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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...
  • The Rush to Wait (Thomas Sowell)

    02/17/2009 5:37:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies · 1,880+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    The big story last week was the incredible Congressional rush to pass a bill that was more than a thousand pages long in just two days-- after which it sat on the President's desk for three days while the Obamas were away on a holiday. There is the same complete inconsistency in the bill itself. Despite the urgency in President Obama's rhetoric, as well as in Congress' haste in passing a bill which few-- if any-- members had time to read, much less consider, most of the actual spending will take place next year, at the earliest. Not even the...
  • What are they buying? (Thomas Sowell)

    01/26/2009 6:27:58 PM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies · 1,864+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | January 27, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    Everyone is talking about how much money the government is spending, but very little attention is being paid to where they are spending it or what they are buying with it. The government is putting money into banks, even when the banks don't want it, in hopes that the banks will put it into circulation. But the latest statistics shows that banks are lending even less money now than they were before the government dumped all that cash on them. Even if it had worked, putting cash into banks, in hopes that they would put it into circulation, seems a...
  • Political Speeches (Thomas Sowell)

    01/20/2009 7:26:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies · 1,570+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | January 21, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    If making speeches is one of the tests of a President of the United States, then Barack Obama has passed his first test with flying colors. He has understood the varied constituencies, and the various hopes and fears he had to address. He said the kinds of things that all these constituencies wanted to hear. As a speech, it was the best inaugural address since Ronald Reagan. This is not to judge the substantive merits or demerits of what he said. Anyone who judges any political speech by its substance-- much less by what actions follow-- is likely to be...
  • "Jolting" the Economy (Thomas Sowell)

    11/24/2008 9:07:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 46 replies · 2,190+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Barack Obama says that we have to "jolt" the economy. That certainly makes sense, if you take the media's account of the economy seriously-- but should the media be taken seriously? Amid all the political and media hysteria, national output has declined by less than one-half of one percent. In fact, it may not have declined even that much-- or at all-- when the statistics are revised later, as they very often are. We are not talking about the Great Depression, when output dropped by one-third and unemployment soared to 25 percent. What we are talking about is a golden...
  • Ego and Mouth (Sowell on Obama)

    10/31/2008 8:46:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies · 2,111+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 31, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    After the big gamble on subprime mortgages that led to the current financial crisis, is there going to be an even bigger gamble, by putting the fate of a nation in the hands of a man whose only qualifications are ego and mouth? Barack Obama has the kind of cocksure confidence that can only be achieved by not achieving anything else. Anyone who has actually had to take responsibility for consequences by running any kind of enterprise— whether economic or academic, or even just managing a sports team— is likely at some point to be chastened by either the setbacks...
  • A Perfect Storm (Sowell on Obama...Excellent)

    10/28/2008 1:06:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 87 replies · 3,114+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 28, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Some elections are routine, some are important and some are historic. If Senator John McCain wins this election, it will probably go down in history as routine. But if Senator Barack Obama wins, it is more likely to be historic— and catastrophic. Once the election is over, the glittering generalities of rhetoric and style will mean nothing. Everything will depend on performance in facing huge challenges, domestic and foreign. Performance is where Barack Obama has nothing to show for his political career, either in Illinois or in Washington. Policies that he proposes under the banner of "change" are almost all...
  • Taxing Times (Sowell on Obama taxes)

    10/28/2008 8:54:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 571+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 28, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Chief Justice John Marshall said it all in one sentence: "The power to tax is the power to destroy." It is not the money that is taxed away that is destroyed. What is destroyed is the wealth that does not get produced in the first place, because high taxes make its production not worthwhile. Those who are receptive to Senator Barack Obama's plan to increase taxes on "the rich" seem not to understand that the issue is the nation's loss of wealth. Today, wealth can leave the country when heavy taxes threaten it— instantly, in an age of electronic financial...
  • Obama and the Law (Sowell on Obama)

    10/27/2008 8:39:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies · 1,879+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | October 28, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the biggest and most long-lasting "change" to expect if Barack Obama becomes President of the United States is in the kinds of federal judges he appoints. These include Supreme Court justices, as well as other federal justices all across the country, all of whom will have lifetime tenure. Senator Obama has stated very clearly what kinds of Supreme Court justices he wants— those with "the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old." Like so many things that Obama says, it may sound nice if you don't stop and...
  • Obama and "The Left" (Sowell on Obama)

