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Thomas Sowell: ‘Barack Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter’
Daily Caller ^ | September 21, 2012 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 09/23/2012 4:33:52 AM PDT by lbryce

Some conservatives will readily admit that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has his share of flaws as a candidate. But he is still much more preferable than the alternative, President Barack Obama, according to Hoover Institution scholar-in-residence Thomas Sowell.

“I don’t think Mitt Romney is going to be sparking riots against the American embassies around the world,” Sowell, the author of “Intellectuals and Society: Revised and Expanded Edition,” said said in an appearance on Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto” on Thursday. “[I]t’s not a question of whether they love you or not. The question is whether they respect you. You know, I’m sure the Iranians did not love Ronald Reagan. But the fact is they’ve made it their business to get those hostages loose before Ronald Reagan took the oath of office — in fact, hours before Ronald Reagan took the oath of office.”

Responding to Romney’s much-publicized 47-percent remarks about those living off the government last week, Sowell said you want to make that point with your policy proposals and not necessarily just rhetoric, as Reagan managed to in the 1980s.

“Undoubtedly, I think that’s one of the reasons they don’t come out and say what they want to say,” Sowell said. “I don’t think there’s anything callous about wanting able-bodied men to work. You know, what I think is truly callous is having a system and a set of policies that, in fact, hurts the poor. I mean, most — you mentioned Reagan. Now, I came across an old real copy of The New York Times, which had the front page headlines that the black-white income difference had narrowed slightly during the 1980s. Now, that’s the Reagan administration. More recently, the black-white income difference has widened greatly under Barack Obama. And yet, Reagan is never regarded as being someone who’s for the poor or for what not. And Obama is.”

“So the real question is not what is — how does he talk, how does he come across,” Sowell continued. “The question is what do his policies do to people? And I think, for example, minimum wages — I was shocked to hear Romney say he’d be for it. Minimum wages have done enormous damage to young blacks. If you back to the mid-1940s, the unemployment rate among black teenagers was a fraction of what it is has been — it was a fraction in 1949, which was a recession year, of what it has been and even in the most prosperous years since then.”

“And the difference was that in 1949, the minimum wage law had not been upgraded since 1938. So for all practical purposes, it had been destroyed by inflation. Once you start reinstating the minimum wage with increases, then you begin to get to 20, 30, 40 percent unemployment rate among black teenagers. But in the late 40s, there were years when a black 16-year-olds had unemployment rates under 10 percent. Now, the question is not whether you’re empathizing or not. The question is whether your policies are ruining people.”

Cavuto later asked Sowell if he thought Obama is like Reagan’s 1980 opponent, little-loved former President Jimmy Carter.

“I think Barack Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter,” Sowell said. “Carter had many foolish policies internationally as well as domestically. But I think Obama has outdone him in both respects.”


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: carter; obama; sowell
That has to hurt in so many ways.
The ignominious Jimmy Carter, without question, not that long ago the worst president in modern history, undoubtedly one of the worst presidents ever, his name synonymous with utter failure, his presidency a legacy of ineptitude, incompetence, repercussions of which resonate today over thirty years later to exponential negative effect. Jimmy Carter mid-wife to the number one sponsor of global terror, the outlaw terror state of Iran, wily, cunning, a motley crew of meddling murderers having leveraged their modest geopolitical means far beyond their otherwise limited resources, bent on wreaking havoc, death, destruction on the global stage without compunction or conscience, the worst, the very worst yet to come.

Nothing could be more emasculating, degrading politically, personally, than to be impugned as being worse than Jimmy Carter, nothing, up until only a few years ago would have anyone conceive of a president whose legacy could somehow possibly be worse than Carter's.

1 posted on 09/23/2012 4:33:57 AM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce
Nothing could be more emasculating, degrading politically, personally, than to be impugned as being worse than Jimmy Carter..

... except perhaps for being married to Moochelle. /S

2 posted on 09/23/2012 4:43:16 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

What about being the spouse of Hillary?


3 posted on 09/23/2012 4:57:04 AM PDT by exnavy (The time is upon us, fish or cut bait, may God guide your heart.)
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Yes he is, Dr. Sowell. Jimmy Carter was merely an incompetent idealistic doofus. He didn't hate America with a purple passion.
4 posted on 09/23/2012 5:36:21 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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5 posted on 09/23/2012 5:49:57 AM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: lbryce

Thomas Sowell should have been the first black President!!


6 posted on 09/23/2012 6:20:26 AM PDT by ontap
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To: ontap

There is nothing more dangerous than a black conservative.

Mia Love is running against incumbant democrat congressman in Utah and you cannot believe the full court press against her mounted by the national Democrat party. Could anything be worse for them than a beautiful, smart black woman who articulates conservative principles better than most white men in the party.

GO MIA!!!


7 posted on 09/23/2012 7:16:34 AM PDT by Alex Baker
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To: lbryce
“I think Barack Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter,” Sowell said. “Carter had many foolish policies internationally as well as domestically. But I think Obama has outdone him in both respects.”

Any D'rat who fails to realize this is obviously too radically far to the left as the 0 is.
8 posted on 09/23/2012 11:48:39 AM PDT by hawaiianninja (Palm note to self: Work for a successful 2012! +Throw the liberal garbage out!)
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