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  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    02/01/2016 11:27:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 2, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Will this November's presidential election come down to a choice between a felon and a pied piper? People who call Barack Obama a lame duck president seem not to have noticed that he is exercising more power than ever, and has turned the Republican Congress into a lame duck branch of government. The best New Year's Resolution I ever made was to stop trying to reason with unreasonable people. That may be especially valuable during an election year. With 4 of the 9 Supreme Court justices being more than 75 years old, the next...
  • Grow Up! How can anyone be for this spoiled brat?

    01/30/2016 1:19:04 PM PST · by plewis1250 · 116 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/30/2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Of all the many things said about Donald Trump, what was said by Roger Ailes, head of the Fox News Channel, said it all in just two words: “Grow up!” It is amazing how many people have been oblivious to this middle-aged man’s spoiled brat behavior, his childish boastfulness about things he says he is going to do, and his petulant response to every criticism with ad hominem replies.
  • Sowell: The Demand for Villains

    01/25/2016 1:57:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 26, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    The latest tempest in a teapot controversy is over a lack of black nominees for this year's Academy Awards in Hollywood. The assumption seems to be that different groups would be proportionally represented if somebody were not doing somebody else wrong. That assumption carries great weight in far more important things than Academy Awards and in places more important than Hollywood, including the Supreme Court of the United States. In an earlier era, the groupthink assumption was that groups that did not succeed as often, or as well, were genetically inferior. But is our current groupthink assumption based on any...
  • Do Emotions Trump Facts? Thomas Sowell on Donald Trump - Rebutted!

    "Socrates, my master, is my friend but a greater friend is truth." - Plato Free Market Economist Thomas Sowell recently joined other National Review contributors in criticizing Donald Trump and his candidacy for President of the United States. Stefan Molyneux responds to the writing of one of his intellectual heroes - and illustrates the flawed reasoning contained within Dr. Sowell's "Do Emotions Trump Facts?" article.
  • Do Emotions Trump Facts? (Thomas Sowell on Trump)

    01/22/2016 12:19:43 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 125 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 22. 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Those of us who like to believe that human beings are rational can sometimes have a hard time trying to explain what is going on in politics. It is still a puzzle to me how millions of patriotic Americans could have voted in 2008 for a man who for 20 years -- TWENTY YEARS -- was a follower of a preacher who poured out his hatred for America in the most gross gutter terms. Today's big puzzle is how so many otherwise rational people have become enamored of Donald Trump, projecting onto him virtues and principles that he clearly does...
  • Sowell: 'Messing With the Constitution'

    01/11/2016 11:34:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 12, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    In recent years, a small but growing number of people have advocated a convention of states to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The reaction to the proposal has been hostile, out of all proportion to either the originality or the danger of such a convention. The political left has been especially vehement in its denunciations of what they call "messing with the Constitution." A recent proposal by Governor Greg Abbott of Texas to hold a Constitutional convention of states has been denounced by the Texas branch of the American Civil Liberties Union and nationally by an...
  • Showman-in-Chief

    01/06/2016 5:08:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Those who have been marveling at Donald Trump's political showmanship were given a reminder of who is the top showman of them all, when President Barack Obama went on television to make a pitch for his unilateral actions to restrict gun sales and make a more general case for tighter gun control laws. It was beautifully choreographed, like a great ballet, and performed with consummate skill and understated eloquence. First of all, the scene was set with a room full of people who had lost loved ones to gun violence. A father whose son had been gunned down made...
  • Sowell: Complicating the Obvious

    01/04/2016 1:00:30 PM PST · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 5, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Engineers who design computerized products and services seem to have an almost fanatical determination to avoid using plain English. It is understandable when complicated processes require complicated operations. But when the very simplest things are designed with needless complications or murky instructions, that is something else. For example, like all sorts of other devices, computers and computerized products and services have to be turned on and off. And everybody knows what the words "on" and "off" mean. But how often have you seen a computer or a computerized product or service that used the words "on" or "off"? These simple...
  • Sowell: Remembering 2015

    12/28/2015 1:08:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 29, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    How shall we remember 2015? Or shall we try to forget it? It is always hard to know when a turning point has been reached, and usually it is long afterwards before we recognize it. However, if 2015 has been a turning point, it may well have marked a turn in a downward direction for America and Western civilization. This was the year when we essentially let the world know that we were giving up any effort to try to stop Iran -- the world's leading sponsor of international terrorism -- from getting a nuclear bomb. Surely it does not...
  • Sowell: The Busybody Left

