I just lost the the first half of the interview, disappeared before I saved! Sorry, sick about it.
Author and columnist Thomas Sowell's work has been called "myth-busting" and a "bath of cold logic." His fearless takes on everything from race relations to the economy have served as guideposts for conservative thinkers for the last 30 years.
Sowell, now 75 years old, was born into poverty in the rural South and raised in Harlem. He was a high school dropout who would eventually graduate Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, years before affirmative action and the civil rights movement.
How did this poor minority student go from menial labor in New York City’s Meat Packing District to short lists for cabinet positions in the Reagan White House? And, with a lifetime of experience and study behind him, what would he do to insure that others, eager to follow in his footsteps, get the same opportunities?
"Thomas Sowell:The only thing that will reduce poverty is wealth".
"Creating wealth, wealth creates jobs"
"If you dont get a decent education nowadays you are lost"
"The worst thing you can do to a child is social promotion. He pays for itfor the rest of his life. He needs the education. You do a child no favor by pushing him through the system without getting the education."
"Business has done more to reduce poverty than all the intellectuals combined.
The people that produce wealth, produce jobs."
FB: What irritates you the most?
TS: "Environmentalism. Wish there was a way to add up the cost for appeasing the rantngs of a very small group of people.
ie San Palo alto.................blacks can't afford to live there anymore.
#2 The people that play the race card at every turn. Sharpton, Jackson, white liberals. Fixing an idea in a young person's mind that they can not succeed is a terrible handicap ".
#3 Educational establishment.A kid pays the rest of his life because of social promotion
FB: What would Thomas Sowell's America look like?
TS: laughs, "all kinds of liberals would be getting on the boat and getting out of America.. Amenedment 14 would be strictly adhered to, everyone treated equally."
FB Are you pessimist about the future?
TS:Yes, I am pessimistic about the future.
FB: Why? What particularly?
TS: Pessimist about the decline in values. Values - thats whats inside people.
FB: Which values?
The whole attitude of entitlement. Why are other people bound to do for you what you wont do for yourself.
Rush Limbaugh: "Thomas Sowell is a huge believer that people will do better for themselves than the govt can do for them. I wish there could be more Thomas Sowells."
Frerd Barnes: Thomas Sowell is America's greatest intellectual
Things that I lost ........paraphrased from memory
TS: What can be achieved by paying people not to work? Having nothing to do is recipe for trouble.
Re: Liberals: The self annoited few imposing their ideas on.........
Black America posted significantly greater economic gains before affirmaitve action and civil rights. Thank God I came of age before these social programs, that saved me.
Victimization has done tremendous harm, sharpton jackson. white liberals
The liberals want to keep the disadvantaged at a disadvantage. The conservatives want to eliminate the disadvantage.
Looking for a transcript or video so you don't have to rely on my compromised hippocamus. Fox doesn't have it.
UPDATE: The transcript service is closed. I will order and pay for a transcript tomorrow and post it all, I promise. Wish they would email, they don't do that. Argh