    10/24/2008 8:56:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies · 1,637+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 24, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Although Senator Barack Obama has been allied with a succession of far left individuals over the years, that is only half the story. There are, after all, some honest and decent people on the left. But these have not been the ones that Obama has been allied with— allied, not merely "associated" with. ACORN is not just an organization on the left. In addition to the voter frauds that ACORN has been involved in over the years, it is an organization with a history of thuggery, including going to bankers' homes to harass them and their families, in order to...
  • Polls and Pols

    10/20/2008 9:42:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 631+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    It may seem hardly worthwhile going to the polls to vote this election year, since ACORN and the media have already decided that Barack Obama is to be the next President of the United States. Still, it may take more than voter fraud and media spin to put Senator Obama in the White House. Most public opinion polls show Obama ahead, but not usually by decisive margins, and sometimes by a difference within the margin of error. There has been a history of various polls over the years projecting bigger votes for the Democrats' presidential candidate in October than that...
  • Believers in Obama (Sowell on Obama)

    10/20/2008 2:28:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies · 1,859+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | October 21, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Telling a friend that the love of his life is a phony and dangerous is not likely to get him to change his mind. But it may cost you a friend. It is much the same story with true believers in Barack Obama. They have made up their minds and not only don't want to be confused by the facts, they resent being told the facts. An e-mail from a reader mentioned trying to tell his sister why he was voting against Obama but, when he tried to argue some facts, she cut him short: "You don't like him and...
  • Negative Advertising (Sowell on Obama)

    10/13/2008 3:26:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 1,082+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | October 14, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the oldest phenomena of American elections— criticism of one's opponent— has in recent times been stigmatized by much of the media as "negative advertising." Is this because the criticism has gotten more vicious or more personal? You might think so, if you were totally ignorant of history, as so many of the graduates of even our elite universities are. Although Grover Cleveland was elected President twice, he had to overcome a major scandal that he had fathered a child out of wedlock, which was considered more of a disgrace then than today. Even giants like Lincoln and Jefferson...
  • The Real Obama: Part IV (Sowell on Obama)

    10/07/2008 2:31:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies · 1,187+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 7, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Barack Obama's supporters often try to sidestep questions about his character and judgment by saying that we should stick to what they arbitrarily define as "the real issues." But Senator Obama's record on specific issues is as bad as his record of repeatedly allying himself over the years with people who make no attempt to hide their hatred of America. Among the so-called "real issues" are earmarks for Senators' pet projects, like the "bridge to nowhere." These are among the most indefensible parts of the inbred Washington political culture, which Obama has so often claimed to be against, as part...
  • The Real Obama: Part III (Sowell on Obama)

    10/07/2008 12:28:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies · 2,219+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 7, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    What about those "real issues" that Barack Obama's supporters in the media say we should get back to, whenever some new unsavory fact about his past comes out? Surely education is a real issue, with American school children consistently scoring below those in other countries, and children in minority communities faring worst of all. What about Senator Obama's position on this real issue? As with other issues, he has talked one way and acted the opposite way. The education situation in Obama's home base of Chicago is one of the worst in the nation for the children— and one of...
  • The Real Obama: Part II (Sowell on Obama)

    10/06/2008 9:21:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies · 1,649+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 7, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    A recent Republican campaign ad sarcastically described as Barack Obama's "one accomplishment" his supporting a bill to promote sex education in kindergarten. During an interview of a Republican spokesman, Tom Brokaw of NBC News replayed that ad and asked if that was something serious to be discussed in a presidential election campaign. It was a variation on an old theme about getting back to "the real issues," just as Brokaw's question was a variation on an increasingly widespread tendency among journalists to become a squad of Obama avengers, instead of reporters. Does it matter if Barack Obama is for sex...
  • The Real Obama (Sowell on Obama)

