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Williams: Do blacks need favors?

Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act's legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, "I'll eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas." I don't know whether Humphrey got around to keeping his promise, but here's my question: Is it within the capacity of black Americans to make it in this society without the special favors variously called racial preferences, quotas, affirmative action and race-sensitive policies? What might a "yes" answer to that question assume and imply about blacks? Likewise, what would a "no ...

July 26, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Williams: Spending and morality

During last year's budget negotiation meetings, President Barack Obama told House Speaker John Boehner, "We don't have a spending problem." When Boehner responded with "But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem," Obama replied, "I'm getting tired of hearing you say that." In one sense, the president is right. What's being called a spending problem is really a symptom of an unappreciated deep-seated national moral rot. Let's examine it with a few questions.

July 17, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Williams: The education establishment’s success

Many view America's education as a failure, but in at least one important way, it's been a success - a success in dumbing down the nation so that we fall easy prey to charlatans, hustlers and quacks. You say, "Williams, that's insulting! Explain yourself." OK, let's start with a question or two.

June 28, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Williams: Who owns you?

Darcy Olsen, president of the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute, and Richard Garr, president of Neuralstem, a biotech company, wrote "Right to Try experimental drugs" in USA Today (5/28/2014). They pointed out that "this year, more than 5,000 Americans will lose their battle with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease." Up until recently, there was no medicine on the market that significantly improved the lives of ALS patients. But now there is one in clinical trials that holds considerable promise, but it has not been granted Food and Drug Administration approval. The average amount of time it ...

June 14, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Petty annoyances

Most who read my columns think that I'm only annoyed by politicians, growing government and Americans who have little respect or love for liberty and our Constitution. There are other things that annoy me.

June 07, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


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Stop demonizing capitalism

Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation, levied charges against free-market capitalism, denying that "economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world" and concluding that "this opinion ... has never" been confirmed by the facts." He went on to label unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny."

December 21, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Our planet's not so fragile

Let's examine a few statements reflecting a vision thought to be beyond question. "The world that we live in is beautiful but fragile." "The 3rd rock from the sun is a fragile oasis."

December 14, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Obama is no Jackie Robinson

In a March 2008 column, I criticized pundits' concerns about whether America was ready for Barack Obama, suggesting that the more important issue was whether black people could afford Obama. I proposed that we look at it in the context of a historical tidbit.

December 07, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Positive and negative freedom aren’t equal

One of the oldest notions in the history of mankind is that some people are to give orders and others are to obey. The powerful elite believe they have wisdom superior to the masses and that they've been ordained to forcibly impose that wisdom on the rest of us. Their agenda calls for an attack on the free market and what it implies, voluntary exchange.

November 30, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Williams: Americans pay more than they realize

There's more to the deceit and dishonesty about Social Security and Medicare discussed in my recent columns. Congress tells us that one-half (6.2 percent) of the Social Security tax is paid by employees and that the other half is paid by employers, for a total of 12.4 percent.

November 23, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Who’s minding the nation’s store? Congress, and that’s the problem

According to some estimates, there are more than 100 million traffic signals in the U.S., but whatever the number, how many of us would like Washington D.C., in the name of public health and safety, to be in sole charge of their operation?

November 16, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Dispelling 'myths' about Social Security's Ponzi scheme

Last week's column - "Is There a Way Out?" - generated quite a few responses, some a bit angry. Some people were offended by my reference to Social Security and Medicare as "entitlements" or "handouts."

November 09, 2013 | Walter Williams | OPINION


Can Americans escape costly entitlements?

According to a recent Fox News poll, 73 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of the country, up 20 points from 2012. Americans sense that there's a lot going wrong in our nation, but most don't have a clue about the true nature of our problem.

November 02, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


US is still most-desired home

As I've documented in the past, many leftist teachers teach our youngsters to hate our country.

October 26, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


The cost of minimum wage

Last week's column discussed the political tradeoffs made by black politicians and civil rights organizations that condemn whole generations of black youngsters to failing schools (http://tinyurl.com/6mmlsf). Similar political tradeoffs in labor markets condemn many blacks, particularly black youths, to high rates of unemployment and reduced economic opportunities. Let's look at this, starting with a few historical facts.

October 19, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Politicos' double standard for their kids

Tradeoffs apply to our economic lives as well as our political lives. That means that getting more of one thing requires giving up something else. Let's look at some examples.

October 12, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Gun restrictions won't replace morality

Every time there's a shooting tragedy, there are more calls for gun control.

October 05, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Williams: Honesty and trust are vital

Dishonesty, lying and cheating are not treated with the right amount of opprobrium in today's society. To gain an appreciation for the significance of honesty and trust, consider what our day-to-day lives would be like if we couldn't trust anyone. When we purchase a bottle of 100 pills from our pharmacist, how many of us bother to count the pills? We pull in to a gasoline station and pay $35 for 10 gallons of gasoline. How do we know for sure whether we in fact received 10 gallons instead of 9 3/4? You pay $7 for a ...

September 28, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Williams: Professors have agendas

The new college academic year has begun, and unfortunately, so has student indoctrination.

September 21, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Book looks at ‘The Wealth Choice’

No one can blame you if you start out in life poor, because how you start is not your fault. If you stay poor, however, it is your fault.

September 14, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


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