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  • Sowell: Tortured Reasoning

    12/15/2014 11:41:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 16, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were "torture." But any serious discussion of a serious issue — and surely terrorism qualifies as serious — has to move beyond semantics and confront the ultimate question: "Compared to what alternative?" If you knew that there was a hidden nuclear time bomb planted somewhere in New York City — set to go off today — and you had a captured terrorist who knew where and when, would you not do anything whatever to make him tell you where and when?...
  • Dr. Thomas Sowell's Greatest Fear

    12/11/2014 5:04:35 AM PST · by servo1969 · 48 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 12-10-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Oh, folks, I have got to tell you, I interviewed Dr. Thomas Sowell yesterday afternoon, after the program for the next issue of The Limbaugh Letter. Now, normally I would tease you with what he said as a means of hyping the purchase of subscriptions, but because I don't look at you people as pockets and dollar signs, I'm gonna tell you this. I started off by asking him, "Dr. Sowell, you and I and countless others have been chronicling the deterioration of American culture, our society, and our politics, in my case, for 25 years. We just keep...
  • Sowell: Is Law Optional?

    12/08/2014 2:40:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 9, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The fiasco of "Rolling Stone" magazine's apology for an unsubstantiated claim of gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house — and the instant rush to judgment of the university administration in shutting down all fraternities, when those charges were made — should warn us about the dangers of having serious legal issues dealt with by institutions with no qualifications for that role. Rape is a crime. It belongs in a criminal justice courtroom. And those found guilty belong behind bars for a long time. What could possibly have led anyone to believe that college professors or campus administrators...
  • Sowell: Christmas Books

    12/08/2014 2:40:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 9, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    This year, Christmas shopping may be an especially welcome respite from the ugly events going on across the country, as mobs take to the streets because grand juries that examined evidence reached different conclusions from those reached by mobs who made up their minds without examining that evidence. Perhaps more than in other years, shopping malls can become shopping mauls. One of the ways to make Christmas shopping less stressful is to give books as presents — after ordering them on the Internet. There is a good crop of new books to choose from this year, as well as some...
  • Thomas Sowell on "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Ferguson Slogan: "I Thought Of Joseph Goebbels"

    12/03/2014 7:53:03 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 22 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Dec 3, 2014 | Staff
    .... Dr. Sowell, it's a catchy slogan, there's one big problem with it. It's fiction. Michael Brown, according to the eyewitnesses, did not have his hands up. What's your reaction? Why are members of Congress repeating something that they know is not true? THOMAS SOWELL, ECONOMIST: Oh, for political reasons. I thought of Joseph Goebbels' doctrine, people will believe any lie if it's repeated often enough and loud enough. They're repeating it often enough and loud enough. And it will pay off for them personally and politically. People who are out to forward their political careers say and do things...
  • Sowell: Opinions Versus Facts

    12/01/2014 10:44:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 2, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Everyone seems to have an opinion about the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri. But, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion but you're not entitled to your own facts." Soon after the shooting death of Michael Brown, this 285-pound young man was depicted as a "gentle giant." But, after a video was leaked, showing him bullying the owner of a store from which he had stolen some merchandise, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed displeasure that the video was leaked. In other words, to Holder the truth was offensive, but the lie it exposed was...
  • Sowell: Beware of Our Betters

    11/24/2014 1:36:50 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 25, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Jonathan Gruber's several videotaped remarks about the gross deceptions that got ObamaCare passed in Congress should tell us a lot about the Obama administration. And the way that the mainstream media hesitated for days to even mention what Professor Gruber said, while they obsessed over unsubstantiated charges against Bill Cosby, should tell us a lot about the media. Whatever did or did not happen between Bill Cosby and various women is not likely to affect the lives of 300 million Americans. But ObamaCare does. For both the politicians and the media, this was not just an isolated incident. Gruber's videotaped...
  • Sowell: A Legacy of Liberalism

