Cleaning Out 2015’s Closet.

I try to read everything Walter E. Williams and Thomas Sowell write. Here are five articles that I’ve had bookmarked but haven’t had time to post.

Attacking The Truth, by Thomas Sowell, at jewishworldreview.com. Excerpts from the article.

“Among the many sad signs of our time are the current political and media attacks on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for speaking the plain truth on a subject where lies have been the norm for years.”
“Affirmative action is supposed to be a benefit to black and other minority students admitted with lower academic qualifications than some white students who are rejected. But Justice Scalia questioned whether being admitted to an institution geared to students with higher-powered academic records was a real benefit.”

“Despite much media spin, the issue is not whether blacks in general should be admitted to higher ranked or lower ranked institutions. The issue is whether a given black student, with given academic qualifications, should be admitted to a college or university where he would not be admitted if he were white.”

“Much empirical research over the years has confirmed Justice Scalia’s concern that admitting black students to institutions for which their academic preparation is not sufficient can be making them worse off instead of better off.

“Mismatching students with educational institutions is a formula for needless failure.” 

 “… the academic performances of black and Hispanic students rose substantially after affirmative action admissions policies were banned in the University of California system.”

Attacking The Truth II, by Thomas Sowell, at jewishworldreview.com. Excerpts from the article.

“Often the rationale for group preferences is to help the less fortunate. But, in countries where hard evidence is available, it is often the more fortunate members of less fortunate groups who get the bulk of the benefits. These beneficiaries can even be more fortunate than most of the people in the country at large.”
“India’s constitution, like the American constitution, has an amendment prescribing equal treatment. But in India that amendment also spells out exceptions for particular groups. In the United States, the Supreme Court has taken on the role of creating exceptions to the fourteenth amendment.”
“Many lofty verbal evasions are necessary, in order to keep the American people from catching on to what they are really doing when they claim to be merely applying the laws and the constitution.”

The Busybody Left, by Thomas Sowell, at jewishworldreview.com. Excerpts from the article.

The political left has been trying to run other people’s lives for centuries. So we should not be surprised to see the Obama administration now trying to force neighborhoods across America to have the mix of people the government wants them to have. There are not enough poor people living in middle class neighborhoods to suit the political left. Not enough blacks in white neighborhoods. Not enough Hispanics here, not enough Asians there.”

“Nowhere in the Constitution does it grant the federal government the power to dictate such things. What makes this latest political crusade so ridiculous and so dangerous is that people have never been mixed and matched at random, either in the United States or in other countries around the world, or in any period of history.

Squandering Resources On College Education, by Walter E. Williams, at jewishworldreview.com.Excerpts from the article.

Most college students do not belong in college….. “the college-for-all crusade has outlived its usefulness.”…. “…. the majority of new American jobs over the next decade do not need a college degree. We have a six-digit number of college-educated janitors in the U.S…….one-third of a million waiters and waitresses with college degrees.” More than one-third of currently working college graduates are in jobs that do not require a degree, such as flight attendants, taxi drivers and salesmen. College was not a wise use of these students’, their parents’ and taxpayer resources.

Our Timid Military Leaders, by Walter E. Williams, at jewishworldreview.com. Excerpts from the article.

“This month, President Barack Obama’s defense secretary, Ashton Carter, decreed that there will be 220,000 combat military jobs offered to women — including in Army special operations forces and the Navy SEALs.”

“… I predict….training with pugil sticks will be banned, or servicewomen will train only against other servicewomen, or, if the training is integrated, servicemen will be court-martialed if they knock out or knock down a servicewoman…. I wouldn’t be surprised if today’s military leaders call for an amendment protocol to the Geneva Conventions to make the hand-to-hand killing of a female fighter a war crime.”
“Finally, the Selective Service System’s website (http://www.sss.gov) reads: “While there has been talk recently about women in combat, there has been NO decision to require females to register with Selective Service, or be subject to a future military draft. Selective Service continues to register only men, ages 18 through 25.” How can that, coupled with reduced performance standards, possibly be consistent with the Defense Department’s stated agenda “to provide a level, gender-neutral playing field”?”
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