The real effect of income tax is “hidden” from the public.
- Payroll deduction of income taxes blunts the real effect by “hiding” the expense. It was a brilliant move to force employers into the roll of collecting the tax for the government.
- There is only one time of year that real effect can be slightly seen. That is April 15 when taxes are filed. Some are still under some level of disillusionment since they “get money back”.
- My kids are in shock, every year, when I tell them how much I paid in income taxes. I feel it is important for them to know what the full amount was.
“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.” ~Thomas Sowell
It used to be our culture in the United States that we are all equal. We believed it. We fought for it. It was important to us.
We seem to be moving to a new standard and are encouraging a nation of victims.
I believe in freedom, liberty and equality. I refuse to be a victim.
“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.” ~Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell is a great thinker, scholar and defender of our glorious constitution. I will miss his articles but fortunately, he leaves behind a great legacy of writing.
Most appreciated is his commitment to knowing the facts and research. It seems many have lost the will to do the hard work.
Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop. Age 86 is well past the usual retirement age, so the question is not why I am quitting, but why I kept at it so long.It was very fulfilling to be able to share my thoughts on the events unfolding around us, and to receive feedback from readers across the country — even if it was impossible to answer them all.
Being old-fashioned, I liked to know what the facts were before writing. That required not only a lot of research, it also required keeping up with what was being said in the media.During a stay in Yosemite National Park last May, taking photos with a couple of my buddies, there were four consecutive days without seeing a newspaper or a television news program — and it felt wonderful. With the political news being so awful this year, it felt especially wonderful.This made me decide to spend less time following politics and more time on my photography, adding more pictures to my website (www.tsowell.com).
Politicians love meetings. Sometimes, it is all they do. Much of it is for show. Little of it is for effect.
Therein is the danger.
Meetings are not a great way to govern. Leaders understand that.
People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.” ~Thomas Sowell
Our laws about immigration are pretty clear. We have ignored them to our detriment. There is now a heavy price to pay for that.
Now would be the time to stop all the silliness. I lock the doors to my house. I have a wall around the back of it. I have an alarm system.
I won’t invite just anyone who wants to come into my house to just come on in. If it did happen (and it has), I would call the police. It is illegal and criminal.
Why should our country act any differently?
Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed in terms of how to help people who break them.” ~Thomas Sowell
I am proud of the Republican party. We are the party of Lincoln. We have and continue to make a difference.
That said, we must do more.
Education is important. We must create better opportunities for all races. Charter schools and vouchers would help.
Family makes all the difference. We must provide incentives to marry and stay married.
We have come a long way but there is much more to be done.
Southern segregationists who railed against blacks were often also Progressives who railed against Wall Street. Back in those days, blacks voted for Republicans as automatically as they vote for Democrats today.
Where the Democrats’ President Woodrow Wilson introduced racial segregation into those government agencies in Washington where it did not exist at the time, Republican President Calvin Coolidge’s wife invited the wives of black Congressmen to the White House. As late as 1957, civil rights legislation was sponsored in Congress by Republicans and opposed by Democrats.
Later, when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was sponsored by Democrats, a higher percentage of Congressional Republicans voted for it than did Congressional Democrats. Revisionist histories tell a different story. But, as Casey Stengel used to say, ”You could look it up” — in the Congressional Record, in this case.
Conservatives who took part in the civil rights marches, or who were otherwise for equal rights for blacks, have not made nearly as much noise about it as liberals do. The first time I saw a white professor, at a white university, with a black secretary, it was Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago in 1960 — four years before the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
I think the world of Thomas Sowell. It is an interesting question of whether conservatives should try to fight every battle even if they can’t win.
You can vote yes or you can vote no. That is what you were elected to do. If you have enough on your side, you win. Factions lose. That is how our republic is designed to work.
I will note that the Senate filibuster procedures are not found in the Constitution. It is a rule the Senate made up and can change. Now would be the time to do so.
On ‘Hannity,’ conservative columnist and Hoover Institute fellow Thomas Sowell reiterated his criticism of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) from a column earlier this month suggesting the junior Texas senator should do a better job of picking his battles. “There would not be a United States today if George Washington had followed the policies Ted Cruz is following,’ Sowell said. ‘George Washington did not have the forces to confront the British army on the battlefield day in and day out. His forces fled all the way from Long Island across the Hudson into New Jersey, all the way down the whole length of New Jersey and then camped in Valley Forge for the winter because he didn’t have the forces. When he saw the opportunity to launch a battle he could win, he launched it and he won it and it was a dramatic turnaround. You don’t fight every battle.
