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Do racists care whether someone black is married or unmarried? If not, then why do married blacks escape poverty so much more often than other blacks, if racism is the main reason for black poverty? view tweet
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Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God. view tweet
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The Constitution cannot protect you, if you don't protect the Constitution with your votes against anyone who violates it. Those government officials who want more power are not going to stop unless they get stopped. view tweet
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What can we be certain of from history? That human beings have been wrong innumerable times, by vast amounts, and with catastrophic results. Yet today there are still people who think that anyone who disagrees with them must be either bad or not know what he is talking about. view tweet
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Those who say that all cultures are equal never explain why the results of those cultures are so grossly unequal. view tweet
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Envy was once considered to be one of the seven deadly sins before it became one of the most admired virtues under its new name, “social justice." view tweet
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Since this is an era when many people are concerned about "fairness" and "social justice," what is your "fair share" of what someone else has worked for? view tweet
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Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. Even countries that were once more prosperous than their neighbors have found themselves much poorer than their neighbors after just one generation of socialistic policies. view tweet
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The fundamental problem of the political Left seems to be that the real world does not fit their preconceptions. Therefore they see the real world as what is wrong, and what needs to be changed, since apparently their preconceptions cannot be wrong. view tweet
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Since wealth is the only thing that can cure poverty, you might think that the left would be as obsessed with the creation of wealth as they are with the redistribution of wealth. But you would be wrong. view tweet
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One of the most pathetic—and dangerous—signs of our times is the growing number of individuals and groups who believe that no one can possibly disagree with them for any honest reason. view tweet
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As a black man, I am offended when white people take the likes of Al Sharpton seriously—or pretend to. view tweet
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When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear. view tweet
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Any politician who can be elected only by turning Americans against other Americans is too dangerous to be elected. view tweet
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People sometimes ask if I have tried to convince black “leaders” to take a different view on racial issues. Of course not. I wouldn't spend my time trying to persuade the mafia to give up crime. Why should I spend time trying to convince race hustlers to give up victimhood? view tweet

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What is your "fair share" of what someone else has worked for?
The old aren't really smarter than the young in terms of sheer brainpower. It's just that we've already made the kinds of mistakes that the young are about to make and we've already suffered the consequences the young are going to suffer if they disregard the record of the past.
The fatal attraction of government is that it allows busybodies to impose decisions on others without paying any price themselves. That enables them to act as if there were no price, even when there are ruinous prices paid by others.
Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.
There are three questions that would destroy most of the arguments on the left: 1. Compared to what? 2. At what cost? 3. What hard evidence do you have? There are very few ideas on the left that can pass all three of those kinds of things. https://t.co/OINAdWbaSm
Why have a national debt ceiling if it doesn't really put a ceiling on the national debt?
What the national debt ceiling does is allow Democrats to gain votes by spending the government's money — and then force Republicans to share responsibility for raising the national debt ceiling, under threat of being blamed for shutting down the government if they don't.

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