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July 30, 2009

July 30, 2009: Do As I Write, Not As I Do.Thomas Friedman of the NY Times Perpetuates The Liberal Stereotype

Tom Friedman is a well-meaning sort. The NY columnist and best-selling author has been telling us for years about carbon footprints, energy conservation and minding our lifestyles to consider emulating those less fortunate.

Well, Mr. Friedman was exposed recently to have as his modest residence a palatial 7.5 acre estate a short distance from the Bethesda, MD, Country Club with a beautiful view overlooking the area replete with manicured (non-native species, perhaps?) landscaping that he can view from his 11,400 square foot house. If Mr. Friedman wishes, he can view his modest environs from sitting on the throne in one of the seven bathrooms within the home.

I do not begrudge Mr. Friedman winning the lottery by cashing in on a wealthy spouse. Those of us that try to save a bit on energy here and there, and do with less, are likely offended by the hypocrisy of this man and the audacity of his lifestyle vs. his expectations for us.

May we all aspire to live Tom Friedman's American Dream. That said, I could do without seven bathrooms.

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