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Conservative legend Thomas Sowell turns on Ted Cruz
The Daily Caller ^ | 2-19-2014 | Jamie Weinstein

Posted on 02/19/2014 4:18:55 PM PST by servo1969

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 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.”

Sowell continued, suggesting Cruz is only looking out for himself.

“Senator Ted Cruz has not yet reached the point where he can make policy, rather than just make political trouble,” Sowell wrote. “But there are already disquieting signs that he is looking out for Ted Cruz — even if that sets back the causes he claims to be serving.”

Sowell seems to have been most recently irked by Cruz’s actions surrounding the Senate vote to increase the debt ceiling. Cruz threatened to filibuster, forcing several Republicans to either vote for cloture or force a fight over the debt ceiling increase. Republican leaders were seeking to avoid such a politically-risky fight and another possible government shutdown in order to focus on the failures of Obamacare heading in to the 2014 midterm elections.

“Senator Cruz’s filibuster last year got the Republicans blamed for shutting down the government — and his threatened filibuster this year forced several Republican Senators to jeopardize their own reelection prospects by voting to impose cloture, to prevent Cruz from repeating his self-serving grandstand play of last year,” Sowell wrote in his Wednesday column. “The Republicans need every vote they can get in the Senate — plus additional votes by defeating some Democrats who are running for the Senate this fall. It can be a very close call. Jeopardizing the reelection of current Republican Senators is an act of utter irresponsibility, a high risk with zero benefits to anyone except Ted Cruz — and the Democrats.”

In his Wednesday column, Sowell also lashed out against the so-called Republican establishment.

“However unjustified Senator Cruz’s actions, the very fact that a freshman Senator can so quickly gain so many supporters, with so much enthusiasm, ought to be a loud warning to the Republican establishment that they have long been a huge disappointment to a wide range of Republican voters and supporters,” he wrote.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cruz; obama; sowell; teaparty; tedcruz; texas; thomassowell
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Thomas Sowell is a very smart man but I haven't seen Cruz do anything that seemed wrong to me.
1 posted on 02/19/2014 4:18:55 PM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Time will tell, but we have been burned before. Cautiously optimistic on Cruz.


2 posted on 02/19/2014 4:20:32 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: servo1969

I disagree with Sowell’s premise this time.


3 posted on 02/19/2014 4:21:22 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: servo1969

“Thomas Sowell is a very smart man...”
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It just proves that even smart men can be bought off and end up doing the GOPe’s bidding.

My opinion of Thomas Sowell has just plummeted.


4 posted on 02/19/2014 4:21:32 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: servo1969

The Republicans need every vote they can get in the Senate ...

WHY?

we have ENOUGH John McLame’s in the Senate! What good would it do to have MORE OF THEM!!?!?!?!

would 10 more John McLame’s stop a SINGLE Obama supreme court appointment?

would 10 more John McLame’s impeach Obama?

much MUCH M-U-C-H more likely... is that 10 more John McCain’s would push through AMNESTY for illegal aliens!

no thanks Thomas!


5 posted on 02/19/2014 4:23:31 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: House Atreides

Sowell can’t be bought off.

That’s just silly.

This is his view and we should take it for that.


6 posted on 02/19/2014 4:23:43 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

“Time will tell, but we have been burned before. “

Scott Brown was no surprise, but Rubio took the Tea Party types off guard. I disagree with Sowell. If something is too perfect (like Rubio seemed) then it’s too good to be true.


7 posted on 02/19/2014 4:23:47 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: House Atreides

Sowell cannot be “bought off.” He’s richer than most in the GOP, has a reputation for NOT hanging out with any of these types, and I think it’s an unfair slur on the man to suggest as much. Is it not possible for someone to have a different opinion than you without being “bought off?”


8 posted on 02/19/2014 4:23:51 PM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: servo1969

Sowell slips up
9 posted on 02/19/2014 4:24:51 PM PST by Manic_Episode (GOP = The Whig Party)
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To: servo1969

I respect Sowell enough to grant him some consideration- but I am not sure I agree with him on this one.

