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  • Sowell: Bordering on Madness (Good Read)

    07/21/2014 12:11:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 22, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, "We are as good as you are!" One of the things that make the history of clashes over race or ethnicity such a history of tragedies around the world is that — regardless of whatever particular issue sets off these clashes — many people see the ultimate stakes as their worth as human beings. On that, there is no room for compromise, but only polarization. That is why playing...
  • Sowell: Lawsuits and Impeachment

    07/14/2014 10:37:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 14, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Whenever Democrats are in real trouble politically, the Republicans seem to come up with something new that distracts the public's attention from the Democrats' problems. Who says Republicans are not compassionate? With public opinion polls showing President Obama's sinking approval rate, in the wake of his administration's multiple fiascoes and scandals — the disgraceful treatment of veterans who need medical care, the Internal Revenue Service coverups, the tens of thousands of children flooding across our open border — Republicans have created two new distractions that may yet draw attention away from the Democrats' troubles. From the Republican establishment, Speaker of...
  • ‘Please Stop Helping Us’

    07/09/2014 4:32:16 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    Nat'l Review ^ | 7-8-14 | Thomas Sowell
    Back in the heyday of the British Empire, a man from one of the colonies addressed a London audience. “Please do not do any more good in my country,” he said. “We have suffered too much already from all the good that you have done.” That is essentially the message of an outstanding new book by Jason Riley about blacks in America. Its title is Please Stop Helping Us. Its theme is that many policies designed to help blacks are in fact harmful, sometimes devastatingly so. These counterproductive policies range from minimum-wage laws to “affirmative action” quotas
  • Sowell: A Primer on Race ("Please Stop Helping Us")

    07/07/2014 11:41:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 8, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Back in the heyday of the British Empire, a man from one of the colonies addressed a London audience. "Please do not do any more good in my country," he said. "We have suffered too much already from all the good that you have done." That is essentially the message of an outstanding new book by Jason Riley about blacks in America. Its title is "Please Stop Helping Us." Its theme is that many policies designed to help blacks are in fact harmful, sometimes devastatingly so. These counterproductive policies range from minimum wage laws to "affirmative action" quotas. This book...
  • Sowell: America's Birthday

    06/30/2014 2:05:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 1, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America's upcoming birthday on the Fourth of July is a time when the gift most needed is an urgent warning about the dangers of losing the things that have made this country America — and have long made "America" a ringing word of freedom, not only in this country but to people around the world. All is not lost. But all could be lost — especially if too many of us take freedom for granted and focus our attention on other things, like electronic gadgets and the antics of...
  • Sowell: A Lame Duck Country?

    06/23/2014 9:10:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 24, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Pundits are pointing to President Barack Obama's recent decline in public opinion polls, and saying that he may now become another "lame duck" president, unable to accomplish much during his final term in office. That has happened to other presidents. But it is extremely unlikely to happen to this president. There are reasons why other presidents have become impotent during their last years in office. But those reasons do not apply to Barack Obama. The Constitution of the United States does not give presidents the power to carry out major policy changes without the cooperation of other branches of government....
  • Thomas Sowell -- Dismantling America (Video via You Tube from 2010)

    06/21/2014 10:52:56 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 8 replies
    Hoover Institution via You Tube ^ | August 19, 2010 | HooverInstitution
    Thomas Sowell has studied and taught economics, intellectual history, and social policy at institutions that include Cornell University, UCLA, and Amherst College. Now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Sowell has published more than a dozen books, the latest of which is Dismantling America.
  • Sowell: A Bitter After-taste

    06/16/2014 8:28:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 17, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The news from Iraq that Islamic terrorists have now taken over cities that American troops liberated during the Iraq war must have left an especially bitter after-taste to Americans who lost a loved one who died taking one of those cities, or to a survivor who came back without an arm or leg, or with other traumas to body or mind. Surely we need to learn something from a tragedy of this magnitude. Some say that we should never have gone into Iraq in the first place. Others say we should never have pulled our troops out when we did,...
  • Sowell: Amnesty Lite Is Still Amnesty

