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  • Walter Williams: Should Profiling Be Banned?

    12/16/2014 10:22:20 AM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 17, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Last week, the Obama administration announced new curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement. Before deciding whether this is good or bad policy, we might try to develop a description/definition of racial profiling or any other kind of profiling. A good definition of profiling in general is the use of an easily observed physical characteristic as a guess for some other, difficult-to-observe characteristic. The reason people profile is that information is costly and they seek methods to economize on information costs. One way to do that is through profiling. Imagine a chief of police in a city where there...
  • Williams: What's Rule of Law?

    12/08/2014 8:58:09 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 10, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    President Barack Obama said just before the recent Ferguson, Missouri, riots, "First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law." Most Americans have little or no inkling of what "rule of law" means. Many think it means obedience to whatever laws legislatures enact. That's a vision that has led to human tragedy down through the ages. Historically, it sanctioned the divine right of kings, whereby a monarch was subject to no earthly authority, deriving his right to rule directly from the will of God. More recently, it's a vision that included the Nuremberg laws, which led...
  • Walter Williams: Obama vs. Us

    11/17/2014 9:40:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 19, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Suppose you saw a person driving his car on the wrong side of a highway, against the traffic. Would you call him a stupid and/or incompetent driver? You say, "Williams, what kind of question is that? Of course he's one or the other!" I'd say, "Hold your horses. What are his intentions?" If the driver's intentions are to cause highway calamity, one can hardly call his actions stupid or incompetent. Given his intentions, he is wisely acting in a manner to achieve his objectives. This observation lies at the heart of my colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell's column last week, in...
  • Walter Williams: Things I Don't Understand (Great read)

    08/30/2014 4:40:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 72 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 3, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    There are things that really puzzle me. Some life insurance companies charge lower premiums if you haven't made a life-shortening lifestyle choice. Being a nonsmoker is one of them. Actuarially, that makes sense because the life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers. Insurance company policies charge higher premiums to those who are obese. The National Institutes of Health reports that those with a body mass index greater than 40 have a six- to 14-year lower life expectancy. Again, actuarially, that makes sense. Indeed, there's a strong advocacy for higher life insurance, as well as...
  • The truth about slavery reparations

    06/19/2014 6:13:13 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 16, 2014 | Walter Williams
    Calls for slavery reparations have returned with the publication of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Case for Reparations" in The Atlantic magazine. In making his argument, Coates goes through the horrors of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and gross racial discrimination. First off, let me say that I agree with reparations advocates that slavery was a horrible, despicable violation of basic human rights. The gross discrimination that followed emancipation made a mockery of the guarantees of the U.S. Constitution. I also agree that slave owners and slave traders should make reparations to those whom they enslaved. The problem, of course, is that slaves,...
  • White Privilege

    05/27/2014 2:17:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 5/27/2014 | Walter Williams
    What would you think if your 8-year-old came home and told you that “white privilege is something that white people have, meaning they have an advantage in a lot of things and they can get a job more easily”? You would have heard that at the recent 15th annual White Privilege Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, attended by 2,500 public-school teachers, administrators and students from across the nation (http://tinyurl.com/lkoqj9b).The average parent has no idea of the devious indoctrination going on in classrooms in many public schools. What follows are some of the lessons of the conference.In one of the workshops, “Examining...
  • 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.
  • Parting Company

    01/01/2014 4:35:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    Here's a question that I've asked in the past that needs to be revisited. Unless one wishes to obfuscate, it has a simple yes or no answer. If one group of people prefers strong government control and management of people's lives while another group prefers liberty and desires to be left alone, should they be required to enter into conflict with one another and risk bloodshed and loss of life in order to impose their preferences on the other group? Yes or no. My answer is no; they should be able to peaceably part company and go their separate ways....
  • Obama Not His Own Man, Incompetent, And Beyond Learning

    12/08/2013 2:20:22 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 59 replies
    livetradingnews.com ^ | December 9, 2013 | Paul Ebeling
    Hes beyond learning. He has another agenda and, firstly, I dont think Obama is his own man, Mr. Williams said in a TV interview at the weekend. He is a puppet of George Soros, he added, referring to the liberal billionaire businessman and philanthropist. Mr. Williams believes Mr. Obamas presidency ultimately will be regarded along the lines of Jimmy Carters as a somewhat failed administration. He said it is unfortunate that Americas 1st black President is incompetent.
  • Masking Totalitarianism

    11/26/2013 9:29:00 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11-27-13 | Walter Williams
    One of the oldest notions in the history of mankind is that some people are to give orders and others are to obey. The powerful elite believe that they have wisdom superior to the masses and that they've been ordained to forcibly impose that wisdom on the rest of us. Their agenda calls for an attack on the free market and what it implies voluntary exchange. Tyrants do not trust that people acting voluntarily will do what the tyrant thinks they should do. Therefore, free markets are replaced with economic planning and regulation that is nothing less than the...
  • Are Guns the Problem?

