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Economist and conservative public intellectual Thomas Sowell announced his retirement in his final column Tuesday.

“Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop. Age 86 is well past the usual retirement age, so the question is not why I am quitting, but why I kept at it so long,” Sowell wrote.

sowellKnown for his wit and engaging social commentary, Sowell’s words have been quoted by others for decades. Here are 50 of his greatest thoughts that he shared with the public over the years:

  • “If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.”
  • “It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.”
  • “The biggest and most deadly ‘tax’ rate on the poor comes from a loss of various welfare state benefits—food stamps, housing subsidies and the like—if their income goes up.”
  • “The real minimum wage is zero.”
  • “Elections should be held on April 16th—the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders.”
  • “The black family survived centuries of slavery and generations of Jim Crow, but it has disintegrated in the wake of the liberals’ expansion of the welfare state.”
  • “Helping those who have been struck by unforeseeable misfortunes is fundamentally different from making dependency a way of life.”
  • “The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.”
  • “The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.”
  • “The more people who are dependent on government handouts, the more votes the left can depend on for an ever-expanding welfare state.”
  • “I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.”





Five accomplished women included in president-elect's diverse nominee slate 
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The 2016 election and the candidacy of Donald J. Trump proved to be unlike any we had ever seen, and as President-elect Trump selects his Cabinet nominees it's clear that his presidency will be equally unique. "President-elect Trump has interviewed an unprecedented number of diverse candidates for positions and chosen the best possible person for each job to live up to his promise to 'Make America Great Again,'" National Federation of Republican Women President Carrie Almond said today in a statement.

Included among those nominees, to date, are five accomplished women from across the country. They are:
  • Department of Transportation Secretary - Elaine Chao, from Kentucky, a member of the National Federation of Republican Women. Banking executive and first Asian Cabinet member, having served as Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush.
  • Department of Education Secretary - Betsy DeVos, from Michigan. Philanthropist and education activist, chair of the American Federation for Children.
  • United Nations Ambassador - Gov. Nikki Haley, 44, from South Carolina, a member of the National Federation of Republican Women. Elected first female governor of South Carolina in 2011, formerly served in the South Carolina House of Representatives 2005-2011.
  • Small Business Administrator - Linda Marie McMahon, from Connecticut. President and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.
  • Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Seema Verma, President and Founder of SVC Inc.who is the daughter of Indian immigrants, a founder of a health policy consulting firm."We are heartened and we are hopeful as we see the President-elect's nominations for Cabinet positions," Almond adds. "Each capable nominee possesses the appropriate skills and vision needed to get our country back on track."
"President-elect Trump has proven that thinking outside the box is a necessity to put Americans back on the road to success," Almond continued. "Just like the NFRW had to think outside the box with our 'Destination: White House' campaign and our nationwide bus tour throughout 2016." From Mother's Day in May 2016 through Election Day on Nov. 8, Almond traveled over 30,000 miles to 39 states on the red, white and blue RV nicknamed "Rosie," spending 189 days on the road and rallying tens of thousands of voters.



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