    11/17/2014 2:20:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said there were "phrases that serve as an excuse for not thinking." One of these phrases that substitute for thought today is one that depicts the current problems of blacks in America as "a legacy of slavery." New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof asserts that there is "overwhelming evidence that centuries of racial subjugation still shape inequity in the 21st century" and he mentions "the lingering effects of slavery." But before we become overwhelmed, that evidence should be checked out. The evidence offered by Mr. Kristof in the November 16th issue of the New...
  • Sowell: Racial Quota Punishment

    11/17/2014 1:02:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    If anyone still has any doubt about the utter cynicism of the Obama administration, a recent agreement between the federal government and the Minneapolis Public Schools should open their eyes. Under the Obama administration, both the Department of Education and the Department of Justice have been leaning on public schools around the country to reduce what they call the "disproportionate" numbers of black male students who are punished for various offenses in schools. Under an implicit threat of losing their federal subsidies, the Minneapolis Public Schools have agreed to reduce the disparity in punishment of black students by 25 percent...
  • Sowell: What Happened?

    11/10/2014 12:01:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 11, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Just what happened last week on election day? And what is going to happen in the years ahead? The most important thing that happened last week was that the country dodged a bullet. Had the Democrats retained control of the Senate, President Obama could have spent his last two years in office loading the federal judiciary with judges who share his contempt for the Constitution of the United States. Such judges — perhaps including Supreme Court justices — would have been confirmed by Senate Democrats, and could spend the rest of their lifetime appointments ruling in favor of expansions of...
  • Sowell: Voter Fraud and Voter I.D.

    11/03/2014 10:29:05 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 4, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just attempts to suppress black voting. Reporter John Fund has written three books on voter fraud and a recent survey by Old Dominion University indicates that there are more than a million registered voters who are not citizens, and who therefore are not legally entitled to vote. The most devastating account of voter fraud may be in the book "Injustice" by J. Christian Adams. He was...
  • Democrats Can Run, But They Can’t Hide

    10/28/2014 1:28:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    National Review online ^ | October 28, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The great boxing champion Joe Louis once said about one of his opponents, who was known for his speed: “He can run but he can’t hide.” In the Congressional elections this year, many Democrats are running away from Barack Obama, but they can’t hide their record of voting for Obama’s agenda more than 90 percent of the time. Now that the Western democracies have learned the hard way what the consequences are when you admit all sorts of people into your country — including people who hate both the principles and the people of your society — will that cause...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    10/27/2014 11:49:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 28, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: The great boxing champion Joe Louis once said about one of his opponents, who was known for his speed: "He can run but he can't hide." In the Congressional elections this year, many Democrats are running away from Barack Obama, but they can't hide their record of voting for Obama's agenda more than 90 percent of the time. Now that the Western democracies have learned the hard way what the consequences are when you admit all sorts of people into your country — including people who hate both the principles and the people of...
  • Sowell: Predatory Journalism

    10/20/2014 10:18:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 21, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls "predatory lending." Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of. According to such thinking — or lack of thinking — the answer is to have the government set an interest rate ceiling at a level that will be acceptable to third parties like the New York Times. People who believe in government-set price controls — whether on interest rates charged for loans, rents charged for housing or wages paid under...
  • Sowell: Irresponsible 'Education'

    10/14/2014 10:28:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Goddard College's recent decision to have its students addressed from prison by a convicted cop killer is just one of many unbelievably irresponsible self-indulgences by "educators" in our schools and colleges. Such "educators" teach minorities born with an incredibly valuable windfall gain -- American citizenship -- that they are victims who have a grievance against people today who have done nothing to them, because of what other people did in other times. If those individuals who feel aggrieved could sell their American citizenship to eager buyers from around the world and leave, everybody would probably be better off. Those...
  • Sowell: Local or National Elections?

