Thomas Sowell

A reader has suggested that elections be held on April 16th -- the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders.

 Just before France surrendered to the invading Nazi armies in 1940, French Premier Paul Reynaud broadcast an appeal to America -- which was not in the war at that time -- to send planes and tanks to enable France to fight on. He didn't ask that we consult other countries or go to the League of Nations. He wanted unilateral American help.

 The latest Census data (P60-221, for you skeptics) shows that in 2002 the average white household had an income of just under $47,000, while the average Asian American household had an income of just over $52,600. Does that prove discrimination against whites?

 Florida is one of the few states in which felons are banned from voting for life. However, felons in that state are appealing to be allowed to vote -- and Florida Democrats are supporting their appeal. If enough felons are allowed to vote and enough military absentee ballots are prevented from being counted, the Democrats might carry Florida this time.

 Although it has long been dogma on the political left that the death penalty does not deter, statistical studies have shown the opposite. One of the most recent studies appeared in the October 2003 issue of the Journal of Law & Economics, indicating that there are several murders deterred for every execution.

 The older I get, the more I realize that arguing on the basis of facts and logic only gets you labeled as someone who is out of step with the times, if not lacking in compassion.

 People who have no idea that Africans enslaved Europeans, just as Europeans enslaved Africans, should read "Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters" by Professor Robert C. Davis of Ohio State University. For personal accounts of white Americans enslaved by pirates in North Africa, read "White Slaves, African Masters," edited by Paul Baepler of the University of Minnesota. The Marine anthem says "to the shores of Tripoli" because Marines were in a naval force sent to rescue Americans from bondage.

 Judges should ask themselves: Are we turning the law into a trap for honest people and a bonanza for charlatans?

 As someone who gets a headache from being around people who are smoking, I still do not see the banning of smoking on California beaches as anything more than the totalitarian mindset of the left.

Thomas Sowell

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

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