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The Real Obama: Part III (Sowell on Obama)
Creators Syndicate ^ | October 7, 2008 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 10/07/2008 12:28:54 PM PDT by jazusamo

What about those "real issues" that Barack Obama's supporters in the media say we should get back to, whenever some new unsavory fact about his past comes out?

Surely education is a real issue, with American school children consistently scoring below those in other countries, and children in minority communities faring worst of all.

What about Senator Obama's position on this real issue? As with other issues, he has talked one way and acted the opposite way.

The education situation in Obama's home base of Chicago is one of the worst in the nation for the children— and one of the best for the unionized teachers.

Fewer than one-third of Chicago's high-school juniors meet the statewide standards on tests. Only 6 percent of the youngsters who enter Chicago high schools become college graduates by the time they are 25 years old.

The problem is not money: Chicago spends more than $10,000 per student.

Chicago teachers are doing well. A beginning teacher, fresh out of college, earns more than the city's median income and that can rise to more than $100,000 over the years.

That's for teaching 6 hours a day, 9 months of the year. Moreover, a teacher's income is dependent on seniority and other such factors— and in no way dependent on whether their students are actually learning anything.

Obama has said eloquent and lofty words about education, as he has about other things— for example, how it is "unacceptable in a country as wealthy as ours" that some children "are not getting a decent shot at life" because of the failing schools.

In a predominantly black suburb of Chicago, where the average teacher's salary is $83,000 and one-fourth of the teachers make more than $100,000, Barack Obama noted that the school day ends at 1:30 PM.

In his book "Dreams from My Father," Obama said candidly that black teachers and administrators "defend the status quo with the same skill and vigor as their white counterparts of two decades before."

It is not a question of Obama's not knowing. He has demonstrated conclusively that he knows what is going on.

But, for all his eloquent words, he has voted consistently for the teachers' unions and the status quo.

"I owe those unions," he has said frankly. "When their leaders call, I do my best to call them back right away. I don't consider this corrupting in any way."

Only other politicians' special interests are called "special interests" by Barack Obama, whose world-class ability to rationalize is his most frightening skill.

Even when he verbally endorses the reform idea of merit pay for teachers, he cleverly re-defines merit so that it will be measured by teachers themselves, rather than by "arbitrary tests." In other words, Obama placates critics of the educational status quo by being for merit pay in words, while making those words meaningless, so as not to offend the teachers' unions.

The failings of teachers are only part of the disaster of inner city public schools. Disruptive and violent students can make it impossible for even the best teachers to educate students.

Administrators are reluctant to impose any serious punishment on those students who make it impossible for other students to learn. Partly this is because liberal judges can make it literally a federal case if more minority students are punished than others.

In other words, if black males are punished more often than Asian American females, that can be enough to get the administrators drawn into a legal labyrinth, costing money and time, even if the punishment is eventually upheld.

When a bill was introduced into the Illinois state legislature that would put more teeth into suspensions of misbehaving students, Barack Obama voted against that bill.

A real reformer would want to crack down on both unruly students and unaccountable teachers. A clever politician would speak eloquently, demand "change"— and then vote for the status quo. Obama talks a great game.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 2008; barackobama; democrats; economy; education; elections; nobama08; obama; obamatruthfile; publiceducation; publicschools; sowell; teachers; thomassowell; tsbo; unions
Thomas Sowell columns re Obama

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Conservatives for Obama?
Cocky Ignorance
Obama and McCain
Irrelevant Apologies
Success Built on Work Ethic
An Old Newness
A Living Lie
Obama’s Speech
Race and Politics
Non-Judgmental Nonsense

1 posted on 10/07/2008 12:28:54 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Sowell/Palin 2008!!


2 posted on 10/07/2008 12:30:19 PM PDT by utherdoul
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3 posted on 10/07/2008 12:30:49 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo
"I owe those unions," he has said frankly. "When their leaders call, I do my best to call them back right away. I don't consider this corrupting in any way."

In other words, he doesn't consider using political power to do favors for people who give him money to be "corruption." It's all in the definition, you know ...

Either that, or he figures that already being 100% corrupt, it's impossible for any influence to be "corrupting."

4 posted on 10/07/2008 12:33:30 PM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: jazusamo

BHO does not care about students, just the union money and ‘free’ union ACORN volunteers...


5 posted on 10/07/2008 12:35:04 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Tax-chick

That’s astonishing to me that a politician would admit corruption and that’s exactly what he did.


