Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $19,571
23%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 23% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: sowell

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Sowell: Statistical Frauds

    04/14/2014 12:45:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 15, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The "war on women" political slogan is in fact a war against common sense. It is a statistical fraud when Barack Obama and other politicians say that women earn only 77 percent of what men earn — and that this is because of discrimination. It would certainly be discrimination if women were doing the same work as men, for the same number of hours, with the same amount of training and experience, as well as other things being the same. But study after study, over the past several decades, has shown repeatedly that those things are not the same. Constantly...
  • Sowell: A Halo for Selfishness (Campaign finance)

    04/07/2014 10:01:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 8, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The recent Supreme Court decision over-ruling some Federal Election Commission restrictions on political campaign contributions has provoked angry reactions on the left. That is what often happens whenever the High Court rules that the First Amendment means what it says — free speech for everybody. When the Supreme Court declared in 2010 that both unions and corporations had a right to buy political ads, that was considered outrageous by the left. President Obama called the decision "devastating" and said it "will open the floodgates for special interests." Those unfamiliar with political rhetoric may not know that "special interests" mean people...
  • Sowell: How Foreign Is Our Policy?

    03/31/2014 1:09:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 1, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Many people are lamenting the bad consequences of Barack Obama's foreign policy, and some are questioning his competence. There is much to lament, and much to fear. Multiple setbacks to American interests have been brought on by Obama's policies in Libya, Egypt, Syria, Crimea and — above all — in what seems almost certain to become a nuclear Iran in the very near future. The president's public warning to Syria of dire consequences if the Assad regime there crossed a "red line" he had drawn seemed to epitomize an amateurish bluff that was exposed as a bluff when Syria crossed...
  • Sowell: How Foreign Is Our Policy?: Part II

    03/31/2014 1:08:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 1, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Japan recently turned over to the United States enough weapons-grade nuclear material to make dozens of nuclear bombs. This was one of President Barack Obama's few foreign policy "successes," as part of his nuclear disarmament initiative. But his foreign policy successes may be more dangerous than his "failures." Back in 2005, Senator Barack Obama urged the Ukrainians to drastically reduce their conventional weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles and tons of ammunition. Ukraine had already rid itself of nuclear missiles, left over from the days when it had been part of the Soviet Union. Would Vladimir Putin have sent Russian troops so...
  • Ted Cruz, Thomas Sowell and Battles Worth Fighting...

    03/25/2014 9:40:04 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-25-14 | Vince
    In my opinion Thomas Sowell is easily the smartest man in America. From Basic Economics, to Black Rednecks and White Liberals to his definitive dissection of the most recent economic collapse in The Housing Boom and Bust, his books are nothing short of brilliant. And of course it’s not just books, he writes a weekly column as well, does interviews, lectures and does research at Stanford’s Hoover Institute. His prodigious talents make him one of the great thinkers and writers of our time. As much as I enjoy and agree with almost everything Sowell writes, I believe he’s wrong about...
  • Sowell: Republicans and Blacks

    03/24/2014 1:17:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 25, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Recently former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice added her voice to those who have long been urging the Republican Party to reach out to black voters. Not only is that long overdue, what is also long overdue is putting some time — and, above all, some serious thought — into how to go about doing it. Too many Republicans seem to think that the way to "reach out" is to offer blacks and other minorities what the Democrats are offering them. Some have even suggested that the channels to use are organizations like the NAACP and black "leaders" like Jesse...
  • Sowell: Facts and Factions

    03/17/2014 2:27:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    At a time when polls show public opinion turning against the Democrats, some Republicans seem to be turning against each other. Even with the prospect of being able to win control of the Senate in this fall's elections, some Republicans are busy manufacturing ammunition for their own circular firing squad. A Republican faction's demonization of their own Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, is a classic example. If you listen to some of those who consider themselves the only true conservatives, you would never guess that Senator McConnell received a lifetime 90 percent ranking by the American Conservative Union — and...
  • Sowell: A Tiger of a Book

    03/17/2014 10:08:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Professor Amy Chua of the Yale law school is better known as a "Tiger Mom" because of her take-no-prisoners, tough love approach to raising children. She and her husband Jed Rubenfeld (a fellow Yale law professor) have written what may turn out to be the best book of this year. It is titled "The Triple Package" because it argues that three qualities are found in spectacularly successful groups in America. These three qualities, they say, are a superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control. Whether you buy their theory or not, you will be enormously enlightened by their attempts to prove...
  • Sowell: The Left Versus Minorities

