Random Thoughts: Thomas Sowell

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    From Thomas Sowell...one of my favorites:

    Random Thoughts - Thomas Sowell - Townhall Conservative Columnists - Page 1

    Random thoughts on the passing scene:

    How long do politicians have to keep on promising heaven and delivering hell before people catch on, and stop getting swept away by rhetoric?

    Why should being in a professional sport exempt anyone from prosecution for advocating deliberate violence? Recent revelations of such advocacy of violence by an NFL coach should lead to his banishment for life by the NFL, and criminal prosecution by the authorities. If you are serious about reducing violence, you have to be serious about punishing those who advocate it.

    Have you noticed that what modest economic improvements we have seen occurred during the much-lamented "gridlock" in Washington? Nor is this unusual. If you check back through history, doing nothing has a far better track record than that of politicians intervening in the economy.

    With all the talk about people paying their "fair share" of income taxes, why do nearly half the people in this country pay no income taxes at all? Is that their "fair share"? Or is creating more recipients of government handouts, at no cost to themselves, simply a strategy to gain more votes?

    Some people are puzzled by the fact that so much that is said and done by politicians seems remote from reality. But reality is not what gets politicians elected. Appearances, rhetoric and emotions are what get them elected. Reality is what the voters and taxpayers are left to deal with, as a result of electing them.

    Instead of following the tired old formula of having politicians and bureaucrats give college commencement speeches, in which they say how superior it is to follow a career as politicians and bureaucrats -- "public service" -- why not invite someone like John Stossel to tell the graduates how much better it is to go into the private sector, supplying what people want, instead of imposing the government's will on them?

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    I keep waiting for it to be discovered that Thomas Sowell has a white ghost writer.
     
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    If this guy is so great, why does he sound like most of the everyday so-and-sos on this or any other board? He is slamming politicians for just telling people what they want to hear and here he is just repeating a bunch of well worn conservative gripes and he's a genius.
     
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    Actually, he's poking at people for falling into the trap. I am not sure he's going after the politicians.

    And this board has nowhere near the clarrity of thought he does.

    If this board is normal, he is a GENIUS.
     
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    The genius would be the guy who can finally convince everyday conservatives of some horrible truths such as the billionaire class is not their friend, does not share their concerns and does not deserve or need their protection.
     
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    Gee, it would be great if you could provide an economic model to support your claim of what is happening and why it shouldn't.

    As to the genius part, I am not sure you corrected yourself from earlier.
     
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    nuff said.

    Stossel is one of the worst at fux. Granted that shit does not literally fall out of his mouth as it does Hannity's or O'reilly's but he's a hack failure, like Rivera, who couldn't make it in the world of real journalism. The fact that Sowell thinks Stossel is good for anything more than emptying the ashtrays pretty much says it all.
     
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    No, that ****** ain't no genius.

    Multiple negation included.
     
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    Wow.....the "N" word.

    Touched a nerve, did I ?

    How is that all that welfare working for you ?
     
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    Random Thoughts - Thomas Sowell - Townhall Conservative Columnists - Page 2

    People who believe in evolution in biology often believe in creationism in government. In other words, they believe that the universe and all the creatures in it could have evolved spontaneously, but that the economy is too complicated to operate without being directed by politicians.

    The United States now has the dubious distinction of having the highest corporate tax rate in the world. And people wonder why American corporations are expanding overseas, providing jobs to foreigners. The left may get their jollies attacking "the rich," but the real victims are other people, who want the jobs that are sent overseas to escape a hostile business climate at home.

    Different people prefer different exercises. The Republicans' favorite exercise is running for the hills. The Democrats' favorite exercise is kicking the can down the road.

    When politicians say, "spread the wealth," translate that as "concentrate the power," because that is the only way they can spread the wealth. And once they get the power concentrated, they can do anything else they want to, as people have discovered -- often to their horror -- in countries around the world.

    In an old Western movie, John Wayne encounters a black man. Wayne tells him, "I don't have a prejudiced bone in my body. I would shoot you as quick as I would shoot any white man." That is what equality is supposed to mean.
     

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