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  • Sowell: Documented Irresponsibility

    07/27/2015 12:51:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 28, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    People who entered the United States illegally may be called "undocumented" in politically correct circles, but what is all too well documented is the utter irresponsibility of both political parties in dealing with immigration issues. Both Democratic and Republican administrations have left the border with Mexico porous for years — porous not just for Mexicans but for anybody else, including terrorists from the Middle East. Two very different issues have gotten jumbled together in the political stew called "comprehensive immigration reform." The first and most fundamental issue is whether we are going to have an immigration policy at all. The...
  • SOWELL: Iran deal a catastrophe of historic proportions

    07/23/2015 9:15:30 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | By Thomas Sowell
    Distinguished scientist Freeman Dyson has called the 1433 decision of the emperor of China to discontinue his country's exploration of the outside world the "worst political blunder in the history of civilization." The United States seems at this moment about to break the record for the worst political blunder of all time, with its Obama administration deal that will make a nuclear Iran virtually inevitable. Already the years-long negotiations, with their numerous "deadlines" that have been extended again and again, have reduced the chances that Israel can destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities, which have been multiplied and placed in scattered...
  • Sowell: The Fact-Free Left: Part II

    07/22/2015 1:38:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 22, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    There is no way to know what is going on in someone else's mind. But sometimes their behavior tells you more than their words. The political left's great claim to authenticity and honor is that what they advocate is for the benefit of the less fortunate. But how could we test that? T.S. Eliot once said, "Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they...
  • Sowell For Your Soul-A Message For All Social Parasites

    07/21/2015 11:01:05 AM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Google Plus ^ | July 21, 2015 | Staff
  • Sowell: The Fact-Free Left

    07/21/2015 4:19:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 21, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The outrage over another multiple murder of American military personnel on American soil by another Islamic extremist has been exacerbated by the fact that these military people had been ordered to be unarmed — and therefore sitting ducks. Millions of American civilians have also been forbidden to have guns, and are also sitting ducks — for criminals, terrorists or psychos. You might think that, before having laws or policies forcing fellow human beings to be defenseless targets, those who support such laws and policies would have some factual basis for believing that these gun restrictions save more lives, on net...
  • Sowell: A Historic Catastrophe (Obama & Iran)

    07/20/2015 2:20:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 21, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Distinguished scientist Freeman Dyson has called the 1433 decision of the emperor of China to discontinue his country's exploration of the outside world the "worst political blunder in the history of civilization." The United States seems at this moment about to break the record for the worst political blunder of all time, with its Obama administration deal that will make a nuclear Iran virtually inevitable. Already the years-long negotiations, with their numerous "deadlines" that have been extended again and again, have reduced the chances that Israel can destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities, which have been multiplied and placed in scattered...
  • Sowell: Is the Civil War Over?

    07/13/2015 1:46:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 14, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    In the wake of the recent murders in a South Carolina church, the killer's hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect. Blacks and whites in South Carolina came together to condemn his act and the race hate behind it. Some saw in the decision to remove the Confederate flag from in front of the state house a symbolic repudiation of the old South's racial past — and the end of the Civil War. But, unfortunately, wars do not end until both sides decide that it is over. The black parishioners who expressed forgiveness toward the killer did...
  • Slavery: The Scapegoat for Strife in the Black Community

    07/07/2015 7:31:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/07/2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Discussions of racial problems almost invariably bring out the cliché of “a legacy of slavery.” But anyone who is being serious, as distinguished from being political, would surely want to know if whatever he is talking about — whether fatherless children, crime, or whatever — is in fact a legacy of slavery or of some of the many other things that have been done in the century and a half since slavery ended. Another cliché that has come into vogue is that slavery is “America‘s original sin.” The great Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said that a good catch...
  • Sowell: A Legacy of Cliches

    07/06/2015 2:56:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 7, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Discussions of racial problems almost invariably bring out the cliche of "a legacy of slavery." But anyone who is being serious, as distinguished from being political, would surely want to know if whatever he is talking about — whether fatherless children, crime or whatever — is in fact a legacy of slavery or of some of the many other things that have been done in the century and a half since slavery ended. Another cliche that has come into vogue is that slavery is "America's original sin." The great Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said that a good catch...
  • Thomas Sowell: Looking Back (85th birthday)