6 posted on 10/07/2008 12:37:27 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: utherdoul

I like that ticket but how about

Sowell - Williams, ‘12

BLACKS TO THE FUTURE


7 posted on 10/07/2008 12:38:01 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: jazusamo

Dr. Sowell is a genus!


8 posted on 10/07/2008 12:38:06 PM PDT by Islander7 (The only thing Obama has to fear is the truth!)
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To: jazusamo

Seems like there is omission of the fact that 0be worked on school improvement in the CPS. Since he accomplished NONE, 0be sends HIS kids to private school.


9 posted on 10/07/2008 12:38:46 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Palin for President! (PUMA))
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To: george76

Exactly! Union money and ACORN volunteers.


10 posted on 10/07/2008 12:38:50 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: Paladin2

Good point, there’s no way he’d let his kids go to those public schools.


11 posted on 10/07/2008 12:40:25 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

Sure. “I do political favors for money.” Just don’t call it “corruption” or “bribery,” because that would be racist.


12 posted on 10/07/2008 12:40:50 PM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: jazusamo
In a predominantly black suburb of Chicago, where the average teacher's salary is $83,000 and one-fourth of the teachers make more than $100,000

This is outrageous!!!

13 posted on 10/07/2008 12:41:19 PM PDT by what's up
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To: donaldo; utherdoul

Unfortunately, Dr. Sowell is 78 years old now.


14 posted on 10/07/2008 12:42:01 PM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: jazusamo

Wonder if there’s any way to persuade Mr. Sowell to run for elected office?


15 posted on 10/07/2008 12:43:19 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: what's up

Yes, it’s outrageous and that’s why teacher unions fight merit pay.


16 posted on 10/07/2008 12:45:20 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo
"I owe those unions," he has said frankly. "When their leaders call, I do my best to call them back right away. I don't consider this corrupting in any way."

He does. Specifically the Chicago Teacher's Union (CTU) donated at various points to his previous campaigns. When Obama has had the opportunity to reform the cronyism of the unions and the Chicago machine, he hasn't.

17 posted on 10/07/2008 12:49:35 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (If I wanted a Chicago politician as my President, I'd vote for Richard Daley)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks, this collection of Sowell columns is just what I need! My elderly Mother is a lifelong Democrat who has recently seen the light, but she’s up against it at the Senior Center where the AARP-brainwashed bridge players are voting for Obama, who will “protect their medicare”. She can’t understand why “the facts” about Obama “have not come out in the news until Sean Hannity last night”! So this will arm her with some substantial material.


18 posted on 10/07/2008 12:54:14 PM PDT by baa39 (Our Lady of Victory, pray for the USA.)
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To: Islander7
Dr. Sowell is a genus!

I bet all the species in genus sowell are highly intelligent lifeforms. :P
19 posted on 10/07/2008 12:58:37 PM PDT by According2RecentPollsAirIsGood
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To: baa39

Good! I hope she’ll use them. Dr. Sowell has many excellent talking points in those columns.


20 posted on 10/07/2008 1:00:13 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

Thomas Sowell is a national treasure.


21 posted on 10/07/2008 1:01:17 PM PDT by hershey
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To: Tax-chick
Yes, Dr. Sowell is sadly too old to run for public office. Moreover, he would never want to run because he prefers to not be in the public light too much; plus, he has written many articles decrying the absolute character destruction prominent conservatives must face at the hands of the media.

What we can do, though, aside from introducing people to his brilliant writing, is just tell people about Dr. Sowell's life. A more inspiring story of self-realization, self-reliance, and self-achievement is hard to find...

From Wikipedia:
Thomas Sowell was born in North Carolina, where, as recounted in his autobiography, A Personal Odyssey, his encounters with white people were so limited that he didn't believe that "yellow" was a possible color for human hair. He and his siblings moved to Harlem, New York City with his mother's sister (whom he believed was his mother; his father died before he was born). He dropped out of high school and moved out on his own at age 17 because of financial difficulties and a deteriorating home environment. These hard-scrabble years are detailed in his autobiography. He later served in the US Marine Corps.

After his service, Sowell passed a GED and enrolled at Howard University. His high grades enabled him to transfer and complete a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard College, where he graduated magna cum laude. He went on to receive a Master of Arts in Economics from Columbia University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Chicago. He initially chose Columbia University he has said, because he wanted to study under George Stigler. After arriving at Columbia and hearing that Stigler had moved on to Chicago, Sowell followed him there.

