Thomas Sowell from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:46:37 -0800 Thomas Sowell from Creators Syndicate 9685b3b21496b1e678ca6594cd7299f9 The Left's Gambles for 12/06/2016 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Sometimes life forces us to make decisions, even when we don't have enough information to know how the decision will turn out. The risks may be even greater when people make decisions for other people. Yet there are some who are not only willing, but eager, to take decisions away from those who are directly affected.</p> <p>Something as personal as what doctor we want to go to has been taken out of our hands by ObamaCare. What job offer, at what pay rate, someone wants to accept has been taken out of their hands by minimum wage laws.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 06, 2016</p> c9f11a2bb100d32e520ed12f7b86326f Football and Fallacies for 11/23/2016 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This is a football story with both political and legal implications.</p> <p>It was fourth down in a National Football League game, and the punting team came onto the field. The other team went into their formation to defend against the punt. Then somebody noticed that the man set to kick the punt was black.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 23, 2016</p> b5870795b849ce8888748b792579bea6 Backward-Looking 'Progressives' for 11/22/2016 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>People who call themselves "progressives" claim to be forward-looking, but a remarkable amount of the things they say and do are based on looking backward.</p> <p>One of the maddening aspects of the thinking, or non-thinking, on the political left is their failure to understand that there is nothing they can do about the past. Whether people on the left are talking about college admissions or criminal justice, or many other decisions, they go on and on about how some people were born with lesser chances in life than other people.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 22, 2016</p> abc1c762fd87763c22a85b3ab8262d44 What Now? for 11/14/2016 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The good news is that we dodged a bullet in this election. The bad news is that we don't know how many other bullets are coming, or from what direction.</p> <p>A Hillary Clinton victory would have meant a third consecutive administration dedicated to dismantling the institutions that have kept America free, and imposing instead the social vision of the smug elites. That could have been the ultimate catastrophe &#8212; not just for our time, but for generations yet unborn.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 14, 2016</p> 8387b72545a4fe2ef007986fdc6fcd62 What Now?: Part II for 11/14/2016 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As the post-election shock of some, and the euphoria of others, both begin to wear off, the country and the new administration will have some very serious problems to face, at home and abroad. How those problems are faced &#8212; or evaded &#8212; will tell us a lot about the next four years, and about the longer-run future as well.</p> <p>As the multiple disasters of ObamaCare become ever more painfully visible with the passage of time, the big question is whether to repeal it or to start tinkering with it, in hopes of being able to "save" it.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 14, 2016</p> 861b8a855dc5fd01ce476d3a27758919 Painful Choices for 11/08/2016 Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Let's talk sense about the election. Nothing is to be gained by refusing to face the hard facts. What are those facts?</p> <p>First of all, neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump has the qualifications, the track record or the personal character to be President of the United States.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 08, 2016</p> 1b7ae33978ee65098e1b9374dc5a2aa9 Painful Choices: Part II for 11/08/2016 Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In most Presidential election years, the most important vote is the vote for President of the United States. This year, the most important vote looks like the vote for control of the Senate. Regardless of who wins the White House, the freedom that Americans have taken for granted &#8212; taken too much for granted, for far too long &#8212; can be destroyed by whomever the next President puts on the Supreme Court.</p> <p>Since the Senate has the power to approve or disapprove whatever nominee any President wants to put on the High Court, that makes the Senate this country's last line of defense against any headstrong President who puts his or her own power ahead of the freedom of more than 300 million Americans and of future generations.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 08, 2016</p> 8b4ed51769ecc9b1da4617847cb94359 Random Thoughts for 11/01/2016 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Random thoughts on the passing scene:</p> <p>There seem to be fewer bumper stickers this year than in previous presidential election years. People may decide to vote for one of these candidates, but apparently they are not proud of their choice.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 01, 2016</p> 520c2bb649a18b1f25d658947ef46980 Has Economics Failed? for 11/01/2016 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It is especially painful for me, as an economist, to see that two small cities in northern California &#8212; San Mateo and Burlingame &#8212; have rent control proposals on the ballot this election year.</p> <p>There are various other campaigns, in other places around the country, for and against minimum wage laws, which likewise make me wonder if the economics profession has failed to educate the public in the most elementary economic lessons.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 01, 2016</p> 673ac3296b7d3c6f1e5117533002e883 The Left's Vision for 11/01/2016 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The political left keeps announcing, as if it is a new breakthrough discovery of theirs, that life is unfair.</p> <p>Have they never read Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," more than two and a half centuries ago? What about economic historian David S. Landes' statement: "The world has never been a level playing field"?<p>Updated: Tue Nov 01, 2016</p> 7b86974b4257b4466def40584d3ce677 Immigration Controversies for 10/25/2016 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Despite controversies that rage over immigration, it is hard to see how anyone could be either for or against immigrants in general. First of all, there are no immigrants in general.