    12/21/2015 10:53:06 AM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 22, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The political left has been trying to run other people's lives for centuries. So we should not be surprised to see the Obama administration now trying to force neighborhoods across America to have the mix of people the government wants them to have. There are not enough poor people living in middle class neighborhoods to suit the political left. Not enough blacks in white neighborhoods. Not enough Hispanics here, not enough Asians there. Nowhere in the Constitution does it grant the federal government the power to dictate such things. But places that do not mix and match people the way...
  • Reality vs. 'Mismatch': Becoming Unhinged at Justice Scalia Over Race

    12/15/2015 2:10:05 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 15, 2015 | J. Christian Adams
    Defenders of racial preferences are good at two things: ignoring the real-world consequences of their policies, and attacking anyone who notices the consequences. At the recent argument in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, Justice Scalia asked a question that illustrated that the victims of racial preferences in college admissions include not only the people denied admission because they are not the preferred race, but also the people preferences are designed to help. At oral argument, Justice Scalia said: There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to get them into the University of Texas...
  • Sowell: Attacking the Truth

    12/14/2015 12:42:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 15, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Among the many sad signs of our time are the current political and media attacks on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for speaking the plain truth on a subject where lies have been the norm for years. The case before the High Court is whether the use of race as a basis for admitting students to the University of Texas at Austin is a violation of the 14th Amendment's requirement for government institutions to provide "equal protection of the laws" to all. Affirmative action is supposed to be a benefit to black and other minority students admitted with lower academic...
  • Sowell: Attacking the Truth: Part II

    12/14/2015 12:42:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 15, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, involving racial double standards in admissions to the University of Texas at Austin, has an Alice-in-Wonderland quality that has been all too common in other Supreme Court cases involving affirmative action in academia, going all the way back to 1978. Plain hard facts dissolve into rhetorical mysticism in these cases, where evasions of reality have been the norm. One inconvenient reality is that racial double standards by government institutions are contrary to the "equal protection of the laws" prescribed by the 14th Amendment to the constitution. Therefore racial double standards must be...
  • Sowell: The President's Speech

    12/07/2015 11:21:50 AM PST · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 8, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    When the President of the United States asks the television networks to set aside time for him to broadcast a speech from the Oval Office, we can usually expect that he has something new to say. But President Obama's speech Sunday night was just a rehash of what he has been saying all along, trying to justify policies that have repeatedly turned out disastrously for America and our allies. This was not a speech about how the Obama administration is going to do anything differently in the future. It was a speech about how Obama's policies were right all along....
  • Sowell: Christmas Gifts

    11/30/2015 2:39:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 1, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    People who want to buy Christmas gifts, without having to confront the crowds at the local shopping mall (or shopping maul) can take a load off their feet by buying books or movies on the Internet, while sitting in the comfort of their own homes. In addition to old standbys like gorgeous coffee table books of Ansel Adams' scenic photographs or the collected works of Shakespeare -- or of "Calvin and Hobbes" comics -- there are also many thought-provoking books on current events or on history. People who already seem to have everything may not have DVDs of the latest...
  • Sowell: A Resurgence of Intolerance

    11/30/2015 1:40:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 1, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Storm trooper tactics by bands of college students making ideological demands across the country, and immediate preemptive surrender by college administrators -- such as at the University of Missouri recently -- bring back memories of the 1960s, for those of us old enough to remember what it was like being there, and seeing first-hand how painful events unfolded. At Harvard, back in 1969, students seized control of the administration building and began releasing to the media information from confidential personnel files of professors. But, when university president Nathan Pusey called in the police to evict the students, the faculty turned...
  • Sowell: Political Translations

