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Sowell: Random Thoughts
Creators Syndicate ^ | February 11, 2014 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 02/10/2014 3:18:28 PM PST by jazusamo

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

It is amazing how many people still fall for the argument that, if life is unfair, the answer is to turn more money and power over to politicians. Since life has always been unfair, for thousands of years and in countries around the world, where does that lead us?

I am so old that I can remember when sex was private. "Don't ask, don't tell" applied to everybody.

However fascinated the U.S. Supreme Court may be with the concept of "diversity," every one of the 9 justices has a degree from one of the 8 Ivy League institutions, out of the thousands of institutions of higher learning in this country. How diverse is that?

Despite the rhetoric, the goals or the intentions of the political left, the world they seek to create is a world where decisions are taken out of the hands of ordinary citizens and transferred to third parties. ObamaCare is the latest example of this trend, and can now join the long list of the "compassionate" catastrophes of the left.

It is fascinating to see academics full of indignation over the "exploitation" of low-wage workers by multinational corporations in Third World countries, when it is common on their own academic campuses to have young men get paid nothing at all for risking their health, and sometimes their lives, playing football that brings in millions of dollars to the college and often gets coaches paid higher salaries than the president of the college or university.

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1 posted on 02/10/2014 3:18:29 PM PST by jazusamo
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2 posted on 02/10/2014 3:20:07 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the ping jaz, and God Bless Thomas Sowell.


3 posted on 02/10/2014 3:42:19 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: rockinqsranch

Amen to that, my FRiend.


4 posted on 02/10/2014 3:47:11 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

Thoughts from the worlds greatest intellectual.


5 posted on 02/10/2014 3:54:28 PM PST by Stepan12
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To: jazusamo
Sowell BTT.

Anyone who wants to read one book that will help explain the international crises of our time should read "The Gathering Storm" by Winston Churchill. It is not about the Middle East or even about today. It is about the fatuous and irresponsible foreign policies of the 1930s that led to the most catastrophic war in human history. But you can recognize the same fecklessness today.

Chills. On a somewhat enforced rest last month I re-read that one along with Shirer's Berlin Diary. It was very disturbing reading.

6 posted on 02/10/2014 4:02:06 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

Have you read “Before the Deluge” by Otto Friedrich?
or “Hitler Warned Us” by John Laffin?
or “On borrowed Time” by Lenard Mosley?
Or “Last Train from Berlin” by Howard K. Smith?

Watching what is happening today sends chills down
your spine after reading books like those.

If Obama had been president during the time of
Saddam Hussein, he would have GIVEN him Kuwait.


7 posted on 02/10/2014 4:19:46 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Billthedrill

I haven’t read either one but it’s hard to imagine that foreign policy could be any worse than 0bama’s.

I hope you’re well, my FRiend.


8 posted on 02/10/2014 4:20:12 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

Even when Sowell thinks randomly, he is far more coherent than 99% of the contemporary commentators peddling their drivel in the MSM. If everyone on Free Republic could present conservatism as clearly and eloquently as he does, this nation would quickly swing back to a conservative way of thinking and voting.


9 posted on 02/10/2014 4:29:07 PM PST by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: All
Good points----1930-40's era Europe resonates in 2014.

O/CARE A BLUNDER OF CEAUSESCUIAN PROPORTIONS Remember then-Majority leader Pelosi saying they must pass the O-care bill so they can find out what’s in it? That was then. This is now......we must now wait 1-2 decades for its "goodness" to rollout.

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As far back as 2008, at the presidential debate in Nashville, Democrat candidate Obama advanced his signature healthcare plan---ultimately enacted, by an historic straight Democrat party-line vote, into the "Affordable Care Act"

QUOTING 2008 OBAMA: "No. 1, let me just repeat, if you’ve got a health care plan that you like, you can keep it. All I’m going to do is help you to lower the premiums on it. You’ll still have choice of doctor.” Repeated over and over ---- with the promise that every American family would be saving $2500.00 on healthcare costs.

Significantly, Obamba NEVER corrected lock-stepping Democrats, all reading from the same Democrat talking points, all of them repeating the same Democrat promises---over and over again.

LOCK-STEPPING PARTY LOYALTY NOT SEEN SINCE 1930-40's ERA EUROPE Obama And the Dems marched in lockstep.....the persistent Dumbocrat drumbeat ---- in obeisance to Obama ---- kept ringing reassuringly in our ears: "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan."