    03/10/2014 1:03:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 11, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    If anyone wanted to pick a time and place where the political left's avowed concern for minorities was definitively exposed as a fraud, it would be now — and the place would be New York City, where far left Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an attack on charter schools, cutting their funding, among other things. These schools have given thousands of low income minority children their only shot at a decent education, which often means their only shot at a decent life. Last year 82 percent of the students at a charter school called Success Academy passed city-wide mathematics...
  • Sowell: Freedom Is Not Free

    03/03/2014 1:53:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 4, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    There may be something to the claim that all people want to be free. But it is a demonstrable fact that freedom has been under attack, usually successfully, for thousands of years. The Federal Communications Commission's recent plan to have a "study" of how editorial decisions are made in the media, placing FCC bureaucrats in editorial offices across the country, was one of the boldest assaults on freedom of the press. Fortunately, there was enough backlash to force the FCC to back off. With all the sweeping powers available to government, displeasing FCC bureaucrats in editorial offices could have brought...
  • Ted Cruz Responds to Thomas Sowell: 'You Have Got to Pick Some Battles to Fight'

    02/27/2014 5:42:15 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Breitbart TV
    Earlier this week, conservative economist and Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell made a very extraordinary statement about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel show. Regarding Cruz’s calls to use the budget process to defund ObamaCare and taking a more aggressive posture in insisting upon government spending reductions before agreeing to raise the debt ceiling, Sowell had said if George Washington has insisted upon a Cruz-like strategy during the Revolutionary War, there wouldn’t be a United States today. On Hannity’s Wednesday show, Cruz shot back at Sowell and said that you have to take on some of...
  • The 'Fairness' Fraud

    02/24/2014 9:35:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 1 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2-25-14 | Thomas Sowell
    It seems as if, everywhere you turn these days, there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward "mobility," defined as an opportunity to rise, and mobility defined as actually having risen. That distinction is seldom even mentioned in most of the studies. It is as if everybody is chomping at the bit to get ahead, and the ones that don't rise have been stopped by "barriers" created by "society." When statistics show that sons of high school dropouts don't...
  • Sowell: The 'Fairness' Fraud

    02/24/2014 10:28:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 25, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    It seems as if, everywhere you turn these days, there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward "mobility," defined as an opportunity to rise, and mobility defined as actually having risen. That distinction is seldom even mentioned in most of the studies. It is as if everybody is chomping at the bit to get ahead, and the ones that don't rise have been stopped by "barriers" created by "society." When statistics show that sons of high school dropouts don't...
  • Republican Party Needs to Master the Message by Thomas Sowell

    02/21/2014 8:05:27 AM PST · by Innovative · 130 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | FEb 20, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    "The Republican establishment has more than a tactical deficiency, however. They seem to have no principle that they offer or follow with any consistency. Their lack of articulation may be just a reflection of that lack of principle. It is hard to get to the point when you have no point to get to. Ted Cruz filled a void. But the Republican establishment created the void."
  • The Lesson of Dunkirk (Thomas Sowell's retreat strategy)

    02/20/2014 8:34:50 PM PST · by P-Marlowe · 118 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | 2/20/14 | Thomas Sowell
    There would not be a United States of America today if George Washington had followed the tactics being urged by people like Senator Ted Cruz and his supporters.
  • The Void Ted Cruz Fills-Someone must communicate GOP ideas, party leadership can't be bothered

    02/20/2014 10:50:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 20, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Senator Ted Cruz is a hero in some Republican circles — and the opposite among many of his Senate Republican colleagues. At this crucial juncture in the history of America, internal battles within the only party that can turn things around are the last thing Americans need. Moreover, each side in this political civil war has all too many valid criticisms of the other. The Republican establishment’s criticisms of Senator Cruz are criticisms of his rule-or-ruin strategy, which can destroy whatever chance Republicans have of taking back the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016. And, without political...
  • Is Ann Coulter now turning on Ted Cruz?