    10/13/2014 9:22:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 14, 20134 | Thomas Sowell
    Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill once said, "All politics is local." That may have been true in Tip O'Neill's day, but some elections are decisively on national issues — and the Congressional elections this year are overwhelmingly national, just as the elections of 1860 were dominated by one national issue, namely slavery. In 1860, some abolitionists split the anti-slavery vote by running their own candidate — who had no chance of winning — instead of supporting Abraham Lincoln, who was not pure enough for some abolitionists. Lincoln got just 40 percent of the vote, though that turned out to...
  • Ebola and Obama

    10/07/2014 2:14:29 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 10-7-2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is both a danger in itself and a wake-up call for Americans -- about President Obama, about the institutions of this country and, most important, about ourselves. There was a time when an outbreak of a deadly disease overseas would bring virtually unanimous agreement that our top priority should be to keep it overseas. Yet Barack Obama has refused to bar entry to the United States by people from countries where the Ebola epidemic rages, as Britain has done. The reason? Refusing to let people with Ebola enter the United States would conflict with...
  • America's Best Interest Not A Priority For President Obama

    10/06/2014 7:02:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Investors.com ^ | October 6, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is both a danger in itself and a wake-up call for Americans — about President Obama, about the institutions of this country and, most important, about ourselves. There was a time when an outbreak of a deadly disease overseas would bring virtually unanimous agreement that our top priority should be to keep it overseas. Yet Barack Obama has refused to bar entry to the United States by people from countries where the Ebola epidemic rages, as Britain has done. The reason? Refusing to let people with Ebola enter the U.S. would conflict with the...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    09/29/2014 1:31:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: What a non-judgmental society amounts to is that common decency is optional — which means that decency is likely to become less common. The biggest issue in this fall's election is whether the Obama administration will end when Barack Obama leaves the White House or whether it will continue on, by appointing federal judges with lifetime appointments who share President Obama's contempt for the Constitution. Whether such judges will be confirmed by the Senate depends on whether the Senate continues to be controlled by Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid. Why in the world would...
  • Sowell: Who Wants War?

    09/22/2014 11:53:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 23, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Some pundits are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to the ISIS crisis because public opinion polls show most Americans don't want another war. In all my 84 years, I cannot recall a time when most Americans wanted war. That is something we should be proud of. But wars are not always optional. Even World War II — which some have called "the good war" — was not something that most Americans wanted. But the Japanese took that decision out of our hands when they bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. And Hitler removed any...
  • Sowell: Late-Talking Children

    09/15/2014 10:32:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 16, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Anyone who knows what anxiety, and sometimes anguish, parents go through when they have a child who is still not talking at age two, three or even four, can appreciate what a blessing it can be to have someone who can tell them what to do — and what not to do. That someone is Professor Stephen Camarata of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, whose recently published book, "Late-Talking Children" gives parents information and advice that they are not likely to find anywhere else. And it does so in plain English. Professor Camarata has been researching, diagnosing and treating children...
  • Sowell: Cheap Politicians

    09/09/2014 11:49:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 9, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The recent bribery convictions of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife are only the latest in a seemingly never-ending series of convictions of government officials. A little item on the Internet featured government officials in prison, either currently or in recent times. Among them were a mayor of New Orleans, a mayor of Detroit and a mayor of Washington; a governor of Connecticut, a governor of Louisiana, two governors of Illinois and four members of Congress. However much these and other government officials may have richly deserved being behind bars, the country does not deserve to have its...
  • Sowell: Success or Failure? (Obama)

    09/08/2014 12:05:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 9, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Those people who say that President Obama has no clear vision and no clear strategy for dealing with the ISIS terrorists in the Middle East may be mistaken. It seems to me that he has a very clear and very consistent strategy. And a vision behind that strategy. First the strategy — which is to get each crisis off the front pages and off television news programs as quickly as he can, in whatever way he can, at the lowest political cost. Calling ISIS a junior varsity months ago accomplished that goal. Saying before the 2012 elections that "bin Laden...
  • Sowell: Mob Rule Economics

    09/08/2014 11:18:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 9, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    While we talk about democracy and equal rights, we seem increasingly to let both private and government decisions be determined by mob rule. There is nothing democratic about mob rule. It means that some people's votes are to be overruled by other people's disruptions, harassments and threats. The latest examples are the mobs in the streets in cities across the country, demanding that employers pay a minimum wage of $15 an hour, or else that the government makes them do so by law. Some of the more gullible observers think the issue is whether what some people are making now...
  • Sowell: Irresponsible Choices

