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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>
  • The NOT Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, July 5, 2012

    07/05/2012 8:01:09 AM PDT · by IMissPresidentReagan · 103 replies
    The EiB Network ^ | 07/05/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and he’s not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • 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...
  • Report: Roberts switched his vote on the mandate (Kennedy led effort to bring him back to the fold)

    07/02/2012 1:21:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/02/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    Amazing what happens while your internet connection gets wiped out, isn't it. Today's breaking news is that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts originally voted to strike down the mandate in Obamacare, but then changed his mind and sided with the liberal members of the court. Or so CBS reports. Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the Supreme Court's four conservative justices to strike down the heart of President Obama's health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, but later changed his position and formed an alliance with liberals to uphold the bulk of the law, according to two...
  • 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...
  • Obama's Politics Are More Insidious Than Socialism

    06/11/2012 4:04:54 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Investors.com ^ | June 11,2012 | 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 can...
  • 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...
  • Here We Go Again: The Ginned Up Race War of 2012 (Bucket suggested)

    05/29/2012 8:02:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    ColorLines ^ | May 29, 2012 | Sally Kohn
    “The secret of Republican political success since the rise of the right is not, as many liberals believe, that they play no-rules hardball. Instead, it’s their skill at projection—at accusing Democrats of doing what they are doing themselves, or are planning to do, or have done.” —Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast Nothing stirs up white racial anxiety in an election year like a black-against-white race war. Never mind the fact that there isn’t one. When has that ever stopped the inventive right wing? Those of us living in the world of objective facts and reality might be mistaken for thinking that...
  • '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....
  • A Censored Race War

    05/17/2012 8:01:14 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 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 sound like 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 tried to sweep...
  • 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.
  • Intellectuals with Thomas Sowell: Chapter 2 of 5

    05/08/2012 9:05:47 AM PDT · by Huntress · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 5/8/12 | Thomas Sowell & Peter Robinson
    Thomas Sowell talks about how important the role of intellectuals in this era plays because of how dominant they are in this society.
  • The Moral Infrastructure (Thomas Sowell on OWS)

    05/07/2012 12:24:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 8, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    The "Occupy" movement, which the Obama administration and much of the media have embraced, has implications that reach far beyond the passing sensation it has created. The unwillingness of authorities to put a stop to their organized disruptions of other people's lives, their trespassing, vandalism and violence is a de facto suspension, if not repeal, of the 14th Amendment's requirement that the government provide "equal protection of the laws" to all its citizens. How did the "Occupy" movement acquire such immunity from the laws that the rest of us are expected to obey? Simply by shouting politically correct slogans...
  • A Cynical Process: Part II (Thomas Sowell on Obama's reelection)

    04/30/2012 2:09:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 1, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    A small headline in the 2nd section of the Wall Street Journal last week told a bigger story than a lot of front page banner headlines. It said, "U.S. Firms Add Jobs, but Mostly Overseas." Just as there is no free lunch, there is no free class warfare. Some people may be inspired by President Obama's talk about making "the rich" pay their undefined "fair share" of taxes, or taking away corporations' "tax breaks." But talk is not always cheap. It can be very costly to those working people who are looking for jobs that the Obama administration's anti-business...
  • A Cynical Process (Thomas Sowell on unions & NLRB)

    04/30/2012 1:52:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 1, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Labor unions, like the United Nations, are all too often judged by what they are envisioned as being — not by what they actually are or what they actually do. Many people, who do not look beyond the vision or the rhetoric to the reality, still think of labor unions as protectors of working people from their employers. And union bosses still employ that kind of rhetoric. However, someone once said, "When I speak I put on a mask, but when I act I must take it off." That mask has been coming off, more and more, especially during...
  • Who Is 'Racist'?: Part II (Thomas Sowell)