    10/06/2008 6:13:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies · 2,879+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | October 7, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Critics of Senator Barack Obama make a strategic mistake when they talk about his "past associations." That just gives his many defenders in the media an opportunity to counter-attack against "guilt by association." We all have associations, whether at the office, in our neighborhood or in various recreational activities. Most of us neither know nor care what our associates believe or say about politics. Associations are very different from alliances. Allies are not just people who happen to be where you are or who happen to be doing the same things you do. You choose allies deliberately for a reason....
  • Do Facts Matter

    10/03/2008 7:37:11 PM PDT · by edge10 · 48 replies · 1,369+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | Friday, October 03, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Abraham Lincoln said, "You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time." Unfortunately, the future of this country, as well as the fate of the Western world, depends on how many people can be fooled on election day, just a few weeks from now. Right now, the polls indicate that a whole lot of the people are being fooled a whole lot of the time. The current financial bailout crisis has propelled Barack Obama back into a substantial lead over John...
  • Idols of Crowds (Thomas Sowell)

    09/15/2008 9:01:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 71 replies · 453+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    "A human group transforms itself into a crowd when it suddenly responds to a suggestion rather than to reasoning, to an image rather than to an idea, to an affirmation rather than to proof, to the repetition of a phrase rather than to arguments, to prestige rather than to competence." Jean-François Revel was not referring to the United States when he wrote those words, nor to his own France, but to human beings in general. He was certainly not referring to Barack Obama, whom he probably never heard of, since Revel died last year. To find anything comparable to crowds'...
  • Changes in Politics (Thomas Sowell)

    08/29/2008 9:10:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 308+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the few political cliches that makes sense is that "In politics, overnight is a lifetime." Less than a year ago, the big question was whether Rudolph Giuliani could beat Hillary Clinton in this year's presidential election. Less than two months ago, Barack Obama had a huge lead over John McCain in the polls. Less than a week ago, the smart money was saying that Mitt Romney would be McCain's choice for vice president. We don't need Barack Obama to create "change." Things change in politics, in the economy, and elsewhere in American society, without waiting for a political...
  • Whose "Special Interests"? (Sowell on Obama and Dems)

    08/12/2008 1:22:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 268+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 12, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    We take it for granted that a vote means a secret ballot but it was not always that way. Moreover, it will not remain that way for workers who vote on whether or not they want a labor union, if legislation sponsored by Congressional Democrats and endorsed by Senator Barack Obama becomes law. Before there were secret ballots, voters dared not express their true preferences if those who watched them vote could retaliate— whether by firing them, beating them up or in other ways. Anyone who is serious about people being free to express themselves with their votes wants a...
  • The Galbraith Effect? (Sowell on Obama)

    08/11/2008 6:58:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies · 385+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | August 12, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Many years ago, when I was a college student, I took a course from John Kenneth Galbraith. On the first day of class, Professor Galbraith gave a brilliant opening lecture, after which the students gave him a standing ovation. Galbraith kept on giving brilliant opening lectures the whole semester. But, instead of standing ovations, there were now dwindling numbers of students and some of them got up and walked out in the middle of his lectures. Galbraith never got beyond the glittering generalities that marked his first lecture. After a while, the students got tired of not getting any real...
  • ...As Well As Several Other Issues

    07/24/2008 5:12:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 495+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 24, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Here are some questions that Katie Couric, Brian Williams and Charles Gibson should be asking Barack Obama as they follow him on his trip: Q: Before your trip to Iraq, you said that you intend to give the military a "new mission" — all of the combat troops withdrawn within 16 months. Why bother traveling to Iraq and consulting with commanders on the ground, if you've already decided on a new mission? Q: In 2004, you called it unwise to announce a timetable. By 2008, however, you announce a 16-month timetable. Only a few days ago, your top campaign strategist...
  • Are facts obsolete? (Sowell on Obama)

    07/14/2008 6:53:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies · 514+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 15, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    In an election campaign in which not only young liberals, but also some people who are neither young nor liberals, seem absolutely mesmerized by the skilled rhetoric of Barack Obama, facts have receded even further into the background than usual. As the hypnotic mantra of "change" is repeated endlessly, few people even raise the question of whether what few specifics we hear represent any real change, much less a change for the better. Raising taxes, increasing government spending and demonizing business? That is straight out of the New Deal of the 1930s. The New Deal was new then but it...
  • Conservatives for Obama? (Thomas Sowell)

