Framing the Dialogue

True American Hero – Thomas Sowell

I hadn’t “given” this award for a while.  There are probably a lot of folks who are deserving, but when I decide to do this I really have to feel it and there is generally some action that prompts me to act.  In the case of Mr. Sowell it was his retirement.  I looked back at how many times I’ve either read/reviewed on of his books, or used a quote of his, or embedded a YouTube video with Mr. Sowell making a great point.

Breitbart and others posted articles featuring what they consider his greatest quotes and I would prefer to let Mr. Sowell’s words prove my case that he is a True American Hero:

People whom the intelligentsia continue to call the “have-nots” today have things that the “haves” did not have, just a generation ago.

“Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.”

I have never understood why it is “greed” to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.”

“Unfortunately, the real minimum wage is always zero, regardless of the laws, and that is the wage that many workers receive in the wake of the creation or escalation of a government-mandated minimum wage because they lose their jobs or fail to find jobs when they enter the labor force. Making it illegal to pay less than a given amount does not make a worker’s productivity worth that amount—and, if it is not, that worker is unlikely to be employed.”

“It’s amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.”

“In short, killing the goose that lays the golden egg is a viable political strategy, so long as the goose does not die before the next election and no one traces the politicians’ fingerprints on the murder weapon.”

“No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.”

“The black family survived centuries of slavery and generations of Jim Crow, but it has disintegrated in the wake of the liberals’ expansion of the welfare state.”

“If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.”

“Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed in terms of how to help people who break them.”

“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”

“The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.”

“People who have time on their hands will inevitably waste the time of people who have work to do.”

“The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.”

And last, but not least;

Elections should 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.”

This one bears repeating;

“The real minimum wage is always zero.”

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