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  • Great Scott! (Thomas Sowell)

    01/25/2010 3:27:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies · 1,559+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | January 26, 2010 | Thomas Sowell
    Some of the most melancholy letters and e-mails that are sent to me are from people who lament that there is nothing they can do about the bad policies that they see ruining this country. They don't have any media outlet for their opinions and the letters they send to their Congressmen are either ignored or are answered by form letters with weasel words. They feel powerless. Sometimes I remind them that the whole political establishment — both Democrats and Republicans, as well as the mainstream media — were behind amnesty for illegal immigrants, until the public opinion polls showed...
  • Jobs or Snow Jobs? (Thomas Sowell)

    12/07/2009 4:24:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 842+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | December 8, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    President Obama keeps talking about the jobs his administration is "creating" but there are more people unemployed now than before he took office. How can there be more unemployment after so many jobs have been "created"? Let's go back to square one. What does it take to create a job? It takes wealth to pay someone who is hired, not to mention additional wealth to buy the material that person will use. But government creates no wealth. Ignoring that plain and simple fact enables politicians to claim to be able to do all sorts of miraculous things that they cannot...
  • Deepest Bow Is Reserved For World Opinion

    11/16/2009 5:25:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 1,177+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 16, 2009 | The great THOMAS SOWELL
    In the string of amazing decisions made during the first year of the Obama administration, nothing seems more like sheer insanity than the decision to try foreign terrorists, who have committed acts of war against the United States, in federal court, as if they were American citizens accused of crimes. Terrorists are not even entitled to the protection of the Geneva Conventions, much less the Constitution of the United States. Terrorists have never observed, nor even claimed to have observed, the Geneva Conventions, nor are they among those covered by it. But over and above the utter inconsistency of what...
  • Dismantling America: Part II (Thomas Sowell)

    10/29/2009 3:54:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies · 2,500+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    Many years ago, at a certain academic institution, there was an experimental program that the faculty had to vote on as to whether or not it should be made permanent. I rose at the faculty meeting to say that I knew practically nothing about whether the program was good or bad, and that the information that had been supplied to us was too vague for us to have any basis for voting, one way or the other. My suggestion was that we get more concrete information before having a vote. The director of that program rose immediately and responded indignantly...
  • Dismantling America (Thomas Sowell)

    10/26/2009 9:00:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 89 replies · 3,834+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    Just one year ago, would you have believed that an unelected government official, not even a Cabinet member confirmed by the Senate but simply one of the many "czars" appointed by the President, could arbitrarily cut the pay of executives in private businesses by 50 percent or 90 percent? Did you think that another "czar" would be talking about restricting talk radio? That there would be plans afloat to subsidize newspapers-- that is, to create a situation where some newspapers' survival would depend on the government liking what they publish? Did you imagine that anyone would even be talking about...
  • The Brainy Bunch (Thomas Sowell)

    09/28/2009 9:05:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies · 1,905+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    Many people, including some conservatives, have been very impressed with how brainy the president and his advisers are. But that is not quite as reassuring as it might seem. It was, after all, Franklin D. Roosevelt's brilliant "brains trust" advisers whose policies are now increasingly recognized as having prolonged the Great Depression of the 1930s, while claiming credit for ending it. The Great Depression ended only when the Second World War put an end to many New Deal policies. FDR himself said that "Dr. New Deal" had been replaced by "Dr. Win-the-War." But those today who are for big spending...
  • Listening to a Liar: Part II (Thomas Sowell)

    09/10/2009 7:21:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies · 3,859+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    "Hubris-laden charlatans" was the way a recent e-mail from a reader characterized the Obama administration. That phrase seems especially appropriate for the Charlatan-in-Chief, Barack Obama, whose speech to a joint session of Congress was both a masterpiece of rhetoric and a shameless fraud. To tell us, with a straight face, that he can insure millions more people without adding to the already skyrocketing deficit, is world-class chutzpa and an insult to anyone's intelligence. To do so after an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office has already showed this to be impossible reveals the depths of moral bankruptcy behind the glittering...
  • Listening to a Liar (Thomas Sowell)

    09/07/2009 9:06:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 125 replies · 7,050+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    The most important thing about what anyone says are not the words themselves but the credibility of the person who says them. The words of convicted swindler Bernie Madoff were apparently quite convincing to many people who were regarded as knowledgeable and sophisticated. If you go by words, you can be led into anything. No doubt millions of people will be listening to the words of President Barack Obama Wednesday night when he makes a televised address to a joint session of Congress on his medical care plans. But, if they think that the words he says are what matters,...
  • Whose Medical Decisions?: Part IV (Thomas Sowell slams Obama)

    08/18/2009 11:25:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies · 1,562+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 18, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    The serious, and sometimes chilling, provisions of the medical care legislation that President Obama has been trying to rush through Congress are important enough for all of us to stop and think, even though his political strategy from the outset has been to prevent us from having time to stop and think about it. What we also should stop to think about is the mindset behind this legislation, which is very consistent with the mindset behind other policies of this administration, whether the particular issue is bailing out General Motors, telling banks who to lend to or appointing "czars" to...
  • Disaster in the Making? (Thomas Sowell)

    07/28/2009 3:28:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 84 replies · 3,407+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    After many a disappointment with someone, and especially after a disaster, we may be able to look back at numerous clues that should have warned us that the person we trusted did not deserve our trust. When that person is the President of the United States, the potential for disaster is virtually unlimited. Many people are rightly worried about what this administration's reckless spending will do to the economy in our time and to our children and grandchildren, to whom a staggering national debt will be passed on. But if the worst that Barack Obama does is ruin the economy,...
  • A Post-Racial President? (Thomas Sowell)

