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Thomas Sowell: Stupid Republicans

October 7, 2013

If the continued existence of mathematics depended on the ability of the Republicans to defend the proposition that two plus two equals four, that would probably mean the end of mathematics and of all the things that require mathematics.

Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, epitomized what has been wrong with the Republicans for decades when he emerged from a White House meeting last Wednesday, went over to the assembled microphones, briefly expressed his disgust with the Democrats’ intransigence and walked on away.

We are in the midst of a national crisis, immediately affecting millions of Americans and potentially affecting the kind of country this will become if ObamaCare goes into effect — and yet, with multiple television network cameras focused on Speaker Boehner as he emerged from the White House, he couldn’t be bothered to prepare a statement that would help clarify a confused situation, full of fallacies and lies.

Boehner was not unique in having a blind spot when it comes to recognizing the importance of articulation and the need to put some serious time and effort into presenting your case in a way that people outside the Beltway would understand. On the contrary, he has been all too typical of Republican leaders in recent decades.

When the government was shut down during the Clinton administration, Republican leaders who went on television to tell their side of the story talked about “OMB numbers” versus “CBO numbers” — as if most people beyond the Beltway knew what these abbreviations meant or why the statistics in question were relevant to the shutdown. Why talk to them in Beltway-speak?


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Advising John Boehner on how

Advising John Boehner on how to win this battle presupposes that John Boehner actually wants to win this battle. Perhaps he'd like to, but John Boehner is interested in one thing above all else - his political survival - and if and when he perceives that losing this battle furthers his primary cause he will act accordingly.

Perhaps he's acting the way he's acting because he's already come to that conclusion.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

I think he has a valid point.

Whether or not it's a rigged system, the public *has* been known to influence policy - such as, for one, maybe our not going into Syria. Public perception matters. And so, I think all that Sowell is saying is that, currently Democratic leadership is not sparing the opportunity to tell Americans the negative consequences of the budget not being passed or the debt ceiling not being raised; whereas, the Republican leadership, namely, Boehner, is not exposing the "fallacies and lies," nor explaining the negative consequences of passing the current budget or forever raising the debt ceiling. I believe there *are* Republicans who would be willing and able to do what Boehner isn't: clarify the confusing situation that exists and make a CASE that Americans would understand. To me, Sowell's observation is just one more reason Boehner needs to be fired.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

all Boehners will shortly wither

"I believe there *are* Republicans who would be willing and able to do what Boehner isn't: clarify the confusing situation that exists and make a CASE that Americans would understand."

Ron Paul did this. Rand is attempting to improve even upon his father. I'm not speaking of policy, but neither is Sowell. We're speaking of effective communication. Not coincidentally, the Doctors Paul are among those who read Sowell. The Boehners of the world don't. Sowell didn't rant long enough to mention transparency, but I'll inject the notion. I don't think [at least for this example's sake :D] that Boehner has the intention to hide from view that which he and the House Republicans are doing. He's simply a poor public communicator. "Lack" of transparency is ultimately an expression of measure unconcerned with intent. People's appetite for transparency is on the rise. Ambitious politicians take heed.

Actually, I think it could be either (or both).

A lack of effective communication and also lack of transparency.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

This whole political soap opera...

has been carefully crafted by the puppet masters to screw us again.

I could almost handle getting screwed again if the entertainment was of good quality. But, the plot is worn out and the actors are ugly.


insightful rant from a master

Wow, anonymous1, emalvini, and Ed Ucation are hard nuts to crack! :D Perhaps their integrity runs deeper than mine. In my foolishly ;) humble bow to the mastery of Sowell's wisdom I receive some fairly keen insight. I also recognize his equitable spread of criticism between both Republicans and Democrats. Sowell is wise to know his audience is mostly those more tempted by Republican ideology and as such crafts his rhetoric toward them. Does he think Boehner to be in his audience? Hardly! Boehner is a rhetorical icon used to show what is ineffective. That Boehner may or may not be a liar, is irrelevant here. One who does not heed Sowell's wisdom actually places himself, however momentarily, into a category with Boehner. It is those who seek to become more effective, who strive to improve their lot, who open up to find what they seek in Sowell's rant.


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bah, humbug!

I bet Sowell is going to vote for the Republicans next time around. I bet he voted for Romney. This is just some bitching and moaning of a rebellious kid threatening to run away. He'll never do it.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Dear Mr. Sowell,

The game is rigged. Both political parties are under complete control of useful idiots who will go along with anything that makes their handlers happy.

John Boehner, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Steny Hoyer Charles Schumer, "Dick" Durbin, Diane Feinstein and others in the congress are all paid hacks for the International Banking, Military Industrial Government complex..

There is no difference in the two party (really one party system). It's 2 horns on the same goat..

It is you Mr. Sowell who has deluded yourselfseems to acting like an idiot sir.

America is gone and with it all the freedoms our Founding Fathers gave us because WE let it happen.

WE allowed the central banker to control our financial system and allowed the IRS to confiscate the people's money.

WE elected unprincipled people to run wild; enact unconstitutional laws.

Above all, WE the people have been dumbed down by government schools and the lying controlled media..

I think WE the people here at the Daily Paul have a better grasp of understanding than you appear to have.

I think you need to retire, give up your senior fellowship at the Hoover Institution since you don't appear to be a worthy recipient..


Mr. Sowell

The folks that are "stupid", are the folks who like you, and many Americans, who still think there are two sides here.
You seriously think the republicans are this dumb?

republican or democrat = same thing

Its about time YOU wake up!

We're gonna get obamacare shoved up our a$$e$ and the GOP will be all for it.

Jackson County Georgia

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Thomas Jefferson

Truth, Act on it appropriately where you live...


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Preach it brother!


He's the man.