    11/23/2015 11:33:50 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 24, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    It is amazing how many different ways the same thing can be said, creating totally different impressions. For example, when President Barack Obama says that defeating ISIS is going to take a long time, how is that different from saying that he is going to do very little, very slowly? It is saying the same thing in different words. Defenders of the administration's policies may cite how many aerial sorties have been flown by American planes against ISIS. There have been thousands of these sorties, which sounds very impressive. But what is less impressive -- and more indicative -- is...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    11/16/2015 1:58:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 16, 2017 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Some financial institutions may be considered "too big to fail," but contemporary Western society may be too frivolous to survive. The Romans had bread and circuses to keep the masses passive and unthinking. We have electronic gadgets, drugs and pornography. Like the Roman Empire, we too may decline and fall. What happened in Paris may be just the beginning. With the "global warming" zealots predicting catastrophic consequences over the next century, I wonder if anyone has studied how accurate five-day weather forecasts turn out to be. Cheap shots at the police by politicians and...
  • Sowell: Stop the Bleeding

    11/16/2015 10:28:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 17, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    There was a painful irony when France's immediate response to the terrorist attacks in Paris was to close the borders. If they had closed the borders decades ago, they might have avoided this attack. Someone once said that the First World War was the most stupid thing that European nations ever did. Countries on both sides of that war ended up worse off than before, whether they were on the winning side or the losing side. History may yet record that an even greater stupidity, with even more catastrophic consequences in the long run, was the European nations' decisions to...
  • Sowell: The Ben Carson Flaps

    11/09/2015 9:59:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 90 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 10, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Dr. Ben Carson's whole life has been very unusual, so perhaps we should not be surprised to see the latest twist -- the media going ballistic over discrepancies in a few things he said. Years ago, when I was writing some autobiographical sketches, I dug up old letters, to check out things that I remembered -- and was surprised more than once to discover that my memory was not always exactly the same as the way things had happened and were recorded at the time. In the current flap over some things that Dr. Carson said, the biggest discrepancy has...
  • Sowell: Ignoring the Obvious

    11/02/2015 11:20:06 AM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 3, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    A recent, widely publicized incident in which a policeman was called to a school classroom to deal with a disruptive student has provoked all sorts of comments on whether the policeman used "excessive force." What has received far less attention, though it is a far larger question, with more sweeping implications, is the role of disruptive students in schools. Critics of charter schools have often pointed to those schools' ability to expel uncooperative and disruptive students, far more readily than regular public schools can, as a reason for some charter schools' far better educational outcomes, as shown on many tests....
  • Sowell: Hillary 2.0

    10/26/2015 10:26:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 27, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Many people may share Senator Bernie Sanders' complaint that he was tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton's e-mails. But the controversy is about issues far bigger than e-mails. One issue is the utter disaster created by the Obama administration's foreign policy in Libya, carried out by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. An even bigger issue is whether high officials of government can ignore the law and refuse to produce evidence when it is subpoenaed. If they can, then the whole separation of powers the checks and balances in the Constitution gives way to arbitrary government by corrupt...
  • Sowell: Open Season on the Police

    10/19/2015 2:16:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 20, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    In recent months there have been a series of cases reported in the media, where some teenage thug white, black or Hispanic in different cases has been stopped by a policeman for some routine violation of the law and, instead of complying with lawful instructions, such as "show me your driver's license," chooses instead to defy the policeman, resist arrest and finally ends up physically assaulting the cop. In the most recent case, the teenager happened to be white, but the story doesn't seem to change much, whatever the complexion of the guy who violated the law. Nor...
  • Sowell: Politicians' Words

    10/19/2015 12:25:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 20, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    At the recent televised debate among candidates for the Democrats' nomination for president, Hillary Clinton declared that "the wealthy pay too little" in taxes and "the middle class pays too much." Some people might wish to argue about whether that is true or not, but no rational argument can be made on either side of this issue, because the words used are completely undefined. Nor is Hillary Clinton the only one who talks this way. It is one of the many signs of the mindlessness of our times that all sorts of people declare that "the rich" are not paying...
  • Wealth, Poverty and Politics

    10/14/2015 8:03:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    Dr. Thomas Sowell, my colleague and friend, told me several years ago that he wasn't going to write any more books, but that was two books ago, and now he has just published his 45th. The man writes with both hands, as can be seen from his website (http://tsowell.com), which lists his 45 books, 19 journal articles, 71 essays in periodicals and books, 34 book reviews, and occasional columns written in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Star, Newsweek, The Times (Britain) et al. Plus, he writes a semiweekly...
  • Sowell: The 'Gun Control' Farce

