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Random Thoughts


Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Sometimes we seem like people on a pleasure boat drifting down the Niagara river, unaware that there are waterfalls up ahead. I don't know what people think is going to happen when a nation that already sponsors international terrorism has nuclear bombs to give to terrorists around the world.

Since this is an era when many people are concerned about "fairness" and "social justice," what is your "fair share" of what someone else has worked for?

Here is a math problem for you: Assume that the legislation establishing government control of medical care is passed and that it "brings down the cost of medical care." You pay $500 a year less for your medical care, but the new costs put on employers is passed on to consumers, so that you pay $300 a year more for groceries and $200 a year more for gasoline, while the new mandates put on insurance companies raise your premiums by $300 a year, how much money have you saved?

I seldom read fiction— and I tend to regard autobiographies as fiction.

In response to news of President Obama receiving the Nobel Prize for peace, an e-mail from a reader recalled a black classmate's comments upon graduating from high school many years ago. When asked to list the advantages and disadvantages of being black, the black student facetiously listed as an advantage "being praised for infinitesimal accomplishments."

Many colleges claim that they develop "leaders." All too often, that means turning out graduates who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do. There are already too many people like that, and they are a menace to everyone else's freedom.

Some people are so busy being clever that they don't have time enough to be wise.

No one likes to admit having been played for a fool. So it will probably take a mushroom cloud over some American city before some Obama supporters wake up. Even so, the true believers among the survivors will probably say that this was all George Bush's fault.

Stepping beyond your competence can be like stepping off a cliff.

Too many people with brilliance and talent within some field do not realize how ignorant— or, worse yet, misinformed— they are when talking like philosopher-kings about other things.

There has probably never before been as drastic a decline in the quality of vice presidents as there has been when Dick Cheney was replaced by Joe Biden. Yet the New York Times is lionizing Biden as a wise counselor to President Obama. When you support the liberal agenda, that makes you brilliant ex-officio in the media, whether or not you are vice president— and whether or not you have even common sense.

Government pressures on mortgage lenders to accept less than the full amount they are owed may win votes for politicians, since there are far more borrowers than lenders. But how much future lending can be expected when the lenders know that politicians are ready to intervene at any time to prevent them from getting their money back?

Some people think that the Obama administration is going to get rid of Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, making him the scapegoat for its economics failures. This would be consistent with the President's acting as if the people under him are not carrying out his policies. But if they get rid of Geithner too early, that will not help if things still do not get better after he is gone and before the 2010 elections.

People who are urging us to do things to win the approval of other countries seem to put an excessive value on other country's approval, as distinguished from their respect that we can lose by such bowing to "world opinion." Do the world champion New York Yankees try to curry favor with teams that are also-rans?

Can you name the only .400 hitter who never won a batting title during his whole career? Or a pitcher who stole home? If you are one of the first ten to answer either of these questions, you will receive a free copy of my most recent book, "The Housing Boom and Bust."

To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His Web site is



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It simply floors me when you try to present yourself as logical. I am referring to your comments about what our "fair share" of what someone else has worked for actually is. That is like saying the large plantaion owners during slavery "earned " their property and wealth. Hello? They earned next to nothing. The sweat off the slave's backs earned the wealth. Similarly, chronically underpaying employees sets up the same scenario. Riches earned off the backs of others. It's about time we have a real man in office in the White House. Go OBAMA!!!
Comment: #1
Posted by: JLLaw
Tue Dec 1, 2009 10:28 AM
"Shoeless" Joe Jackson hit .408 in 1911 but Ty Cobb won the batting title.
Wild Bill Donovan stole home in 1906.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Herb Campbell
Tue Dec 1, 2009 1:47 PM
Comment #1 "floors me." Equating slave labor to the free exchange of labor and $$ between two individuals is so typically "liberal" in today's sense of the word. How does one rationalize with someone that thinks as JLLaw does?

Joe Jackson and Curt Simmons.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Jeffrey Goin
Tue Dec 1, 2009 7:53 PM
Dear Thomas Sowell. Good Article. Most people don't understand what will happen to America when the interest is paid on the trillions of dollars borrowed by politicians (of all races and party affiliations), without Taxpayers consent, which started over five (5) decades ago. This is why they'll never understand it's doesn't maker 'who's in office' they've all got their fingers laced so tightly together so they can always cover each others backs!
'Lying' supposedly will get politicians impeached , then why hasn't
ninety-five percent of politicians been impeached? Let's sell them a one-way
ticket to Gitmo, take all their assets to pay off the trillions they've
borrowed without Taxpayers consent? Six decades later and America is
bankrupt with these 'corrupt, greedy, lying bunch of 'blood-sucking ticks',
still in office, still drawing big salaries and retirements, working on the
same 'programs/ healthcare' for years. They have nothing better to do to
justify the bigs bucks they steal from Taxpayers, as it's obvious none of
them know what they're doing nor care. This is why their favorite saying is
"I'll check on this and get back to you!" This brings another thought to
Taxpayers minds, if the Insurance, Drug companies, Hospitals, and Medical
professionals stop 'paying the politicians to run for office, maybe the
'Politicians License to Steal' will come to a screeching halt!

Politicians take billions from insurance, drug companies, healthcare
professionals and what few businesses are left. This is why Taxpayers can't
afford insurance, hospitals, let alone medications. Passing of Healthcare is
another POWER GRAB and will finish bankrupting America. Fraud and
bankrupting of social security, medicare and medicaid should tells folks
that government run programs have never worked for Taxpayers, just for

Insurance and Drug companies should give their insured, that's paid them big
bucks for years, all their money back. Folks, the Taxpayer that's paid
$200.00 to $750.00 monthly, would be entitled to several million for each
person. Just think, we wouldn't need them at all! What fools we've been
letting these 'blood-sucking ticks' tell us that 'Taxpayers have to spread
the wealth around!' Where is politicians 'wealth they're spreading around?'

Why would politicians want to spend billions of dollars taken from
insurance, drug, hospitals and the small business owners, to run for an
office that pays $200,000.00+-?
Comment: #4
Posted by: Shirley deLong
Wed Dec 2, 2009 8:26 AM
joe jackson...hit .400 but never earned batting title!
Comment: #5
Posted by: Allison Pressley
Thu Dec 3, 2009 8:47 AM
Hi Tom,
Been an avid reader of your writings for years. I have to be honest here, I really didn't have a clue on Joe Jackson hitting over .400, and Curt Simmons stealing home. ... But "Thanks" to the internet I "Cheated". Now if it were only that easy to "Impeach Obama". By the way I do have a question ... "Where will they built the Presidential Library" once he retreats from office ? ... Could it be somewhere in Hawaii or Kenja ?
Joe Jackson hit .408 in 1911 while playing for Cleveland.
Curt Simmons pitcher for the Cardinals stole home in the second inning of a game against the Phils.
Julius X. Rentas, Jr.
Port St. Lucie, FL
Comment: #6
Posted by: Julius Rentas
Sat Dec 5, 2009 1:17 AM
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