Thomas Sowell considers The Price of Freedom. He correctly asserts it isn’t freedom if we can be punished. Excellent column, well worth the read as always.
It doesn’t matter what rights you have under the Constitution of the United States if the government can punish you for exercising those rights. And it doesn’t matter what limits the Constitution puts on government officials’ power if they can exceed those limits without any adverse consequences. In other words, the Constitution cannot protect you if you don’t protect the Constitution with your votes against anyone who violates it. Those government officials who want more power are not going to stop unless they get stopped.
We live in an ever increasingly dangerous world. Violent, radical Islamic extremists are beheading, burning, crucifying and committing genocide at an ever alarming rate. It’s spread is speeding up, not slowing down. We saw similar trends in the run up to WWII. The west almost lost that war because we waited too long to recognize the danger.
I pray for peace. May God give us the strength, courage and wisdom we need.
Anyone who has actually studied the period that led up to World War II knows that the Western democracies followed feckless policies remarkably similar to those that we are following today. And anyone who studies that war itself knows that the West came dangerously close to losing it before finally getting their act together and turning things around.
In a nuclear age, we may not have time to let reality finally sink in on our leaders and wake up the public to the dangers.
Our constitution guarantees us equal opportunity. It does not guarantee equal outcomes.
Thomas Sowell makes the point clear.
As a teenager, I briefly tried to play basketball. But I was lucky to hit the backboard, much less the basket. Yet I had just as much opportunity to play basketball as Michael Jordan had. But equal opportunity was not nearly enough to create equal outcomes.
Whatever our political persuasion, we should understand the issues. It might also help to know a little history and some factual data.
There are other ways to decide how to vote. They aren’t “very pretty” in terms of the results they can produce for a country built on freedom and liberty.
It is staggering that there are sane adults who can vote for someone to be President of the United States as if they are in school, just voting for “most popular boy” or “most popular girl” — or, worse yet, voting for someone who will give them free stuff.
Many times, it is the random thoughts that are the best. Usually short but right on target.
Here are some gems from Thomas Sowell. Enjoy!
Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe.
President Obama’s “agreement” with Iran looks very much like “the emperor’s new clothes.” We are supposed to pretend that there is something there, when there is nothing there that will stop, or even slow down, Iran’s development of a nuclear bomb.
The endlessly repeated argument that most Americans are the descendants of immigrants ignores the fact that most Americans are NOT the descendants of illegal immigrants. Millions of immigrants from Europe had to stop at Ellis Island, and had to meet medical and other criteria before being allowed to go any further.
Governor Bobby Jindal: “I realize that the best way to make news is to mention Donald Trump. … So, I’ve decided to randomly put his name into my remarks at various points, thereby ensuring that the news media will cover what I have to say.” Gov. Jindal’s outstanding record in Louisiana should have gotten him far more attention from the media than Trump’s bombast.
In her latest book, “Adios, America!” Ann Coulter says, “if Romney had won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2012, instead of 27 percent, he still would have lost. On the other hand, had he won just 4 percent more of the white vote, he would have won.”
Despite an old saying that taxes are the price we pay for civilization, an absolute majority of the record-breaking tax money collected by the federal government today is simply transferred by politicians from people who are not likely to vote for them to people who are more likely to vote for them.
Do the people who are always demanding that there be more “training” for police ever say that the hoodlums that the police have to deal with should have had more training by their parents, instead of being allowed to grow wild, like weeds?
Europe is belatedly discovering how unbelievably stupid it was to import millions of people from cultures that despise Western values and which often promote hatred toward the people who have let them in.
There are so many conservative Republican candidates for the party’s presidential nomination that they may once again split the conservative vote so many ways as to guarantee that the nomination will go to some mushy moderate.
Barack Obama wrote a book titled “The Audacity of Hope.” His own career, however, might more accurately be titled “The Mendacity of Hype.”
With all its staggering horrors and insanities, World War II may yet turn out to have been just a dress rehearsal for the ultimate catastrophe of a nuclear-armed terrorist nation like Iran. We seem oblivious to the possibility that we may be leaving our children and grandchildren at the mercy of people who have demonstrated repeatedly that they have no mercy.
No matter how many federal felony laws Hillary Clinton may have violated by using her own personal email account to do her work as Secretary of State, she is unlikely to face any legal consequences. President Obama can pardon her, as he can pardon Lois Lerner or the head of the Internal Revenue Service or others who may have violated federal laws during his administration.