SEN. HARRY REID (D-Nev.): “In fact, one of our core principles is that if you like the health care you have, you can keep it.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.8642, 8/3/09)

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: “We believe — and we stand by this — if you like your current health insurance plan, you will be able to keep it, plain and simple, straightforward.” (Sen. Durbin, Congressional Record, S.6401, 6/10/09)

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “If you like your insurance, you keep it.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/29/09)

SEN. PATTY MURRAY (D-Wash.): “Again, if you like what you have, you will be able to keep it. Let me say this again: If you like what you have, when our legislation is passed and signed by the President, you will be able to keep it.” (Sen. Murray, Congressional Record, S.6400, 6/10/09)

SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-Mont.): “That is why one of the central promises of health care reform has been and is: If you like what you have, you can keep it. That is critically important. If a person has a plan, and he or she likes it, he or she can keep it.” (Sen. Baucus, Congressional Record, S.7676, 9/29/10)

SEN. TOM HARKIN (D-Iowa): “One of the things we put in the health care bill when we designed it was the protection for consumers to keep the plan they have if they like it; thus, the term ‘grandfathered plans.’ If you have a plan you like — existing policies — you can keep them. … we said, if you like a plan, you get to keep it, and you can grandfather it in.” (Sen. Harkin, Congressional Record, S.7675-6, 9/29/10)

THEN-REP. TAMMY BALDWIN (D-Wis.): “Under the bill, if you like the insurance you have now, you may keep it and it will improve.” (Rep. Baldwin, Press Release, 3/18/10)

SEN. MARK BEGICH (D-Alaska): “If you got a doctor now, you got a medical professional you want, you get to keep that. If you have an insurance program or a health care policy you want of ideas, make sure you keep it. That you can keep who you want.” (Sen. Begich, Townhall Event, 7/27/09)

SEN. MICHAEL BENNET (D-Colo.): “We should begin with a basic principle: if you have coverage and you like it, you can keep it. If you have your doctor, and you like him or her, you should be able to keep them as well. We will not take that choice away from you.” (Sen. Bennet, Press Release, 6/11/09)

SEN. BARBARA BOXER (D-Calif.): “So we Democrats want people to be able to keep the health care they have. And the answer to that is choice of plans. And in the exchange, we’re going to have lots of different plans, and people will be able to keep the health care coverage they need and they want.” (Sen. Boxer, Press Release, 2/8/11)

SEN. SHERROD BROWN (D-Ohio): “Our Democrat bill says if you have health insurance and you like it, you can keep it…”(Sen. Brown, Congressional Record, S.12612, 12/7/09)

SEN. BEN CARDIN (D-Md.): “For the people of Maryland, this bill will provide a rational way in which they can maintain their existing coverage…” (Sen. Cardin, Congressional Record, S.13798, 12/23/09)

SEN. BOB CASEY (D-Pa.): “I also believe this Democrat legislation and the bill we are going to send to President Obama this fall will also have secure choices. If you like what you have, you like the plan you have, you can keep it. It is not going to change.” (Sen. Casey, Congressional Record, S.8070, 7/24/09)

SEN. KAY HAGAN (D-N.C.): ‘People who have insurance they’re happy with can keep it’ “We need to support the private insurance industry so that people who have insurance they’re happy with can keep it while also providing a backstop option for people without access to affordable coverage.” (“Republicans Vent As Other Compromise Plans Get Aired,” National Journal’s Congress Daily, 6/18/09)

SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D-La.): “If you like the insurance that you have, you’ll be able to keep it.” (MSNBC’s Hardball, 12/16/09)

SEN. PAT LEAHY (D-Vt.): “[I]f you like the insurance you now have, keep the insurance you have.” (CNN’s “Newsroom,” 10/22/09)

SEN. BOB MENENDEZ (D-N.J.): “If you like what you have, you get to keep it” “Menendez is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which is expected to release a bill later this week. He stressed that consumers who are satisfied with their plans won’t have to change. ‘If you like what you have, you get to keep it,’ he said.” (“Health Care Plan Would Help N.J., Menendez Says,” The Record, 6/19/09)

SEN. JEFF MERKLEY (D-Oreg.): “[E]nsuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it” “The HELP Committee bill sets forward a historic Democrat plan that will, for the first time in American history, give every American access to affordable health coverage, reduce costs, and increase choice, while ensuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it.” (Sen. Merkley, Press Release, 7/15/09)

SEN. BARBARA MIKULSKI (D-Md.): “It means that if you like the insurance you have now, you can keep it.” (Sen. Mikulski, Press Release, 12/24/09)