    07/06/2015 1:52:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 7, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    After my 85th birthday last week, I looked back over my life and was surprised to discover in how many different ways I had been lucky, in addition to some other ways in which I was unlucky. Among the things I did not know at the time was that I was adopted as an infant into a family with four adults, in which I was the only child. All sorts of research since then has shown how the amount of attention and interactions with adults a child gets has a lot to do with the way the child develops. But...
  • Happy 85th Birthday (June 30) Thomas Sowell (Obamacare)

    07/01/2015 12:35:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | July 1, 2015 | Mark J. Perry
    Steve Hayward pointed out recently that economist Thomas Sowell shares the same birthday as Frederic Bastiat – they were both born on June 30. To recognize Bastiat’s birthday I shared some of his quotes on CD earlier this week, and I’ll now do the same today for Thomas Sowell, who turned 85 yesterday. Here is Thomas Sowell’s webpage and here is his Wikipedia entry. Milton Friedman once said, “The word ‘genius’ is thrown around so much that it’s becoming meaningless, but nevertheless I think Tom Sowell is close to being one.” And because Thomas Sowell is such a prolific...
  • Sowell: Supreme Court Disasters

    06/29/2015 1:17:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 30, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Many people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about ObamaCare and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies. That is certainly a legitimate concern, for both those who favor those policies and those who oppose them. But there is a deeper and more long-lasting impact of these decisions that raise the question whether we are still living in America, where "we the people" are supposed to decide what kind of society we want, not have our betters impose their notions on us. The Constitution of the United States says that the...
  • Hillary’s Abysmal Record as Secretary of State Alone Should Disqualify Her from the Presidency

    06/23/2015 7:04:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/23/2015 | Thomas Sowell
    There are no sure things in politics, but Hillary Clinton is the closest thing to a sure thing to become the Democrats’ candidate for president in 2016. This is one of the painful but inescapable signs of our time. There is nothing in her history that would qualify her for the presidency, and much that should disqualify her. What is even more painful is that none of that matters politically. Many people simply want “a woman” to be president, and Hillary is the best-known woman in politics, though by no means the best qualified. What is Hillary’s history? In the...
  • Sowell: Hillary and History

    06/22/2015 11:44:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 23, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    There are no sure things in politics, but Hillary Clinton is the closest thing to a sure thing to become the Democrats' candidate for president in 2016. This is one of the painful but inescapable signs of our time. There is nothing in her history that would qualify her for the presidency, and much that should disqualify her. What is even more painful is that none of that matters politically. Many people simply want "a woman" to be president, and Hillary is the best-known woman in politics, though by no means the best qualified. What is Hillary's history? In the...
  • Sowell: Micro-totalitarianism

    06/15/2015 11:38:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 16, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The political left has come up with a new buzzword: "micro-aggression." Professors at the University of California at Berkeley have been officially warned against saying such things as "America is the land of opportunity." Why? Because this is considered to be an act of "micro-aggression" against minorities and women. Supposedly it shows that you don't take their grievances seriously and are therefore guilty of being aggressive toward them, even if only on a micro scale. You might think that this is just another crazy idea from Berkeley. But the same concept appears in a report from the flagship campus of...
  • Thomas Sowell: Why It’s Wrong to Equate Bush’s Iraq Mistakes with Obama’s

    06/09/2015 5:43:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/08/2015 | Thomas Sowell
    After the pro-Western government of China was forced to flee to the island of Taiwan in 1949, when the Communists took over mainland China, bitter recriminations in Washington led to the question: “Who lost China?” China was, of course, never ours to lose, though it might be legitimate to ask if a different American policy toward China could have led to a different outcome. In more recent years, however, Iraq was in fact ours to lose, after U.S. troops vanquished Saddam Hussein’s army and took over the country. Today, we seem to be in the process of losing Iraq, if...
  • Sowell: Who Lost Iraq?