    06/13/2014 8:54:24 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 12, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Not since a 42-to-1 underdog named Buster Douglas knocked out undefeated heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990 has there been an upset like economics professor Dave Brat defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary in Virginia. You couldn't write a script like this for a movie and have it be believable. Congressman Eric Cantor, with all kinds of name recognition, and outspending his opponent by 5 million dollars to $100,000, lost 55 percent to 45 percent against somebody that virtually nobody ever heard of before. Polls, incidentally, had predicted that Cantor would defeat Brat 62 percent to...
  • Sowell: The Prisoner Swap Deal (0bama)

    06/09/2014 12:42:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 10, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    People are arguing about what the United States got out of the deal that swapped five top level terrorist leaders for one American soldier who was, at best, absent from his post in a war zone. Soldiers who served in the same unit with him call him a deserter. The key to this deal, however, is less likely to be what the United States got out of the deal than it is about what Barack Obama got out of the deal. If nothing else, it instantly got the veterans' hospitals scandals off the front pages of newspapers and pushed these...
  • Sowell: The Ambassador and the Post Office

    06/02/2014 11:11:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 3, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    At one time, people in India had to get on a waiting list to buy Hindustan Motors' Ambassador automobile, even though it was an obvious copy of Britain's Morris Oxford of some decades earlier. The reason was simple: the Indian government would not allow cars to be imported to compete with it. The fact that the Ambassador was a copy is hardly an automatic reason for condemnation. The first Nikon camera was an obvious copy of a German camera called the Contax, and the first Canon was an obvious copy of the Leica. The difference is that, over the years,...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    05/26/2014 1:30:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 27, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Will the Veterans Administration scandal wake up those people who have been blithely saying that what we need is a "single payer" system for medical care? Delays in getting to see a doctor have been a common denominator in government-run medical systems in England, Canada and Australia, among other places. Class warfare rhetoric would have us resenting "the top ten percent" in income. But that would be a farce, because most of us would be resenting ourselves, since more than half of all Americans — 54 percent — are in the top ten percent...
  • Sowell: Poverty and Snow Storms

    05/19/2014 11:42:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 20, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Many years ago, in upstate New York, there was a lady who was caught in a fierce snow storm that produced conditions called a "whiteout." That's when the snow is falling so thick and fast that all you can see in any direction is just sheer white. This lady wandered around in the storm, struggling to try to get home, but there was no way for her to know where home was. Eventually she collapsed in the snow and died — something like 50 feet from her home that she could not see. All too often that image comes back...
  • Sowell: The Height of Utopianism

    05/12/2014 3:49:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 13, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    A political battle that is shaping up in San Francisco has implications for other communities across the country. The issue that will be on the June ballot is whether voter approval shall be required to change the height restrictions on buildings along the San Francisco waterfront. Like so many other political issues, this one is being debated in runaway rhetoric bearing no resemblance to reality. Former San Francisco City Attorney Louise Renne, for example, says that "the people" own the waterfront and therefore should be "consulted." Really? Can one of "the people," who supposedly own the waterfront, decide that he...
  • Sowell: Kangaroo Courts on Campus?

    05/12/2014 11:03:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 13, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    There seems to be a full-court press on to get colleges to "do something" about rape on campus. But there seems to be remarkably little attention paid to two crucial facts: (1) rape is a crime and (2) colleges are not qualified to be law-enforcement institutions. Why are rapists not reported to the police and prosecuted in a court of law? Apparently this is because of some college women who say that they were raped and are dissatisfied with a legal system that does not automatically take their word for it against the word of someone who has been accused...
  • Education and Moral Bankruptcy

    05/06/2014 7:22:24 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 6, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    If you want to get some idea of the moral bankruptcy of our educational system, read an article in the May 4th issue of the New York Times Magazine titled, “The Tale of Two Schools.” The article is not about moral bankruptcy. But it is itself an example of the moral bankruptcy behind the many failures of American education today. Someone had the bright idea of pairing public high school kids from a low-income neighborhood in the Bronx with kids from a private high school that charges $43,000 a year. When the low-income youngsters visited the posh private school, “they...
  • Sowell: Gary Becker (1930-2014)

    05/05/2014 2:56:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 5, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary Becker was internationally renowned within the economics profession, but was not nearly as well known among the general public as he deserved to be. More important, his path-breaking ideas, including his analysis of the economics of racial discrimination, deserved to be much more a part of the many discussions of that subject. More than half a century after Professor Becker's landmark work on the economics of discrimination, most controversies on that subject, both in the media and in politics, go on in utter ignorance of his penetrating insights. So do laws and policies that make discrimination...
  • Sowell: Will Dunbar Rise Again?

