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Thomas Sowell: Attacks on Perry unwarranted, unwise
Standard Times San Angelo ^ | Sept. 27, 2011 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 09/27/2011 3:14:20 PM PDT by Clairity

The biggest mischaracterization of Perry's position has been on immigration. The fact that he has more confidence in putting "boots on the ground" along the border, instead of relying on a fence that can be climbed over or tunneled under where there is no one around, is a logistical judgment, not a question of being against border control.

Texas Rangers already have been put along the border to guard the places where the federal government has failed to guard it. Former Sen. Rick Santorum's sound-bite attempts to paint Perry as soft on border control have apparently been politically successful, judging by polls.

But his repeated interrupting of Perry's presentation of his case during the recent debate is the kind of cheap political trick that contributes nothing to public understanding and much to public misunderstanding.

I have far more questions about those who would blow this error up into something that it is not. Error-free leaders don't exist — and we don't want to end up settling for a warm body.

Ultimately, this is not about Perry. It is about a process that can destroy any potential leader, even when the country needs a new leader with a character that the "gotcha" attackers demonstrate they do not have.

(Excerpt) Read more at gosanangelo.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: elections; goodoleboy; nixonredux; perry; slickrick; sowell
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1 posted on 09/27/2011 3:14:24 PM PDT by Clairity
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To: shield

Perry ping


2 posted on 09/27/2011 3:15:12 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Clairity

Has his stance on In-State Tuition also been misinterpreted, and are we still heartless if we oppose it?


3 posted on 09/27/2011 3:17:32 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Clairity

Thomas Sowell, right as always.


4 posted on 09/27/2011 3:17:56 PM PDT by altura ( Palin/Ryan---or Palin/Perry or Palin/Rubio)
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To: Clairity

Sorry I am too heartless to care what he thinks.


5 posted on 09/27/2011 3:18:36 PM PDT by CSI007
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To: Clairity

Sorry Tom but there’s no putting lipstick on this RINO and his “heartless” comment. He’s done, and we’re better off for it.


6 posted on 09/27/2011 3:18:45 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: altura

Fences are a “force multiplier”.

Also, notice the Israelis have a wall which MUST be dug under, since it can’t be cut through with hand tools. It is 400 miles long, and we have tons more resources than they do.


7 posted on 09/27/2011 3:19:26 PM PDT by ROTB (Christian sin breeds enemies for the USA. If you're a Christian, stop sinning, and spread the Word..)
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To: Clairity

We are heartless racists who hate them because their last names sound different.

No vote for YOU!


8 posted on 09/27/2011 3:20:08 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Clairity

Is this a reprint of the article several days ago, when he gave his full-throated endorsement of the candidate?


9 posted on 09/27/2011 3:20:34 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I like both Perry and Palin, and will vote for whichever of them wins.)
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To: Clairity

What error? He made no error. He simply called those who did not agree with him names. That is all.


10 posted on 09/27/2011 3:22:07 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Clairity

lol

The Perry haters will now just accuse Thomas Sowell of being a RINO !

lol


11 posted on 09/27/2011 3:24:26 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: Clairity
I can always rely on Thomas Sowell to be the voice of sanity. May God ever bless him!

I agree that all this "piling on" of Gov. Perry is mainly distortion and even "cheap tricks." Michelle Bachman has been particularly odious in this regard — and also my former governor, Mitt Romney. Such displays do not speak well about their respective characters. Their statements on these points are mainly sound-bited "spin." FWIW.

12 posted on 09/27/2011 3:25:29 PM PDT by betty boop (We are led to believe a lie when we see with, and not through, the eye. — William Blake)
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To: Clairity; org.whodat; cripplecreek; TADSLOS; BobL; raybbr; truthfreedom; CowboyJay; Sea Parrot; ...
What a steaming load of horse squeeze that was.

Opposing a liberal representing himself as a conservative is what the vetting process is all about.

Signed,
"Heartless" South40

13 posted on 09/27/2011 3:26:27 PM PDT by South40 (2012 matchup.... CAIN vs UNABLE?)
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To: Clairity

Sowell appears to have gone gullible in his advancing age.


14 posted on 09/27/2011 3:27:31 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Hmmmm, let’s see. Reasoned opinion from highly-respected Thomas Sowell or spittle-flying, LARGE-TYPE ranting from the anti-Perrys?

Tough choice.


15 posted on 09/27/2011 3:28:14 PM PDT by magritte
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To: Venturer

and racists.