    06/08/2015 11:15:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Creator Syndicate ^ | June 9, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    After the pro-Western government of China was forced to flee to the island of Taiwan in 1949, when the Communists took over mainland China, bitter recriminations in Washington led to the question: "Who lost China?" China was, of course, never ours to lose, though it might be legitimate to ask if a different American policy toward China could have led to a different outcome. In more recent years, however, Iraq was in fact ours to lose, after U.S. troops vanquished Saddam Hussein's army and took over the country. Today, we seem to be in the process of losing Iraq, if...
  • Sowell: Paying the Price

    06/01/2015 1:14:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 2, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Baltimore is now paying the price for irresponsible words and actions, not only by young thugs in the streets, but also by its mayor and the state prosecutor, both of whom threw the police to the wolves, in order to curry favor with local voters. Now murders in Baltimore in May have been more than double what they were in May last year, and higher than in any May in the past 15 years. Meanwhile, the number of arrests is down by more than 50 percent. Various other communities across the country are experiencing very similar explosions of crime and...
  • Sowell: Graduation Gifts

    05/25/2015 11:20:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 26, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    This is the season of college graduations, and many people may be wondering what kinds of gifts would be most appropriate for young people leaving the world of academia and heading out to face the challenges and opportunities of adulthood in the real world. Given the narrow range of left to far left views of the world on most college campuses, and the vast ignorance of other views, even among graduates of elite academic institutions, one valuable gift might be a book giving a different perspective on the world. The recent publication of "American Contempt for Liberty" a hefty, 417-page...
  • Sowell: 'Just Asking'

    05/18/2015 12:39:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 19, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    In a recent panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama gave another demonstration of his mastery of rhetoric — and disregard of reality. One of the ways of fighting poverty, he proposed, was to "ask from society's lottery winners" that they make a "modest investment" in government programs to help the poor. Since free speech is guaranteed to everyone by the First Amendment to the Constitution, there is nothing to prevent anybody from asking anything from anybody else. But the federal government does not just "ask" for money. It takes the money it wants in taxes, usually...
  • Useful idiots

    05/09/2015 5:00:11 AM PDT · by don-o · 16 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | Sept. 1, 2000 /1 Elul, 5760 | Thomas Sowell
    LENIN is supposed to have referred to blind defenders and apologists for the Soviet Union in the Western democracies as "useful idiots." Yet even Lenin might have been surprised at how far these useful idiots would carry their partisanship in later years -- including our own times. Stalin's man-made famine in the Soviet Union during the 1930s killed more millions of people than Hitler killed in the Holocaust -- and Mao's man-made famine in China killed more millions than died in the USSR. Yet we not only hear little or nothing about either of these staggering catastrophes in the Communist...
  • Riots Are The Legacy Of Slavery? Try Legacy Of Welfare

    05/05/2015 11:32:19 AM PDT · by gogeo · 16 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 5/4/2015 | Thomas Sowell
    You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization — including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain — without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large.
  • Sowell: Race, Politics and Lies

    05/04/2015 9:51:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 5, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Among the many painful ironies in the current racial turmoil is that communities scattered across the country were disrupted by riots and looting because of the demonstrable lie that Michael Brown was shot in the back by a white policeman in Missouri — but there was not nearly as much turmoil created by the demonstrable fact that a fleeing black man was shot dead by a white policeman in South Carolina. Totally ignored was the fact that a black policeman in Alabama fatally shot an unarmed white teenager, and was cleared of any charges, at about the same time that...
  • Sowell: Anti-Trust Law and Lawlessness

    04/27/2015 12:53:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 28, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    We all make mistakes and some of us learn from them. What is even better is to learn from other people's mistakes, where they pay for those mistakes while we learn free of charge. Many Americans who say that we should learn from other people, especially Europeans, mean that we should imitate what they did. That may make those who talk this way feel superior to other Americans. But let us never forget that the most disastrous ideologies of the 20th century — Communism, Fascism and Nazism — all originated in Europe. So did both World Wars. More recently, Europe...
  • Thomas Sowell: Who’s the Right Man for Conservatives in 2016?

