SOWELL: All the wrong priorities with budgets

A nation’s choice between spending on military defense and spending on civilian goods has often been posed as “guns versus butter.” But understanding the choices of many nations’ political leaders might be helped by examining the contrast between their runaway spending on pensions while skimping on military defense.

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SOWELL: Obama long on intellectual arrogance

After reading Barack Obama’s book “Dreams from My Father,” it became painfully clear that he has not been searching for the truth, because he assumed from an early age that he had already found the truth.

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SOWELL: Now we’re even trashing success

There was a time, within living memory, when achievements of others were not only admired but were often taken as inspiration for imitation of the same qualities that served these achievers well, even if we were not in the same field of endeavor and were not expecting to achieve on the same scale.

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