    04/29/2014 9:46:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 29, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Dunbar High School in Washington is becoming a controversial issue again — and the controversy that is beginning to develop has implications for American education well beyond the District of Columbia. There has not been much controversy about Dunbar High School for a long time. Since sometime in the late 1950s, it has been just one more ghetto school with an abysmal academic record — and that has been too common to be controversial. What is different about the history of Dunbar is that, from its founding in 1870 as the first public high school in the country for black...
  • Sowell: Demonizing the Helpers (Education)

    04/28/2014 12:02:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 29, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    It is not easy to demonize people who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars of their own money to help educate poor children. But some members of the education establishment are taking a shot at it. The Walton Family Foundation — created by the people who created Walmart — has given more than $300 million to charter schools, voucher programs and other educational enterprises concerned with the education of poor and minority students across the country. The Walton Family Foundation gave more than $58 million to the KIPP schools, which have had spectacular success in raising the test scores...
  • Sowell: Politics Versus Education

    04/28/2014 11:21:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 29, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Of all the cynical frauds of the Obama administration, few are so despicable as sacrificing the education of poor and minority children to the interests of the teachers' unions. Attorney General Eric Holder's attempt to suppress the spread of charter schools in Louisiana was just one of the signs of that cynicism. His nationwide threats of legal action against schools that discipline more black students than he thinks they should are at least as damaging. Charter schools are hated by teachers' unions and by much of the educational establishment in general. They seem to be especially hated when they succeed...
  • If you liked Kira Davis's comments about Cliven Bundy, here's EW Jackson's speech from last summer:

    04/25/2014 10:33:41 AM PDT · by Early2Rise · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | June 2013 | EW Jackson
    EW Jackson's comments last summer, similar to those of Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Larry Elder, and Kira Davis.
  • Sowell: The High Cost of Liberalism

    04/21/2014 2:03:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 22, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Liberals advocate many wonderful things. In fact, I suspect that most conservatives would prefer to live in the kind of world envisioned by liberals, rather than in the kind of world envisioned by conservatives. Unfortunately, the only kind of world that any of us can live in is the world that actually exists. Trying to live in the kind of world that liberals envision has costs that will not go away just because these costs are often ignored by liberals. One of those costs appeared in an announcement of a house for sale in Palo Alto, the community adjacent to...
  • Sowell: The High Cost of Liberalism: Part II

    04/21/2014 2:01:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 22, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Liberals can be disarming. In fact, they are for disarming anybody who can be disarmed, whether domestically or internationally. Unfortunately, the people who are the easiest to disarm are the ones who are the most peaceful — and disarming them makes them vulnerable to those who are the least peaceful. We are currently getting a painful demonstration of that in Ukraine. When Ukraine became an independent nation, it gave up all the nuclear missiles that were on its territory from the days when it had been part of the Soviet Union. At that time, Ukraine had the third largest arsenal...
  • Sowell: The High Cost of Liberalism: Part III

    04/21/2014 2:01:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 22, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Income inequality has long been one of the liberals' favorite issues. So there is nothing surprising about its being pushed hard this election year. If nothing else, it is a much-needed distraction from the disasters of ObamaCare and the various IRS, Benghazi and other Obama administration scandals. Like so many other favorite liberal issues, income inequality is seldom discussed in terms of the actual consequences of liberal policies. When you turn from eloquent rhetoric to hard facts, the hardest of those facts is that income inequality has actually increased during five years of Barack Obama's leftist policies. This is not...
  • Sowell: Statistical Frauds

    04/14/2014 12:45:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 15, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The "war on women" political slogan is in fact a war against common sense. It is a statistical fraud when Barack Obama and other politicians say that women earn only 77 percent of what men earn — and that this is because of discrimination. It would certainly be discrimination if women were doing the same work as men, for the same number of hours, with the same amount of training and experience, as well as other things being the same. But study after study, over the past several decades, has shown repeatedly that those things are not the same. Constantly...
  • Sowell: A Halo for Selfishness (Campaign finance)

    04/07/2014 10:01:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 8, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The recent Supreme Court decision over-ruling some Federal Election Commission restrictions on political campaign contributions has provoked angry reactions on the left. That is what often happens whenever the High Court rules that the First Amendment means what it says — free speech for everybody. When the Supreme Court declared in 2010 that both unions and corporations had a right to buy political ads, that was considered outrageous by the left. President Obama called the decision "devastating" and said it "will open the floodgates for special interests." Those unfamiliar with political rhetoric may not know that "special interests" mean people...
  • Sowell: How Foreign Is Our Policy?

