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Thomas Sowell Reverses on the Debt Deal

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 1: 59 PM

At first he said the debt deal was simply the best we could get and should be accepted by Republicans.  I said the debt deal is a Turkey and later wondered if I was wrong when Sowell approved it.  Thomas Sowell is an intellectual giant and I’ve been a fan since he was at the University of Chicago and allied with Milton Friedman.  But now Dr. Sowell has reversed his position and says its a defeat for Republicans.  Partly because polls show people blame Republicans more than Obama for the current economic woes.

One must wonder if the people answering in these polls are completely nuts since Republicans had no votes on any of the policies that have led to our current mess.  Nevertheless, Republicans again showed themselves to be tone deaf on politics and hopelessly naive.  More than that, they absolutely refuse to learn anything from all their past experiences dealing with Democrats.  It’s always the same.  The Democrats and their pals in the old media threaten Republicans that they will be blamed for all the impending carnage unless they go along with what Democrats want.  Acting out of fear, Republicans go along hoping to avoid blame.  And then they get the blame anyway.

Republicans just keep doing the same old thing that never, ever works.  They do it every time, they did it this time, and they will do it next time.  Democrats must privately be wondering how long they can continue to play Republicans this way.  Until the end of time, it seems.

Acting out of fear is always, always going to lead to disaster.  It’s like running from a grizzly.  It provokes the predator instinct. Grizzlies and Democrats share that instinct.

Dr. Sowell ends his column this way:

In short, the Republicans have now been maneuvered into being held responsible for the spending orgy that Democrats alone had the votes to create. Republicans have been had — and so has the country. The recent, short-lived budget deal turns out to be not even a Pyrrhic victory for the Republicans. It has the earmarks of a Pyrrhic defeat.

God bless the  56 sensible Republicans that voted against it.  They are the hope for the future of your grandchildren.

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