When Jeb Bush allowed hecklers shouting “Black lives matter” to drive him off the stage in Las Vegas, he may have given us a clue as to what kind of President he would be. We ignored too many clues about Barack Obama before putting him in the White House. There is no excuse for ignoring clues about another candidate now. Can you imagine Ronald Reagan letting hecklers drive him off the stage?
Donald Trump has credited his political donations with getting Hillary Clinton to come to his wedding. What kind of man would want Hillary Clinton at his wedding, much less boast of having her there?
A salute to Bill O’Reilly for being one of the very few people in the media to talk plain common sense about the disintegration of the black family, and the resulting social problems that followed.
Ronald Reagan won two landslide victories with the help of “Reagan Democrats.” These were voters who usually voted for Democrats but were now voting for Reagan. He got these voters by winning them over to his policy agenda — not by adjusting his policy agenda to them, as the Republican establishment today seems to think is the way to expand their constituency
Thomas Sowell is always very insightful. His thoughts on “the knockout game” are well worth reading.
New York City police authorities are investigating a series of unprovoked physical attacks in public places on people who are Jewish, in the form of what is called “the knockout game.”
The way the game is played, one of a number of young blacks decides to show that he can knock down some stranger on the streets, preferably with one punch, as they pass by. Often some other member of the group records the event, so that a video of that “achievement” is put on the Internet, to be celebrated.
The New York authorities describe a recent series of such attacks and, because Jews have been singled out in these attacks, are considering prosecuting these assaults as “hate crimes.”
Many aspects of these crimes are extremely painful to think about, including the fact that responsible authorities in New York seem to have been caught by surprise, even though this “knockout game” has been played for years by young black gangs in other cities and other states, against people besides Jews — the victims being either whites in general or people of Asian ancestry.
Attacks of this sort have been rampant in St. Louis. But they have also occurred in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and elsewhere. In Illinois the game has often been called “Polar Bear Hunting” by the young thugs, presumably because the targets are white.
The main reason for many people’s surprise is that the mainstream media have usually suppressed news about the “knockout game” or about other and larger forms of similar orchestrated racial violence in dozens of cities in every region of the country. Sometimes the attacks are reported, but only as isolated attacks by unspecified “teens” or “young people” against unspecified victims, without any reference to the racial makeup of the attackers or the victims — and with no mention of racial epithets by the young hoodlums exulting in their own “achievement.”
Despite such pious phrases as “troubled youths,” the attackers are often in a merry, festive mood. In a sustained mass attack in Milwaukee, going far beyond the dimensions of a passing “knockout game,” the attackers were laughing and eating chips, as if it were a picnic. One of them observed casually, “white girl bleed a lot.”
That phrase — “White Girl Bleed A Lot” — is also the title of a book by Colin Flaherty, which documents both the racial attacks across the nation and the media attempts to cover them up, as well as the local political and police officials who try to say that race had nothing to do with these attacks.
Chapter 2 of the 2013 edition is titled, “The Knockout Game, St. Louis Style.” So this is nothing new, however new it may be to some in New York, thanks to the media’s political correctness.
Nor is this game just a passing prank. People have been beaten unconscious, both in this game and in the wider orchestrated racial attacks. Some of these victims have been permanently disabled and some have died from their injuries.
But most of the media see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. In such an atmosphere, the evil not only persists but grows.
Some in the media, as well as in politics, may think that they are trying to avoid provoking a race war by ignoring or playing down these attacks. But the way to prevent a race war is by stopping these attacks, not trying to sanitize them.
If these attacks continue, and continue to grow, more and more people are going to know about them, regardless of the media or the politicians. Responsible people of all races need to support a crackdown on these attacks, which can provoke a white backlash that can escalate into a race war. But political expediency leads in the opposite direction.
What is politically expedient is to do what Attorney General Eric Holder is doing — launch campaigns against schools that discipline a “disproportionate” number of black male students. New York City’s newly elected liberal mayor is expected to put a stop to police “stop and frisk” policies that have reduced the murder rate to one-fourth of what it was under liberal mayors of the past.
Apparently political correctness trumps human lives.
Providing cover for hoodlums is a disservice to everybody, including members of every race, and even the hoodlums themselves. Better that they should be suppressed and punished now, rather than continue on a path that is likely to lead to prison, or even to the execution chamber.