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-W.Va.): “I want people to know, the President’s promise that if you like the coverage you have today you can keep it is a pledge we intend to keep.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Hearing, 9/23/09)

SEN. JACK REED (D-R.I.): “If you like the insurance you have, you can choose to keep it.” (Sen. Reed, Town Hall Event, 6/25/09)

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vt.): “‘If you have coverage you like, you can keep it,’ says Sen. Sanders.” (“Sick And Wrong,” Rolling Stone, 4/5/10)

SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D-N.H.): ‘if you have health coverage that you like, you get to keep it’ “My understanding … is that … if you have health coverage that you like you can keep it. As I said, you may have missed my remarks at the beginning of the call, but one of the things I that I said as a requirement that I have for supporting a Democrat bill is that if you have health coverage that you like you should be able to keep that. …under every scenario that I’ve seen, if you have health coverage that you like, you get to keep it.” (Sen. Shaheen, “Health Care Questions From Across New Hampshire,” Accessed 11/13/13)

SEN. DEBBIE STABENOW (D-Mich.): “As someone who has a large number of large employers in my state, one of the things I appreciate about the Democrat chairman’s remark is — is the grandfathering provisions, the fact that the people in my state, 60 percent of whom have insurance, are going to be able to keep it. And Mr. Chairman, I appreciate that. That’s a strong commitment. It’s clear in the bill … I appreciate the strong commitment on your part and the president to make sure that if you have your insurance you can keep it. That’s the bottom line for me.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/24/09)

SEN. JON TESTER (D-Mont.): “‘If you like your coverage, you’ll be able to keep it,’ Tester said, adding that if Medicare changes, it will only become stronger”. (“Tester In Baker To Discuss Health Care,” The Fallon County Times, 11/20/09)

SEN. TOM UDALL (D-N.Mex.): “Some worried reform would alter their current coverage. It won’t. If you like your current plan, you can keep it.” (“What I Learned: About Health Care Reform This Summer, By Your Lawmakers In Congress,” Albuquerque Journal, 9/8/09)

SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (D-R.I.): “..it honors President Obama’s programs and the promise of all of the Presidential candidates that if you like the plan you have, you get to keep it. You are not forced out of anything.” (Sen. Whitehouse, Congressional Record, S.8668, 8/3/09)

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) the 60th vote on Obamacare: "people who are happy with their current plan, wouldn't need to change it."
FRANKEN YOUTUBE SOUND BITE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCZmAYYNz8Ihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?

10 posted on 02/10/2014 4:30:01 PM PST by Liz
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To: unlearner

Well said.


11 posted on 02/10/2014 4:31:47 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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12 posted on 02/10/2014 4:32:08 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Billthedrill

Sowell BTT.

Anyone who wants to read one book that will help explain the international crises of our time should read “The Gathering Storm” by Winston Churchill. It is not about the Middle East or even about today. It is about the fatuous and irresponsible foreign policies of the 1930s that led to the most catastrophic war in human history. But you can recognize the same fecklessness today.

Chills. On a somewhat enforced rest last month I re-read that one along with Shirer’s Berlin Diary. It was very disturbing reading


Amen to you and Sowell on this.


13 posted on 02/10/2014 4:35:59 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (Keep your lid on; don't let anyone dump garbage on you.)
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To: Stepan12

Yes, Sowell is a treasure!

Imagine if he was the first black president instead of Zero.


14 posted on 02/10/2014 4:40:35 PM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: jazusamo

One of the true intellectuals of our time! Have loved this guy for decades!!!


15 posted on 02/10/2014 4:42:13 PM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: jazusamo

“”””I don’t know why it bothers me when I see a good-looking woman who could be truly beautiful if she only took the trouble. But I can recall a woman like that who was educated at Berkeley, and who apparently thought attention to her appearance was not hip. Unfortunately, her husband met another woman, who had not gone to Berkeley, and who did not have this inhibition — or many other inhibitions.””””

HELP! Does anyone know who he’s talking about here? I can think of any number of women in the public eye who graduated from Berkeley who are old hags and DEMOCRATS - most of them in Congress. I’m just curious!!


16 posted on 02/10/2014 4:43:08 PM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: Liz
Gonna get some mileage out of your excellent summary of the Democrat Socialists marching blindly with their "leader".

Thanks!

17 posted on 02/10/2014 4:47:02 PM PST by glennaro
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To: tet68

Or, as William Manchester so rightly observed in his “The Arms of Krupp” history: “No one in Germany questioned Hitler’s sanity until he started to lose.”