    10/01/2013 5:17:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 1, 2013 | Walter Williams
    Every time theres a shooting tragedy, there are more calls for gun control. Lets examine a few historical facts. By 1910, the National Rifle Association had succeeded in establishing 73 NRA-affiliated high-school rifle clubs. The 1911 second edition of the Boy Scout Handbook made qualification in NRAs junior marksmanship program a prerequisite for obtaining a BSA merit badge in marksmanship. In 1918, the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. established its own Winchester Junior Rifle Corps. The program grew to 135,000 members by 1925. In New York City, gun clubs were started at Boys, Curtis, Commercial, Manual Training and Stuyvesant high schools....
  • Touchy Topics

    09/04/2013 1:56:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    Here's a question: What is the true test of one's commitment to freedom of expression? Is it when one permits others to express ideas with which he agrees? Or is it when he permits others to express ideas he finds deeply offensive? I'm betting that most people would wisely answer that it's the latter, and I'd agree. How about this question: What is the true test of one's commitment to freedom of association? Is it when people permit others to freely associate in ways of which they approve? Or is it when they permit others to freely associate in ways...
  • Touchy Topics

    09/03/2013 9:43:19 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 9-4-13 | Walter Williams
    Here's a question: What is the true test of one's commitment to freedom of expression? Is it when one permits others to express ideas with which he agrees? Or is it when he permits others to express ideas he finds deeply offensive? I'm betting that most people would wisely answer that it's the latter, and I'd agree. How about this question: What is the true test of one's commitment to freedom of association? Is it when people permit others to freely associate in ways of which they approve? Or is it when they permit others to freely associate in ways...
  • Re-education at George Mason

    08/28/2013 10:16:44 AM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 19 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | August 28 | Dr. Walter E Williams
    This week begins my 34th year serving on George Mason University's distinguished economics faculty. You might imagine my surprise when I received a letter from its Office of Equity and Diversity Services notifying me that I was required to "complete the in-person Equal Opportunity and Prevention of Sexual Harassment Policies and Procedures training." This is a leftist agenda for indoctrination, thought control and free speech suppression to which I shall refuse to submit. Let's look at it. Ideas such as equity and equal opportunity, while having high emotional value, are vacuous analytical concepts. For example, I've asked students whether they...
  • Would They Be Proud?

    08/06/2013 4:48:28 PM PDT · by Salman · 17 replies
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | Aug 5, 2013 | Walter Williams
    One can't imagine the fear in the hearts of the parents of those nine black students who walked past shouting placard-carrying mobs as they entered Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Each day, they were greeted with angry shouts of "Two, four, six, eight, we don't want to integrate." In some rural and urban areas, during the school desegregation era, parents escorted their 5- and 6-year-old children past crowds shouting threats and screaming racial epithets. Often there were Ku Klux Klan marches and cross burnings. Much of this protest was in the South, but Northern cities were by no...
  • Black Education Tragedy

    07/10/2013 4:50:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    As if more evidence were needed about the tragedy of black education, Rachel Jeantel, a witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, put a face on it for the nation to see. Some of that evidence unfolded when Zimmerman's defense attorney asked 19-year-old Jeantel to read a letter that she allegedly had written to Trayvon Martin's mother. She responded that she doesn't read cursive, and that's in addition to her poor grammar, syntax and communication skills. Jeantel is a senior at Miami Norland Senior High School. How in the world did she manage to become a 12th-grader...
  • Distrusting Government

    07/02/2013 9:39:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7-2-13 | Walter Williams
    Recent opinion polls demonstrate a deepening distrust of the federal government. That's not an altogether bad thing. Our nation's founders recognized that most human abuses are the result of government. As Thomas Paine said, "government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil." Because of their fear of abuse, the Constitution's framers sought to keep the federal government limited in its power. Their distrust of Congress is seen in the governing rules and language used throughout our Constitution. The Bill of Rights is explicit in that distrust, using language such as Congress shall not abridge, shall not infringe...
  • The Progressive's Bit by Bit Strategy

