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  • Trump's First Week

    01/18/2017 10:15:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | January 18, 2017 | John Stossel
    Donald Trump will be busy Friday. He and Mike Pence have promised, Mother Jones magazine points out, that on Trump's first day in office he will repeal Obamacare, end the "war on coal," expel illegal immigrants, begin construction of a "beautiful Southern border wall," fix the Department of Veterans Affairs, come up with a plan to stop ISIS, get rid of "gun-free zones," "start taking care of our ... military," withdraw from the TPP trade agreement, cut regulations and designate China a currency manipulator. OK, much of that was probably just campaign talk. I'm grateful for that. I hope...
  • Worst of Times

    01/11/2017 2:01:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | January 11, 2017 | John Stossel
    Now that I no longer do a weekly TV show, I have more time to read my local paper. Sadly, that's The New York Times. The Times actually does some good reporting, but their political and economic coverage is filled with deceit. Can I find deceit every day? You bet. Take a look at a few days just last week. --Thursday: The front page: "NAFTA's promise is falling short, Mexicans agree." Wow, the Times now embraces Donald Trump's position on trade? Economists estimate that 14 million jobs depend upon NAFTA, but people everywhere often oppose trade because the smaller number...
  • Thanksgiving Tragedy

    11/23/2016 7:13:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | November 23, 2016 | John Stossel
    Tomorrow, as you celebrate the meal the Pilgrims ate with Indians, pause a moment to thank private property. I know that seems weird, but before that first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims nearly starved to death because they didn't respect private property. When they first arrived in Massachusetts, they acted like Bernie Sanders wants us to act. They farmed "collectively." Pilgrims said, "We'll grow food together and divide the harvest equally." Bad idea. Economists call this the "tragedy of the commons." When everyone works "together," some people don't work very hard. Likewise, when the crops were ready to eat, some grabbed extra...
  • Stossel the Fool

    11/16/2016 7:58:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 80 replies ^ | November 16 | John Stossel
    ,/center> I was so dumb last week. I wrote my column Tuesday -- before election results were in. I assumed Hillary Clinton would be president-elect. I looked so stupid. On Facebook, commenters pounced: You owe Trump an apology! I'm sorry for the lies you continued about him! You were never fair! You're nothing but another left-wing mouthpiece. You're a washed up, anti-American gutless TV host! I was wrong because I trusted the bettors. That's usually not dumb. The best predictor of things has been betting markets. They are more accurate because they reflect the wisdom of crowds. Crowds can be...
  • The Ruling Class

    10/26/2016 10:07:07 AM PDT · by xzins · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 26, 2016 | John Stossel
    America is often described as a society without the Old World's aristocracy. Yet we still have people who feel entitled to boss the rest of us around. The "elite" media, the political class, Hollywood and university professors think their opinions are obviously correct, so they must educate us peasants. OK, so they don't call us "peasants" anymore. Now we are "deplorables" -- conservatives or libertarians. Or Trump supporters. The elite have a lot of influence over how we see things. I don't like Donald Trump. I used to. I once found him refreshing and honest. Now I think he's a...
  • Clinton Cash

    07/27/2016 10:48:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | July 27, 2016 | John Stossel
    This week, as Democrats fawn over Hillary Clinton, I'm struck by how both Clintons continue to thrive despite their remarkable record of sleazy dealings. The just released documentary "Clinton Cash," based on a book by Peter Schweizer, explains how they make big money by selling access to themselves. In a conversation, Schweizer told me how the Clintons use "speaking fees" to get around bribery laws. "If somebody gave a politician or family member money for a favor, that's breaking the law. But if you say it's a speaking fee, and you pay double or triple the normal rate, that seems...
  • Let people do what they want with their own bodies and property