18 posted on 02/10/2014 4:48:34 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: jazusamo

“The Gathering Storm” 2parts, BBC/HBO films.

http://www.youtube.com/user/HiddlestonChannel/videos


19 posted on 02/10/2014 4:49:00 PM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: glennaro

Good to hear——the list must go viral.


20 posted on 02/10/2014 4:50:45 PM PST by Liz
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To: Bobalu

“The Gathering Storm” ebook

http://www.binsearch.info/?q=The+Gathering+Storm+Winston+Churchill&max=100&adv_age=1100&server=


21 posted on 02/10/2014 4:51:49 PM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: tet68
The first and the last of those, some years ago. The Friedrich book made quite an impression on me as an undergraduate but now I know so very much more...

I agree with you with respect to foreign policy. 0bama is an ignorant ideologue with neither knowledge nor respect for history and an inexplicable conviction that he's above it all. A decent choice for Secretary of State might have helped him but he didn't make one either chance he got.

Domestically, though, that's where I started squirming reading those books. He has a passionate, destructive, tribal following that has been very successful at bullying scapegoats, enjoys winning by cheating and intimidation, and is hell-bent on forcing the world into a mold it will never fit.

22 posted on 02/10/2014 4:59:13 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Thank You Rush

I am curious too and don’t have a clue, hope someone does.


23 posted on 02/10/2014 5:06:14 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Billthedrill

Well put, we have not seen the end of the damage
Obama has created and is continuing to create.
I have reached the point where I dispair of ever
being able to turn things around. I am afraid it
will be like the soviet union and change will only
come from complete collapse, but at what a cost!


24 posted on 02/10/2014 5:08:42 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Bobalu

Charles Krauthammer wears Thomas Sowell pajamas. :)


25 posted on 02/10/2014 5:37:35 PM PST by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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To: jazusamo

BUMP. “The Smartest Man in America.”


26 posted on 02/10/2014 5:40:08 PM PST by golux
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To: jazusamo
I am so old that I can remember when sex was private. "Don't ask, don't tell" applied to everybody.

He is old! I can barely remember those days, and I'm in late middle age.

27 posted on 02/10/2014 6:05:39 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

:-) I’m not quite as old as Tom Sowell but can remember when sex was private.


28 posted on 02/10/2014 6:27:25 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo
When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.

Sowell never fails to knock the ball out of the park.

29 posted on 02/10/2014 8:04:16 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: jazusamo
When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.
30 posted on 02/10/2014 9:03:48 PM PST by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Great post!


31 posted on 02/10/2014 9:07:41 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Billthedrill

Another good read is “How Democracy was lost”,
by Ellen Switzer.

He has a passionate, destructive, tribal following that has been very successful at bullying scapegoats, enjoys winning by cheating and intimidation, and is hell-bent on forcing the world into a mold it will never fit.

Who Obama or Hitler?
When you look, it’s kind of hard to tell.

Obama’s penchant for operating outside the bounds
of the constitution is only getting started.
If he is not called on it soon, he will continue to the
point, he can’t be called on it.

I am certain he has true believers who would have no
qualms about repressing any opposition, which if they
were only thugs would be bad enough, but to put them
in positions of authority with the power of government
behind them is not just criminal but deadly.


32 posted on 02/10/2014 9:28:57 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Billthedrill

“Chills. On a somewhat enforced rest last month I re-read that one along with Shirer’s Berlin Diary. It was very disturbing reading.”

On a much less intellectual level, watching “Cabaret” again is somewhat similar.

Tomorrow belongs, tomorrow belongs, tomorrow belongs to...


33 posted on 02/10/2014 9:58:09 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: dsc
...watching “Cabaret” again is somewhat similar.

That movie scared hell out of me then and it still does. More now, I think, than it did when it came out.

34 posted on 02/10/2014 10:20:08 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Thank You Rush
Does anyone know who he’s talking about here?

I'll guess: The husband met a woman, not from Berkeley, who tried to be attractive. She was able to take him away from his wife from Berkeley, because the wife did not try to be attractive. Ms. Non-Berkeley turned out to be a libertine (no inhibitions), so that relationship failed too. It would have been better for both husband and wife if the wife had tried to be attractive.

It is unusual for Sowell to be unclear.

35 posted on 02/10/2014 11:35:04 PM PST by TChad
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To: jazusamo
Mr Sowell's random thoughts are always better than my organized ones.

The man is a treasure.

36 posted on 02/11/2014 5:23:29 AM PST by wbill
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To: Stepan12

The only one in the Faculty Lounge worth listening to.


37 posted on 02/11/2014 8:08:37 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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