Thomas Sowell

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Merit is its own reward, but it's also nice to get a pay raise.

The first big Washington scandal of the 20th century was the Teapot Dome scandal of 1921, which led three members of the Harding administration to commit suicide. Today, they would just consult their lawyers and spinmeisters, and then start making the rounds of the talk shows in order to confuse the issues.

If Yogi Berra actually said all the things that have been attributed to him, when did he ever have any time left to play baseball?

Because of the neglect of history in our educational system, most people have no idea how many of the great American fortunes were created by people who were born and raised in worse poverty than the average welfare-recipient today.

There are too many mush heads around these days for the law to continue to require unanimous jury verdicts.

The problem with trying to restore every group to its own historic "homeland" is that so many parts of the earth have been homelands to different groups at different periods of history. New Orleans, for example, has belonged to four different nations that we know about, not counting how often it may have changed hands before Europeans arrived in the hemisphere and began keeping written records.

As I get older, I can remember just as much as ever -- though perhaps not as accurately as ever.

Chris Matthews of "Hardball" is a throwback to the liberals of a bygone era, when more of them were decent and honorable people.

Where were all those people who have been talking about "forgiveness" and "getting this all behind us" when Linda Tripp was fired on the last day of the Clinton administration?

Professional athletes get such huge salaries that fining them for misconduct is less than a wrist slap. For serious offenses, they should be ejected from the game and perhaps suspended from future games.

It is fascinating to watch glib "consumer advocates" on television trying to spin the California electricity crisis as a conspiracy to "profiteer" by the public utilities -- which have gone billions of dollars into debt. You don't need a conspiracy to go broke but you also don't need to know what you are talking about to be a "consumer advocate."

Thomas Sowell

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

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