I still think Thomas Sowell is the wisest man in America, certainly on matters economic. But, sad to say, I must disagree about Republican prospects. Neither going more hard line nor going even softer is going to cut. We are now a socialist country with a majority who see the government as their protector, saviour, provider, even family. I agree with Rush, who said the day after the election, "I feel like we've lost the country." Now, it's every man for himself, rear-guard actions, pretend to like the majority, act nice, but husband your resources.