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  • All-Time All-Stars (Thomas Sowell)

    07/06/2012 11:07:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 6, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    <p>Nothing is likely to get an argument started among sports fans faster than attempts to name the all-time greatest in any sport, or even the all-time greatest in a particular aspect of a sport. However, in baseball, we can at least narrow down the list of possibilities — considerably, in fact — when it comes to hitting.</p>
  • Teaching Economics (Thomas Sowell)

    07/02/2012 6:34:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 3, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Having taught economics at a number of colleges for a number of years, I especially welcomed a feature article in the June 22nd issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, on how economics courses with the same name can be very different at different colleges. It can also be very different when the course is taught by professors in the same department who have different approaches. The usefulness of the three approaches described in the article depends on what the introductory course is trying to accomplish. One professor taught the subject through a steady diet of mathematical models. If...
  • Judicial Betrayal (Thomas Sowell on John Roberts)

    07/02/2012 11:26:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 112 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 3, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Betrayal is hard to take, whether in our personal lives or in the political life of the nation. Yet there are people in Washington — too often, Republicans — who start living in the Beltway atmosphere, and start forgetting those hundreds of millions of Americans beyond the Beltway who trusted them to do right by them, to use their wisdom instead of their cleverness. President Bush 41 epitomized these betrayals when he broke his "read my lips, no new taxes" pledge. He paid the price when he quickly went from high approval ratings as president to someone defeated for...
  • A Political Glossary: Part IV (Thomas Sowell)

    06/28/2012 12:00:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 28, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Nowhere is political rhetoric more shameless — or more dangerous — than in the pious names that politicians give to the legislation they pass. Perhaps the most egregious example is the so-called "Indian Child Welfare Act," which callously sacrifices the welfare of Indian children. Time and again, children with some American Indian ancestry, who have been adopted by families that are not of that ancestry, have been suddenly taken by law from the only parents they have ever known and transferred to some distant Indian reservation, to live among strangers in a world they know nothing about. You might...
  • A Political Glossary: Part III (Thomas Sowell)

    06/25/2012 12:49:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 26, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    If there were a Hall of Fame for political rhetoric, the phrase "social justice" would deserve a prominent place there. It has the prime virtue of political catchwords: It means many different things to many different people. In other words, if you are a politician, you can get lots of people, with different concrete ideas, to agree with you when you come out boldly for the vague generality of "social justice." Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said that a good catchword can stop thought for 50 years. The phrase "social justice" has stopped many people from thinking, for at least...
  • A Political Glossary: Part II (Thomas Sowell)

    06/25/2012 11:11:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 25, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Politicians seem to have a special fondness for words that have two very different meanings, so we are likely to hear a lot of these kinds of words this election year. "Access" is one of those words. Politicians seem to be forever coming to the rescue of people who have been denied "access" to credit, college or whatever. But what does that mean, concretely? It could mean that some external force is blocking you from whatever your goal might be. Or it could mean that you just don't have whatever it takes to reach that goal. To take a...
  • A Political Glossary (Thomas Sowell)

    06/25/2012 9:55:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 26, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Since this is an election year, we can expect to hear a lot of words — and the meaning of those words is not always clear. So it may be helpful to have a glossary of political terms. One of the most versatile terms in the political vocabulary is "fairness." It has been used over a vast range of issues, from "fair trade" laws to the Fair Labor Standards Act. And recently we have heard that the rich don't pay their "fair share" of taxes. Some of us may want to see a definition of what is "fair." But...
  • The Immigration Ploy (Thomas Sowell)

    06/18/2012 1:08:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 19, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    President Obama's latest political ploy — granting new "rights" out of thin air, by Executive Order, to illegal immigrants who claim that they were brought into the country when they were children — is all too typical of his short-run approach to the country's long-run problems. Whatever the merits or demerits of the Obama immigration policy, his Executive Order is good only as long as he remains president, which may be only a matter of months after this year's election. People cannot plan their lives on the basis of laws that can suddenly appear, and then suddenly disappear, in...
  • Random Thoughts (Thomas Sowell)

    06/18/2012 12:03:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 19, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Many people may have voted for Barack Obama in 2008 because of his charisma. But anyone familiar with the disastrous track record of charismatic political leaders around the world in the 20th century should have run for the hills when they encountered a politician with charisma. What is scarier than any particular political policy or issue is the widespread tendency to treat political issues as personal contests in talking points — competitive skill in fencing with words — rather than as serious attempts to find out what the facts are and what the...
  • Socialist or Fascist? (Thomas Sowell on Obama)

    06/11/2012 1:43:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 12, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    It bothers me a little when conservatives call Barack Obama a "socialist." He certainly is an enemy of the free market, and wants politicians and bureaucrats to make the fundamental decisions about the economy. But that does not mean that he wants government ownership of the means of production, which has long been a standard definition of socialism. What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they...
  • The Real 'War on Women' (Thomas Sowell on Obama)