    03/31/2014 1:09:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 1, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Many people are lamenting the bad consequences of Barack Obama's foreign policy, and some are questioning his competence. There is much to lament, and much to fear. Multiple setbacks to American interests have been brought on by Obama's policies in Libya, Egypt, Syria, Crimea and — above all — in what seems almost certain to become a nuclear Iran in the very near future. The president's public warning to Syria of dire consequences if the Assad regime there crossed a "red line" he had drawn seemed to epitomize an amateurish bluff that was exposed as a bluff when Syria crossed...
  • Sowell: How Foreign Is Our Policy?: Part II

    03/31/2014 1:08:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 1, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Japan recently turned over to the United States enough weapons-grade nuclear material to make dozens of nuclear bombs. This was one of President Barack Obama's few foreign policy "successes," as part of his nuclear disarmament initiative. But his foreign policy successes may be more dangerous than his "failures." Back in 2005, Senator Barack Obama urged the Ukrainians to drastically reduce their conventional weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles and tons of ammunition. Ukraine had already rid itself of nuclear missiles, left over from the days when it had been part of the Soviet Union. Would Vladimir Putin have sent Russian troops so...
  • Sowell: Republicans and Blacks

    03/24/2014 1:17:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 25, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Recently former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice added her voice to those who have long been urging the Republican Party to reach out to black voters. Not only is that long overdue, what is also long overdue is putting some time — and, above all, some serious thought — into how to go about doing it. Too many Republicans seem to think that the way to "reach out" is to offer blacks and other minorities what the Democrats are offering them. Some have even suggested that the channels to use are organizations like the NAACP and black "leaders" like Jesse...
  • Sowell: Facts and Factions

    03/17/2014 2:27:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    At a time when polls show public opinion turning against the Democrats, some Republicans seem to be turning against each other. Even with the prospect of being able to win control of the Senate in this fall's elections, some Republicans are busy manufacturing ammunition for their own circular firing squad. A Republican faction's demonization of their own Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, is a classic example. If you listen to some of those who consider themselves the only true conservatives, you would never guess that Senator McConnell received a lifetime 90 percent ranking by the American Conservative Union — and...
  • Sowell: A Tiger of a Book

    03/17/2014 10:08:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Professor Amy Chua of the Yale law school is better known as a "Tiger Mom" because of her take-no-prisoners, tough love approach to raising children. She and her husband Jed Rubenfeld (a fellow Yale law professor) have written what may turn out to be the best book of this year. It is titled "The Triple Package" because it argues that three qualities are found in spectacularly successful groups in America. These three qualities, they say, are a superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control. Whether you buy their theory or not, you will be enormously enlightened by their attempts to prove...
  • Sowell: The Left Versus Minorities

    03/10/2014 1:03:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 11, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    If anyone wanted to pick a time and place where the political left's avowed concern for minorities was definitively exposed as a fraud, it would be now — and the place would be New York City, where far left Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an attack on charter schools, cutting their funding, among other things. These schools have given thousands of low income minority children their only shot at a decent education, which often means their only shot at a decent life. Last year 82 percent of the students at a charter school called Success Academy passed city-wide mathematics...
  • Sowell: Freedom Is Not Free

    03/03/2014 1:53:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 4, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    There may be something to the claim that all people want to be free. But it is a demonstrable fact that freedom has been under attack, usually successfully, for thousands of years. The Federal Communications Commission's recent plan to have a "study" of how editorial decisions are made in the media, placing FCC bureaucrats in editorial offices across the country, was one of the boldest assaults on freedom of the press. Fortunately, there was enough backlash to force the FCC to back off. With all the sweeping powers available to government, displeasing FCC bureaucrats in editorial offices could have brought...
  • Ted Cruz: I'm With Thomas Sowell on Picking Battles; Issue Is Which Ones?