    04/27/2012 11:09:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 27, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Around this time of year, I sometimes hear from parents who have been appalled to learn that the child they sent away to college to become educated has instead been indoctrinated with the creed of the left. They often ask if I can suggest something to have their offspring read over the summer, in order to counteract this indoctrination. This year the answer is a no-brainer. It is a book with the unwieldy title, "No matter what ... they'll call this book Racist" by Harry Stein, a writer for what is arguably America's best magazine, "City Journal." In a...
  • Thomas Sowell: They're going to call you racist no matter what

    04/24/2012 9:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Manchester Union-Leader ^ | April 25, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Whatever the ultimate outcome of the case against George Zimmerman for his shooting of Trayvon Martin, what has happened already is enough to turn the stomach of anyone who believes in either truth or justice. An amazing proportion of the media has given us a painful demonstration of the thinking — and lack of thinking — that prevailed back in the days of the old Jim Crow South, where complexion counted more than facts in determining how people were treated. One of the first things presented in the media was a transcript of a conversation between George Zimmerman and a...
  • Media Want Complexion To Count In Guilt Or Innocence

    04/23/2012 4:36:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | April 23, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Whatever the ultimate outcome of the case against George Zimmerman for his shooting of Trayvon Martin, what has happened already is enough to turn the stomach of anyone who believes in either truth or justice. An amazing proportion of the media has given us a painful demonstration of the thinking — and lack of thinking — that prevailed back in the days of the old Jim Crow South, where complexion counted more than facts in determining how people were treated. One of the first things presented in the media was a transcript of a conversation between George Zimmerman and a...
  • Who Is 'Racist'? (Thomas Sowell)

    04/23/2012 8:34:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    Whatever the ultimate outcome of the case against George Zimmerman for his shooting of Trayvon Martin, what has happened already is enough to turn the stomach of anyone who believes in either truth or justice. An amazing proportion of the media has given us a painful demonstration of the thinking — and lack of thinking — that prevailed back in the days of the old Jim Crow South, where complexion counted more than facts in determining how people were treated. One of the first things presented in the media was a transcript of a conversation between George Zimmerman and...
  • THE 25 BEST QUOTES FROM THOMAS SOWELL

    04/20/2012 10:04:13 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 20, 2012 | John Hawkins
    Thomas Sowell is not only one of the finest columnists in the business, he's a prolific author, a brilliant economist, and he has an incomparable knack for simplifying complex concepts that few other human beings can match. Enjoy the distilled wisdom!..
  • Fairness and Theft (NPR and Taxes)

    04/20/2012 4:18:06 AM PDT · by OddLane · 4 replies
    Brooklyn Young Republican Club ^ | April 20, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.This apothegm, like many nuggets of wisdom you might have stumbled across whilst skimming your conservative friend’s Facebook page or Twitter feed, is a quote from Dr. Thomas Sowell, historian, economist, professor, and one of the shrewdest observers of human nature of the late 20th and early 21st Century. It popped into my head a few weeks ago while listening to This American Life, an extremely popular radio program broadcast on NPR, which usually devotes an hour to examining a topic of either topical or...
  • Mixing and Matching (Thomas Sowell)

    04/16/2012 9:56:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 17, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Apparently the soaring national debt and the threat of a nuclear Iran are not enough to occupy the government's time, because the Obama administration is pushing to force Westchester County, N.Y., to create more low-income housing, in order to mix and match classes and races to fit the government's preconceptions. Behind all this busy work for bureaucrats and ideologues is the idea that there is something wrong if a community does not have an even or random distribution of various kinds of people. This arbitrary assumption is that the absence of evenness or randomness — whether in employment, housing...
  • Why Politicians Promise Heaven And Deliver Hell

    04/09/2012 5:05:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 9, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    How long do politicians have to keep on promising heaven and delivering hell before people catch on, and stop getting swept away by rhetoric? Have you noticed that what modest economic improvements we have seen occurred during the much-lamented "gridlock" in Washington? Nor is this unusual. If you check back through history, doing nothing has a far better track record than that of politicians intervening in the economy. With all the talk about people paying their "fair share" of income taxes, why do nearly half the people in this country pay no income taxes at all? Is that their "fair...
  • Random Thoughts (Thomas Sowell)