    04/21/2015 7:35:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/21/2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy. Seldom does the initial “front-runner” in either party’s primaries end up being the actual candidate when Election Day rolls around. However, even if we cannot predict the outcomes of the primaries this far in advance, we can at least start trying to understand the candidates, the almost candidates, and the people who are running just for the publicity. One of the curious things this early in...
  • Sowell: Chaos in the Primaries

    04/20/2015 4:52:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 21, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy. Seldom does the initial "front-runner" in either party's primaries end up being the actual candidate when election day rolls around. However, even if we cannot predict the outcomes of the primaries this far in advance, we can at least start trying to understand the candidates, the almost candidates and the people who are running just for the publicity. One of the curious things this early in...
  • Sowell: The New Inquisition

    04/13/2015 11:39:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 14, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    How long will this country remain free? Probably only as long as the American people value their freedom enough to defend it. But how many people today can stop looking at their electronic devices long enough to even think about such things? Meanwhile, attempts to shut down people whose free speech interferes with other people's political agendas go on, with remarkably little notice, much less outrage. The Internal Revenue Service's targeting the tax-exempt status of conservative groups is just one of these attempts to fight political battles by shutting up the opposition, rather than answering them. Another insidious attempt to...
  • Sowell: The Iran 'Agreement' Charade (Great article)

    04/06/2015 11:47:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 7, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    By abandoning virtually all its demands for serious restrictions on Iran's nuclear bomb program, the Obama administration has apparently achieved the semblance of a preliminary introduction to the beginning of a tentative framework for a possible hope of an eventual agreement with Iran. But even this hazy "achievement" may vanish like a mirage. It takes two to agree — and Iran has already publicly disputed and even mocked what President Obama says is the nature of that framework. Had Iran wholeheartedly agreed with everything the Obama administration said, that agreement would still have been worthless, since Iran has already blocked...
  • Sowell: Who Trashes Liberal Arts?

    03/31/2015 9:47:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 31, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    An op-ed piece titled "Conservatives, Please Stop Trashing the Liberal Arts" appeared last week in the Wall Street Journal. But it is not conservatives who trashed the liberal arts. Liberal professors have trashed the liberal arts, by converting so many liberal arts courses into indoctrination centers for left-wing causes and fads, instead of courses where students learn how to weigh conflicting views of the world for themselves. Now a professor of English, one of the most fad-ridden of the liberal arts today, blames conservative critics for the low esteem in which liberal arts are held. Surely a professor of English...
  • Sowell: Etiquette Versus Annihilation (0bama & Iran)

    03/30/2015 2:28:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 31, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Recent statements from United Nations officials, that Iran is already blocking their existing efforts to keep track of what is going on in their nuclear program, should tell anyone who does not already know it that any agreement with Iran will be utterly worthless in practice. It doesn't matter what the terms of the agreement are, if Iran can cheat. It is amazing — indeed, staggering — that so few Americans are talking about what it would mean for the world's biggest sponsor of international terrorism, Iran, to have nuclear bombs, and to be developing intercontinental missiles that can deliver...
  • Sowell: Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)

    03/24/2015 9:36:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 24, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    It is not often that the leader of a small city-state — in this case, Singapore — gets an international reputation. But no one deserved it more than Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of Singapore as an independent country in 1959, and its prime minister from 1959 to 1990. With his death, he leaves behind a legacy valuable not only to Singapore but to the world. Born in Singapore in 1923, when it was a British colony, Lee Kuan Yew studied at Cambridge University after World War II, and was much impressed by the orderly, law-abiding England of that day....
  • Sowell: A Simple Question

    03/23/2015 2:48:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 24, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    It is amazing how a simple question can cause a complex lie to collapse like a house of cards. The simple question was asked by Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel, and it was addressed to two Democrats. He asked what has Hillary Clinton ever accomplished. The two Democrats immediately sidestepped the question and started reciting their talking points in favor of Hillary. But O'Reilly kept coming back to the fact that nothing they were talking about was an accomplishment. For someone who has spent her entire adult life in politics, including being a Senator and then a Secretary...
  • Ruinous "Compassion" (the idiocy of the minimum wage - Thomas Sowell)

    03/17/2015 3:58:56 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | Thomas Sowell
    It is fascinating to see brilliant people belatedly discover the obvious -- and to see an even larger number of brilliant people never discover the obvious. A recent story in a San Francisco newspaper says that some restaurants and grocery stores in Oakland's Chinatown have closed after the city's minimum wage was raised. Other small businesses there are not sure they are going to survive, since many depend on a thin profit margin and a high volume of sales. At an angry meeting between local small business owners and city officials, the local organization that had campaigned for the higher...
  • Sowell: Two Warnings

