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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: October 21, 2014 3:55 AM
 
The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls "predatory lending."

Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of. According to such thinking -- or lack of thinking -- the answer is to have the government set an interest rate ceiling at a level that will be acceptable to third parties like the New York Times.
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: October 14, 2014 3:55 AM
 
Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill once said, "All politics is local." That may have been true in Tip O'Neill's day, but some elections are decisively on national issues -- and the congressional elections this year are overwhelmingly national, just as the elections of 1860 were dominated by one national issue, namely slavery.
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: October 7, 2014 3:55 AM
 
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is both a danger in itself and a wake-up call for Americans -- about President Obama, about the institutions of this country and, most important, about ourselves.
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: September 24, 2014 3:55 PM
 
Some pundits are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to the ISIS crisis because public opinion polls show most Americans don't want another war.
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: September 9, 2014 3:55 AM
 
While we talk about democracy and equal rights, we seem increasingly to let both private and government decisions be determined by mob rule. There is nothing democratic about mob rule. It means that some people's votes are to be overruled by other people's disruptions, harassments and threats.
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: September 2, 2014 3:55 AM
 
The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people "moderately disapprove" of Barack Obama's performance as president and 39 percent "strongly disapprove."

Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now "strongly disapprove" of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them.
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: August 21, 2014 3:55 AM
 
Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Mo., seem to be in the minority.
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: August 12, 2014 3:55 AM
 
New York's mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves "progressive," is gung-ho to solve social problems. In fact, he is currently on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn't exist, even though there are plenty of other educational problems that definitely do exist.
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: July 23, 2014 3:55 AM
 
In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counterprotests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, "We are as good as you are!"
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: July 8, 2014 3:55 AM
 
Back in the heyday of the British Empire, a man from one of the colonies addressed a London audience.

"Please do not do any more good in my country," he said. "We have suffered too much already from all the good that you have done."
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: June 14, 2014 3:55 AM
 
Not since a 42-to-1 underdog named Buster Douglas knocked out undefeated heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990 has there been an upset like economics professor Dave Brat defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary in Virginia.
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: April 30, 2014 3:55 AM
 
It is not easy to demonize people who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars of their own money to help educate poor children. But some members of the education establishment are taking a shot at it.
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: March 26, 2014 3:55 AM
 
Recently former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice added her voice to those who have long been urging the Republican Party to reach out to black voters. Not only is that long overdue, what is also long overdue is putting some time -- and, above all, some serious thought -- into how to go about doing it.
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: January 14, 2014 3:55 AM
 
The first time I saw New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on television, a few years ago, my first reaction was astonishment: "A talking Republican!"
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: November 12, 2013 3:55 AM

Third parties have had an unbroken record of failure in American presidential politics. So it was refreshing to see in the tea party an insurgent movement, mainly of people who were not professional politicians, but who nevertheless had the good sense to see that their only chance of getting their ideals enacted into public policies was within one of the two major parties.

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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: September 24, 2013 3:55 AM

This has been the worst time, politically, for President Barack Obama since he took office. Recent polls reveal that public confidence in both his domestic and foreign policies has been falling, amid revelations about their defects and dangers. Even people who once supported and defended him have now turned against him.

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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: September 5, 2013 3:55 AM
 

Why are we even talking about taking military action in Syria? What is that military action supposed to accomplish? And what is the probability that it will in fact accomplish whatever that unknown goal might be?

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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: August 21, 2013 3:55 AM
 

Nothing symbolizes the Utopianism of our times like both liberals and some conservatives calling for us to cut off aid to the Egyptian military, because of the widespread killings in what is becoming a civil war in Egypt. Such utter lack of realism from the left is not new, but hearing some conservatives saying the same things takes some getting used to.

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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: August 13, 2013 3:55 AM
 

Two recent events -- one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast -- raise painful questions about whether we are really serious when we say that we want better education for minority children.

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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: July 16, 2013 3:55 AM
 

There are no winners in the trial of George Zimmerman. The only question is whether the damage that has been done has been transient or irreparable.

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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: June 4, 2013 3:55 AM

One of the many sad signs of our times is the way current immigration issues are discussed.

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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: May 21, 2013 3:55 AM

An all-too-familiar scene was enacted on the campus of Swarthmore College during a meeting on May 4 to discuss demands by student activists for the college to divest itself of its investments in companies that dealt in fossil fuels.

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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: May 14, 2013 3:55 AM

There can be honest differences of opinion on many subjects. But there can also be dishonest differences.

 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: April 30, 2013 3:55 AM

Someone called politics "the art of the possible." But, in the era of the modern welfare state, politics is largely the art of the impossible.

 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: April 23, 2013 3:55 AM

During decades of watching both collegiate and professional football, I have seen hundreds of touchdowns scored by black players -- but not one extra point kicked by a black player.

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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: April 16, 2013 3:55 AM
Most laws are meant to stop people from doing something, and to penalize those who disregard those laws. More generally, laws are meant to protect the society from the lawbreakers.
 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: April 9, 2013 3:55 AM

Since when has it been considered smart to tell your enemies what your plans are?

 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: March 19, 2013 3:55 AM
The main thing wrong with the term limits movement is the "s" at the end of the word "limit."
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: March 12, 2013 3:55 AM
There are so many fallacies about race that it would be hard to say which is the most ridiculous.

 
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