    02/20/2014 10:01:13 AM PST · by mandaladon · 98 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 20 Feb 2014 | Jamie Weinstein
    First conservative icon Thomas Sowell turned on Ted Cruz, now it appears that Ann Coulter is souring on the Texas Republican as well. Sowell published two columns this week slamming Cruz for being self-serving. Coulter praised the first of Sowell’s columns in a tweet Wednesday. Later, in an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity” Wednesday night, Coulter doubled down on her praise of Sowell’s anti-Cruz column: ”I never push anyone else’s column but mine. Today everyone has got to read Thomas Sowell’s article.” During the “Hannity” segment, Coulter attacked tea party groups for being filled with “shysters” and “conmen,” naming specifically...
  • Conservative legend Thomas Sowell turns on Ted Cruz

    02/19/2014 4:18:55 PM PST · by servo1969 · 192 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2-19-2014 | Jamie Weinstein
    A leading tea party intellectual has turned against the tea party movement’s favorite senator. Economist Thomas Sowell, who has long been revered among conservatives, has slammed Sen. Ted Cruz in his last two columns, accusing the Texas Republican of being self-serving and comparing him to President Obama. “Freshman Senator Ted Cruz says many things that need to be said and says them well,” Sowell wrote in his syndicated column Tuesday, before going on to compare Cruz to President Obama. “Moreover, some of these things are what many, if not most, Americans believe wholeheartedly. Yet we need to remember that the...
  • Sowell: Cruz Control? Part II - GOP leaders ignore his appeal at GOP's own peril

    02/19/2014 11:14:41 AM PST · by jazusamo · 79 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 19, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Senator Ted Cruz is a hero in some Republican circles — and the opposite among many of his Senate Republican colleagues. At this crucial juncture in the history of America, internal battles within the only party that can turn things around are the last thing Americans need. Moreover, each side in this political civil war has all too many valid criticisms of the other. The Republican establishment’s criticisms of Senator Cruz are criticisms of his rule-or-ruin strategy, which can destroy whatever chance Republicans have of taking back the Senate in 2014 and taking back the White House in 2016. And,...
  • Sowell: Cruz Control?

    02/18/2014 12:32:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 115 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Freshman Senator Ted Cruz says many things that need to be said and says them well. Moreover, some of these things are what many, if not most, Americans believe wholeheartedly. Yet we need to remember that the same was true of another freshman Senator, just a relatively few years ago, who parlayed his ability to say things that resonated with the voters into two terms in the White House. Who would disagree that if you want your doctor, you should be able to keep your doctor? Who would disagree with the idea of a more transparent administration in Washington, or...
  • Sowell: Another Galling Betrayal

    02/17/2014 5:10:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The Afghanistan government's recent release of dozens of imprisoned terrorists, many of whom had killed Americans, was a galling betrayal of those Americans who died defending Afghanistan against the Taliban terrorists — as well as those Americans who have returned home with arms or legs missing, or with minds traumatized beyond repair. If we learn nothing else from the bitter tragedy of the war in Afghanistan, it should be that we should put an end forever to the self-indulgence of thinking that we can engage in "nation-building" and creating "democracy" in countries where nothing resembling democracy has ever existed. It...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    02/10/2014 3:18:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 11, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: It is amazing how many people still fall for the argument that, if life is unfair, the answer is to turn more money and power over to politicians. Since life has always been unfair, for thousands of years and in countries around the world, where does that lead us? I am so old that I can remember when sex was private. "Don't ask, don't tell" applied to everybody. However fascinated the U.S. Supreme Court may be with the concept of "diversity," every one of the 9 justices has a degree from one of the...
  • Sowell: Republicans to the Rescue?

    02/03/2014 10:24:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 4, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Some supporters of President Obama may be worried about how he and the Democrats are going to fare politically, as the problems of ObamaCare continue to escalate, and it looks like the Republicans have a chance to win a majority in the Senate. But Democrats may not need to worry so much. Republicans may once again come to the rescue of the Democrats, by discrediting themselves and snatching defeat from the very jaws of victory. The latest bright idea among Republicans inside the Beltway is a new version of amnesty that is virtually certain to lose votes among the Republican...
  • Thomas Sowell: The Blessings of Inequality

    02/02/2014 8:04:45 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    The Pearcey Report ^ | 1-28-14 | Rick Pearcey
    "We are lucky that we are so different," Thomas Sowell writes, "so that the capabilities of many other people can cover our limitations." But more than this, Sowell argues, the inequality of abilities (or "diversity," one might say) we see in human beings can save lives and enhance "everyone's well-being." Yes, human beings are created equal, as the Declaration of Independence so appropriately notes. This fact of life affirms the ontological worth and significance of the human being. It expresses the basis upon which people are to be respected by the powers that be and not steamrolled by big government,...
  • Sowell: The Inequality Bogeyman