    06/25/2013 11:22:06 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 June 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    There's a move on to prohibit Washington's football team from calling itself "Redskins," even though a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision said that it has that right. Bit by Bit Strategy Walter E. Williams | The New American 26 June 2013 There's a move on to prohibit Washington's football team from calling itself "Redskins," even though a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision said that it has that right. Now the name change advocates are turning to the political arena and intimidation. The NCAA has already banned the University of North Dakota from calling its football team the "Fighting Sioux."...
  • The 20 Greatest Quotes From Walter Williams

    06/18/2013 5:03:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Walter Williams is a veteran, a professor of economics at George Mason University, a syndicated columnist, a fill-in host for Rush Limbaugh and an author of eight books. Williams has one of the finest minds in America as you're about to see as you read these quotations. 20) How many times have we heard free tuition, free health care, and free you-name-it? If a particular good or service is truly free, we can have as much of it as we want without the sacrifice of other goods or services. Take a free library; is it really free? The answer is...
  • Walter Williams: Americans deserve the IRS

    05/30/2013 8:19:20 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies
    Walter Williams: Americans deserve the IRS Posted By Jeff Poor On 10:45 PM 05/29/2013 In Politics | No Comments Its been often said that in a democracy people get the government they deserve. Conservative economist Walter E. Williams said in his May 29 column that Americans deserve the scandal-ridden Internal Revenue Service, and he elaborated on that point on Wednesdays broadcast of Andrea Tantaros radio show. Williams explained that the IRS was just an instrument of Congress, which is fulfilling the wishes of the people it represents. In my column that came out this week, I say that Americans deserve...
  • Minority Student Needs

    04/03/2013 11:04:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    Professor Craig Frisby is on the faculty of University of Missouri's Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology. His most recent book is "Meeting the Psychoeducational Needs of Minority Students." It's a 662-page textbook covering a range of topics from multiculturalism and home and family influences to student testing and school discipline. There's no way full justice can be given to this excellent work in the space of this column, so I'll highlight a few valuable insights he makes that would help educators do a better job with minority students. Quack multiculturalism is the name Frisby gives to the vision...
  • Williams: Intellectuals and Race

    03/18/2013 11:40:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 20, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    After reading Dr. Thomas Sowell's latest book, "Intellectuals and Race," one cannot emerge with much respect for the reasoning powers of intellectuals, particularly academics, on matters of race. There's so much faulty logic and downright dishonesty. Many intellectuals attribute the behavior patterns of blacks to "a legacy of slavery" or contemporary racial discrimination. But when one observes similar behavior patterns among Britain's lower-class whites, which can't be attributed to "a legacy of slavery" or discrimination, it calls into question the explanations for black behavior. It's lamented that blacks are "the last hired" and, during an economic downturn, "the first fired,"...
  • A Hundred Percent of Nothing

    12/18/2012 3:23:11 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/18/2012
    JoAnn Watson, Detroit city council member, said, "Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president, and there ought to be a quid pro quo." In other words, President Obama should send the nearly bankrupted city of Detroit millions in taxpayer bailout money. But there's a painful lesson to be learned from decades of political hustling and counsel by intellectuals and urban experts. In 1960, Detroit's population was 1.6 million. Blacks were 29 percent, and whites were 70 percent. Today, Detroit's population has fallen precipitously to 707,000, of which blacks are 84 percent and whites 8 percent....
  • Our Government-Created Financial Crisis (Walter Williams)

    12/10/2012 10:40:44 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 12, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    Suppose you saw a building on fire. Would you seek counsel from the arsonist who set it ablaze for advice on how to put it out? You say, "Williams, you'd have to be a lunatic to do that!" But that's precisely what we've done: turned to the people who created our fiscal crisis to fix it. I have never read a better account of our doing just that than in John A. Allison's new book, "The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure." Allison is the former CEO of Branch Banking and Trust, the nation's 10th largest bank. He assembles...
  • Truth about slavery schools aren't teaching

    10/24/2012 8:07:45 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 76 replies
    WND.com ^ | October 23, 2012 | Walter Williams
    True origins of institution had little to do with racism Jon Hubbard, a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, has a book, titled Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative. Among its statements for which Hubbard has been criticized and disavowed by the Republican Party is, The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face...
  • Academic Dishonesty