    07/27/2009 7:56:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies · 2,615+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 28, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    Many people hoped that the election of a black President of the United States would mark our entering a "post-racial" era, when we could finally put some ugly aspects of our history behind us. That is quite understandable. But it takes two to tango. Those of us who want to see racism on its way out need to realize that others benefit greatly from crying racism. They benefit politically, financially, and socially. Barack Obama has been allied with such people for decades. He found it expedient to appeal to a wider electorate as a post-racial candidate, just as he has...
  • Magician Politics (Thomas Sowell)

    07/23/2009 2:58:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies · 1,121+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    Distracting the audience's attention is one of the ways magicians pull off some of their tricks. President Barack Obama's televised news conference on medical care shows that he is something of a magician when it comes to politics. The big trick for the president is to convince the public that he can add tens of millions of people to his government medical care plan without raising the costs. But an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office showed that Obamacare would in fact raise the costs and increase the deficit by billions of dollars. With both common sense and economic analysis...
  • GOPers in the Wilderness (Thomas Sowell)

    06/22/2009 8:40:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies · 1,118+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | June 23, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    A Gallup poll last week showed that far more Americans describe themselves as "conservatives" than as "liberals." Yet Republicans have been clobbered by the Democrats in both the 2008 elections and the 2006 elections. In a country with more conservatives than liberals, it is puzzling — in fact, amazing — that we have the furthest left President of the United States in history, as well as the furthest left Speaker of the House of Representatives. Republicans, especially, need to think about what this means. If you lose when the other guy has all the high cards, there is not much...
  • Talking Points (Thomas Sowell)

    05/11/2009 8:22:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies · 1,201+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 12, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the many signs of the degeneration of our times is how many serious, even life-and-death, issues are approached as talking points in a game of verbal fencing. Nothing illustrates this more than the fatuous, and even childish, controversy about "torturing" captured terrorists. People's actions often make far more sense than their words. Most of the people who are talking lofty talk about how we mustn't descend to the level of our enemies would themselves behave very differently if presented with a comparable situation, instead of being presented with an opportunity to be morally one up with rhetoric. What...
  • "Empathy" Versus Law: Part IV (Thomas Sowell)

    05/05/2009 10:40:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 1,346+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 5, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    While President Barack Obama has, in one sense, tipped his hand by saying that he wants judges with "empathy" for certain groups, he has in a more fundamental sense concealed the real goal — getting judges who will ratify an ever-expanding scope of the power of the federal government and an ever-declining restraint by the Constitution of the United States. This is consistent with everything else that Obama has done in office and is consistent with his decades-long track record of alliances with people who reject the fundamentals of American society. Judicial expansion of federal power is not really new,...
  • "Empathy" Versus Law: Part III (Thomas Sowell)

    05/05/2009 10:39:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies · 949+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 5, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    There is a reason why the statue of Justice wears a blindfold. There are things that courts are not supposed to see or recognize when making their decisions— the race you belong to, whether you are rich or poor, and other personal things that could bias decisions by judges and juries. It is an ideal that a society strives for, even if particular judges or juries fall short of that ideal. Now, however, President Barack Obama has repudiated that ideal itself by saying that he wants to appoint judges with "empathy" for particular groups. This was not an isolated slip...
  • "Empathy" Versus Law: Part II (Thomas Sowell)

    05/05/2009 10:38:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 1,297+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 5, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    The great Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes is not the kind of justice who would have been appointed under President Barack Obama's criterion of "empathy" for certain groups. Like most people, Justice Holmes had empathy for some and antipathy for others, but his votes on the Supreme Court often went against those for whom he had empathy and for those for whom he had antipathy. As Holmes himself put it: "I loathed most of the things in favor of which I decided." After voting in favor of Benjamin Gitlow in the 1925 case of Gitlow v. People of New...
  • ‘Empathy‘ Versus Law (Thomas Sowell)

    05/04/2009 7:40:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies · 2,478+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 5, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    Justice David Souter's retirement from the Supreme Court presents President Barack Obama with his first opportunity to appoint someone to the High Court. People who are speculating about whether the next nominee will be a woman, a Hispanic or whatever, are missing the point. That we are discussing the next Supreme Court justice in terms of group "representation" is a sign of how far we have already strayed from the purpose of law and the weighty responsibility of appointing someone to sit for life on the highest court in the land. That President Obama has made "empathy" with certain groups...
  • Survival Optional (Thomas Sowell)

    04/27/2009 9:05:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies · 1,878+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    It used to be said that self-preservation is the first law of nature. But much of what has been happening in recent times in the United States, and in Western civilization in general, suggests that survival is taking a back seat to the shibboleths of political correctness. We have already turned loose dozens of captured terrorists, who have resumed their terrorism. Why? Because they have been given "rights" that exist neither in our laws nor under international law. These are not criminals in our society, entitled to the protection of the Constitution of the United States. They are not prisoners...
  • Rookie Errors Mar Obama's Efforts So Far

    03/30/2009 6:23:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies · 1,404+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 30, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    Someone once said that, for every rookie you have on your starting team in the National Football League, you will lose a game. Somewhere, at some time during the season, a rookie will make a mistake that will cost you a game. We now have a rookie president of the United States and, in the dangerous world we live in, with terrorist nations going nuclear, just one rookie mistake can bring disaster down on this generation and generations yet to come. Barack Obama is a rookie in a sense that few other presidents in American history have ever been. It...