</p> <p>Both in the present and in the past, some immigrant groups have made great contributions to American society, and others have contributed mainly to the welfare rolls and the prisons. Nor is this situation unique to the United States. The same has been true of Sweden and of other countries in Europe and elsewhere.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 25, 2016</p> 9076244ec8cd35b73d57cba459043292 Turnout Time for 10/25/2016 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Some of us this election year don't even want to say the words "Clinton" or "Trump" &#8212; and with good reason. However, there is one word that we should keep in mind: "Turnout."</p> <p>If we sit home in disgust on election day, we forfeit the right &#8212; and the duty &#8212; to elect a Congress that can keep either of these dangerous people from doing permanent damage to this country and to the future of this generation &#8212; and generations yet unborn.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 25, 2016</p> cbe9c29fbf7be010bd770663e384d76c The Left and the Masses for 10/18/2016 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The greatest moral claim of the political left is that they are for the masses in general and the poor in particular. That is also their greatest fraud. It even fools many leftists themselves.</p> <p>One of the most recent efforts of the left is the spread of laws and policies that forbid employers from asking job applicants whether they have been arrested or imprisoned. This is said to be to help ex-cons get a job after they have served their time, and ex-cons are often either poor or black, or both.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 18, 2016</p> bd71e0a44bd2246d2acada787c7f483f The Left and the Masses: Part II for 10/18/2016 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It is never easy to tell what people's motives are. But, when the political left proclaims their devotion to improving the lives of others in general, and of the poor in particular, we can at least get some clues from the way they go about it.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">One of the first things the left does is take away the right of other people to make their own choices.</span><p>Updated: Tue Oct 18, 2016</p> 0a0958a20bb8792c20bb7f63996f710c The Left and the Masses: Part III for 10/18/2016 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Claiming the role of champions of the masses is something the political left has been doing ever since there has been a political left &#8212; which is to say, ever since the late 18th century, when people with such views sat on the left side of the French National Assembly.</p> <p>Like so much that is claimed by the left, their compassion for the masses has seldom been subjected to any factual test. Both their words and their deeds reveal their low opinion of the people they claim to be championing.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 18, 2016</p> dd680dc41547f4e1d01794d6d20f1720 Words Versus Deeds for 10/11/2016 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Donald Trump's gutter talk about women shows yet again that he is bad news. The problem is that Hillary Clinton is far worse.</p> <p>Trump's talk is indefensible. But Hillary Clinton's actions as Secretary of State, carrying out the Obama administration's foreign policies, have cost many lives in many places, including the American ambassador and others killed in Benghazi.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 11, 2016</p> 344b2963fb2a6c84b84b2ca075c76c68 The Academic Curtain for 10/04/2016 Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Back in the days of the Cold War between the Communist bloc of nations and the Western democracies, the Communists maintained pervasive restrictions around Eastern Europe that were aptly called an "iron curtain," isolating the people in its bloc from the ideas of the West and physically obstructing their escape.</p> <p>One of the few things that could penetrate the "iron curtain" were ideas conveyed on radio waves. "The Voice of America" network broadcast to the peoples of the Soviet bloc, so that they were never completely isolated, and hearing only what the Communist dictatorships wanted them to hear.</p> <p>Ironically, despite the victory of democracy over dictatorship that brought the Cold War to an end, within American society there has slowly but steadily developed in too many of our own colleges and universities a set of restrictions on what can be said on campus, either by students or professors, or by outside speakers with views that contradict the political correctness of our time.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 04, 2016</p> 2b95a1694082d70aa48db2aca13b85cc Dunbar High School After 100 Years for 10/04/2016 Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One hundred years ago, on October 2, 1916, a new public high school building for black youngsters was opened in Washington, D.C. and named for black poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Its history is a story inspiring in many ways and appalling in many other ways.</p> <p>Prior to 1916, the same high school had existed under other names, housed in other buildings &#8212; and with a remarkable academic record.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 04, 2016</p> 17cd7d710c15e504a7bc7c9d61331dc2 'Favors' to Blacks for 09/27/2016 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry professor &#8212; off the record &#8212; what his response to them was. He said, "I give them all A's and B's. To hell with them."</p> <p>Since many of those students were admitted with lower academic qualifications than other students, he knew that honest grades in a tough subject like chemistry could lead to lots of failing grades, and that in turn would lead to lots of time-wasting hassles &#8212; not just from the students, but also from the administration.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 27, 2016</p> 48c70370bc94548574f1b90ce870c7fe Our Political Predicament for 09/20/2016 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There is no point denying or sugar-coating the plain fact that the voters this election year face a choice between two of the worst candidates in living memory. A professor at Morgan State University summarized the situation by saying that the upcoming debates may enable voters to decide which is the "less insufferable" candidate to be President of the United States.</p> <p>My own take on this election is that the voter is in a situation much like that of an American fighter pilot in World War II, whose plane has been hit by enemy fire out over the Pacific Ocean and is beginning to burst into flames.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 20, 2016</p>