    04/09/2012 9:10:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 10, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: How long do politicians have to keep on promising heaven and delivering hell before people catch on, and stop getting swept away by rhetoric? Why should being in a professional sport exempt anyone from prosecution for advocating deliberate violence? Recent revelations of such advocacy of violence by an NFL coach should lead to his banishment for life by the NFL, and criminal prosecution by the authorities. If you are serious about reducing violence, you have to be serious about punishing those who advocate it. Have you noticed that what modest economic improvements we...
  • President Obama Smooth Player In Political Lying Game

    04/04/2012 7:01:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 4, 2012 | THOMAS SOWELL
    One of the highly developed talents of President Barack Obama is the ability to say things that are demonstrably false, and make them sound not only plausible but inspiring. That talent was displayed just this week when he was asked whether he thought the Supreme Court would uphold ObamaCare as constitutional or strike it down as unconstitutional. He replied: "I'm confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress." But how unprecedented would it actually be if the...
  • VIDEO: Thomas Sowell Dismantles Egalitarianism

    04/03/2012 7:21:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/3/2012 | Free to Choose
    In this clip from the 1980 special 'Free To Choose,' socialist Frances Fox Piven tangles with economist Thomas Sowell. Sowell discusses the "process" versus aspiration - concluding that whatever the purported social goals of egalitarianism, liberty suffers.
  • Political Word Games (Sowell: Obama is simply lying)

    04/03/2012 3:47:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 3, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the highly developed talents of President Barack Obama is the ability to say things that are demonstrably false, and make them sound not only plausible but inspiring. That talent was displayed just this week when he was asked whether he thought the Supreme Court would uphold ObamaCare as constitutional or strike it down as unconstitutional. He replied: "I'm confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress." But how unprecedented would it actually be if...
  • The Invincible Dogma (Thomas Sowell)

    04/02/2012 10:17:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 3, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    A long-standing legal charade was played out again recently, when Federal Express paid $3 million to settle an employment discrimination case brought by the U.S. Department of Labor. Federal Express was accused of both racial discrimination and sex discrimination. FedEx denied it. Why then did they pay the $3 million? Because it can cost a lot more than $3 million to fight a discrimination case. Years ago, the Sears department store chain spent $20 million fighting a sex discrimination charge that took 15 years to make its way through the legal labyrinth. In the end, Sears won — if...
  • The Death of Mrs. G (Thomas Sowell)

    03/29/2012 2:17:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 29, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Although we all know that death is inevitable, we are still seldom fully prepared for the death of someone who has been important in our lives. So it was with the recent death of Dr. Marie D. Gadsden, at the age of 92. Mrs. Gadsden's only official connection with me was that she taught me freshman English at Howard University, more than half a century ago. But she and Professor Sterling Brown were my two idols when I was a student there — and both remained so for the rest of my life. Mrs. G, as I came to...
  • Obamacare Mandates Justified by ‘Interstate Commerce’? (Obama's Team recycles an old trick)

    03/28/2012 6:36:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/28/2012 | Thomas Sowell
    When a 1942 Supreme Court decision that most people have never heard of makes the front page of the New York Times in 2012, you know that something unusual is going on. What makes that 1942 case — Wickard v. Filburn — important today is that it stretched the federal government’s power so far that the Obama administration is using it before today’s Supreme Court as an argument to claim that it has the legal authority to impose Obamacare mandates on individuals. Roscoe Filburn was an Ohio farmer who grew some wheat to feed his family and some farm animals....
  • Obscure Court Decision Gives Government Sweeping Power