    10/12/2015 1:05:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 13, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    President Obama's intrusion into the mourning community of Roseburg, Oregon, in order to promote his political crusade for stronger gun control laws, is part of a pattern of his using various other sites of shooting rampages in the past to promote this long-standing crusade of the political left. The zealotry of gun control advocates might make some sense if they had any serious evidence that more restrictive gun control laws actually reduce gun crimes. But they seldom even discuss the issue in terms of empirical evidence. Saving lives is serious business. But claiming to be saving lives and refusing to...
  • Sowell: The 'Gun Control' Farce: Part II

    10/12/2015 1:05:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 13, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The grand illusion of zealots for laws preventing ordinary, law-abiding people from having guns is that "gun control" laws actually control guns. In a country with many millions of guns, not all of them registered, this is a fantasy and a farce. Guns do not vanish into thin air because there are gun control laws. Guns whether legal or illegal can last for centuries. Passing laws against guns may enable zealots to feel good about themselves, but at the cost of other people's lives. Why anyone would think that criminals who disobey other laws, including laws against murder,...
  • Sowell: Charlatans and Sheep

    10/05/2015 2:20:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 6, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the many painful signs of the mindlessness of our times was a recent section of the Wall Street Journal, built around the theme "What's Holding Women Back in the Workplace?" Whenever some group is not equally represented in some institution or activity, the automatic response in some quarters is to assume that someone has prevented equality of outcomes. This preconception of equal outcomes requires not one speck of evidence, and defies mountains of evidence to the contrary. Even in activities where individual performances are what determine outcomes, and those performances are easily measured objectively, there is seldom anything...
  • Sowell: Charlatans and Sheep: Part II

    10/05/2015 2:18:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 6, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the secrets of successful magicians on stage is directing the audience's attention to something that is attractive or distracting, but irrelevant to what is actually being done. That is also the secret of successful political charlatans. Consider the message directed at business owners by Senator Elizabeth Warren and President Barack Obama "You didn't build that!" Assuming for the sake of argument that a man who owns a business simply inherited it from his father, what follows? That politicians can use the inherited resources better than the heir? Such a sweeping assumption has neither logic nor evidence behind...
  • Charlatans and Sheep: Part III

    10/05/2015 2:18:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 6, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The prevailing social dogma of our time that economic and other disparities among groups are strange, if not sinister has set off bitter disputes between those who blame genetic differences and those who blame discrimination. Both sides ignore the possibility that groups themselves may differ in their orientations, their priorities and in what they are prepared to sacrifice for the sake of other things. Back in the early 19th century, an official of the Russian Empire reported that even the poorest Jews saw to it that their daughters could read, and their homes had at least ten books....
  • Sowell: Good Riddance!

    09/30/2015 11:32:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The impending departure of Speaker of the House John Boehner gives the House Republicans a real opportunity to accomplish something. But an opportunity is not a guarantee. It is a little like a football team being first down and goal at the ten-yard line. You have a good chance of scoring a touchdown from there -- if you can get your act together. But you could also find yourself having to settle for a field goal. Or for a missed field goal. And of course you can also fumble the ball and have the other team grab it -- and...
  • Sowell: The 'Affordable Housing' Fraud

    09/28/2015 12:34:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 29, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Nowhere has there been so much hand-wringing over a lack of "affordable housing," as among politicians and others in coastal California. And nobody has done more to make housing unaffordable than those same politicians and their supporters. A recent survey showed that the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco was just over $3,500. Some people are paying $1,800 a month just to rent a bunk bed in a San Francisco apartment. It is not just in San Francisco that putting a roof over your head can take a big chunk out of your pay check. The...
  • Stop trying to con us Mister Sowell

    09/22/2015 11:04:31 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 45 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/22/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    As a recently published piece by Thomas Sowell has demonstrated, there is never any shortage of smug, Im smarter than you people in academia. The basic assumption these people bring to every issue is that since the person on the other side of an argument doesnt agree with them it is the opponent who is ill-informed. The idea that the reverse might be true (and often), rarely penetrates their thinking. The Republican establishment is trying mightily to dissuade rank and file Republicans from nominating Donald Trump to be the Party standard bearer. So far nothing has worked and to the...
  • Sowell: The Left Has Its Pope