    08/31/2014 9:45:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 2, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people "moderately disapprove" of Barack Obama's performance as president and 39 percent "strongly disapprove." Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now "strongly disapprove" of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them. With many people now acting as if it is time for "a woman" to become president, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing from the disastrous results of the irresponsible self-indulgence of choosing a President of...
  • Sowell: Facts vs. Visions

    08/25/2014 1:28:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 26, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th century. So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and thus provoke violence. Statisticians have long warned that correlation is not causation, but they have apparently warned in vain. There is no reason to doubt that heavily armed police in riot gear may be more likely to show up where outbreaks of violence are expected. But when violence then breaks out, does that prove that it was the appearance of the police...
  • Sowell: The Media and the Mob

    08/20/2014 2:30:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 20, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minority. We all know what has happened since then — and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs of rioters and looters. Despite all the people who act as if they know exactly what happened, nevertheless when the full facts come out, that can change everything. This is why we have courts of law, instead of relying on the media or mobs. But...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    08/18/2014 2:03:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 19, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: I don't know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television — and even punishment is being meted out by CNN's showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting. One of the big differences between Democrats and Republicans is that we at least know what the Democrats stand for, whether we agree with it or not. But, for Republicans, we have to guess. It is amazing how many otherwise sane...
  • Sowell: Attacking Achievement

    08/11/2014 11:04:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 12, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    New York's mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves "progressive," is gung-ho to solve social problems. In fact, he is currently on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn't exist, even though there are plenty of other educational problems that definitely do exist. The non-existent problem is the use of tests to determine who gets admitted to the city's three most outstanding public high schools — Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech. These admissions tests have been used for generations, and the students in these schools have had spectacular achievements for generations. These achievements...
  • Sowell: Is Thinking Obsolete?

    08/04/2014 2:27:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 5, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era. Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel's military action in Gaza. One of the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict. Are these protesters aware that vastly more...
  • Sowell: Cease the Cease-Fires

    07/28/2014 3:02:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 29, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    JewishWorldReview.com | Many years ago, on my first trip around the world, I was struck by how the children in the Middle East -- Arab and Israeli alike -- were among the nicest looking little children I had seen anywhere. It was painful to think that they were going to grow up killing each other. But that is exactly what happened. It is understandable that today many people in many lands just want the fighting between the Israelis and the Palestinians to stop. Calls for a cease-fire are ringing out from the United Nations and from Washington, as well as...
  • Sowell: Bordering on Madness (Good Read)

    07/21/2014 12:11:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 22, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, "We are as good as you are!" One of the things that make the history of clashes over race or ethnicity such a history of tragedies around the world is that — regardless of whatever particular issue sets off these clashes — many people see the ultimate stakes as their worth as human beings. On that, there is no room for compromise, but only polarization. That is why playing...
  • Sowell: Lawsuits and Impeachment

    07/14/2014 10:37:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 14, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Whenever Democrats are in real trouble politically, the Republicans seem to come up with something new that distracts the public's attention from the Democrats' problems. Who says Republicans are not compassionate? With public opinion polls showing President Obama's sinking approval rate, in the wake of his administration's multiple fiascoes and scandals — the disgraceful treatment of veterans who need medical care, the Internal Revenue Service coverups, the tens of thousands of children flooding across our open border — Republicans have created two new distractions that may yet draw attention away from the Democrats' troubles. From the Republican establishment, Speaker of...
  • Sowell: A Primer on Race ("Please Stop Helping Us")

    07/07/2014 11:41:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 8, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Back in the heyday of the British Empire, a man from one of the colonies addressed a London audience. "Please do not do any more good in my country," he said. "We have suffered too much already from all the good that you have done." That is essentially the message of an outstanding new book by Jason Riley about blacks in America. Its title is "Please Stop Helping Us." Its theme is that many policies designed to help blacks are in fact harmful, sometimes devastatingly so. These counterproductive policies range from minimum wage laws to "affirmative action" quotas. This book...
  • Sowell: America's Birthday