    06/06/2012 9:56:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 6, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Among the people who are disappointed with President Obama, none has more reason to be disappointed than those who thought he was going to be "a uniter, rather than a divider" and that he would "bring us all together." It was a noble hope, but one with no factual foundation. Barack Obama had been a divider all his adult life, especially as a community organizer, and he had repeatedly sought out and allied himself with other dividers, the most blatant of whom was the man whose church he attended for 20 years, Jeremiah Wright. Now, with his presidency on...
  • Playing With Words (Thomas Sowell)

    06/04/2012 1:32:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 5, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Would anyone work to support themselves or their families — and then turn over a chunk of that hard-earned money to somebody else, just because of the words used by that somebody else? A few people may be taken in by the words of con men, here and there, but the larger tragedy is that millions more are taken in by the words of politicians, the top-of-the-line con men. How do politicians con people out of their money? One example can be found in a recent article titled "The Autism-Welfare Nexus" by Paul Sperry in "Investor's Business Daily." Genuine...
  • Holder's Chutzpah (Thomas Sowell on Eric Holder)

    05/31/2012 12:54:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 31, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Attorney General Eric Holder recently told a group of black clergymen that the right to vote was being threatened by people who are seeking to block access to the ballot box by blacks and other minorities. This is truly world-class chutzpah, by an Attorney General who stopped attorneys in his own Department of Justice from completing the prosecution of black thugs who stationed themselves outside a Philadelphia voting site to harass and intimidate white voters. This may have seemed like a small episode to some at the time, but it was only the proverbial tip of the iceberg. The...
  • 'Meaningful Work' (Thomas Sowell)

    05/28/2012 10:22:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 29, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    "Education" is a word that covers a lot of very different things, from vital, life-saving medical skills to frivolous courses to absolutely counterproductive courses that fill people with a sense of grievance and entitlement, without giving them either the skills to earn a living or a realistic understanding of the world required for a citizen in a free society. The lack of realism among many highly educated people has been demonstrated in many ways. When I saw signs in Yellowstone National Park warning visitors not to get too close to a buffalo, I realized that this was a warning...
  • A Book for Republicans (Thomas Sowell)

    05/21/2012 10:35:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 22, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Democrats have been having a field day with the cry of "tax cuts for the rich" — for which Republicans seem to have no reply. This is especially surprising, because Democrats made the same arguments back in the 1920s, and the Republicans then not only had a reply, but one that eventually carried the day, when the top tax rate was brought down from 73 percent to 24 percent. What was the difference then? The biggest difference is that Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon took the trouble to articulate the case for lower tax rates, in articles that...
  • Big Lies in Politics (Thomas Sowell)

    05/21/2012 10:24:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 22, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    The fact that so many successful politicians are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy them, and only in the short run. The current outbreaks of riots in Europe show what happens when the truth catches up with both the politicians and the people in the long run. Among the biggest lies of the welfare states on both sides of the Atlantic is the notion that the government can supply the people with things they want but cannot afford....
  • A Racial Revolution? (Thomas Sowell)

    05/18/2012 4:42:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 18, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Now that census data show — for the first time in American history — the number of white babies born exceeded by the number of babies born to non-white minorities the question is: What does this mean for the future of American society? Politically, it means that minorities who traditionally vote overwhelmingly for Democrats can ensure that the country veers ever further to the left over the years, making America more like the welfare states of Europe, whose unsustainable spending led ultimately to finical crises and widespread riots. But this is not strictly a matter of whites versus non-whites....
  • Spike in black on white crime covered up by media

    05/15/2012 8:18:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Examiner ^ | May 15, 2012 | Anthony Martin
    Those who depend solely on the mainstream media for their news might be surprised to know that there has been a major spike in racial crime in America this year. Media observers state that when it comes to news reports on the subject, citizens are rarely informed of the seriousness of the racial tension, except when it is a certain type of racial tension. When whites attack blacks the media is quick to report it. But according to national columnist Thomas Sowell, when blacks attack whites, somehow those particular news stories never see the light of day. Fox News personality...
  • A Censored Race War? (Thomas Sowell)

    05/14/2012 8:55:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 111 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 15, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    When two white newspaper reporters for the Virginian-Pilot were driving through Norfolk, and were set upon and beaten by a mob of young blacks — beaten so badly that they had to take a week off from work — that might seem to have been news that should have been reported, at least by their own newspaper. But it wasn't. "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News Channel was the first major television program to report this incident. Yet this story is not just a Norfolk story, either in what happened or in how the media and the authorities have...
  • Intellectuals with Thomas Sowell: Chapter 1 of 5

    05/07/2012 8:27:39 PM PDT · by Huntress · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 5/7/12 | Thomas Sowell & Peter Robinson
    Thomas Sowell discusses how people who have fancy diplomas are more likely to comment on subjects they do not have a background on.