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Sowell: Random Thoughts
Creators Syndicate ^ | May 27, 2014 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 05/26/2014 1:30:10 PM PDT by jazusamo

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Will the Veterans Administration scandal wake up those people who have been blithely saying that what we need is a "single payer" system for medical care? Delays in getting to see a doctor have been a common denominator in government-run medical systems in England, Canada and Australia, among other places.

Class warfare rhetoric would have us resenting "the top ten percent" in income. But that would be a farce, because most of us would be resenting ourselves, since more than half of all Americans — 54 percent — are in the top ten percent at some stage of their lives.

Some people act as if the answer to every problem is to put more money and power in the hands of politicians.

Freedom means nothing if it does not mean the freedom to do what other people don't like. Everyone was free to be a Communist under the Stalin dictatorship, and everyone is free to be a Muslim in Saudi Arabia. Yet whole generations are coming out of our colleges where only those who are politically correct are free to speak their minds. What kind of America will they create?

In Thomas Piketty's highly-praised new book, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" he asserts that the top tax rate under President Herbert Hoover was 25 percent. But Internal Revenue Service records show that it was 63 percent in 1932. If Piketty can't even get his facts straight, why should his grandiose plans for confiscatory global taxation be taken seriously?

Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama; piketty; randomthoughts; sowell; thomassowell

1 posted on 05/26/2014 1:30:10 PM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 05/26/2014 1:32:05 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Government policies to "bring down the cost of medical care" almost never bring down those costs, and often increase the costs. These policies simply refuse to pay the full costs of medical care. Any one of us can do that, but we know there will be consequences. There will also be consequences when the government refuses to pay the costs, but these consequences will be concealed and/or denied.

This is a very important point.

3 posted on 05/26/2014 1:40:03 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: fhayek

There is no free lunch. People were infatuated with O’bummer because they thought they were going to get a free lunch.


4 posted on 05/26/2014 1:43:40 PM PDT by Vinylly (?%)
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To: fhayek

Absolutely, many are finding that out with 0care now.


5 posted on 05/26/2014 1:46:21 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: fhayek
“...The VA offers precisely what Obamacare offers: not a guarantee of treatment in time of need, but a guarantee of a place in line for treatment at a time of the bureaucracy’s choosing. For some, that time will never come."
6 posted on 05/26/2014 1:47:33 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
Exactly. Replace 'health care' with any other commodity. Let us say a government passed a law that said everyone was entitled to a free Cadillac. So, people would line up for their free Cadillac. Three hundred million people. General Motors would say that they need what? - $45,000 for the car. The government says, no, that's too much, we will only pay you $25,000 per vehicle. GM say, okay, but I hope you aren't in any hurry. We will build your Cadillac when we have some freed up capacity, after we are done producing profitable cars.
7 posted on 05/26/2014 1:56:53 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: jazusamo
Politics is the art of making the impossible seem possible, and even plausible and desirable. That is how ObamaCare got passed.

I don't think the dependent class is deceived. In spite of all, they just want to believe that if "they wish upon a star", they will be provided for and told what to do.

Now the independent class just wants to be left alone to make their own decisions.

8 posted on 05/26/2014 2:07:34 PM PDT by oldbrowser (This looks like a make it or break it point for America.)
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In Thomas Piketty’s highly-praised new book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” he asserts that the top tax rate under President Herbert Hoover was 25 percent. But Internal Revenue Service records show that it was 63 percent in 1932. If Piketty can’t even get his facts straight, why should his grandiose plans for confiscatory global taxation be taken seriously?


9 posted on 05/26/2014 2:09:03 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: jazusamo

Another fine column. Thanks for posting.


10 posted on 05/26/2014 2:12:07 PM PDT by buridan
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To: jazusamo

Class warfare rhetoric would have us resenting “the top ten percent” in income.


I wonder how many democrats in congress are in “top ten percent?” My guess is all of them.


11 posted on 05/26/2014 2:12:12 PM PDT by boycott
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To: boycott

My guess is that you’re right, at least those with more than one term.


12 posted on 05/26/2014 2:16:45 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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13 posted on 05/26/2014 2:18:07 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Thanks for the ping

I had do do this


14 posted on 05/26/2014 2:48:12 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Excellent, Kas. I’ve already stolen it, Thanks. :-)


15 posted on 05/26/2014 2:54:51 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Good :) and you’re welcome


16 posted on 05/26/2014 3:01:57 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: jazusamo

Eloquence and genius are a great combination; Sowell is gifted in both areas. This is one of the best editorials he’s written; I’d bet, too, it only took him about 10 minutes to jot the stuff down...that’s because he had already written the piece in his head. I wish I could have taken a class with either he or Williams teaching at college.


17 posted on 05/26/2014 3:15:27 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Living in the midst of a silently coup.)
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Agreed, Dr. Sowell is one of the great thinkers of our time and Dr. Williams is no slouch.


18 posted on 05/26/2014 3:31:28 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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"... Dr. Sowell is one of the great thinkers of our time and Dr. Williams is no slouch."

The genius of both men is the ability to explain what we think is complicated in simple terms that cannot be misunderstood.

19 posted on 05/26/2014 3:41:25 PM PDT by NicknamedBob (Will all of you people who keep "fixing" things please stop? Making them work again is killing me.)
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To: NicknamedBob

I’ve seen Thomas Sowell in Real Life!


20 posted on 05/26/2014 3:44:48 PM PDT by Tax-chick (You say I'm insane ... I say you're afraid.)
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To: Tax-chick
*Gasp!* He does exist?

*Swoon*

21 posted on 05/26/2014 4:30:58 PM PDT by NicknamedBob (Will all of you people who keep "fixing" things please stop? Making them work again is killing me.)
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To: NicknamedBob

I shook his hand.


22 posted on 05/26/2014 5:09:33 PM PDT by Tax-chick (You say I'm insane ... I say you're afraid.)
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To: jazusamo

bump for later


23 posted on 05/26/2014 5:41:27 PM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: NicknamedBob
The genius of both men is the ability to explain what we think is complicated in simple terms that cannot be misunderstood.

Well said - both Sowell and Williams should be required reading for all high school students. The libs can pick any two writers of their choosing and I would be happy with the outcome.

24 posted on 05/26/2014 6:22:08 PM PDT by mcenedo (lying liberal media - our most dangerous and powerful enemy)
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“Will the Veterans Administration scandal wake up those people who have been blithely saying that what we need is a “single payer” system for medical care?”

Uhhhh, no...Because those people engineering this believe they are not to suffer much underneath such a burden...

As long as others suffer, and suffer right along with those without anyway who keep electing them into office...

Screw ‘em...

It is that simple...


25 posted on 05/26/2014 9:43:46 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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