    07/07/2008 7:36:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 136 replies · 642+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 8, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    A number of friends of mine have commented on an odd phenomenon that they have observed — conservative Republicans they know who are saying that they are going to vote for Barack Obama. It seemed at first to be an isolated fluke, perhaps signifying only that my friends know some strange conservatives. But apparently columnist Robert Novak has encountered the same phenomenon and has coined the term "Obamacons" to describe the conservatives for Senator Obama. Now the San Francisco Chronicle has run a feature article, titled "Some Influential Conservatives Spurn GOP and Endorse Obama." In it they quote various conservatives...
  • Cocky Ignorance (Thomas Sowell)

    06/09/2008 9:07:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 63 replies · 389+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Now that Senator Barack Obama has become the Democrats' nominee for President of the United States, to the cheers of the media at home and abroad, he has written a letter to the Secretary of Defense, in a tone as if he is already President, addressing one of his subordinates. The letter ends: "I look forward to your swift response." With wars going on in both Iraq and Afghanistan, a Secretary of Defense might have some other things to look after, before making a "swift response" to a political candidate. Because of the widely publicized statistic that suicide rates among...
  • Obama And McCain (Thomas Sowell)

    06/04/2008 7:46:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 131 replies · 2,041+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | June 5, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Now that the two parties have finally selected their presidential candidates, it is time for a sober-- if not grim-- assessment of where we are. Not since 1972 have we been presented with two such painfully inadequate candidates. When election day came that year, I could not bring myself to vote for either George McGovern or Richard Nixon. I stayed home. This year, none of us has that luxury. While all sorts of gushing is going on in the media, and posturing is going on in politics, the biggest national sponsor of terrorism in the world-- Iran-- is moving step...
  • Irrelevant Apologies (Thomas Sowell)

    06/02/2008 9:14:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies · 271+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 3, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    It is amazing how seriously the media are taking Senator Barack Obama's latest statement about the latest racist rant from the pulpit of the church he has attended for 20 years. But neither that statement nor the apology for his rant by Father Michael Pfleger really matters, one way or the other. Nor does Senator Obama's belated resignation from that church. For any politician, what matters is not his election year rhetoric, or an election year resignation from a church, but the track record of that politician in the years before the election. Yet so many people are so fascinated...
  • Success Is Built On Work Ethic, Not Grievances (SOWELL)

    05/05/2008 6:18:00 PM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 19 replies · 418+ views
    IBD - Investor's Business Daily ^ | Posted Monday, May 05, 2008 4:30 PM PT | By THOMAS SOWELL
    Sometimes unrelated events nevertheless tell a coherent story. One newspaper story that caught my eye recently was about two high-powered schools in South Korea where Korean girls study 15 hours a day, preparing themselves for tests to get into elite colleges in the United States. Harvard, Yale and Princeton already have 34 students from those schools. When a copy of the 50th anniversary report on members of the Harvard class of 1958 arrived in the mail recently, I thought back to one of my fellow students in that class who had worn a hole in the sole of his shoe...
  • An Old Newness (Thomas Sowell)

    04/28/2008 9:06:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies · 396+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Many years ago, a great hitter named Paul Waner was nearing the end of his long career. He entered a ballgame with 2,999 hits -- one hit away from the landmark total of 3,000, which so many hitters want to reach, but which relatively few actually do reach. Waner hit a ball that the fielder did not handle cleanly but the official scorer called it a hit, making it Waner's 3,000th. Paul Waner then sent word to the official scorer that he did not want that questionable hit to be the one that put him over the top. The official...
  • A Living Lie (Thomas Sowell)

    04/14/2008 7:49:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies · 373+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 15, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    An e-mail from a reader said that, while Hillary Clinton tells lies, Barack Obama is himself a lie. That is becoming painfully apparent with each new revelation of how drastically his carefully crafted image this election year contrasts with what he has actually been saying and doing for many years. Senator Obama's election year image is that of a man who can bring the country together, overcoming differences of party or race, as well as solving our international problems by talking with Iran and other countries with which we are at odds, and performing other miscellaneous miracles as needed. There...