    09/19/2012 4:00:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    Many of the nation's colleges and universities have become cesspools of indoctrination, intolerance, academic dishonesty and an "enlightened" form of racism. This is a decades-old trend. In a 1991 speech, Yale President Benno Schmidt warned: "The most serious problems of freedom of expression in our society today exist on our campuses. The assumption seems to be that the purpose of education is to induce correct opinion rather than to search for wisdom and to liberate the mind." Unfortunately, parents, taxpayers and donors have little knowledge of the extent of the dishonesty and indoctrination. There are several clues for telling whether...
  • The Rich Don't Pay Enough?

    08/29/2012 10:56:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    If you listen to America's political hacks, mainstream media talking heads and their socialist allies, you can't help but reach the conclusion that the nation's tax burden is borne by the poor and middleclass while the rich get off scot-free. Stephen Moore, senior economics writer for The Wall Street Journal, and I'm proud to say former GMU economics student, wrote "The U.S. Tax System: Who Really Pays?" in the Manhattan Institute's Issue 2012 (8/12). Let's see whether the rich are paying their "fair" share. According to IRS 2007 data, the richest 1 percent of Americans earned 22 percent of national...
  • Liberals, Progressives and Socialists (Walter Williams)

    08/06/2012 10:33:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 8, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    In Europe, especially in Germany, hoisting a swastika-emblazoned Nazi flag is a crime. For decades after World War II, people have hunted down and sought punishment for Nazi murderers, who were responsible for the deaths of more than 20 million people. Here's my question: Why are the horrors of Nazism so well-known and widely condemned but not those of socialism and communism? What goes untaught and possibly is covered up is that socialist and communist ideas have produced the greatest evil in mankind's history. You say, "Williams, what in the world are you talking about? Socialists, communists and...
  • How Times Have Changed

    07/31/2012 2:18:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Craetors Syndicate ^ | August 1, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    Having been born in 1936 has allowed me to witness both societal progress and retrogression. High on the list of things made better in our society are the great gains in civil liberties and economic opportunities, especially for racial minorities and women. People who are now deemed poor have a level of material wealth that would have been a pipe dream to yesteryear's poor. But despite the fact that today's Americans have achieved an unprecedented level of prosperity, we have become spiritually and morally impoverished compared with our ancestors. Years ago, spending beyond one's means was considered a character defect....
  • 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 hes not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • The Underclass (Walter Williams)

    07/02/2012 9:27:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 2, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    Anthony Daniels, who writes under the pen name Theodore Dalrymple, is a retired prison doctor and psychiatrist who tells of his experiences with his patients in "Life at the Bottom." It's an insightful book of essays about the self-destructive behavior and attitudes of the underclass. In one essay, "We Don't Want No Education," reprinted by City Journal (http://www.city-journal.org/html/5_1_oh_to_be.html), Dalrymple says that he cannot recall meeting a 16-year-old from the public housing project near his hospital who could perform simple multiplication operations, such as nine times seven. One 17-year-old told him, "We didn't get that far." This was after 12...
  • Racial Double Standards

    06/18/2012 8:43:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 20, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    Back in 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said we were "a nation of cowards" on matters of race. Permit me to be brave and run a few assertions by you just to see whether we're on the same page. There should be two standards for civilized conduct: one for whites, which is higher, and another for blacks, which is lower. In other words, in the name of justice and fair play, blacks should not be held accountable to the same standards that whites are and should not be criticized for conduct that we'd deem disgusting and racist if...
  • Our Nation's Future (Walter E. Willams column)

    05/29/2012 5:17:46 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    creators.com ^ | 5-29-12 | Walter E. Williams
    Our nation is rapidly approaching a point from which there's little chance to avoid a financial collapse. The heart of our problem can be seen as a tragedy of the commons. That's a set of circumstances when something is commonly owned and individuals acting rationally in their own self-interest produce a set of results that's inimical to everyone's long-term interest. Let's look at an example of the tragedy of the commons phenomenon and then apply it to our national problem. Imagine there are 100 cattlemen all having an equal right to graze their herds on 1,000 acres of commonly owned...
  • Walter Williams Column: Should Black People Tolerate This ?