    09/21/2015 10:45:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 22, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Pope Francis has created political controversy, both inside and outside the Catholic Church, by blaming capitalism for many of the problems of the poor. We can no doubt expect more of the same during his visit to the United States. Pope Francis is part of a larger trend of the rise of the political left among Catholic intellectuals. He is, in a sense, the culmination of that trend. There has long been a political left among Catholics, as among other Americans. Often they were part of the pragmatic left, as in the many old Irish-run, big city political machines that...
  • Sowell: Opportunity Versus Outcomes

    09/15/2015 2:22:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 15, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    A hostile review of my new book "Wealth, Poverty and Politics" said, "there is apparently no level of inequality of income or opportunity that Thomas Sowell would consider unacceptable." Ordinarily, reviewers who miss the whole point of a book they are reviewing can be ignored. But this particular confusion about what opportunity means is far too widespread, far beyond a particular reviewer of a particular book. That makes it a confusion worth clearing up, because it affects so many other discussions of very serious issues. "Wealth, Poverty and Politics" does not accept inequality of opportunity. Instead, it reports...
  • Now Is No Time to Be Voting for President Based on Emotion

    09/15/2015 3:43:16 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 260 replies
    NRO ^ | September 15, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    In a country with more than 300 million people, it is remarkable how obsessed the media have become with just one Donald Trump. What is even more remarkable is that, after six years of repeated disasters, both domestically and internationally, under a glib egomaniac in the White House, so many potential voters are turning to another glib egomaniac to be his successor. No doubt much of the stampede of Republican voters toward Mr. Trump is based on their disgust with the Republican establishment. The fact that the next two biggest vote-getters in the polls are also complete outsiders ...
  • Sowell: Taking In Refugees Fits With Obamas Desire to Redistribute US Wealth and Power

    09/12/2015 9:43:55 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 12, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Columnist and author of Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective, Thomas Sowell argued that allowing refugees from the Middle East and Africa into the US fits in wonderfully with President Obamas desire to to redistribute that [Americas] wealth and power on Fridays Sean Hannity Show. Sowell stated, I guess for the president, I think its a fairly simple thing, this is a man who acts as a citizen of the world, and who has expressed, on numerous occasions, a belief that the United States has too much wealth, power, etc. And that the answer is to redistribute that wealth...
  • Sowell: The Past and Future of the Refugee Crisis

    09/07/2015 12:17:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 8, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The refugee crisis in Europe is one of those human tragedies for which there are no real solutions, despite how many shrill voices in the media may denounce those who fail to come up with a solution. Some options may be better than others, but there is nothing that can honestly be called a solution. Nevertheless many countries, including the United States, could do a lot better. The immediate problems are the masses of desperate men, women and children, fleeing from the wars and terrorism of the Middle East, who are flooding into Europe. But the present crisis cannot be...
  • Sowell: A Revealing Clue

    08/31/2015 1:20:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 1, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Even those of us who are not supporters of either Donald Trump or Jeb Bush can learn something by comparing how each of these men handled people who tried to disrupt their question-and-answer period after a speech. After Bush's speech, hecklers from a group called "Black Lives Matter" caused Bush to simply leave the scene. When Trump opened his question-and-answer period by pointing to someone in the audience who had a question, a Hispanic immigration activist who had not been called on simply stood up and started haranguing. Trump told the activist to sit down because someone else had been...
  • Sowell: Sorting the Candidates

    08/24/2015 10:30:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 25, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Despite a nuclear Iran looming on the horizon, the media seem to be putting most of their attention on two candidates for their respective parties' presidential nominations next year. Moreover, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each make their own party nervous. If next year's election comes down to Clinton versus Trump, a lot of people may simply stay home in disgust. When we are this far away from the official start of the primary election season, we can usually just say, "It's still early days." Many a front runner this early in the process ended up out of the running...
  • Immigration Excuses