    06/30/2014 2:05:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 1, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America's upcoming birthday on the Fourth of July is a time when the gift most needed is an urgent warning about the dangers of losing the things that have made this country America — and have long made "America" a ringing word of freedom, not only in this country but to people around the world. All is not lost. But all could be lost — especially if too many of us take freedom for granted and focus our attention on other things, like electronic gadgets and the antics of...
  • Who says Obama is a lame duck?

    06/26/2014 9:42:08 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 25, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Pundits are pointing to President Obama’s recent decline in public opinion polls, and saying that he may now become another “lame duck” president, unable to accomplish much during his final term in office. That has happened to other presidents. But it’s extremely unlikely to happen to this president. There are reasons why other presidents have become impotent during their last years in office. But those don’t apply to Obama.
  • Sowell: A Lame Duck Country?

    06/23/2014 9:10:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 24, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Pundits are pointing to President Barack Obama's recent decline in public opinion polls, and saying that he may now become another "lame duck" president, unable to accomplish much during his final term in office. That has happened to other presidents. But it is extremely unlikely to happen to this president. There are reasons why other presidents have become impotent during their last years in office. But those reasons do not apply to Barack Obama. The Constitution of the United States does not give presidents the power to carry out major policy changes without the cooperation of other branches of government....
  • Thomas Sowell -- Dismantling America (Video via You Tube from 2010)

    06/21/2014 10:52:56 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 8 replies
    Hoover Institution via You Tube ^ | August 19, 2010 | HooverInstitution
    Thomas Sowell has studied and taught economics, intellectual history, and social policy at institutions that include Cornell University, UCLA, and Amherst College. Now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Sowell has published more than a dozen books, the latest of which is Dismantling America.
  • Sowell: A Bitter After-taste

    06/16/2014 8:28:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 17, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The news from Iraq that Islamic terrorists have now taken over cities that American troops liberated during the Iraq war must have left an especially bitter after-taste to Americans who lost a loved one who died taking one of those cities, or to a survivor who came back without an arm or leg, or with other traumas to body or mind. Surely we need to learn something from a tragedy of this magnitude. Some say that we should never have gone into Iraq in the first place. Others say we should never have pulled our troops out when we did,...
  • Amnesty Lite Is Still Amnesty

    Not since a 42-to-1 underdog named Buster Douglas knocked out undefeated heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990 has there been an upset like economics professor Dave Brat defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary in Virginia. (SNIP) Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed almost entirely in terms of what can be done to help those who have broken the law. Some want to help a little and some want to help a lot. But amnesty lite is still amnesty. Some people seem to think that amnesty is not amnesty if you throw in requirements...
  • Sowell: Amnesty Lite Is Still Amnesty

    06/13/2014 8:54:24 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 12, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Not since a 42-to-1 underdog named Buster Douglas knocked out undefeated heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990 has there been an upset like economics professor Dave Brat defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary in Virginia. You couldn't write a script like this for a movie and have it be believable. Congressman Eric Cantor, with all kinds of name recognition, and outspending his opponent by 5 million dollars to $100,000, lost 55 percent to 45 percent against somebody that virtually nobody ever heard of before. Polls, incidentally, had predicted that Cantor would defeat Brat 62 percent to...
  • Sowell: The Prisoner Swap Deal (0bama)

    06/09/2014 12:42:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 10, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    People are arguing about what the United States got out of the deal that swapped five top level terrorist leaders for one American soldier who was, at best, absent from his post in a war zone. Soldiers who served in the same unit with him call him a deserter. The key to this deal, however, is less likely to be what the United States got out of the deal than it is about what Barack Obama got out of the deal. If nothing else, it instantly got the veterans' hospitals scandals off the front pages of newspapers and pushed these...
  • Sowell: The Ambassador and the Post Office