16 posted on 09/27/2011 3:28:20 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Yer it!")
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To: betty boop

Perry attacked us.

That was all she wrote.


17 posted on 09/27/2011 3:30:09 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Clairity

This is the very first time that I have disagreed with Sowell.

Results work, not excuses.


18 posted on 09/27/2011 3:30:15 PM PDT by Gator113 (Palin 2012, period.....)
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To: Clairity
Sowell is exactly right. All the Perry bashing does is enhance the possibilities of a true liberal like Romney getting our nomination.

I will acknowledge that I believe Perry is soft on immigration. Not against border security, but soft in general (e.g., in-state tuition), and his "heartless" comment was a definite political blunder.

Beyond that, what are conservative's grievances against him with regard to:

Guns

Abortion

Social Issues

Tort Reform

Judicial Appointments

Taxes

Spending

Business Regulation

etc.

19 posted on 09/27/2011 3:30:17 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: magritte

We simply will not vote for a candidate who calls us heartless and insinuates we are racists.

That is all.


20 posted on 09/27/2011 3:32:10 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: betty boop

Gov. Perry asked for “piling on.” There was no mistaking his comment about having no heart.


21 posted on 09/27/2011 3:33:30 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: comebacknewt

The grievance on the other issues is that all conservative stances on those go down the crapper if we elect a softy on immigration and usher in millions of new Democrat voters


22 posted on 09/27/2011 3:33:40 PM PDT by DrewsMum ("I abandoned free market principles to save the free market." -GWBush)
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To: Clairity
I have always likes T Sowell and his becoming just another misguided Perry apologist trying to help the RINO out with the same sophistry we see all the time around here does not make me like him any less.
23 posted on 09/27/2011 3:34:00 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Yer it!")
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To: comebacknewt

He is in the pockets of corporate America.


24 posted on 09/27/2011 3:34:43 PM PDT by CSI007
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; RoosterRedux; jonrick46; deepbluesea; RockinRight; TexMom7; potlatch; ...
Perry Ping....

IF you'd rather NOT be pinged FReepmail me.

IF you'd like to be added FReepmail me. Thanks.

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25 posted on 09/27/2011 3:35:24 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: magritte

How mature of you. You Perry supporters sure now how to make friends and try to get people to support your candidate.


26 posted on 09/27/2011 3:36:27 PM PDT by beandog (You can't elevate Perry by tearing down Palin)
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To: GeronL

“We simply will not vote for a candidate who calls us heartless and insinuates we are racists”

Romney on the other hand...

And Obama on the other hand...


27 posted on 09/27/2011 3:38:07 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Clairity

Excellent article.


28 posted on 09/27/2011 3:38:07 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: DrewsMum

“The grievance on the other issues is that all conservative stances on those go down the crapper if we elect a softy on immigration and usher in millions of new Democrat voters”

And what do you think will happen if we reelect Obama?


29 posted on 09/27/2011 3:39:14 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Clairity

Love Sowell but I believe he’s got this one wrong.
My GUESS is that he’s concerned that the azzholes who gave us Obozo will do so again if we don’t put the strongest candidate on the GOP ballot.

That said, Perry ain’t it.


30 posted on 09/27/2011 3:39:23 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (The 2012 election is coming. Seems we have MORE TRASH TO REMOVE!)
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To: Clairity

and Cain on the other...


31 posted on 09/27/2011 3:39:26 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Yer it!")
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To: Clairity

and they have no hope of getting our votes either.

get it?


32 posted on 09/27/2011 3:39:26 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Clairity

Love Sowell but I believe he’s got this one wrong.
My GUESS is that he’s concerned that the azzholes who gave us Obozo will do so again if we don’t put the strongest candidate on the GOP ballot.

That said, Perry ain’t it.


33 posted on 09/27/2011 3:39:35 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (The 2012 election is coming. Seems we have MORE TRASH TO REMOVE!)
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To: Clairity

Excellent and true. Also, to fix illegal immigration we need to fix legal immigration and reform welfare.


34 posted on 09/27/2011 3:40:45 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: DrewsMum
The grievance on the other issues is that all conservative stances on those go down the crapper if we elect a softy on immigration and usher in millions of new Democrat voters

Immigration is a big issue, but which of our candidates is going to deport the illegals who are already here?

I doubt any of them will. I haven't heard Cain's position, but all the rest have made it clear it isn't going to happen, even Sarah.

I am open to either Cain or Perry at this point. Probably still leaning to Perry because of his experience, and because I agree with him on 95%+ of the issues that matter to me.