    08/20/2015 1:38:30 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 19 replies
    RCP ^ | 8-20-2015 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the most lame excuses for doing nothing is that we can't do everything. Such excuses have been repeated endlessly, even by some conservatives, when it comes to illegal immigration. We can't deport millions of illegal immigrants already living in the country, some say, so the wise thing is to just learn to live with them, according to the supposedly sophisticated crowd. This completely sidesteps the plain, obvious and galling fact that we are not deporting those illegal immigrants who are arrested by the police for violating other laws -- and are then turned loose back into American society....
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    08/17/2015 11:43:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 18, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe. President Obama's "agreement" with Iran looks very much like "the emperor's new clothes." We are supposed to pretend that there is something there, when there is nothing there that will stop, or even slow down, Iran's development of a nuclear bomb. The endlessly repeated argument that most Americans are the descendants of immigrants ignores the fact that most Americans are NOT the descendants of ILLEGAL immigrants. Millions of immigrants from Europe had to stop at Ellis Island, and...
  • Sowell: A Debatable 'Debate'

    08/10/2015 2:01:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 11, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The so-called "debates," among too many Republicans to have a debate, are yet another painful sign of how much words and ideas have degenerated in our times. No one expects these televised sound bites and "gotcha" questions to be anything like the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates on the momentous national issue of slavery. But the mob scene of candidates on stage that began with the 2012 campaign, and is now being repeated, is a big step down from the modern one-on-one debates between presidential candidates that began with John F. Kennedy versus Richard Nixon in 1960. We still have momentous national...
  • The Donald Could Prove Hillarys Trump Card

    08/04/2015 10:20:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    National Review ^ | August 4, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    With Hillary Clintons multiple misdeeds coming to light and causing her political problems, reflected in her declining support in the polls, both she and the Democratic party have reason to be concerned. But both of them may yet be rescued by The Donald, who can turn out to be their Trump card. Donald Trump has virtually no chance of becoming even the Republican partys candidate in 2016, much less being elected President of the United States. The reason is not hard to understand: Republican voters simply do not trust him, as the polls show. Nor is there any reason why...
  • Sowell: The Trump Card

    08/03/2015 1:26:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 113 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 4, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    With Hillary Clinton's multiple misdeeds coming to light and causing her political problems, reflected in her declining support in the polls, both she and the Democratic Party have reason to be concerned. But both of them may yet be rescued by "The Donald," who can turn out to be their Trump card. Donald Trump has virtually no chance of becoming even the Republican Party's candidate in 2016, much less being elected President of the United States. The reason is not hard to understand: Republican voters simply do not trust him, as the polls show. Nor is there any reason why...
  • Sowell: Documented Irresponsibility

    07/27/2015 12:51:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 28, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    People who entered the United States illegally may be called "undocumented" in politically correct circles, but what is all too well documented is the utter irresponsibility of both political parties in dealing with immigration issues. Both Democratic and Republican administrations have left the border with Mexico porous for years porous not just for Mexicans but for anybody else, including terrorists from the Middle East. Two very different issues have gotten jumbled together in the political stew called "comprehensive immigration reform." The first and most fundamental issue is whether we are going to have an immigration policy at all. The...
  • SOWELL: Iran deal a catastrophe of historic proportions

    07/23/2015 9:15:30 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | By Thomas Sowell
    Distinguished scientist Freeman Dyson has called the 1433 decision of the emperor of China to discontinue his country's exploration of the outside world the "worst political blunder in the history of civilization." The United States seems at this moment about to break the record for the worst political blunder of all time, with its Obama administration deal that will make a nuclear Iran virtually inevitable. Already the years-long negotiations, with their numerous "deadlines" that have been extended again and again, have reduced the chances that Israel can destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities, which have been multiplied and placed in scattered...
  • Sowell: The Fact-Free Left: Part II

    07/22/2015 1:38:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 22, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    There is no way to know what is going on in someone else's mind. But sometimes their behavior tells you more than their words. The political left's great claim to authenticity and honor is that what they advocate is for the benefit of the less fortunate. But how could we test that? T.S. Eliot once said, "Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they...
  • Sowell For Your Soul-A Message For All Social Parasites

    07/21/2015 11:01:05 AM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
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  • Sowell: The Fact-Free Left

    07/21/2015 4:19:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 21, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The outrage over another multiple murder of American military personnel on American soil by another Islamic extremist has been exacerbated by the fact that these military people had been ordered to be unarmed and therefore sitting ducks. Millions of American civilians have also been forbidden to have guns, and are also sitting ducks for criminals, terrorists or psychos. You might think that, before having laws or policies forcing fellow human beings to be defenseless targets, those who support such laws and policies would have some factual basis for believing that these gun restrictions save more lives, on net...