    05/27/2012 3:29:03 PM PDT · by Psalm_2 · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 25, 2012 | Walter Williams
    Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Using the 94 percent figure means that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks. Though blacks are 13 percent of the nation's population, they account for more than 50 percent of homicide victims. Nationally, black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites, and in some cities, it's 22 times that of whites. Coupled with being most of the nation's homicide victims, blacks are most...
  • Political Rope-A-Dope

    03/21/2012 3:56:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    It's not unreasonable to ask how valuable the variously labeled liberal, Democratic or progressive agenda has been to black Americans and whether blacks should proceed in political lock step with this agenda. According to an American Community Survey, by the U.S. Census Bureau, the top 10 poorest cities with populations more than 250,000 are Detroit, with 33 percent of its residents below the poverty line; Buffalo, N.Y., 30 percent; Cincinnati, 28 percent; Cleveland, 27 percent; Miami, 27 percent; St. Louis, 27 percent; El Paso, Texas, 26 percent; Milwaukee, 26 percent; Philadelphia, 25 percent; and Newark, N.J., 24 percent. The most...
  • Equality or Inequality

    02/29/2012 3:02:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 29, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    Rick Santorum's speech at the Detroit Economic Club stirred a bit of controversy when he said: "I'm not about equality of result when it comes to income inequality. There is income inequality in America. There always has been, and hopefully -- and I do say that -- there always will be." That kind of statement, though having merit, should not be made to people who have little or no understanding. Let's look at inequality. Kay S. Hymowitz's article "Why the Gender Gap Won't Go Away. Ever," in City Journal (Summer 2011), shows that female doctors earn only 64 percent of...
  • Math Matters

    02/22/2012 4:15:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    If one manages to graduate from high school without the rudiments of algebra, geometry and trigonometry, there are certain relatively high-paying careers probably off-limits for life -- such as careers in architecture, chemistry, computer programming, engineering, medicine and certain technical fields. For example, one might meet all of the physical requirements to be a fighter pilot, but he's grounded if he doesn't have enough math to understand physics, aerodynamics and navigation. Mathematical ability helps provide the disciplined structure that helps people to think, speak and write more clearly. In general, mathematics is an excellent foundation and prerequisite for study in...
  • Rising Black Social Pathology

    02/14/2012 7:47:01 AM PST · by Perseverando · 54 replies
    Creators.com ^ | February 15, 2012 | Walter Williams
    The Philadelphia Inquirer's big story Feb. 4 was about how a budget crunch at the Philadelphia School District had caused the district to lay off 91 school police officers. Over the years, there's been no discussion of what has happened to our youth that makes a school police force necessary in the first place. The Inquirer's series "Assault on Learning" (March 2011) reported that in the 2010 school year, "690 teachers were assaulted; in the last five years, 4,000 were." The newspaper reported that in Philadelphia's 268 schools, "on an average day 25 students, teachers, or other staff members were...
  • Economic Chaos Ahead

    02/08/2012 4:16:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2012 | Walter E Williams
    Let's think about the kind of mess that we're in. Federal 2010 Medicare and Medicaid expenditures totaled $800 billion. The projected annual growth of both programs is about 7 percent. Social Security expenditures are more than $700 billion a year. According to the 2009 Social Security and Medicare trustees reports, by 2030, 49 percent of federal revenues will go for Social Security and Medicare payments. The unfunded liability of both programs is already $106 trillion.But not to worry. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that it's possible to sustain today's level of federal spending and even achieve a balanced budget. All...
  • Ending Income Inequality?

    12/01/2011 10:38:15 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11-30-11 | Walter E. Williams
    Benefiting from a hint from an article titled "Is Harry Potter Making You Poorer?", written by my colleague Dr. John Goodman, president of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis, I've come up with an explanation and a way to end income inequality in America, possibly around the world.
  • Pitting Us Against Each Other (Walter Williams)

    10/18/2011 12:10:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 18, 2011 | Walter E. Williams
    President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party have led increasingly successful efforts to pit Americans against one another through the politics of hate and envy. Attacking CEO salaries, the president - last year during his Midwest tour - said, "I do think at a certain point you've made enough money." Let's look at CEO salaries, but before doing so, let's look at other salary disparities between those at the bottom and those at the top. According to Forbes' Celebrity 100 list for 2010, Oprah Winfrey earned $290 million. Even if her makeup person or cameraman earned $100,000, she earned thousands...
  • An Interview with Dr. Walter Williams

