Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

On Trumps Wealth, Other Thoughts ; Being Born Rich and Getting Richer Is

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

On Trumps Wealth, Other Thoughts ; Being Born Rich and Getting Richer Is

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One of the problems with being a pessimist is that you can never celebrate when you are proven right. If what you want from politicians are quick and easy answers, someone is sure to supply them, regardless of which party you follow. History can tell you where quick and easy answers lead. But, if you dont want to bother reading history, you can just wait and relive its catastrophes.

What is economic power? What can Bill Gates stop you from doing?

I dont understand how people who cannot predict the weather five days in advance can predict the climate decades from now.

One of historys painful ironies is how often people on the brink of disaster have been preoccupied with trivialities. With a nuclear Iran with intercontinental missiles looming on the horizon, our intelligentsia are preoccupied with calling achievements privilege and playing other word games.

Of lifes many surprises, encountering an old flame, years later, is in a class by itself.

Some people seem to think that Donald Trump has great abilities because he is a billionaire. But being born rich and getter richer is not exactly a Horatio Alger miracle.

Of all the disheartening signs of the utter ignorance of so many American college students, nothing so completely disheartened me as seeing on television a black college student who did not know what the Civil War was about. Fifty years ago, it would have been virtually impossible to find a black adult, with even an elementary school education, who did not know what the Civil War was about.

Global warming, due to greenhouse gasses, is the latest in a long series of one-factor theories about a multi-factor world. Such theories have often enjoyed great popularity, despite how often they have turned out to be wrong.

One of the most richly rewarded skills in politics is the ability to make self-interest sound like idealism. Nowhere is this tactic more successful than in so-called campaign finance reform laws spending restrictions that prevent challenger candidates from buying enough publicity to offset the free publicity that incumbents get from the media.

At one time, it seemed as if the free world had defeated the world of totalitarian dictatorships twice first the Nazis and then the Communists. …

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