Walter Williams does think Obama can be beaten
On Friday, I asked Dr. Walter Williams -- my guest during the 11 AM hour while hosting the Mike Rosen show -- if he had given up on the 2012 elections. The question came from caller Karen (I'm pretty sure I know which Karen it was, though she didn't say) based on an article she'd seen on the Internet which purported to be written by Williams
Dr. Williams said the article, entitled "No Matter What", had made its way rapidly around the Internet, including on a conservative web site called RiteOn.org on April 1, 2011. The article was a hoax and not written by Williams.
The date of the article should have been a warning to anybody who would have thought that Dr. Williams would have reached the conclusions of that article, not least the preposterous-as-of-today idea that half of independent voters will succumb to Obama's charms a second time.
[A new study suggests that support for Obama among independent voters has plummeted from 52% in 2008 to 29% now, with Obama's support among women and young voters (18-34 years old) also having fallen substantially to under 50%.]
RiteOn.org has since apologized for falling for the prank which I could easily imagine having been a product of MoveOn.org, but we'll probably never know for sure.
On the radio show, Dr. Williams explained that the article was not written by him and that he does inded think that Barack Obama can be beaten.
These comments and more can be heard in the podcast of the third hour of the Mike Rosen show from Friday, April 23, if you're interested.
I'd also like to mention that Dr. Williams has just published a new book, "Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?" which you can read more about and purchase HERE. A few words of description from the publisher:
Williams debunks many common labor market myths and reveals how the minimum wage law has imposed incalculable harm on the most disadvantaged members of our society. He explains that the real problem is that people are not so much underpaid as underskilled and that the real task is to help unskilled people become skilled. The author also reveals how licensing and regulation reduce economic opportunities for people, especially those who might be described as discriminated against and having little political clout. Using the examples of the taxi cab and trucking industries before and after deregulation, he illustrates how government regulation closes entry and reinforces economic handicaps, whereas deregulation not only has not helped minorities enter industries in greater numbers but also has benefited consumers.
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