    02/27/2014 7:08:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 02/27/2014 | By Greg Richter
    Sen. Ted Cruz says he agrees with his critic Thomas Sowell, who says he should pick his battles. He doesn't, however, agree on which battles. The Texas freshman Republican, appearing on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" on Wednesday, said he admires Sowell, a conservative columnist who wrote a recent piece critical of Cruz for fighting what Sowell says are losing battles that are hurting the party. Cruz was blamed by many for the government shutdown in October after he tried to tie defunding Obamacare to the budget. He also was blamed earlier this year for threatening a filibuster that forced vulnerable...
  • The 'Fairness' Fraud

    02/24/2014 9:35:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 1 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2-25-14 | Thomas Sowell
    It seems as if, everywhere you turn these days, there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward "mobility," defined as an opportunity to rise, and mobility defined as actually having risen. That distinction is seldom even mentioned in most of the studies. It is as if everybody is chomping at the bit to get ahead, and the ones that don't rise have been stopped by "barriers" created by "society." When statistics show that sons of high school dropouts don't...
  • Sowell: The 'Fairness' Fraud

    02/24/2014 10:28:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 25, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    It seems as if, everywhere you turn these days, there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward "mobility," defined as an opportunity to rise, and mobility defined as actually having risen. That distinction is seldom even mentioned in most of the studies. It is as if everybody is chomping at the bit to get ahead, and the ones that don't rise have been stopped by "barriers" created by "society." When statistics show that sons of high school dropouts don't...
  • Ted Cruz and the Lesson of Dunkirk: You can’t afford to fight the battles you know you’ll lose.

    02/21/2014 7:30:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/21/2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Politics is often like war. Unfortunately, politicians, the media, and the voting public seldom have the same degree of realism and discipline with which professional soldiers fight wars. You can indulge your emotions and base your decisions on wishful thinking in politics in a way that you are not likely to when your own life is on the line in battle. One of the most dramatic and heartening events of World War II was the miraculous evacuation of British troops trapped on the beaches of France in 1940, at Dunkirk. And its lesson is still relevant today. The British troops...
  • Republican Party Needs to Master the Message by Thomas Sowell

    02/21/2014 8:05:27 AM PST · by Innovative · 130 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | FEb 20, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    "The Republican establishment has more than a tactical deficiency, however. They seem to have no principle that they offer or follow with any consistency. Their lack of articulation may be just a reflection of that lack of principle. It is hard to get to the point when you have no point to get to. Ted Cruz filled a void. But the Republican establishment created the void."
  • The Lesson of Dunkirk (Thomas Sowell's retreat strategy)

    02/20/2014 8:34:50 PM PST · by P-Marlowe · 118 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | 2/20/14 | Thomas Sowell
    There would not be a United States of America today if George Washington had followed the tactics being urged by people like Senator Ted Cruz and his supporters.
  • THE TED CRUZ MAJORITY

    02/20/2014 10:32:23 PM PST · by P-Marlowe · 36 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/20/14 | Jeffrey Lord
    Yet even the great Thomas Sowell and our friends at the WSJ are going after Senator Cruz, the latter labeling Cruz as “The Minority Maker” and tagging him as the leader of a “rump kamikaze caucus.” Notably, in suggesting that Senator Cruz is leading the GOP to minority status, the paper wrote: We’re all for holding politicians accountable with votes on substantive issues, but Mr. Cruz knew he couldn’t stop a debt increase the House had already passed. _______________________________ Ronald Reagan is somewhere shaking his head. He knew a “rump kamikaze caucus” when he saw one. He described them as...
  • Conservative legend Thomas Sowell turns on Ted Cruz

    02/19/2014 4:18:55 PM PST · by servo1969 · 192 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2-19-2014 | Jamie Weinstein
    A leading tea party intellectual has turned against the tea party movement’s favorite senator. Economist Thomas Sowell, who has long been revered among conservatives, has slammed Sen. Ted Cruz in his last two columns, accusing the Texas Republican of being self-serving and comparing him to President Obama. “Freshman Senator Ted Cruz says many things that need to be said and says them well,” Sowell wrote in his syndicated column Tuesday, before going on to compare Cruz to President Obama. “Moreover, some of these things are what many, if not most, Americans believe wholeheartedly. Yet we need to remember that the...
  • Sowell: Cruz Control? Part II - GOP leaders ignore his appeal at GOP's own peril

    02/19/2014 11:14:41 AM PST · by jazusamo · 79 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 19, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Senator Ted Cruz is a hero in some Republican circles — and the opposite among many of his Senate Republican colleagues. At this crucial juncture in the history of America, internal battles within the only party that can turn things around are the last thing Americans need. Moreover, each side in this political civil war has all too many valid criticisms of the other. The Republican establishment’s criticisms of Senator Cruz are criticisms of his rule-or-ruin strategy, which can destroy whatever chance Republicans have of taking back the Senate in 2014 and taking back the White House in 2016. And,...
  • Sowell: Cruz Control?