I hope it is just a shot-across-the-bow to Cruz to be careful and NOT turn self-serving


10 posted on 02/19/2014 4:24:59 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: servo1969
Sowell is wrong to attack someone who is separating himself from a sinking ship.
SOMBODY HAS TO LEAD!
11 posted on 02/19/2014 4:26:24 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: servo1969

And our side wonders why we dont seem to get anywhere.

Too many people in our ranks trying to be too cute by half.

Guess it’s just more fun to write columns and bitch.


12 posted on 02/19/2014 4:26:46 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: servo1969

Ted Cruz is doing what the whole GOP should be doing


13 posted on 02/19/2014 4:26:49 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: servo1969

Apparently even a working clock is wrong twice each day! :O


14 posted on 02/19/2014 4:27:48 PM PST by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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To: servo1969

Mr. Sowell has been writing for a half century and has accomplished nothing relative to the left tide. I’ll throw in with Cruz here. He may well be able to stem the tide a bit.


15 posted on 02/19/2014 4:28:17 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: right way right

Exactly! It’s relatively easy to write articles about our countries problems for years. It’s quite another to take a definitive stand against the establishment with almost nothing but the Constitution and probably millions of plain old American citizens on your side.


16 posted on 02/19/2014 4:29:45 PM PST by uncitizen (Impeach the Communist Already!)
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To: FrdmLvr

Thomas Sowell might be right 99% of the time, but he is way way way way off base on this one


17 posted on 02/19/2014 4:30:05 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: servo1969

If Sowell is using rhetoric such as “make political trouble”, he has gone to the left side of the equation.


18 posted on 02/19/2014 4:30:55 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: servo1969

Agree with Dr. Sowell most of the time, but in this area must disagree. Time will tell.


19 posted on 02/19/2014 4:31:09 PM PST by mulligan (I)
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To: servo1969

LOL! And everyone is saying that the GOP is going to kick butt in 2014 and 2016. LOL! The commies got this joint in the bag. Big time fascist police state coming. Better prepare. The freeloaders are about to find out that the slavery of communism/Socialism and “free stuff” really sucks.


20 posted on 02/19/2014 4:31:19 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: servo1969

I think Cruz wanted to flush out some of those who have been stabbing him in the back!

The fact is, Cruz made John Wayne “One Of Us” McCornyn look like the dirt bag that he is and that is GOOD for Texas, GOOD for the US Senate and GOOD for Cruz!

I just think Mr. Sowell is wrong in his assumption that Cruz is doing this just for his own good.


21 posted on 02/19/2014 4:32:01 PM PST by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
much MUCH M-U-C-H more likely... is that 10 more John McCain’s would push through AMNESTY for illegal aliens!

The Gang of 8 amnesty bill has already been passed by the Senate. 14 GOP Rep senators voted with the Dems. They don't need 10 more John McCains to push thru amnesty. They already have enough now and we see the result.

22 posted on 02/19/2014 4:32:37 PM PST by kabar
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To: House Atreides
My opinion of Thomas Sowell has just plummeted.

Mine hasn't. I understand perfectly where Prof. Sowell is coming from. His position is a more pragmatic one than mine. He feels that there is a point at which we can no longer return from the damage done by Liberals, and that we might be very close to that. If his premise is correct, then it might very well be fatal for us to push for a conservative GOP at this time, while gambling against losses in 2014 and 2016.

I take a longer view, however. I think that the U.S. is a bit less frail than he believes. I think we can weather potential defeat in 2014 and 2016, although it would be painful for many years following. I believe we need to purge the Democrat-Lites from the party. If we don't, it doesn't really matter whether the country fails in 5 years or 55 years; it's gonna fail.

23 posted on 02/19/2014 4:32:46 PM PST by Egon (Apparently, Jimmy Carter DOES need a third term.)
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To: servo1969

Yet another old line conservative that hasn’t yet allowed himself to understand the sort of battle we are in.


24 posted on 02/19/2014 4:33:02 PM PST by glorgau
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To: LS

“Sowell cannot be “bought off.” He’s richer than most in the GOP, has a reputation for NOT hanging out with any of these types, and I think it’s an unfair slur on the man to suggest as much...”

