Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The 'Equality' Racket

Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a message on the wall of a home they had looted: "RICH BASTARDS."

Those two words captured the spirit of the politicized vision of equality -- that it was a grievance when someone was better off than themselves.

That, of course, is not the only meaning of equality, but it is the predominant political meaning in practice, where economic "disparities" and "gaps" are automatically treated as "inequities." If one racial or ethnic group has a lower income than another, that is automatically called "discrimination" by many people in politics, the media and academia.

It doesn't matter how much evidence there is that some groups work harder in school, perform better and spend more postgraduate years studying to acquire valuable skills in medicine, science or engineering. If the economic end results are unequal, that is treated as a grievance against those with better outcomes, and a sign of an "unfair" society. The rhetoric of clever people often confuses the undeniable fact that life is unfair with the claim that a given institution or society is unfair.

 Children born into families that raise them with love and with care to see that they acquire knowledge, values and discipline that will make them valuable members of society have far more chances of economic and other success in adulthood than children raised in families that lack these qualities.

Studies show that children whose parents have professional careers speak nearly twice as many words per hour to them as children with working class parents -- and several times as many words per hour as children in families on welfare. There is no way that children from these different backgrounds are going to have equal chances of economic or other success in adulthood.

The fatal fallacy, however, is in collecting statistics on employees at a particular business or other institution, and treating differences in the hiring, pay or promotion of people from different groups as showing that their employer has been discriminating.

Too many gullible people buy the implicit assumption that the unfairness originated where the statistics were collected, which would be an incredible coincidence if it were true. Worse yet, some people buy the idea that politicians can correct the unfairness of life by cracking down on employers. But, by the time children raised in very different ways reach an employer, the damage has already been done.

What is a problem for children raised in families and communities that do not prepare them for productive lives can be a bonanza for politicians, lawyers and assorted social messiahs who are ready to lead fierce crusades, if the price is right. Many in the media and among the intelligentsia are all too ready to go along, in the name of seeking equality. But equality of what?

Equality before the law is a fundamental value in a decent society. But equality of treatment in no way guarantees equality of outcomes. On the contrary, equality of treatment makes equality of outcomes unlikely, since virtually nobody is equal to somebody else in the whole range of skills and capabilities required in real life.

When it comes to performance, the same man may not even be equal to himself on different days, much less at different periods of his life. What may be a spontaneous confusion among the public at large about the very different meanings of the word "equality" can be a carefully cultivated confusion by politicians, lawyers and others skilled in rhetoric, who can exploit that confusion for their own benefit.

 Regardless of the actual causes of different capabilities and rewards in different individuals and groups, political crusades require a villain to attack -- a villain far removed from the voter or the voter's family or community. Lawyers must likewise have a villain to sue.

The media and the intelligentsia are also attracted to crusades against the forces of evil. But whether as a crusade or a racket, a confused conception of equality is a formula for never-ending strife that can tear a whole society apart -- and has already done so in many countries.

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell.com. To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2015 CREATORS.COM

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bill Passed By Senate Fails Veterans---McGaughey

By American Military News---The Veterans Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act (S 2450), passed by the Senate June 11, will actually interfere with patients accessing care outside the VA system, according to health policy expert Betsy McCaughey.

McCaughey, former Lt Governor of New York, appeared before the House Veterans Affairs Committee June 12.

The bill requires that veterans seeking private care because they are on the waiting list get approval from the VA, which is renowned for its impenetrable bureaucracy, she said.

“This bill passed in the Senate yesterday, the McCain-Sanders bill, will not save the lives of vets stuck on the wait list. This bill as currently written is designed to protect union jobs, not ailing vets.

In fact, the VA is run by unions, and largely for unions.” The union contract (315 page PDF) between the VA and the Association of Federal Government Employees (AFGE) states, for instance, that “The parties agree that reassignment is a subject appropriate for local bargaining.” (p. 46) Reassignment is not to be used for punishment.

So if a VA employee is caught manipulating waiting lists or in other activity that ought to mean summary dismissal, nothing will happen at all. - See more at: http://americanmilitarynews.com/2014/06/va-corruption-built-incurable-2/#sthash.wNmehYGa.dpuf

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Republicn Governors Not Taking Back Seat to Washington

Republican Governors are not going to take a back seat to anyone in Washington anymore.

The answers aren’t coming from Washington. Republican Governors don’t just talk about conservative ideas, they put them into action. Republican Governors are driving the American comeback.

The Republican Governors Association is launching the first five of what will be a series of ads featuring Republican Governors from around the country.

We are also beginning a national online advertising campaign designed to bring the stories of our Republican Governors to the public.

We are no longer going to outsource the Republican brand to the talking heads in Washington.

We are not going to allow the Republican Party to be defined by the dysfunction in Washington.

We are not going to allow the antics in Washington to damage or destroy what we stand for. The media are focused on Republican infighting — they want to pit the “establishment” versus the “grassroots”. Republican Governors are showing that when you turn conservative principles into real policies, they work.

The American people are going to hear more from Republican Governors about solutions that work in their states.

Many like to say that Republican Governors should be the face of the Republican Party. The truth is, because we don’t live inside the Beltway, or New York, we haven’t been. But we are making great things happen.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Appeals Ninth Circuit Concealed Weapons Permit Ruling

February 28th, By SOS---Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today filed a petition in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on behalf of the State of California, urging the court to review and reverse its decision in Peruta v. County of San Diego. Read the full story here.

Monday, February 10, 2014

More Water California Petition

More Water California Petition

We the undersigned join with Assemblyman Dan Logue in calling upon the legislature and governor of California to take immediate and decisive action in supporting Assembly Bill 1445 - the California Water Infrastructure Act of 2014 calling for the appropriation of $5.8 billion for the construction of two new water storage facilities.

Senate Panel Signs off on Guns on Post Office Grounds

Read the story here.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Mansions of the Lord---a very beautiful and inspirational tribute to our military men and women.