindstone) so you can sharpen Paul Bunyans axe for your next Hatchet Job.

You should have been a lumberjack for all the wasted trees that have been destroyed to print your schadenfreude hubris.


Posted by: jrdvdsn | July 14, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

"...I noted the incredible feat that Sarah Palin pulled off in writing an op-ed about cap-and-trade that didn't mention "global warming," "climate change," or "carbon emissions."

When the EPA, itself, admits that the bill will do virtually NOTHING for carbon levels without the cooperation of China, India and Indonesia, why mention something that the bill has little to nothing to do with such as global warming?

Posted by: WrongfulDeath | July 15, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

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