    06/07/2016 11:10:48 AM PDT · by OddLane · 62 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | June 7, 2016 | Nick Gillespie and Joshua Swain
    "The experience of having everybody around me on campus say the left is the way to go and then...seeing communism collapse made me think maybe the libertarians have a better handle on how these things work," says Todd Seavey, author of the new book Libertarianism for Beginners. "While the Soviet Union existed, the Marxists on campus were rooting for the Soviet Union." A New York-baseed comic-book writer, one-time producer for TV's own John Stossel, and a contributor to Splice Today, Seavey found his way toward libertarianism while attending Brown University in the late 1980s. His new graphic book, Libertarianism for...
  • Stossel: I have lung cancer. My medical care is excellent but the customer

    04/26/2016 10:27:40 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 85 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 20, 2016 | John Stossel
    Stossel: I have lung cancer. My medical care is excellent but the customer service stinks By John Stossel Published April 20, 2016 I write this from the hospital. Seems I have lung cancer. My doctors tell me my growth was caught early and I'll be fine. Soon I will barely notice that a fifth of my lung is gone. I believe them. After all, I'm at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. U.S. News & World Report ranked it No. 1 in New York. I get excellent medical care here. But as a consumer reporter, I have to say, the hospital's customer service...
  • Hospital

    04/20/2016 5:03:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 74 replies ^ | April 20, 2016 | John Stossel
    I write this from the hospital. Seems I have lung cancer. My doctors tell me my growth was caught early and I'll be fine. Soon I will barely notice that a fifth of my lung is gone. I believe them. After all, I'm at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. U.S. News & World Report ranked it No. 1 in New York. I get excellent medical care here. But as a consumer reporter, I have to say, the hospital's customer service stinks. Doctors keep me waiting for hours, and no one bothers to call or email to say, "I'm running late." Few doctors give...
  • Another Libertarian Moment?

    04/13/2016 8:24:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | April 13, 2016 | John Stossel
    The Libertarian Party might get more votes this year. Before the primaries, Time Magazine, frequent pusher of trends that do not exist, put Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken.) on its cover and called him the "most interesting man in politics." Then Paul fizzled, and pundits said the "libertarian moment," if there ever was one, had ended. But Sen. Paul never ran as a libertarian. He ran as a libertarian-ish Republican, and he wasn't particularly convincing when he got to speak in debates. Americans were unimpressed. But now that, according to, the presidential race will be a choice between Donald Trump...
  • Incumbents Always Win

    10/29/2014 4:51:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | October 29, 2014 | John Stossel
    I'm told that the public is "angry" at today's politicians. Eighty-two percent disapprove of the job Congress is doing. So will Tuesday's election bring a big shakeup? No. Congressional reelection rates never drop below 85 percent. The last big "wave" election was 1994, when Democrats lost control of both houses. The media called it a "revolution," and the late Peter Jennings from ABC likened Americans to 2-year-olds throwing a tantrum. Even that year, the reelection rate was 90 percent.Matt Kibbe of the group FreedomWorks and Hadley Heath Manning of Independent Women's Forum came on my show to say they don't...
  • Hype is Today's Media's Problem

    06/29/2014 2:01:00 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 6 replies
    Columbia Tribune ^ | June 29, 2014 06:00 GMT | John Stossel
    Reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s story sounds familiar to me: A major network got tired of her reports criticizing government. She no longer works there. The CBS correspondent reported on Fast and Furious, the shifting explanation for the Benghazi and Libya attacks and the bungled rollout of the Obamacare website. “But as time went on, it was harder to get stories on,” she said. “There are people who simply would rather just avoid the headache of going after powers that be because of the pushback that comes with it, which has become very organized and well-financed,” she said on my TV show....
  • Taxing Life Away

    04/09/2014 4:13:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | April 9, 2014 | John Stossel
    It's tax time. I'm too scared to do my taxes. I'm sure I'll get something wrong and my enemies in government will persecute -- no, I mean prosecute -- me. So I hired Bob. Bob's my accountant. I like Bob, but I don't like that I have to have an accountant. I don't want to spend time keeping records and talking to Bob about boring things I don't understand, and I really don't want to pay Bob. But I have to. What a waste. Once, I calculated what I could do with the money I give Bob. I could have...
  • Stossel special: ‘War on the Little Guy’ Sat. on FNC

