Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 26, 2016
Renowned economist, Dr. Thomas Sowell, is a brilliant economist and social scientist. Besides having impeccable academic credentials, Sowell’s conservative credentials are unblemished, at least in the way it was defined in more sane times.
Earlier this week Dr. Sowell published an op-ed that was highly critical of front running Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump. In it Trump says (emphasis added):
“Those of us who like to believe that human beings are rational can sometimes have a hard time trying to explain what is going on in politics. It is still a puzzle to me how millions of patriotic Americans could have voted in 2008 for a man who for 20 years — TWENTY YEARS — was a follower of a preacher who poured out his hatred for America in the most gross gutter terms.
Today’s big puzzle is how so many otherwise rational people have become enamored of Donald Trump, projecting onto him virtues and principles that he clearly does not have, and ignoring gross defects that are all too blatant.”
Sowell correctly concludes that Trump has a history that has a “history has demonstrated no principles at all, other than an ability to make self-serving deals,….”
By relating America’s response eight years ago to Barack Obama with its response today to Donald Trump, Dr. Sowell correctly points to the biggest deficits facing America today; the lack of conviction, moral compass and common decency. These deficiencies have unfortunately affected the broad-spectrum of America, from Left to Right.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 22, 2010
In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack, the government created the 9/11 Commission to determine causes. The Commission concluded with a report, which among other things criticized the poor coordination between various governmental departments and agencies charged with national security issues.
Typical of the federal government, their response was to create more government. Specifically, a new position was created, the Directory of National Intelligence (DNI), who was charged with being responsible for coordinating intelligence between various governmental organizations.
It is illogical to conclude that a problem of coordination caused by too many governmental departments could be corrected by more bureaucracy. However, this is the same government that believes that a problem caused by excessive debt can be cured even by more debt.
Making a bad idea worse is incompetence. Yesterday in an interview with Diane Sawyer posted below, the DNI, General James R. Clapper, showed how out of touch he was with current terrorist threats. At about 3:30 minutes into the video Ms. Sawyer asked Clapper about the 12 terrorists that were arrested earlier in the day in London, a story that was already on the news for hours. After Clapper indicated that he was not aware of the threat, a surprised Sawyer asked: “I was a little surprised you didn’t’ know about London Director Clapper,” to which he responded: “Oh, I’m sorry I didn’t.”
To Progressives who believe that more government is the solution for all that ills society, this is another story that proves their conclusion wrong. But like lemmings that will follow a leader over the cliff, Progressives will not waiver even in the face of overwhelming evidence of the failure of their social philosophies.
Remember how the press attacked Sarah Palin for a blown question in the Katie Couric interview? They should be calling for DNI Clapper’s head for his incompetence. However, for the Leftist competence is not as important as ideology.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 28, 2009
Today, my friend Paula forwarded me an article with so much common sense that it is profound in a world that often favors style over substance. But first, about the author.
Thomas Sowell is a brilliant economist and social commentator. He has taught at Rutgers, Howard, Cornell, Brandeis, UCLA, Amherst and Stanford Universities. Dr. Sowell has often been quoted as an expert in free-market economics and has shown a willingness to buck conventional wisdom, often at the expense of his own stature within the “Left-Halls” of academia.
In the article below, Dr. Sowell makes the persuasive argument as to why when government attempts to equalize all things to all people, everyone suffers. His logic is too good for further comment. It’s too bad that great Americans like Dr. Sowell are not the ones making the economic decisions required to correct the imbalances in our economy.
Basketball Has Treated Me Unfairly; By: Thomas Sowell
Sometimes, when I hear about “disparities” and “inequities,” I think of a disparity that applied directly to me – the disparity in basketball ability between myself and Michael Jordan. When I was in school, I was so awful in basketball that the class coach wouldn’t even let me try out for softball, at which I was actually pretty good. Read the rest of this entry »
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