    02/18/2014 12:32:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 115 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Freshman Senator Ted Cruz says many things that need to be said and says them well. Moreover, some of these things are what many, if not most, Americans believe wholeheartedly. Yet we need to remember that the same was true of another freshman Senator, just a relatively few years ago, who parlayed his ability to say things that resonated with the voters into two terms in the White House. Who would disagree that if you want your doctor, you should be able to keep your doctor? Who would disagree with the idea of a more transparent administration in Washington, or...
  • Sowell: Another Galling Betrayal

    02/17/2014 5:10:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The Afghanistan government's recent release of dozens of imprisoned terrorists, many of whom had killed Americans, was a galling betrayal of those Americans who died defending Afghanistan against the Taliban terrorists — as well as those Americans who have returned home with arms or legs missing, or with minds traumatized beyond repair. If we learn nothing else from the bitter tragedy of the war in Afghanistan, it should be that we should put an end forever to the self-indulgence of thinking that we can engage in "nation-building" and creating "democracy" in countries where nothing resembling democracy has ever existed. It...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    02/10/2014 3:18:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 11, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    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...
  • Sowell: Republicans to the Rescue?

    02/03/2014 10:24:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 4, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Some supporters of President Obama may be worried about how he and the Democrats are going to fare politically, as the problems of ObamaCare continue to escalate, and it looks like the Republicans have a chance to win a majority in the Senate. But Democrats may not need to worry so much. Republicans may once again come to the rescue of the Democrats, by discrediting themselves and snatching defeat from the very jaws of victory. The latest bright idea among Republicans inside the Beltway is a new version of amnesty that is virtually certain to lose votes among the Republican...
  • Thomas Sowell: The Blessings of Inequality

    02/02/2014 8:04:45 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    The Pearcey Report ^ | 1-28-14 | Rick Pearcey
    "We are lucky that we are so different," Thomas Sowell writes, "so that the capabilities of many other people can cover our limitations." But more than this, Sowell argues, the inequality of abilities (or "diversity," one might say) we see in human beings can save lives and enhance "everyone's well-being." Yes, human beings are created equal, as the Declaration of Independence so appropriately notes. This fact of life affirms the ontological worth and significance of the human being. It expresses the basis upon which people are to be respected by the powers that be and not steamrolled by big government,...
  • Sowell: The Inequality Bogeyman

    01/27/2014 2:03:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 28, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    During a recent lunch in a restaurant, someone complimented my wife on the perfume she was wearing. But I was wholly unaware that she was wearing perfume, even though we had been in a car together for about half an hour, driving to the restaurant. My sense of smell is very poor. But there is one thing I can smell far better than most people — gas escaping. During my years of living on the Stanford University campus, and walking back and forth to work at my office, I more than once passed a faculty house and smelled gas escaping....
  • Sowell: Fact-Free Liberals: Part IV

    01/21/2014 9:51:04 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 21, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the things that attracted me to the political left, as a young man, was a belief that leftists were for "the people." Fortunately, I was also very interested in the history of ideas — and years of research in that field repeatedly brought out the inescapable fact that many leading thinkers on the left had only contempt for "the people." That has been true from the 18th century to the present moment. Even more surprising, I discovered over the years that leading thinkers on the opposite side of the ideological spectrum had more respect for ordinary people than...
  • Sowell: Fact-Free Liberals: Part III

    01/21/2014 9:51:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 21, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Since this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the "war on poverty," we can expect many comments and commemorations of this landmark legislation in the development of the American welfare state. The actual signing of the "war on poverty" legislation took place in August 1964, so the 50th anniversary is some months away. But there have already been statements in the media and in politics proclaiming that this vast and costly array of anti-poverty programs "worked." Of course everything "works" by sufficiently low standards, and everything "fails" by sufficiently high standards. The real question is: What did the "war...