    11/23/2013 4:56:35 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Video ^ | 16 November, 2013 | John Stossel
    This is a link to a John Stossel report on fox news. This appears to be only a sample, but it gives a good overview of the start of trying to get a pistol permit in New York: Link to Stossel Video
  • Longing to be a Victim

    10/16/2013 4:23:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | October 16, 2013 | John Stossel
    These days, being seen as a victim can be useful. You immediately claim the moral high ground. Some people want to help you. Lawyers and politicians brag that they force others to help you. This turns some people into whiners with little sense of responsibility. Joe Biden's niece was arrested recently for throwing a punch at a cop. The New York Post says she's addicted to alcohol and pills, but rather than take responsibility for her actions, she blamed them on the "pressure she faces" because her uncle is vice president. Give me a break. America was founded by people...
  • Live Free or Move

    05/08/2013 5:22:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | May 8, 2013 | John Stossel
    Forty-three million Americans moved from one state to another between 1995 and 2010 -- about one-seventh of Americans. It's good that we can move! Moving provides one of the few limits on the megalomania of state bureaucrats. Americans have moved away from high-taxed, heavily regulated states to lower-taxed, less-regulated states. Most don't think of it as a political decision. They just go where opportunities are, and that usually means where there's less government. They're leaving my state, New York, in droves. California, despite its great weather, also lost people, and wealth. Other biggest losers were Illinois, New Jersey and Ohio....
  • Train Wreck Ahead

    05/01/2013 6:09:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | May 1, 2013 | John Stossel
    Most Americans -- even those who are legislators -- know very little about the details of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, so-called Obamacare. Next year, when it goes into effect, we will learn the hard way. Many people lazily assume that the law will do roughly what it promises: give insurance to the uninsured and lower the cost of health care by limiting spending on dubious procedures. Don't count on it. Consider just the complexity: The act itself is more than 906 pages long, and again and again in those 906 pages are the words, "the Secretary shall promulgate regulations...
  • A Post-Post Office World

    04/17/2013 6:25:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | April 17, 2013 | John Stossel
    Even parts of government that look like a business never get run with the efficiency of a business. Just look at the post office. They buy commercials and tout their services the way private businesses do. They offer a service that customers want. But a real business can't get away with losing billions every year. (I guess in the era of bailouts, I should say shouldn't get away with it.) The post office lost $16 billion last year, despite having all sorts of advantages that most private businesses don't have. They have a near monopoly on first-class mail delivery. You...
  • Green Tyranny

    04/03/2013 10:46:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | April 3, 2013 | John stossel
    Environmental activists and politicians would like you to think that we must love their regulations -- or hate trees and animals. I love trees and animals. But you can love nature and still hate the tyranny that environmental regulations bring. The Environmental Protection Agency just announced it will boost gas prices ("only" a penny, although industry says 6 to 9 cents) to make another minuscule improvement to air quality. In New York City, my mayor wants to ban Styrofoam cups, saying, "I think it's something we can do without." Congress already dictates the design of our cars, toilets and light...
  • The Blob That Ate Children

    03/20/2013 2:19:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | March 20, 2013 | John Stossel
    Shortly after I did my first TV special on education, "Stupid in America," hundreds of union teachers showed up outside my office to yell at me. They were angry because I said union rules were a big reason American kids don't learn. The union is a big reason kids don't like school and learn less. Union contracts limit flexibility, limit promotion of good teachers, waste money and make it hard for principals to fire even terrible teachers. But I was wrong to imply that the union is the biggest problem. In states with weak unions, K-12 schools stagnate, too. Education...
  • Libertarians' Awkward Bedfellows

    02/27/2013 9:28:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 120 replies ^ | February 27, 2013 | John Stossel
    Last week, Conservative pundit Ann Coulter told me and a thousand young libertarians that we libertarians are puss- -- well, she used slang for a female body part. We were in Washington, D.C., at the Students for Liberty conference, taping my TV show, and she didn't like my questions about her opposition to gay marriage and drug legalization. "We're living in a country that is 70 percent socialist," she says. "The government takes 60 percent of your money. They take care of your health care, your pensions ... who you can hire ... and you (libertarians) want to suck up...
  • Ann Coulter Battles Stossel, Calls Libertarians ‘*******’ And Gets Booed By Room Full Of Students