    06/02/2014 11:11:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 3, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    At one time, people in India had to get on a waiting list to buy Hindustan Motors' Ambassador automobile, even though it was an obvious copy of Britain's Morris Oxford of some decades earlier. The reason was simple: the Indian government would not allow cars to be imported to compete with it. The fact that the Ambassador was a copy is hardly an automatic reason for condemnation. The first Nikon camera was an obvious copy of a German camera called the Contax, and the first Canon was an obvious copy of the Leica. The difference is that, over the years,...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    05/26/2014 1:30:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 27, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Will the Veterans Administration scandal wake up those people who have been blithely saying that what we need is a "single payer" system for medical care? Delays in getting to see a doctor have been a common denominator in government-run medical systems in England, Canada and Australia, among other places. Class warfare rhetoric would have us resenting "the top ten percent" in income. But that would be a farce, because most of us would be resenting ourselves, since more than half of all Americans — 54 percent — are in the top ten percent...
  • Sowell: Poverty and Snow Storms

    05/19/2014 11:42:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 20, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Many years ago, in upstate New York, there was a lady who was caught in a fierce snow storm that produced conditions called a "whiteout." That's when the snow is falling so thick and fast that all you can see in any direction is just sheer white. This lady wandered around in the storm, struggling to try to get home, but there was no way for her to know where home was. Eventually she collapsed in the snow and died — something like 50 feet from her home that she could not see. All too often that image comes back...
  • Sowell: The Height of Utopianism

    05/12/2014 3:49:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 13, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    A political battle that is shaping up in San Francisco has implications for other communities across the country. The issue that will be on the June ballot is whether voter approval shall be required to change the height restrictions on buildings along the San Francisco waterfront. Like so many other political issues, this one is being debated in runaway rhetoric bearing no resemblance to reality. Former San Francisco City Attorney Louise Renne, for example, says that "the people" own the waterfront and therefore should be "consulted." Really? Can one of "the people," who supposedly own the waterfront, decide that he...
  • Sowell: Kangaroo Courts on Campus?

    05/12/2014 11:03:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 13, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    There seems to be a full-court press on to get colleges to "do something" about rape on campus. But there seems to be remarkably little attention paid to two crucial facts: (1) rape is a crime and (2) colleges are not qualified to be law-enforcement institutions. Why are rapists not reported to the police and prosecuted in a court of law? Apparently this is because of some college women who say that they were raped and are dissatisfied with a legal system that does not automatically take their word for it against the word of someone who has been accused...
  • Education and Moral Bankruptcy

    05/06/2014 7:22:24 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 6, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    If you want to get some idea of the moral bankruptcy of our educational system, read an article in the May 4th issue of the New York Times Magazine titled, “The Tale of Two Schools.” The article is not about moral bankruptcy. But it is itself an example of the moral bankruptcy behind the many failures of American education today. Someone had the bright idea of pairing public high school kids from a low-income neighborhood in the Bronx with kids from a private high school that charges $43,000 a year. When the low-income youngsters visited the posh private school, “they...
  • Sowell: Gary Becker (1930-2014)

    05/05/2014 2:56:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 5, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary Becker was internationally renowned within the economics profession, but was not nearly as well known among the general public as he deserved to be. More important, his path-breaking ideas, including his analysis of the economics of racial discrimination, deserved to be much more a part of the many discussions of that subject. More than half a century after Professor Becker's landmark work on the economics of discrimination, most controversies on that subject, both in the media and in politics, go on in utter ignorance of his penetrating insights. So do laws and policies that make discrimination...
  • Sowell: Will Dunbar Rise Again?

    04/29/2014 9:46:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 29, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Dunbar High School in Washington is becoming a controversial issue again — and the controversy that is beginning to develop has implications for American education well beyond the District of Columbia. There has not been much controversy about Dunbar High School for a long time. Since sometime in the late 1950s, it has been just one more ghetto school with an abysmal academic record — and that has been too common to be controversial. What is different about the history of Dunbar is that, from its founding in 1870 as the first public high school in the country for black...