If Cain continues to shine, he still has a chance to win me over though, especially if Perry can't regain his footing.

35 posted on 09/27/2011 3:41:28 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: Clairity

At least, illegals should be charged out-of-state tuition. The whole notion that an illegal is treated better than a hard-working high school kid from another state is insulting. Further, I might add that it is heartless to place illegals above your own citizen brethren.


36 posted on 09/27/2011 3:41:33 PM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight (“Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.")
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To: Clairity
Speaking of unwarranted and unwise comments by Santorum:

Rick Perry's Intriguing Idea for Bi-National Health Insurance ...."Rick Santorum may have thought he was undermining Rick Perry’s health policy credibility by attacking the Texas proposal for bi-national health insurance. But the only credibility Santorum undermined was his own."....

37 posted on 09/27/2011 3:41:58 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: TexasFreeper2009

In truth, I don’t care what Sowell says. I heard what Perry said and it doesn’t pass the first test for a candidate I’ll vote for....He’s done.


38 posted on 09/27/2011 3:43:38 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: CSI007
He is in the pockets of corporate America.

I don't really see that.

Gardasil was another of Perry's mistakes, but I believe it was made with the best of intentions, and not due to corruption.

I have read about the claims of Pay for Play in Texas as well, but so far I haven't found much that seems credible on that front either.

39 posted on 09/27/2011 3:44:55 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: Clairity

Which goes to proof that even Thomas Sowell can be wrong.


40 posted on 09/27/2011 3:45:31 PM PDT by MN_Mike (Governor Sarah Palin for the win! Piper Palin for President 2036 (Biden: Gird YOUR loins))
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To: 9YearLurker

Perry made his bed!

On with the Cain Mutiny!

My husband and I are backing Herman Cain until the cows come home. It is time to stand up for what is true! Cain knows the liberals want to destroy this Country. He has eyes that see. He also has our votes, even if we have to write his name on the ballot.


41 posted on 09/27/2011 3:45:49 PM PDT by Tomato lover (We need an army of Herman Cain voters!!)
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To: Clairity

Correction:

Which goes to *prove* Thomas Sowell can be wrong. As he is on immigration.


42 posted on 09/27/2011 3:47:17 PM PDT by MN_Mike (Governor Sarah Palin for the win! Piper Palin for President 2036 (Biden: Gird YOUR loins))
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To: TexasFreeper2009

lol, lol....lol, in case you didn’t notice....

You Perry guys should stop by the ‘libary’ [Texas sic] and pick up a book. It’s called “How to win friends and influence people.”

Your boy is toast - and he’s done....

lol, lol.....lol....


43 posted on 09/27/2011 3:47:17 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: magritte

Even Thomas Sowell can be wrong and in this case he is wrong.


44 posted on 09/27/2011 3:47:21 PM PDT by Ajnin (Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnocet!)
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To: Venturer

“heartless if we oppose it”.?

You’d “have to be”.
Yet I still agree with everything Sowell said.
And I EMPHATICALLY AGREE with Perry on the folly
of a Border fence.


45 posted on 09/27/2011 3:47:59 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: Clairity

The idea is not to get someone that agrees with, or on the other hand is only somewhat similar to Obama, is a real coup.

I don’t care for Perry style politics.

With all do respect to Mr. Sowell, we can and must do better.


46 posted on 09/27/2011 3:50:14 PM PDT by dforest
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To: TexasFreeper2009

First off, I’m no Perry hater. He would be my 3rd choice after Palin followed by Cain.

I too admire Thomas Sowell, have for years. But even he will admit that he is not always right. This is one of those rare cases where he is.


47 posted on 09/27/2011 3:50:14 PM PDT by MN_Mike (Governor Sarah Palin for the win! Piper Palin for President 2036 (Biden: Gird YOUR loins))
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

If by ‘done’ you mean leading the polls, yes, he’s ‘done’. He’s the best of the current bunch, if he can get better on the debate stage. I am open to Cain, but definitely concerned how a newbie would perform throughout the campaign and in overall public opinion. Next to Cain no one running is a viable nominee.


48 posted on 09/27/2011 3:50:14 PM PDT by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: ROTB

Uh,,,,Israel has a smaller border than Texas...and uh, rivers?


49 posted on 09/27/2011 3:50:30 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Rick Perry 2012)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Mitt + Rick = Abbott + Costello


50 posted on 09/27/2011 3:53:17 PM PDT by MN_Mike (Governor Sarah Palin for the win! Piper Palin for President 2036 (Biden: Gird YOUR loins))
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