    02/24/2013 8:36:33 PM PST · by jimsin · 74 replies
    THE MEDIAITE ^ | February 22, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    <p>Ann Coulter on why she thinks libertarians are "******s": "We’re living in a country that is 70-percent socialist, the government takes 60 percent of your money. They are taking care of your health care, of your pensions. They’re telling you who you can hire, what the regulations will be. And you want to suck up to your little liberal friends and say, ‘Oh, but we want to legalize pot.’</p>
  • Ron Paul Reacts to State of the Union Address

    02/13/2013 11:26:32 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 20 replies
    Stossel on FBN via Youtube ^ | 2/12/2013 | Eduardo89rp
    Former presidential candidate Ron Paul reacted to President Obama's SOTU address with John Stossel on Fox Business Network. Paul said in the speech, "certainly we didn't get any answers tonight" to the key issues facing the nation. "Everything on the surface looks like it's welfare-ism and warfare-ism. But I think underneath there's a smoldering desire that is growing by leaps and bounds that saying that a lot of people in this country have had enough of it..."
  • Legalize Insider Trading

    11/28/2012 8:18:04 AM PST · by Bratch · 8 replies ^ | Nov 28, 2012 | John Stossel
    Insider trading leads the news again, casting a cloud over Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors $14 billion hedge fund. The SEC charged Mathew Martoma, who used to manage a SAC Capital division, with using inside information about tests on an Alzheimer's drug to trade stock of the company working on it. The media love this stuff. I imagine reporters sitting around saying: "The SEC finally will punish greedy Wall Street! These tycoons rig the game -- cheating is how they acquire $14 billion -- and now noble government prosecutors will bring justice." But this is nonsense. Government prosecutors are as...
  • Great quote from John Stossel

    11/08/2012 4:00:10 AM PST · by Jerrybob · 19 replies
    Fox news | 11/8/12 | self
    'Need' now means wanting someone else's money. 'Greed' means wanting to keep your own. 'Compassion' is when a politician arranges the transfer.'" - John Stossel
  • We Fund Dependency

    10/03/2012 8:15:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | October 3, 2012 | John Stossel
    "There are no jobs!" That is what people told me outside a government "jobs center" in New York City. To check this out, I sent four researchers around the area. They quickly found 40 job openings. Twenty-four were entry-level positions. One restaurant owner told me he would hire 12 people if workers would just apply. It made me wonder what my government does in buildings called "job centers." So I asked a college intern, Zoelle Mallenbaum, to find out. Here's what she found: "First I went to the Manhattan Jobs Center and asked, "Can I get help finding a job?"...
  • Stossel Interviews FNC Primetime Hosts About First Jobs To Show Young People They Should Aim Lower

    07/12/2012 11:58:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    MediaIte ^ | 07/12/2012 | by Noah Rothman
    Fox Business Network host John Stossel appeared on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends on Thursday to dispel the myth that there are almost no low or no experience jobs available. He also interviewed Fox News Channel’s primetime hosts about their first jobs to show young people that they might have expectations that are preventing them from taking these kinds of jobs. Fill-in host Peter Johnson asked Stossel if young Americans were aiming too high. Stossel agreed and said that older people were also thinking that way too. “Right outside the welfare office where people told us there were no...
  • VIDEO: John Stossel's Illegal Everything

    03/23/2012 9:49:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Youtube ^ | 3/22/2012 | Fox Business
    The producer of Stupid in America, John Stossel, broadcasts another outstanding documentary "Illegal Everything" which shows how nearly everything is (or may soon be) illegal - including lemonade stands, raw milk, fast food, recording police, and more.
  • What is Fair