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You need to understand that some folks can be “bought off” by things other than money. Anyhow, you can have your opinions and I can have mine. I ALWAYS get suspicious when the mainstream media and the GOPe are having a “campaign” against an individual or a group (such as the Tea Party) and someone who is NOT a usual suspect suddenly steps up, joins the firing line and starts blasting away.


25 posted on 02/19/2014 4:33:10 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: servo1969

While I generally agree with Sowell, I think he’s off base on this one. As much as the GOPe would like to work with an entrenched ‘apprenticeship’, true conservatives like Cruz don’t fit the mold. And, I dare say the nation doesn’t have the time remaining to muddle through an awkward, drawn out rite of passage for legislators like Cruz to advance to recognized leadership roles.
Cruz is taking the actions that are supported by the American people. If Sowell doesn’t like that, or if it doesn’t fit with his calculus, then Sowell needs to rethink his position.
All the caterwauling from the GOPe doesn’t change the fact that it is past time to DO SOMETHING FOR THE NATION, instead of the GOVERNMENT.
Lacking faith in the GOPe, I’ll stand with Ted Cruz.


26 posted on 02/19/2014 4:33:26 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: House Atreides

Two things make me nervous about Cruz

1) Harvard Law grad
2) Wife is a Managing Director @ Goldman Sachs

Either one arouses suspicion
The combo has me wondering...


27 posted on 02/19/2014 4:34:30 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

Two things make me nervous about Cruz

1) Harvard Law grad
2) Wife is a Managing Director @ Goldman Sachs

Either one arouses suspicion
The combo has me wondering...
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STILL trying to spread FUD?


28 posted on 02/19/2014 4:35:36 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: servo1969

Question IS...... How self serving is Thomas Sowell?..

Next question is... Who isn’t self serving?..


29 posted on 02/19/2014 4:36:37 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: nascarnation

Good points... actually more damning than being self serving..


30 posted on 02/19/2014 4:37:55 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: House Atreides

They are undisputed facts.
Make of them what you will.


31 posted on 02/19/2014 4:39:23 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: ExTxMarine

Your first sentence proves Sowell’s point. It is all about Cruz.


32 posted on 02/19/2014 4:41:36 PM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: GeronL
I'm on the Sowell ping list; he's a nice guy.

But I have no illusions.

He's with the Hoover Institution, which I've referenced in posts numerous times.

Another Hoover Institution Fellow was Antony Sutton.

Interview: Best Enemies Money Can Buy

To get an idea of the true significance of the Hoover Institution, you have to understand it's founder, and some of the key roles he played for international banking earlier in his career.
33 posted on 02/19/2014 4:42:28 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: Mr. K

I agree with you. Dr Sowell deserves and has earned my respect. So I’ll see where this one goes.


34 posted on 02/19/2014 4:42:50 PM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: servo1969

Obamacare wont be repealed until there is another president.

The infighting is good to slow down amnesty. Sowell opposes amnesty for illegals.


35 posted on 02/19/2014 4:45:31 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: servo1969
Economist Thomas Sowell, who has long been revered among conservatives, has slammed Sen. Ted Cruz in his last two columns,

Slammed? Really?

What hyperbolic BS. Sowell has fair and reasoned critiques of Cruz. Hardly a SLAM.

36 posted on 02/19/2014 4:45:58 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: D-fendr
This is his view and we should take it for that.

You are correct.

We hope he is wrong, but it is not an unreasonable argument.

We may love Ted and we may think all the polls are doctored, but the polls show that the liberal attacks are sticking and that Ted is getting no traction outside of us.

And after Susan Angle and Christine O'Donnell, its a legitimate train of thought.

37 posted on 02/19/2014 4:46:07 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: servo1969

IIRC, hasn’t Cruz already shown some liberal stripes? Possibly re immigration, but maybe something else? I could swear he failed on a basic premise of American conservatism. I know Rubio blew it with concessions for illegals.


