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Poverty & Snowstorms
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell

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Posted By:Zarin, 5/19/2014 7:28:50 PM

Many years ago, in upstate New York, there was a lady who was caught in a fierce snow storm that produced conditions called a "whiteout." That´s when the snow is falling so thick and fast that all you can see in any direction is just sheer white. This lady wandered around in the storm, struggling to try to get home, but there was no way for her to know where home was. Eventually she collapsed in the snow and died — something like 50 feet from her home that she could not see. All too often that image comes back

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Sowell compares the aimlessness of young people ´stuck´ in poverty to being lost in a snow storm.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: rickwheat, 5/19/2014 7:42:40 PM     (No. 9854740)

Dr. Sowell should be required reading in middle and high schools.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Grambo, 5/19/2014 7:46:39 PM     (No. 9854749)

Stick the Golden Rule, the Ten Commandments and Desiderata in your pocket, and set forth. It´s not complicated.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: steph_gray, 5/19/2014 8:04:47 PM     (No. 9854766)

I love Dr. Sowell so much. What a treasure, in these times...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 5/19/2014 8:50:46 PM     (No. 9854797)

An excellent article that hits the nail on the head. Unfortunately the black people (like the Obamas, Holder, Shaq, Nicki Minaj, etc.) these "troubled youth" are most likely to look up to consider Thomas "Uncle Tom" Sowell. Thus they stay in the ghetto until they die, usually prematurely. They will, however, vote democratic.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 5/19/2014 9:28:02 PM     (No. 9854814)

Some people love wallowing in poverty because they are addicted to the ´free ride´
In the meantime, with all of that money going down the rabbit hole, a few extra dollars would mean so much to elderly giving them a better standard of living. They actually worked for a living in this country.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 5/19/2014 9:45:42 PM     (No. 9854825)

This piece touches me. I have experienced "white-outs" in Greenland and the crushing frustration of working with a bright young man for two years, only to get a 2 a.m. phone call from the State Police telling me they had my kid in custody for "possession with intent to distribute." Dr. Sowell knows the agony; he´s been seeing and fighting against it his whole life. It hurts to lose a kid.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: richwill, 5/19/2014 9:47:50 PM     (No. 9854826)

I agree #1.Thomas Sowell is a must read. His books on economics are great.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Shells, 5/19/2014 9:51:23 PM     (No. 9854829)

IMHO, Dr. Sowell is one of the clearest thinking, brilliant minds on the planet.

No one can present the reality of any situation better than he.

And he proves that, yet again, here.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 5/19/2014 10:59:43 PM     (No. 9854884)

#2, farmers in upstate New York have a rope or thick wire between their homes and barns to guide them, so they don´t get lost in a white out in the short walk between the buildings. Many farmers are dairy farmers, and the cows must be milked no matter what the weather.

I´m thinking the Golden Rule, the Ten Commandments and the Desiderata make a fine guide wire. But first you have to know they exist, and then you have to know where you want to go.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: Zarin, 5/19/2014 11:12:31 PM     (No. 9854895)

You are right #2. This aimlessness is truly caused by our whole society´s acceptance of non-standard & harmful life styles. There is very little disgust and censure for drug use, alcohol abuse, being a ward of the state on welfare, stealing, fornication etc. Nobody is telling these kids: You can´t live like that - it is wrong,it is hurtful, unlawful, wicked and bad for you and anyone you love. They have to be confused when there is equal acceptance for good or bad choices. I look at my DH´s parents who were born in 1919 and grew up orphaned with alcoholic foster families and not in standard nuclear families. They did not know growing up how a real family functioned but they had a vision of what one should look like and they strove to make that real.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JoniTx, 5/20/2014 12:52:12 PM     (No. 9855479)

Another gem by Thomas Sowell!

~~´ Where there is no father in the home, as too often is the case, adolescent boys may choose as models irresponsible people in the world of entertainment, or even in the world of crime.

Then there are the messiahs with a message. The most popular of these messages seems to be that all your problems are due to other people -- people that the messiahs will help fight, in exchange for your loyalty, your money or your votes.´~~

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