Thomas Sowell

 Random thoughts on the passing scene:

 The best thing about buying a house is that it puts an end to the exhausting process of house-hunting.

 Although Ronald Reagan was the only actor to become President, he was one of the few politicians who was not acting.

 Do the people who make computerized products with a zillion features ever stop to consider whether the feature that many people want most is uncomplicated use?

 A recently reprinted memoir by Frederick Douglass has footnotes explaining what words like "arraigned," "curried" and "exculpate" meant, and explaining who Job was. In other words, this man who was born a slave and never went to school educated himself to the point where his words now have to be explained to today's expensively under-educated generation.

 Too many in the media act as if decency is a violation of the First Amendment.

 If the same number of people who have been killed in terrorist attacks in Iraq over the past year had been killed on the battlefield in one month, it would not have been nearly as big a news story in the media. Terrorists get more bang for the buck when papers like the New York Times make each individual murder front page news, day after day.

 People sometimes ask if I have tried to convince black "leaders" to take a different view on racial issues. Of course not. I wouldn't spend my time trying to persuade the mafia to give up crime. Why should I spend time trying to convince race hustlers to give up victimhood? It's their bread and butter.

 Egalitarians create the most dangerous inequality of all -- inequality of power. Allowing politicians to determine what all other human beings will be allowed to earn is one of the most reckless gambles imaginable. Like the income tax, it may start off being applied only to the rich but it will inevitably reach us all.

 To too many teachers, social workers and others in occupations with pretensions of being "professional," what being a professional means is not having to listen to common sense from ordinary people, much less develop any of their own.

 Great Predictions Department: "I do not mind saying I think they are taking a gamble." That was Red Sox owner Harry Frazee after selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees.

 The same people who were urging us to "get over it" and "move on" during the Clinton scandals have themselves still not gotten over the presidential election four years ago. They are still bitter that the U.S. Supreme Court would not allow the Florida Supreme Court to illegally interfere with the election process.

Thomas Sowell

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

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