38 posted on 02/19/2014 4:47:04 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: servo1969
Dr. Sowell,

On the highway of political divination, it's a fine line separating the skeptical from the cynical lanes.
In this case, I sense you may be veering toward the latter.
But I've been wrong a couple times before . . .

respectfully,
tomkat

39 posted on 02/19/2014 4:47:42 PM PST by tomkat
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To: servo1969

has slammed Sen. Ted Cruz in his last two columns, accusing the Texas Republican of being self-serving

Funny, I thought the GOPe and the Chamber of Crony Crapitalists were self serving in their support of the illegal amnesty.....


40 posted on 02/19/2014 4:50:11 PM PST by GraceG
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To: TexasFreeper2009

One Hell raising sheep dog (Cruz) is worth 10 RINO-crat sheep (bitch mcconnel, insane mccain) in the senate, we are going up against DEMOCRAT WOLVES (Harry Whorehouse Reid) HERE!!!

Elect more sheep dogs into the senate, even if we remove 30 sheep and replace them with 3 sheep dogs it will be worth it!


41 posted on 02/19/2014 4:52:36 PM PST by GraceG
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To: servo1969
I admire Sowell greatly and so will consider his argument. However, it would take a lot to change my mind: Cruz is a knowledgeable man of great accomplishments. Barack Obama and Ted Cruz are in no way comparable. We have had several elections testing the viability of the philosophy of Don't provide Democrats anything they can distort and lie about and use for false accusations. That philosophy is a proven loser.

We cannot change Democrat methods, and by this time we look pretty stupid begging them to agree that we are not bad people. That just makes their tactics successful and more likely to be repeated ever more outrageously at every opportunity. They have no motivation except the acquisition of power and subjugation of a permanent underclass. We don't need to suck up to them, we need to call them what they are. Ted Cruz does this with courage, style, and eloquence.

42 posted on 02/19/2014 4:52:58 PM PST by Marylander
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To: GeronL
Thomas Sowell might be right 99% of the time, but he is way way way way off base on this one

Actually, although Cruz arguably has the position of the most significant outsider at this point, I remain completely reserved on even his eventual role, should he somehow get elected to the Presidency, because he is an alum of both Princeton and Harvard. It's just a matter of general caution when it comes to those schools since they are at the heart of education for our infamous financial elites, and history shows that they turn out both conservatives and liberals that appear to be stalwarts but they maintain a primary allegiance to the financial elites, albeit in a virtually opaque manner. He certainly has been the best prospect for 2016 so far, but I recognize that there would be limits on just what he could accomplish, due to all the resources available to the financial elites, even if he were to attempt a significant break with their agenda.
43 posted on 02/19/2014 4:56:22 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: servo1969

Some Demonrat thugs got to, or have something on, Sowell or his family.

Pray that God continues to protect Ted Cruz, his wife and their two daughters from these traitorous monsters.


44 posted on 02/19/2014 4:57:43 PM PST by Carl Vehse
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To: LS
Is it not possible for someone to have a different opinion than you without being “bought off?”

ummm... no... pretty much that is the way it has gotten to be here... one differing opinion on some of these threads and you may as well be Nancy Pelosi...

45 posted on 02/19/2014 5:03:19 PM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: servo1969

If I were Sowell, I would have made my views known to Cruz privately, rather than playing right into the hands of the left with this airing of dirty laundry.

I disagree with Sowell here.


46 posted on 02/19/2014 5:04:34 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: servo1969

Sowell is a brilliant man, I happened to disagree with him on this because I think he is only looking at it from a single angle. What Ted is doing by threatening a filibuster is to draw attention to the fact that the base does not want the debt level raised. We want cuts and then we will raise the debt level one last time.


47 posted on 02/19/2014 5:06:33 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: servo1969

I very rarely read his articles, but I am still disappointed in him with this.


48 posted on 02/19/2014 5:06:43 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: eddie willers

Well said. Thanks for your post.


49 posted on 02/19/2014 5:07:29 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: CatherineofAragon
If I were Sowell, I would have made my views known to Cruz privately, rather than playing right into the hands of the left with this airing of dirty laundry.
I disagree with Sowell here.

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Agreed. I'm puzzled by this.

50 posted on 02/19/2014 5:08:52 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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