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I Want Thomas Sowell To Be My President

Wed Mar 31, 2004 2:10 pm

The good stuff is in bold.

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/ts20040330.shtml

My platform
Thomas Sowell

March 30, 2004



From time to time some kind readers suggest that I run for public office, including President of the United States. No need for those on the left to panic. It is not going to happen.

Such suggestions, however, cause me to imagine what my platform would be if I were in politics. Once you see what that platform would be, you can understand why it will never happen.

Since politicians like to have campaign slogans, instead of "Bring it On!" my slogan might be "Get rid of it!" to describe all the laws, policies, and government agencies that I would abolish.

A more positive slogan would be "Conservative Radicalism." That is, my policies would be based on traditional values but would make radical changes in order to restore or enhance those values.

Cabinet-level departments, for example, would be reduced to just two -- the Defense Department and the State Department, with the latter purged of the weak-kneed internationalist crowd who have dominated it for so long. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, etc., would all be abolished as just money-wasting bureaucracies serving outside special interests, instead of the people whose taxes support them.

Government subsidies would be drastically reduced, starting at the top. That is, there would be a prohibition against giving a dime of government money to anyone whose annual income or total assets exceed one billion dollars. Why should agricultural subsidies be going to Ted Turner and David Rockefeller, or "universal health care" pay for their medicine?


Who could object to cutting off subsidies to billionaires? Once that was done, however, the next step would be to cut off millionaires. Then we could proceed on down the income scale until people making a hundred grand a year could no longer expect to be subsidized with the taxpayer's money.

The great advantage of this way of proceeding is that it would rob the media of opportunities to run sob stories about how some poor person was hurt by cutbacks in some government program -- even when the vast majority of those who were hurt were the bureaucrats who run these programs and slick special interests who hide behind the poor.

By the time we got down to cutting off all government subsidies to people making $100,000 a year or more, the federal budget would probably not only be balanced but have a surplus. Of course, there would be hordes of unemployed bureaucrats being interviewed on TV, complaining that the world was going to end, without their vital contributions. But that could be brushed aside.

With all the money saved by ending vast numbers of subsidies, the government could afford to pay the kinds of salaries that would attract highly qualified people from the private sector. For example, if every member of Congress were paid a million dollars a year, that would cost less than one percent of what it costs to run the Department of Agriculture.

As things stand today, a successful doctor, lawyer, executive, engineer or economist would lose money by becoming a member of Congress. This means that Congress is largely filled with people who either already have great wealth or people who don't have what it takes to earn a high income in the private sector -- or people hungry for power, who are the worst of all.

These are not the kinds of people who should dominate the making of laws in Congress or enforcing them in the courts. Short-sighted critics might object that the kinds of people we have in politics and the courts don't deserve to get a million dollars a year. But that is the very reason for trying to get better people.

If a million dollars a year won't do it, you could raise the pay to ten million and it would still be chump change compared to what is wasted by cheap politicians, who turn out to be very expensive politicians when wasting the taxpayers' money.

Then there should be term limits. In fact, elected officials should be limited to just one term. Otherwise, they and their staffs would be spending most of their time doing things to get re-elected in all but the last term.

These are just some of the things I would do in the name of "conservative radicalism." But it may be enough to show why there is no clear and present danger of my being nominated, much less elected.



How unfortunate that he'll never run.
 
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RE: I Want Thomas Sowell To Be My President

Wed Mar 31, 2004 2:12 pm

Jesus MD-90, how about writing something yourself?
 
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RE: I Want Thomas Sowell To Be My President

Wed Mar 31, 2004 2:14 pm

uhhh wait a minute... you mean the guy in office isn't a Conservative radical?
I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
 
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RE: I Want Thomas Sowell To Be My President

Wed Mar 31, 2004 2:15 pm

Flight152, he got his conservatism the old-fashioned way-from others, and not thinking for himself.

But then again, not thinking is a trait of ultra-conservatives. It's so much easier than having to think for one's self.  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: I Want Thomas Sowell To Be My President

Wed Mar 31, 2004 2:18 pm

Alpha 1...I couldnt have said it better my self

Although, i do have a quote
"vote republican, it's easier than thinking"

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RE: I Want Thomas Sowell To Be My President

Wed Mar 31, 2004 2:25 pm

Yeah I know Flight152, this is pretty unusual. Even I don't think that townhall.com is all that great, although they do post some good columns, like Sowell's.
 
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RE: I Want Thomas Sowell To Be My President

Wed Mar 31, 2004 3:08 pm

WHEWWWW... What a bunch of crap. When I skimmed over it I didn't notice any reference to Making kids pray in school is this just assumed ???
Next time try the old "dirty Sanchez" She'll love it !!!
 
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RE: I Want Thomas Sowell To Be My President

Wed Mar 31, 2004 4:05 pm

There's gotta be a slot in the 'Guiness Book of World Records' for the youngest person to have ever flipped his lid...

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RE: I Want Thomas Sowell To Be My President

Wed Mar 31, 2004 6:13 pm

Weird.

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RE: I Want Thomas Sowell To Be My President

Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:43 am

Gee, I guess I should've said, "I want this colored man to be my President."

Probably would've gotten more thoughtful responses than the last three (no offense, Delta767300ER).
 
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RE: I Want Thomas Sowell To Be My President

Thu Apr 01, 2004 6:40 am

Then there should be term limits. In fact, elected officials should be limited to just one term. Otherwise, they and their staffs would be spending most of their time doing things to get re-elected in all but the last term.

Here's one I wholeheartedly disagree with.

If I like the job my Congressman is doing, who are you to tell me I can't vote for him again? And furthermore, what's the point in paying someone ten million dollars a year (for just a two or six year job, depending on House or Senate) when they know once they're elected they won't be held accountable for anything?

I mean, if they can't run again - and they can't be "fired" per se - then what's the incentive to actually do anything worthwhile if they can just kick back and enjoy the well-compensated ride?

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RE: I Want Thomas Sowell To Be My President

Thu Apr 01, 2004 8:36 am

MD-90 Your true colors are shining through again ..." I wanted this Colored man to be my president" I'll bet you won't find too many colored conservative radicals in Mississippi ..... Ever wonder why ???
Next time try the old "dirty Sanchez" She'll love it !!!
 
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RE: I Want Thomas Sowell To Be My President

Thu Apr 01, 2004 1:13 pm

Have you forgotten that I roomed with a black conservative radical last year? His name was Ed.

Unless you're Superfly, and you think I just made him up and he doesn't exist, because you can't accept that there are black conservatives...besides Clarence Thomas.

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