Skip to comments.Thomas Sowell: ‘Barack Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter’
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 dont 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 Networks Cavuto on Thursday. [I]ts not a question of whether they love you or not. The question is whether they respect you. You know, Im sure the Iranians did not love Ronald Reagan. But the fact is theyve 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 Romneys 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 thats one of the reasons they dont come out and say what they want to say, Sowell said. I dont think theres 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, thats 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 whos 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 hed 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 youre empathizing or not. The question is whether your policies are ruining people.
Cavuto later asked Sowell if he thought Obama is like Reagans 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.
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.
... except perhaps for being married to Moochelle. /S
What about being the spouse of Hillary?
Thomas Sowell should have been the first black President!!
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.
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