    03/16/2015 1:52:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 17, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    When Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress on March 3rd, it was the third time he had done so. The only other person to address a joint session of Congress three times was the legendary British prime minister Winston Churchill. The parallels between the two leaders do not end there. Both warned the world of mortal dangers that others ignored, in hopes that those dangers would go away. In the years leading up to World War II, Churchill tried to warn the British, and the democratic nations in general, of what a monstrous threat Hitler...
  • Sowell: The 'Disparate Impact' Racket

    03/09/2015 1:37:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 10, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The U.S. Department of Justice issued two reports last week, both growing out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown. The first report, about "the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson" ought to be read by every American. It says in plain English what facts have been established by an autopsy on Michael Brown's body — by three different pathologists, including one representing the family of Michael Brown — by DNA examination of officer Darren Wilson's gun and police vehicle, by examination of the pattern of blood stains on the street where Brown...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    03/03/2015 3:09:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 3, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: When President Obama keeps talking about "violent extremists" in the abstract, you might wonder whether Presbyterians are running amok. The mainstream media seem desperate to try to find something to undermine Republican governor Scott Walker's rise in the polls. The worst they have come up with is that he didn't finish college. Neither did Bill Gates or Michael Dell. The Wright brothers didn't finish high school. Neither did Abraham Lincoln or George Washington. Have you noticed that there seem to be an ever growing number of things that we are not supposed to say...
  • Sowell: The Honesty Gap

    03/02/2015 4:45:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 3, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    There may be some poetic justice in the recent revelation that Hillary Clinton, who has made big noises about a "pay gap" between women and men, paid the women on her Senate staff just 72 percent of what she paid the men. The Obama White House staff likewise has a pay gap between women and men, as of course does the economy as a whole. Does this mean that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both discriminate against women, that they are themselves part of the nefarious "war on women" that so many on the left loudly denounce? The poetic justice...
  • Sowell: Giuliani Versus Obama

    02/23/2015 1:14:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 24, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The firestorm of denunciation of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, for having said that he did not think Barack Obama loved America, is in one sense out of all proportion to that remark — especially at a time when there are much bigger issues, including wars raging, terrorist atrocities and a nuclear Iran on the horizon. Against that background of strife and dangers on the world stage, it may seem as if Barack Obama's feelings, or Rudolph Giuliani's opinion about those feelings, should not matter so much, especially when it is hard to know with certainty how anyone feels....
  • Sowell: Damaging Admissions

    02/16/2015 1:12:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 17, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Opponents of charter schools have claimed that these schools are "cherry-picking" the students they admit, and that this explains why many charter schools get better educational results with less money than public schools do. Many controversies about how students should be admitted to educational institutions, especially those supported by the taxpayers, betray a fundamental confusion about what these institutions are there for. This applies to both schools and colleges. Admitting students strictly on the basis of their academic qualifications, which might seem to be common sense, is rejected by many college admissions committees. A dean of admissions at Harvard, years...
  • Sowell: Glib 'Happy Talk'

    02/16/2015 11:53:08 AM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 17, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    When Alfred E. Neuman said "What me worry?" on the cover of Mad magazine, it was funny. But this message was not nearly as funny coming from President Barack Obama and his National Security Advisor, Susan Rice. In a musical comedy, it would be hilarious to have the president send out his "happy talk" message by someone whose credibility was already thoroughly discredited by her serial lies on television about the Benghazi terrorist attack in 2012. Unfortunately — indeed, tragically — the world today is about as far from a musical comedy as you can get, with terrorists rampaging across...
  • Sowell: Measles, Vaccines and Autism

    02/09/2015 11:01:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 158 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 10, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The current controversy over whether parents should be forced to have their children vaccinated for measles is one of the painful signs of our times. Measles was virtually wiped out in the United States, years ago. Why the resurgence of this disease now? The short answer is that false claims, based on other false claims, led many parents to stop getting their children vaccinated against measles. The key false claim was that the vaccine for measles caused an increase in autism. This claim was made in 1998 by a doctor writing in a distinguished British medical journal, so it is...
  • Sowell: Stormy Weather and Politics

