Dr Sowell’s article in the WSJ
Whatever the short-term solution to the problems created by the Senate Judiciary Committee, a longer-term solution must put a stop to the practice of publicly savaging nominees to the courts. Vote against them if you don’t like them, but do not make this a snake pit that high-quality people, who have many other options, will avoid.
Within living memory, judicial nominees did not even appear in person before the Senate for confirmation. A system that produced giants like Oliver Wendell Holmes is surely better than one which has produced pygmies like David Souter.
Some institutional changes, such as getting the TV cameras out of the committee hearings, or having nominees submit their records without appearing in person, need to be explored and some solution imposed despite the inevitable howling of the liberals and their media allies.
Then there’s those lies, damn lies, and statistics,
Many other areas need institutional change for long-run results. Even something as apparently innocuous as the Census Bureau needs a broader focus than studies incessantly comparing one group with another, featuring pie charts and “gaps”–and ignoring or downplaying the great progress in material well-being of all Americans, including those in the bottom 10% or 20% in income.
Census data on family and household income are grossly misleading when families and households are getting smaller over the years. When two working members of a household today earn as much as three working members earned a generation ago, that is not a “stagnation” in income– as the media love to report it– but a 50% increase in per capita real income that has enabled one member to go set up another household.
I highly recommend not only this article, but all of Dr. Sowell’s books.