    01/27/2014 2:03:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 28, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    During a recent lunch in a restaurant, someone complimented my wife on the perfume she was wearing. But I was wholly unaware that she was wearing perfume, even though we had been in a car together for about half an hour, driving to the restaurant. My sense of smell is very poor. But there is one thing I can smell far better than most people — gas escaping. During my years of living on the Stanford University campus, and walking back and forth to work at my office, I more than once passed a faculty house and smelled gas escaping....
  • Sowell: Fact-Free Liberals: Part III

    01/21/2014 9:51:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 21, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Since this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the "war on poverty," we can expect many comments and commemorations of this landmark legislation in the development of the American welfare state. The actual signing of the "war on poverty" legislation took place in August 1964, so the 50th anniversary is some months away. But there have already been statements in the media and in politics proclaiming that this vast and costly array of anti-poverty programs "worked." Of course everything "works" by sufficiently low standards, and everything "fails" by sufficiently high standards. The real question is: What did the "war...
  • Sowell: Fact-Free Liberals: Part IV

    01/21/2014 9:51:04 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 21, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the things that attracted me to the political left, as a young man, was a belief that leftists were for "the people." Fortunately, I was also very interested in the history of ideas — and years of research in that field repeatedly brought out the inescapable fact that many leading thinkers on the left had only contempt for "the people." That has been true from the 18th century to the present moment. Even more surprising, I discovered over the years that leading thinkers on the opposite side of the ideological spectrum had more respect for ordinary people than...
  • Sowell: Fact-Free Liberals

    01/20/2014 9:14:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 21, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Someone summarized Barack Obama in three words — "educated," "smart" and "ignorant." Unfortunately, those same three words would describe all too many of the people who come out of our most prestigious colleges and universities today. President Obama seems completely unaware of how many of the policies he is trying to impose have been tried before, in many times and places around the world, and have failed time and again. Economic equality? That was tried in the 19th century, in communities set up by Robert Owen, the man who coined the term "socialism." Those communities all collapsed. It was tried...
  • Sowell: Fact-Free Liberals: Part II

    01/20/2014 9:14:16 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 21, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Words seem to carry far more weight than facts among those liberals who argue as if rent control laws actually control rents and gun control laws actually control guns. It does no good to point out to them that the two American cities where rent control laws have existed longest and strongest — New York and San Francisco — are also the two cities with the highest average rents. Nor does it make a dent on them when you point out evidence, from both sides of the Atlantic, that tightening gun control laws does not reduce gun crimes, including murder....
  • Sowell: Christie, Hillary and Obama

    01/13/2014 1:37:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 14, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The first time I saw New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on television, a few years ago, my first reaction was astonishment: "A talking Republican!" It would scarcely have been more astonishing if there had been a talking giraffe. For reasons unknown, most Republican leaders seem to pay very little attention to articulation — certainly as compared to leading Democrats, who seem to pay little attention to anything else. Governor Christie's nearly two-hour-long press conference last week showed again that he is in a class by himself when it comes to Republicans who can express themselves in the heat of political...
  • Sowell: Politics Versus Education

    01/13/2014 12:59:39 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 14, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Anyone who has still not yet understood the utter cynicism of the Obama administration in general, and Attorney General Eric Holder in particular, should look at the Justice Department's latest interventions in education. If there is one thing that people all across the ideological spectrum should be able to agree on, it is that better education is desperately needed by black youngsters, especially in the ghettoes. For most, it is their one chance for a better life. Among the few bright spots in a generally dismal picture of the education of black students are those successful charter schools or voucher...
  • Sowell: The 'Trickle-Down' Lie

    01/06/2014 12:02:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 7, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    New York's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, in his inaugural speech, denounced people "on the far right" who "continue to preach the virtue of trickle-down economics." According to Mayor de Blasio, "They believe that the way to move forward is to give more to the most fortunate, and that somehow the benefits will work their way down to everyone else." If there is ever a contest for the biggest lie in politics, this one should be a top contender. While there have been all too many lies told in politics, most have some little tiny fraction of truth in them,...
  • Sowell: Hit Piece Journalism

    12/30/2013 1:25:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creatots Syndicate ^ | December 31, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Front-page editorials, disguised as news stories, have become such familiar features of the New York Times that it should have been no surprise to discover in the December 28th issue a front-page story about a professor of finance at the University of Houston who has been a paid consultant to financial enterprises. Since professors of all sorts have been paid consultants to organizations of all sorts, it is questionable why this was a story at all, much less one that covered an entire inside page, in addition to a central front-page opening, under the headline "Academics Who Defend Wall St....
  • Sowell: A New Year and Old Problems (Obamacare)

    12/30/2013 12:26:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 31, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Whenever we stand on the threshold of a new year, we are tempted to forget the hazards of prophecy, and try to see what may lie on the other side of this arbitrary division of time. Sometimes we are content to try to change ourselves with New Year's resolutions to do better in some respect. Changing ourselves is a much more reasonable undertaking than trying to change other people. It may or may not succeed, but it seldom creates the disasters that trying to change others can produce. When we look beyond ourselves to the world around us, peering into...
  • The 10 Best Conservative Columnists of 2013 -- Who are the most valuable pieces on the chessboard?

