Thomas Sowell

Both Williams sisters have the potential to go down in history among the greatest tennis players of all time. They would do well to watch how Tiger Woods conducts himself with class. It would also help them to grow up if their loudmouth father grew up first.

Our national problems usually do not cause nearly as much harm as the solutions.

World War II films on the history channel show the desperate courage of the men who fought then. What a painful contrast with the cheap cowardice of the politicians who got them into such a mess in the first place.

With bigger baseball players and smaller ballparks, it is not surprising that there are so many home runs nowadays. However, despite baseball scores that look like football scores, that is not the whole story, because there are still pitchers who give up less than two runs per game. But expansion has brought in dozens of new pitchers who are not yet of major league caliber.

We used to have day care centers back in my time. We called them homes.

Many people see huge stakes in this election because the next president -- whoever he might be -- can nominate enough federal judges and Supreme Court justices to shape the direction of American law for the next generation. He can also either unify or polarize this country by playing or not playing the race card, scaring or not scaring older Americans, or pitting other Americans against each other with demonization campaigns.

When the history of grossness is written, our times may well be called its golden age.

If a politician had a coat of arms, it would probably be a weasel on a background of waffles and mush.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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