    03/26/2012 5:03:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 55+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 26, 2012 | THOMAS SOWELL
    When a 1942 Supreme Court decision that most people never heard of makes the front page of the New York Times in 2012, you know something unusual is going on. What makes that 1942 case — Wickard v. Filburn — important today is that it stretched the federal government's power so far that the Obama administration is using it as an argument to claim before today's Supreme Court it has the legal authority to impose ObamaCare mandates on individuals. The implications of this kind of reasoning reached far beyond farmers and wheat. Once it was established that the federal government...
  • Geraldo's Point (Thomas Sowell)

    03/26/2012 11:32:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 104 replies · 62+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 27, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    It is not often that I agree with Geraldo Rivera, but recently he said something very practical and potentially life-saving, when he urged black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies. There is no point in dressing like a hoodlum when you are not a hoodlum, even though that has become a fashion for some minority youths, including the teenager who was shot and killed in a confrontation in Florida. I don't know the whole story of that tragedy, any more than those who are making loud noises in the media do, but that...
  • Back to the Future? (Thomas Sowell)

    03/26/2012 10:30:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies · 46+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 27, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    When a 1942 Supreme Court decision that most people never heard of makes the front page of the New York Times in 2012, you know that something unusual is going on. What makes that 1942 case — Wickard v. Filburn — important today is that it stretched the federal government's power so far that the Obama administration is using it as an argument to claim before today's Supreme Court that it has the legal authority to impose ObamaCare mandates on individuals. Roscoe Filburn was an Ohio farmer who grew some wheat to feed his family and some farm animals....
  • Thomas Sowell: Romney's Got the Money, But Newt's Got the Vision

    03/21/2012 6:08:38 PM PDT · by Mangia E Statti Zitto · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | 3/21/2012 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Mitt Romney has won the Illinois primary. But, the turnout of voters was dismally low. Given an incumbent Democratic president with an abysmal record, why aren't Republicans turning out in droves to vote in primary states for the man who many say is the "inevitable" nominee? Conservative economist Thomas Sowell, author of Intellectuals and Society, recently challenged the notion that Mitt Romney is the “inevitable” Republican nominee, and, in doing so, the many pundits who have essentially told Newt Gingrich to drop out of the race “for the good of the Republican party.” Dr. Sowell, a Harvard graduate and current...
  • The Edges Romney Holds Today Will Not Apply In The Fall

    03/19/2012 5:11:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 12, 2012 | THOMAS SOWELL
    Many people may be voting for Mitt Romney because of the view in some quarters that he is the inevitable Republican candidate for president of the United States and the candidate with the best chance of beating Barack Obama, rather than because they actually prefer Romney to the other candidates. Inevitability has a very unreliable track record. Within living memory, totalitarianism was considered to be "the wave of the future." During the primary season, people should vote for whomever they prefer, on their own merits, not because pundits have pronounced them inevitable. Regardless of what the polls or the pundits...
  • Race and Rhetoric (Thomas Sowell)

    03/19/2012 9:23:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 20, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the things that turned up, during a long-overdue cleanup of my office, was an old yellowed copy of the New York Times dated July 24, 1992. One of the front-page headlines said: "White-Black Disparity in Income Narrowed in 80's, Census Shows." The 1980s? Wasn't that the years of the Reagan administration, the "decade of greed," the era of "neglect" of the poor and minorities, if not "covert racism"? More recently, during the administration of America's first black president, a 2011 report from the Pew Research Center has the headline, "Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs Between Whites,...
  • The 'Inevitability' Vote (Thomas Sowell on Romney)

    03/17/2012 9:56:59 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies · 1+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 16, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Many people may be voting for Mitt Romney because of the view in some quarters that he is the inevitable Republican candidate for President of the United States and the candidate with the best chance of beating Barack Obama, rather than because they actually prefer Romney to the other candidates. Inevitability has a very unreliable track record. Within living memory, totalitarianism was considered to be "the wave of the future." During the primary season, people should vote for whomever they prefer, on their own merits, not because pundits have pronounced them inevitable. Regardless of what the polls or the...