    12/26/2013 12:00:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 83 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 26, 2013 | David Swindle
    This is Week 12 of Season 3 in my 13 Weeks of Wild Man Writing and Radical Reading Series . Every week day I try to blog about compelling writers, their ideas, and the news cycle’s most interesting headlines. This Top 10 list is the series’ climax for this year, a project I’ve been planning since first asking the question December 5, 2012 . What is the future of conservatism? Which voices should define the priorities of the movement in the coming decades? Who are its most skilled proponents today? How should the movement evolve to face the threats...
  • Sowell: Christmas Books

    12/09/2013 11:35:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 10, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    As Christmas approaches, the shopping mall can become a shopping maul. One of the ways of buying gifts for family and friends, without becoming part of a mob scene in the stores, is to shop on the Internet. However, for many kinds of gifts, you want to be able to see it directly, and perhaps handle it, before you part with your hard-earned cash for it. One gift for which that is unnecessary is a book. Books are ideal Christmas presents from the standpoint of saving wear and tear on the buyer. There are the traditional coffee table books, featuring...
  • Sowell: A Challenge to Our Beliefs

    12/02/2013 9:09:37 AM PST · by jazusamo · 70 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 3, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Depressing news about black students scoring far below white students on various mental tests has become so familiar that people in different parts of the ideological spectrum have long ago developed their different explanations for why this is so. But both may have to do some rethinking, in light of radically different news from England. The November 9th-15th issue of the distinguished British magazine "The Economist" reports that, among children who are eligible for free meals in England's schools, black children of immigrants from Africa meet the standards of school tests nearly 60 percent of the time — as do...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    11/26/2013 8:25:28 AM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Many people take pride in defying the conventions of society. Those conventions of society are also known as civilization. Defying them wholesale means going back to barbarism. Barbarians with electronic devices are still barbarians. After the government shutdown crisis, the one thing that Congressional Democrats and Republicans finally agreed on was to kick the can down the road a few more months, so that we can go through all this again -- and perhaps again after that. One of the best peace speeches I ever read was one delivered back in the 1930s --...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    11/25/2013 12:31:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 26, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: They say that man cannot control the weather. But every time I buy photographic equipment, it rains. Who says that there is no difference between the political parties? When Democrats are criticized, they counter-attack. When Republicans are criticized, they whine that they are innocent. We all enter the world knowing nothing but, by the time we are teenagers, we know it all. Sometimes it is decades later before we know enough to realize how little we know. Nothing is called "second-hand" any more, except "second-hand smoke." Why is it not called "pre-owned" smoke? Civil...
  • Sowell: The War Against Achievement

    11/20/2013 6:04:54 AM PST · by yldstrk · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 19, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    A friend recently sent me a link to an inspiring video about an upbeat, young black man, Richie Parker, who was born without arms. It showed him going to work — unlike the record number of people living on government payments for “disabilities” that are far less serious, if not fictitious. How is this young man getting to work? He gets into his car and drives there — using controls set up so that he can operate the car with his feet. What kind of work does he do, and how does he do it? He is involved in the...
  • Sowell: The War Against Achievement

    11/18/2013 12:37:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 19, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    <p>A friend recently sent me a link to an inspiring video about an upbeat young black man who was born without arms. It showed him going to work — unlike the record number of people living on government payments for "disabilities" that are far less serious, if not fictitious.</p>
  • Sowell: A Very Dangerous Game

    11/18/2013 10:31:06 AM PST · by jazusamo · 93 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 19, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    New York City police authorities are investigating a series of unprovoked physical attacks in public places on people who are Jewish, in the form of what is called "the knockout game." The way the game is played, one of a number of young blacks decides to show that he can knock down some stranger on the streets, preferably with one punch, as they pass by. Often some other member of the group records the event, so that a video of that "achievement" is put on the Internet, to be celebrated. The New York authorities describe a recent series of such...
  • Thomas Sowell: I’m glad I’m getting old