    09/28/2011 9:12:39 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/28/2011 | Bill McIntosh
    Dr. Williams what are some of your thoughts quickly looking over the past 50 years in America? Well in terms of manufacturing, employment is way down but manufacturing output is way up in the last couple of decades what it means is If you just added up the dollar amount of our manufacturing as a separate nation our manufacturing would be the 4th richest nation on the face of this earth. [But then theres] the massive moral problems associated with the decline of our nation and I think that the biggest problem among the American people is an overall disrespect...
  • Walter Williams highlights unintended consequences of attempts to soak the rich corp. jet flyers

    08/10/2011 12:24:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Locker Room ^ | 08/10/2011
    Walter Williams latest column probes the historical record of recent government attempts to tax the rich. Specifically, Williams looks at the impact of an attempt in 1990 to impose a 10 percent luxury tax on yachts, private airplanes, and the most expensive cars. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Back then, Congress told us that the luxury tax on boats, aircraft and jewelry would raise $31 million in revenue a year. Instead, the tax destroyed 330 jobs in jewelry manufacturing and 1,470 in the aircraft industry, in addition to the thousands destroyed in the yacht industry. Those job losses cost the government a total of...
  • Walter Williams: Gross Media Ignorance About the Founders

    07/05/2011 8:53:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 51 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 5, 2011 | Walter Williams
    There's little that's intelligent or informed about Time magazine editor Richard Stengel's article "One Document, Under Siege" (June 23, 2011). It contains many grossly ignorant statements about our Constitution. If I believed in conspiracies, I'd say Stengel's article is part of a leftist agenda to undermine respect for the founding values of our nation. Stengel says: "The framers were not gods and were not infallible. Yes, they gave us, and the world, a blueprint for the protection of democratic freedoms -- freedom of speech, assembly, religion -- but they also gave us the idea that a black person was three-fifths...
  • John Stossel - The State Against Blacks

    06/27/2011 9:27:43 AM PDT · by all the best · 12 replies
    youtube ^ | June 22, 2011
    Have big government "poverty measures" helped or hindered Blacks? Author-columnist-professor Dr. Walter E Williams joins John to explain.
  • Race and Economics (Sowell on Walter Williams)

    04/25/2011 9:17:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 26, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    Walter Williams fans are in for a treat and people who are not Walter Williams fans are in for a shock when they read his latest book, "Race and Economics." It is a demolition derby on paper, as Professor Williams destroys one after another of the popular fallacies about the role of race in the American economy. I can still vividly recall the response to one of Walter's earliest writings, back in the 1970s, when he and I were working on the same research project in Washington. Walter wrote a brief article that destroyed the central theme of one...
  • Diversity Perversity

    04/06/2011 7:12:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2011 | Walter E. Williams
    The terms affirmative action, equal representation, preferential treatment and quotas just don't sell well. The intellectual elite and their media, government and corporate enthusiasts have come up with diversity, a seemingly benign term that's a cover for racially discriminatory policy. They call for college campuses, corporate offices and government agencies to "look like America." Part of looking like America means if blacks are 13 percent of the population, they should be 13 percent of college students and professors, corporate managers and government employees. Behind this vision of justice is the silly notion that but for the fact of discrimination, we'd...
  • Economic Lunacy

    03/23/2011 4:40:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Walter E. Williams
    Economic lunacy abounds, and often the most learned, including Nobel Laureates, are its primary victims. The most recent example of economic lunacy is found in a Huffington Post article titled "The Silver Lining of Japan's Quake" written by Nathan Gardels, editor of New Perspectives Quarterly, who has also written articles for The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Washington Post. Mr. Gardels says, "No one -- least of all someone like myself who has experienced the existential terror of California's regular tremors and knows the big one is coming here next -- would minimize the grief,...
  • Handouts, Morality and Common Sense

    03/09/2011 6:17:39 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2011 | Walter E. Williams
    Whether Americans realize it or not, the last decade's path of congressional spending is unsustainable. Spending must be reined in, but what spending should be cut? The Republican majority in the House of Representatives fear being booted out of office and are understandably timid. Their rule for whom to cut appears to be: Look around to see who are the politically weak handout recipients. The problem is that those cuts won't put much of a dent in overall spending. The absolute last thing a Republican or Democrat congressmen wants to do is to cut handouts to, and thereby anger, recipients...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Monday, February 28, 2011

    02/28/2011 8:01:42 AM PST · by IMissPresidentReagan · 121 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | 02/28/2011 | 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 hes not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...