Fred Barnes is interviewing Thomas Sowell on Fox News NOW....put it on!
Sowell rarely speaks publicly. His contempt for talk shows and news interviews are a result of their lack of real debate.
Live blogging it now : FB: Education
TS: "people that go into teaching are the lowest level of academic standing"
FB: What if you took charge of education under Reagan "what would you have done?"
TS:"break the NEA, make teaching non union. Step number 2 abolish educational
TS:"The problem with disaster relief is you encourage people to buy in dangerous places
The people were told to get out. The thing that got me was all those cars and buses under water."
FB: Bush charged with racism during Katrina.
TS:"Bush did not have much to do with it. The law is written that Bush could do little to intercede"
FB: Oil prices?
TS:"Prices are really a sympton. Prices are like a thermometer reading."
FB: "What would do?"
TS:"Drill for gasoline, build refineries. Nothing ill get you more gasoline in the short run."
"Democrats are the only reson to vote for Republicans."
FB: PATRIOT ACT:
TS: "THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS BENEFITS W/O COST.
After 9/11 we were fearful of another attack, we were afraid. Every event, large and small, was another opportunity for the terrorists to attack and we lived in fear. And yet since 9/11, no attacks, that's a good track record. That's no accident
Things have not gotten better on there own. It wa a result of thse actions."
FB: You were against Vietnam.........
People don't want to believe benefits have costs. Unfortunaltely thats is not the world we live in."
FB: And do you believe in the was in Iraq?
TS: "Yes because we werent going to do what it took to win.So why lose lives?"
FB: You have written of the lack of heros in Iraq.
TS: "Yes, every terrorist we kill is one less that can come here and kill us"
TS: "Oh yes! The media is so against this war, they will not relay the stories of what our men and women are doing over there. The great accomplishements. The successes..........Everything I read and everyone I speak to that is in Iraq runs counter to what the media reports."
I transcribed the above to the best of my (limited) typing ability, not verbatim. Tune in tomorrow evening at 5:30 for the balance of the interview. This interview will be rebroadcast later this evening...........check your local listings. It's a must see.
Here's an excerpt from one of my favorite Sowell's columns from early June;
We may look back on some eras as heroic -- that of the founding fathers or "the greatest generation" that fought World War II -- but some eras we look back on in disbelief at the utter stupidity with which people ruined their economies or blundered into wars in which every country involved ended up worse off than before.
How will people a century from now look back on our era? Fortunately, most of us will be long gone by then, so we will be spared the embarrassment of seeing ourselves judged.
What will future generations say about how we behaved when confronted by international terrorist organizations that have repeatedly demonstrated their cut-throat ruthlessness and now had the prospect of getting nuclear weapons from rogue nations like Iran and North Korea?
What will future generations think when they see the front pages of our leading newspapers repeatedly preoccupied with whether we are treating captured cut-throats nicely enough? What will they think when they see the Geneva Convention invoked to protect people who are excluded from protection by the Geneva Convention?
During World War II, German soldiers who were captured not wearing the uniform of their own army were simply lined up against a wall and shot dead by American troops.
This was not a scandal. Far from being covered up by the military, movies were taken of the executions and have since been shown on the History Channel. We understood then that the Geneva Convention protected people who obeyed the Geneva Convention, not those who didn't -- as terrorists today certainly do not.
What will those who look back on these times think when they see that the American Civil Liberties Union, and others who have made excuses for all sorts of criminals, were pushing for the prosecution of our own troops for life-and-death decisions they had a split second to make in the heat of combat?
The frivolous demands made on our military -- that they protect museums while fighting for their lives, that they tiptoe around mosques from which people are shooting at them -- betray an irresponsibility made worse by ingratitude toward men who have put their lives on the line to protect us.
It is impossible to fight a war without heroism. Yet can you name a single American military hero acclaimed by the media for an act of courage in combat? Such courage is systematically ignored by most of the media.
If American troops kill a hundred terrorists in battle and lose ten of their own men doing it, the only headline will be: "Ten More Americans Killed in Iraq Today."
Those in the media who have carped at the military for years, and have repeatedly opposed military spending, are now claiming to be "honoring" our military by making a big production out of publishing the names of all those killed in Iraq. Will future generations see through this hypocrisy -- and wonder why we did not?
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