Some discrimination seems to be OK

Walter Williams Some things I wonder about: Early in our marriage, 40-some years ago, Mrs. Williams would return from shopping complaining about the unreasonable prices. Having aired her complaints, she’d then ask me to unload her car laden with purchases. After the unloading, I’d ask her: “I thought you said the prices were unreasonable. Why […]

Consider profits at the source

Thomas Sowell Profits are certainly without honor among the intelligentsia. The very word produces negative reactions, even from people who cannot give you a single reason why money carrying that label is worse than money called by other names. Many professional athletes and entertainers earn salaries higher than what the vast majority of business owners […]

Season reminds us of what we do have

Mona Charen This is a season for counting one’s blessings. Here is my partial list: > The world is rid of one of the most vile, depraved dictators in human history. His regime no longer tortures and rapes people by the thousands, nor encourages acts of murder in other nations by financing bombers, nor trains […]

Medical drugs: Many complaints, few answers

Thomas Sowell Reader responses to the discussion of government-controlled medical care in this column raised questions that need answering. The most frequently raised question was why American pharmaceutical drugs sell for less in other countries. Some readers considered this proof that the sellers of these drugs were making excessive profits. They argued that, since the […]

Don’t kill the goose that lays golden eggs

Thomas Sowell It is always fascinating to see elementary economics make front-page news. It was front-page news in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal that there are long waiting times for seeing medical specialists in Canada and in other countries with government-controlled medical care systems — but not in the United States, where some politicians are trying […]

It’s a gas…

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Ollie Moore of San Jon washes her windshield Monday while purchasing gas at the Texaco/Allsup’s on the corner of Prince and 21st streets. She was headed home after returning from Lubbock on business. CNJ staff photo: Rick White. By Jack King Gas prices are down in the region, some merchants said Monday, mirroring prices across […]

New book outs truth of ‘FDR’s Folly’

Thomas Sowell They say “truth will out” but sometimes it takes a long time. For more than half a century, it has been a “well-known fact” that President Franklin D. Roosevelt got us out of the Great Depression of the 1930s. That view was never pervasive among economists, and even J.M. Keynes — a liberal […]

Republicans overdosing with drug bill

By Mona Charen When it comes to foreign policy, I sleep better at night knowing that Republicans control the White House and the Congress. But on health care, it has lately become difficult to imagine how things could be much worse with the Democrats in charge. When the Clinton administration attempted to move us down […]

Chief backs unlimited shopping by reservists

By Tom Philpott The director of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) says he supports a House-passed initiative to give drilling reservists and National Guard personnel unlimited shopping privileges in military grocery stores. “They are delivering war-fighting capability just as well and as often as active-duty counterparts and should be compensated as first-team members, including from […]