    02/03/2015 1:05:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    It was refreshing to see meteorologists apologize for their dire — and wrong — predictions of an unprecedented snow storm that they had said would devastate the northeast. It was a big storm, but the northeast has seen lots of big snow storms before and will probably see lots of big snow storms again. That's called winter. Unfortunately, we are not likely to hear any similar apologies from those who have been promoting "global warming" hysteria for years, in defiance of data that fail to fit their climate models. What is at issue is not whether there is "climate change"...
  • Sowell: Obama Versus America

    02/02/2015 11:58:50 AM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 3, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    In his recent trip to India, President Obama repeated a long-standing pattern of his — denigrating the United States to foreign audiences. He said that he had been discriminated against because of his skin color in America, a country in which there is, even now, "terrible poverty." Make no mistake about it, there is no society of human beings in which there are no rotten people. But for a President of the United States to be smearing America in a foreign country, whose track record is far worse, is both irresponsible and immature. Years after the last lynching of blacks...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    01/26/2015 1:13:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 27, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Who says President Obama doesn't promote bipartisanship? His complicity in Iran's moving toward nuclear bombs has alarmed some top Senate Democrats enough to get them to join Republicans in opposition to the Obama administration's potentially suicidal foreign policy. Before the current measles outbreak, measles was once almost wiped out in the United States. But an article in a medical journal more than a decade ago had many parents afraid to have their children vaccinated, for fear that the vaccine causes autism. After scientific studies refuted that claim, the medical journal repudiated the article, and...
  • Sowell: 'Diversity' in Action

    01/19/2015 11:48:12 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 19, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe, and European governments' counter-attacks are more than just a passing news story. Europe is currently in the process of paying the price for years of importing millions of people from a culture hostile to the fundamental values of Western culture. And this is by no means the last of the installments of that price, to be paid in blood and lives, for smug elites' Utopian self-indulgences in moral preening and gushing with the magic word "diversity." Generations yet unborn will still be paying the price, whether in large or small installments, depending on how long...
  • Sowell: Early Presidential Prospects

    01/19/2015 9:38:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | Janusary 20, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    With 2015 just getting under way, the buzz of political activity makes it seem almost as if we are already in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign. Among the Democrats, Hillary Clinton is honing her message to appeal to the mindset of the left wing of her party, whose support she will need in her second attempt to get the nomination as the Democrats' presidential candidate in 2016. The left wing's true believers would of course prefer Senator Elizabeth Warren, who gives them the dogmas of the left pure and straight, uncontaminated by reality. But she says she is...
  • Sowell: New Year's Irresolution

    01/12/2015 1:05:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 13, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    President Barack Obama's absence from the great gathering in Paris of national leaders from other countries, to show their solidarity with France in its opposition to Islamic terrorists, was another sign of the Obama administration's continuing irresolution in the face of terror. Even the recent courageous message of Egypt's president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, calling on his fellow Muslims around the world to "revolutionize" the interpretation of Islam, to make it more compatible with peaceful relations with other peoples, put no steel in the spine of Barack Obama. From his earliest days in the White House, our president has downplayed the terrorist...
  • Basic Economics (Walter Williams)

    01/12/2015 9:22:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 14, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    "Whether one is a conservative or a radical, a protectionist or a free trader, a cosmopolitan or a nationalist, a churchman or a heathen, it is useful to know the causes and consequences of economic phenomena." That quotation, from Nobel laureate George J. Stigler, is how Dr. Thomas Sowell begins the fifth edition of "Basic Economics." It's a book that explains complex economic phenomena in a way that many economists cannot. And, I might add, it provides an understanding of some economic phenomena that might prove elusive to a Ph.D. economist. "Basic Economics" is a 653-page book, not including the...
  • Sowell: The 'Equality' Racket

    01/05/2015 8:58:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 6, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a message on the wall of a home they had looted: "RICH BASTARDS." Those two words captured the spirit of the politicized vision of equality — that it was a grievance when someone was better off than themselves. That, of course, is not the only meaning of equality, but it is the predominant political meaning in practice, where economic "disparities" and "gaps" are automatically treated as "inequities." If one racial or ethnic group has a lower income than another, that is automatically called "discrimination" by many people in politics, the media and academia....
  • Uncommon Knowledge: Thomas Sowell vs. Al Sharpton

    01/03/2015 4:29:38 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 2, 2015 | No Attribution
    Hoover Senior Fellow Thomas Sowell responds to the recent events in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island and to statements made by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.