Thomas Sowell

The Kyoto agreement was one of those unbelievably one-sided international arrangements that sacrifices America's interests for the sake of a feel-good document and White House photo-ops. Curtailment of many economic activities in the United States are estimated to cost hundreds of billions of dollars a year, along with losses of many American jobs. Meanwhile, China, India and more than a hundred other countries are not required to do anything whatever to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.

The Clinton administration has never dared to send this agreement to the Senate for ratification, since that would only produce a humiliating defeat. But, as Gore's secret deal with Chernomyrdin shows, this administration is not above circumventing the Constitution by making international agreements without Senate ratification.

The same cavalier attitude towards the laws and toward the White House itself that Clinton has exhibited has also been the attitude of Al Gore. As president, Clinton is much more the focus of attention, especially when that attention centers on sex. But, aside from that, the two men are remarkably similar in their unscrupulous actions and their shameless lies about it.

Gore may be a little more dangerous because he apparently believes in the environmentalist hysteria he generates. The Unabomber had a copy of Gore's book "Earth in the Balance" in his cabin. Voters should read it too, before they go into the voting booths on election day, and see its sophomoric pomposity.

Despite whatever image Gore tries to project -- and he has spent a lot of time and a lot of money on consultants to shape his image -- Gore is a man of pop science, pop psychology and pop profundity. Whether in journalism or in politics, his whole career has been based on glib words and self-righteous posturing. Do we need a sanctimonious and sophomoric president?

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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