    11/17/2013 1:28:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The High Point Enterprise ^ | November 12, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the reasons for being glad to be as old as I am is that I may be spared living to see a race war in America. Race wars are often wars in which nobody wins and everybody ends up much worse off than they were before. Initial skirmishes in that race war have already begun, and have in fact been going on for some years. But public officials pretend that it is not happening, and the mainstream media seldom publish it at all, except in ways that conceal what is really taking place. For American society, a dangerous...
  • Sowell: Tea Party at the Crossroads

    11/11/2013 10:35:12 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 12, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Third parties have had an unbroken record of failure in American presidential politics. So it was refreshing to see in the Tea Party an insurgent movement, mainly of people who were not professional politicians, but who nevertheless had the good sense to see that their only chance of getting their ideals enacted into public policies was within one of the two major parties. More important, the Tea Party was an insurgent movement that was not trying to impose some untried Utopia, but to restore the lost heritage of America that had been eroded, undermined or just plain sold out by...
  • Sowell: Tea Party at the Crossroads: Part II

    11/11/2013 10:34:37 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 12, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    In opposing ObamaCare, the Tea Party took a position that increasing numbers of Americans agree with, now that ObamaCare's potential for disaster is becoming clearer by the day. But in trying to defund ObamaCare without the Congressional votes to do so, the Tea Party made a major tactical mistake. Polls show that this mistake has already hurt the Republican Party, the only party that has any chance of repealing ObamaCare. To have any realistic prospect of repealing ObamaCare may require the Republicans to win both the 2014 and 2016 elections. The Tea Party's failed and foredoomed defunding effort predictably got...
  • Sowell: An Old 'New' Program

    11/04/2013 10:39:44 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 5, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Like so many things that seem new, ObamaCare is in many ways old wine in new bottles. For example, when confronted with the fact that millions of Americans stand to lose their existing medical insurance, as a result of ObamaCare, defenders of ObamaCare say that this is true only when those people have "substandard" insurance. Who decides what is "substandard"? What is older than the idea that some exalted elite know what is good for us better than we know ourselves? Obama uses the rhetoric of going "forward," but he is in fact going backward to an age when despots...
  • Sowell: Race hustling could start a war

    11/02/2013 9:00:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Rapid City Journal ^ | October 23, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Bob Costas is one of the premier sportscasters and a very smart guy, so it was somewhat surprising to see him join the chorus of those decrying the fact that the owner of the Washington Redskins is resisting the pressures to change the name of his football team. The argument is that Native Americans are offended by the name, though there is no compelling evidence that most Native Americans are worked up about it. Nor is there any evidence that anyone intended the name to be insulting, either by this team or any number of other sports teams that have...
  • SOWELL: The race-hustlers among us

    10/29/2013 2:20:30 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/22/13 | Thomas Sowell, a Genius in Our Time
    Years ago, someone said that according to the laws of aerodynamics, bumblebees cannot fly. But the bumblebees, not knowing the laws of aerodynamics, go ahead and fly anyway. Something like that happens among people. There have been many ponderous academic writings and dour editorials in the mainstream media lamenting that most people born poor cannot rise in American society anymore. Meanwhile, many poor immigrants arrive here from various parts of Asia, and rise on up the ladder anyway.
  • SOWELL: The race-hustlers among us

    10/29/2013 10:08:59 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 15 replies
    washington times ^ | October 22, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Years ago, someone said that according to the laws of aerodynamics, bumblebees cannot fly. But the bumblebees, not knowing the laws of aerodynamics, go ahead and fly anyway. Something like that happens among people. There have been many ponderous academic writings and dour editorials in the mainstream media lamenting that most people born poor cannot rise in American society anymore. Meanwhile, many poor immigrants arrive here from various parts of Asia, and rise on up the ladder anyway. Often these Asian immigrants arrive not only with very little money, but also very little knowledge of English. They start out working...
  • Sowell: Throw the Rascals Out?

    10/28/2013 1:10:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 29, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Polls indicate that the public is so disgusted with Washington politicians of both parties that a surprisingly large proportion of the people would like to get rid of the whole lot of them. It is certainly understandable that the voters would like to "throw the rascals out." But there is no point in throwing the rascals out, if we are just going to get a new set of rascals to replace them. In other words, we need to think about what there is about current political practices that repeatedly bring to power such a counterproductive set of people. Those we...