Sowell has taught at prominent American universities including Howard University, Cornell University, Brandeis University, and UCLA. Since 1980 he has been a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he holds the fellowship named after Rose and Milton Friedman.
What an amazing man with an amazing mind.
22 posted on 10/07/2008 1:07:39 PM PDT by According2RecentPollsAirIsGood
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To: Tax-chick
Somebody save some of his DNA...we need clones....FAST!

I'm always directing my daughter to his writings. They are clean, concise and make perfect sense.

23 posted on 10/07/2008 1:21:28 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: Freee-dame

Education ping.


24 posted on 10/07/2008 1:34:04 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for posting!


25 posted on 10/07/2008 1:46:21 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: Tax-chick

I didn’t realize that Dr. Sowell was that young! Yeah, not likely, but even at age 78 he’s infintely preferable to the Dalai Bama. I really admire Sowell, one of America’s greatest.


26 posted on 10/07/2008 1:51:32 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: jazusamo

Obama is a good talker. I heard throughout my life the words “talk is cheap”. With Obama it seems that talk might be becoming quite expensive.


27 posted on 10/07/2008 1:56:37 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: According2RecentPollsAirIsGood

“....I bet all the species in genus sowell are highly intelligent lifeforms. :P...”

Smarty!

;-)


28 posted on 10/07/2008 1:59:18 PM PDT by Islander7 (The only thing Obama has to fear is the truth!)
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To: jazusamo
If what Obama's doing is being consider as possible corruption, let the definition be changed to reflect that Obama cannot be so labeled, just as he and other Arab Muslims blacks cannot be considered racist, unless of course they hold conservative viewpoints.

HF

29 posted on 10/07/2008 2:27:59 PM PDT by holden
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To: jazusamo

great thread! now I can find it again...


30 posted on 10/07/2008 3:47:21 PM PDT by Retch_Sweeney (Men for whom God is dead worship on another...Crews maybe)
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To: tsmith130

My 17-year-old daughter is a big fan, too. She took a class using “Basic Economics” last spring, but she’d read some of his other books earlier.


31 posted on 10/07/2008 3:58:04 PM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: According2RecentPollsAirIsGood; donaldo

Dr. Sowell is one of our national treasures, hands-down our greatest living intellectual, since Milton Friedman died. I’d much rather have him for President than Barack Osama, but he said himself that he’s way too cantankerous to ever be elected to office.

I saw him speak live once, back in the early 90’s. He was very stout then, but he’s taking better care of himself now, so maybe he’ll live as long as Dr. Friedman!


32 posted on 10/07/2008 4:57:47 PM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks, jazusamo! Thomas Sowell is such gifted writer, and brilliant analyst.


33 posted on 10/07/2008 5:43:30 PM PDT by CDB (An American Palin Guy - Big Time)
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To: Tax-chick

Correct on all counts. I too, admired the late Milton Friedman who said, “I’m for any tax cut, anytime, and for any reason.” Oddly enough, my first real appreciation for Dr. Sowell dates from a reading of a column wherein he made the case that Babe Ruth was the greatest baseball player ever! I now have at least twenty books by Dr. Sowell. I was also fortunate to see him in person at St. Mary’s University here in San Antonio, Texas. He spoke to an overflow audience. I’ll cherish that visit as long as I live.


34 posted on 10/07/2008 5:53:37 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: donaldo

ONZ, you must have been at the same speech I attended! Students hanging in the window, scr*w-the-fire-code crowds on the floor, cute blonde girls lining up to get his autograph?


35 posted on 10/07/2008 5:57:39 PM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: donaldo
Sowell - Williams, ‘12

George Forman Sec. of State

36 posted on 10/07/2008 7:29:49 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I will stand with the Muslims ~B Hussein Obomunist ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Verito Possumus~Verified Sleeper!)
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To: Tax-chick

That’s it. I remember Dr. Sowell’s pointed criticism of multiculturalism. He’s not into moral equivalence and ironic detachment, the two scourges of our time.


37 posted on 10/07/2008 7:54:26 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: According2RecentPollsAirIsGood

Moreover, he would never want to run because he prefers to not be in the public light too much; plus, he has written many articles decrying the absolute character destruction prominent conservatives must face at the hands of the media. <<<

maybe he understands this > http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k6KUDv1wzraWhwlBt1


38 posted on 10/07/2008 11:53:36 PM PDT by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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To: jazusamo

Obama’s position on Chicago Schools and teachers is clearly a page out of Paolo Frere’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”.


39 posted on 10/08/2008 2:56:45 AM PDT by Alia
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