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Thomas Sowell Quote: “Virtually everything that the government does costs more than when the same thing is done in private industry – whether it is building housing, running prisons, collecting garbage, or innumerable other things. Why in the world would we imagine that health care would be the exception?”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Wal-Mart has done more for poor people then any ten liberals, at least nine of whom are almost guaranteed to hate Wal-Mart.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Even the Soviet Union, with its huge nuclear arsenal, was a threat that could be deterred by the prospect of retaliation. But suicide bombers cannot be deterred. They can only be annihilated – preemptively and unilaterally, if necessary.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Even if her children or grandchildren are willing to spend their own money to keep grandma alive, when bureaucrats control the necessary technology or medication they may decide that it is not for sale.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Wishful thinking is not idealism. It is self-indulgence at best and self-exaltation at worst. In either case, it is usually at the expense of others. In other words, it is the opposite of idealism.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “There are only two economists in Congress and hundreds of lawyers. Does that explain why the government is in such a mess?”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “One of the most ridiculous defenses of foreign aid is that it is a very small part of our national income. If the average American set fire to a five-dollar bill, it would be an even smaller percentage of his annual income. But everyone would consider him foolish for doing it.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Life in general has never been even close to fair, so the pretense that the government can make it fair is a valuable and inexhaustible asset to politicians who want to expand government.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Force is the antithesis of freedom, but force must be used, if only to defend against other force.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Our fate is matched by the total freedom we have to react to our fate. It is as if we were dealt a hand of card. Once we have them, we are free to play them as we choose.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “If you have ever seen a four-year-old trying to lord it over a two-year-old, then you know what the basic problem of human nature is – and why government keeps growing larger and ever more intrusive.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Despite a voluminous and often fervent literature on “income distribution,” the cold fact is that most income is not distributed: It is earned.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Some of the people on death row today might not be there if the courts had not been so lenient on them when they were first offenders.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “I am so old that I can remember when liberals were liberal – instead of being intolerant of anything and anybody that is not politically correct.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Wise men wrote the Constitution, but clever judges have been destroying it, bit by bit, turning it into an instrument of arbitrary judicial power, instead of a limitation on all government power.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “While rationalism at the individual level is a plea for more personal autonomy from cultural norms, at the social level it is often a claim- or arrogation- of power to stifle the autonomy of others.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “As in the general society, fertility tends to be greatest where people are poorest: “The rich get richer, and the poor have children.” In.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “If you are serious about education, then you need to start a lot earlier than fifteen years old to give each child a decent shot at life in the real world, as distinguished from make-believe equality while in school. Ability grouping or “tracking” – so hated by the ideological egalitarians – is one of the best ways of doing that.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The political mirage of something for nothing, from leaders who ‘care,’ has ruined many a nation.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “You may scoff at the Tooth Fairy if you like. But the Tooth Fairy’s approach has gotten more politicians elected than any economist’s analysis.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Child poverty in the United States declined after the work requirement was put in there. People realized that they had to work and people went out and worked and they got off welfare.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The most politically painless way to hand out goodies, without taking responsibility for their costs, is to pass a law saying that somebody else must provide those goodies at their expense, while the politicians take credit for generosity and compassion.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “You can always create a fraction by putting one variable upstairs and another variable downstairs, but that soes not establish any causal relationship between them, nor does the resulting quotient have any necessary relationship to anything in the real world.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “If you don’t believe in the innate unreasonableness of human beings, just try raising children.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Any politician who starts shouting election-year demagoguery about the rich and the poor should be asked, “What about the other 90 percent of the people?””
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Much of the world today, including the United States, is still living in the social, cultural, and political aftermath of Britain’s cultural achievements, its industrial revolution, its government of checks and balances, and its conquests around the world.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “You don’t send people to prison on the basis of what other people imagine, or on the basis of media sound bites like ‘shooting an unarmed child,’ when that ‘child’ was beating him bloody.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Perhaps people who are gushing over the Obama Cult today might do well to stop and think about what it would mean for their granddaughters to live under Sharia law.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “A recent poll shows that a majority of blacks, whites, Asians and Hispanics do not think the Census should be classifying people as black, white, Asian and Hispanic.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “However widespread the desire to be free, that is wholly different from a desire to live in a society where others are free.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “In short, some of the least qualified students, taught by the least qualified professors in the lowest quality courses supply most American public school teachers.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The Islamic jihads of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries created new Moslem states in West Africa, which in turn promoted enslavement on a larger scale.7′Altogether, between 1650 and 1850, at least 5 million slaves were shipped from West Africa alone.74.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “All justice is inherently social. Can someone on a desert island be either just or unjust?”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “You need only visit campuses where whole departments feature soft courses preaching a sense of victimhood and resentment, and see the consequences in racial and ethnic polarization on campus.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “What is called “planning” in political rhetoric is the government’s suppression of other people’s plans by superimposing on them a collective plan, created by third parties, armed with the power of government and exempted from paying the costs that these collective plans impose on others.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Both history and contemporary data show that countries prosper more when there are stable and dependable rules, under which people can make investments without having to fear unpredictable new government interventions before these investments can pay off.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The demands of unbounded individualism need to be weighed in the light of inherent social constraints which can only change their form but cannot be eliminated without eliminating civilization.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Extrapolations are the last refuge of a groundless argument.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “In the wake of the housing debacle in California, more people are buying less expensive homes, making bigger down payments, and staying away from ‘creative’ and risky financing. It is amazing how fast people learn when they are not insulated from the consequences of their decisions.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “As for gun control advocates, I have no hope whatever that any facts whatever will make the slightest dent in their thinking – or lack of thinking.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Time was when people used to brag about how old they were – and I am old enough to remember it.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “People who want special taxes or subsidies for particular things seem not to understand that what they are really asking for is for the prices to misstate the relative scarcities of things and the relative values that the users of these things put on them. One.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Each day, as I take various pills, I realize that without those pills I might not be alive – and, if I were, life would not be worth living. Yet those who produce these medications are under constant attack from people who produce nothing.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “People who know nothing about advertising, nothing about pharmaceuticals, and nothing about economics have been loudly proclaiming that the drug companies spend too much on advertising – and demanding that the government pass laws based on their ignorance.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Too many people in Washington are full of themselves, among other things that they are full of.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Riskier mortgage lending practices, imposed by government, were what set the stage for many mortgage payments to stop and thus for the financial disasters that followed. Political rhetoric, echoed in the media, seeks to obscure that painfully plain fact.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The only people I truly envy are those who can play a musical instrument and those who can eat anything they want without gaining weight.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Although I am ready to defend what I have said, many people expect me to defend what others have attributed to me.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The cavemen had the same natural resources at their disposal as we have today, and the difference between their standard of living and ours is a difference between the knowledge they could bring to bear on those resources and the knowledge used today.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “A 1972 study showed that the amount of pollution per mile traveled by horse was a hundred times the amount of pollution per mile traveled by automobile.27 Since the cars produced in later years have had reduced pollution levels, the disparity today would be even greater. It should also be noted that the replacement of horses by automobiles made it possible to “restore more than 80 million acres of forestlands that had once been cleared for horse pasture.”28.”
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