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9May/090

The Supreme Court politicized…now more than ever

The Supreme Court and the nomination process has been becoming more politicized than ever, the point where any cases that are the least bit controversial tend to come down to the one or two justices that don't vote as a bloc based on conservative vs. liberal ideologies.  I'm fairly certain the framer's of our great country did not intend for this to happen, but they probably didn't forsee such a strong two-party stranglehold on the government or the strong federal and weak states system we have either.

Thomas Sowell tackles the latest opportunity for a president to influence this great institution in Barack Obama's methods and statements regarding his choice to replace the retiring Justice Souter later this year.  Agree or disagree, it is hard to argue that Sowell makes for good reading.  This series of posts is no exception.

"Empathy" Versus Law by Thomas Sowell:

27Apr/090

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell's columns are quickly becoming one of my favorite weekly reads.  I was turned on to his writings when I attended a class about a year ago that dealt with "Everyday Economics" -- a topic that is even more important these days in light of the financial meltdown.  It is a class I have recommended to others and a topic that I think needs to be taught more widely.

After that class, I read Sowell's book "Basic Economics" and found it to be a rather easy read given the subject matter and its length.  Economics is one of the subjects I wish I could go back and study (well I suppose I can) again because when I took classes in pursuit of my undergraduate degree I pretty much just cared about earning a passing grade so that I could get on to the next class.  Sometimes learning is wasted on the young I guess!!

At any rate, Thomas Sowell tackles the housing boom/bust in his latest column:

http://www.creators.com/opinion/thomas-sowell/the-housing-boom-and-bust.html