    03/21/2012 3:50:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | March 21, 2012 | John Stossel
    President Obama says he want to make society more fair. Advocates of big government believe fairness means taking from rich people and giving to others: poor people; or people who do things politicians approve of, like making "green" energy equipment (Solyndra); or old people (even rich ones) through Social Security and Medicare. The idea that government can "make life fair" is intuitively appealing to people -- at least until they think about it. I'll try to help. Obama says fairness requires higher taxes, but as The Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore asks, "Is it fair that the richest 10 percent...
  • John Stossel: The harm Obamacare's already inflicting (keeping unemployment high)

    12/29/2011 4:42:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Union Leader ^ | 12/23/11 | JOHN STOSSEL
    John Stossel: The harm Obamacare's already inflictingJOHN STOSSEL Published Dec 23, 2011 at 3:00 am (Updated Dec 22, 2011) President Obama says his health care “reform” will be good for business. Business has learned the truth. Three successful businessmen explained to me how Obamacare is a reason that unemployment stays high. Its length and complexity make businessmen wary of expanding. Mike Whalen, CEO of Heart of America Group, which runs hotels and restaurants, said that when he asked his company’s health insurance experts to summarize the impact of Obamacare, “the three of them kind of looked at each other and...
  • STUPID IN AMERICA (Sunday on FNC at 9pm EST)

    11/06/2011 9:27:15 AM PST · by FreeKeys · 24 replies
    FBN ^ | November 6, 2011 | John Stossel
    <p>School spending has gone through the roof and test scores are flat.</p> <p>While most every other service in life has gotten faster, better, and cheaper, one of the most important things we buy -- education -- has remained completely stagnant, unchanged since we started measuring it in 1970.</p>
  • Herman Cain to Piers Morgan: I’m anti-abortion yet pro-choice (Watch Video)

    10/20/2011 10:01:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/20/2011 | Tina Korbe
    Maybe Herman Cain is trying too hard to be likable. He doesn’t need to enter attack mode or anything, but it would help if he didn’t pander to lefty media hosts, either. I have to assume that’s what this is — unless Cain really doesn’t think it’s the government’s business to ban abortion?Last night, Cain told Piers Morgan that “life begins at conception” and said he opposes abortion “in all cases.” But when Morgan pressed him with typical questions about whether Cain would want his daughter or granddaughter to have a child conceived by rape or incest, Cain dodged. First,...
  • NOM’s Brown laughed at on ‘Stossel Show’ for argument against marriage equality

    08/22/2011 10:21:04 AM PDT · by HerbieHoover · 210 replies · 1+ views
    American Independent ^ | 8/19/11 | Sofia Resnick
    On Thursday night's "Stossel Show," which airs on the Fox Business channel, Brian Brown was unable to convince host John Stossel or his libertarian guest (and nationally syndicated columnist) David Harsanyi that civil marriage for gays and lesbians harms, or even changes, marriage between heterosexual couples. In fact, Harsanyi's suggestion that the marriage debate could be solved if the U.S. decided either to privatize all schools or all marriage contracts was treated as a more legitimate idea by Stossel and Stossel's audience.... "It is a mistake to allow government to define what marriage should be -- gay or not," Harsanyi...
  • Government Against Blacks

    06/01/2011 5:02:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | June 1, 2011 | John Stossel
    The other day, I went to Times Square to ask people what government should do to help poor people. Most everyone agreed on the answer: "more social programs and a higher minimum wage." It's intuitive to think that way. I used to think that, too. When President Johnson declared a "war on poverty," he said "compassionate government" was the road to prosperity for poor people. That made sense to me. At Princeton, I was taught that government's central planners had the solution to poverty. But then I watched them work. Government spent trillions of dollars on poverty programs, and the...
  • Philly Police Harass, Threaten to Shoot Man Legally Carrying Gun

    05/17/2011 3:30:16 PM PDT · by Moozle · 21 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 71 May 2011 | John Stossel
    A story in today's Philadelphia Daily News shows why it's so important that citizens be allowed to videotape cops - it can be citizens' only way to fight back against police abuse of power. This incident happened several weeks ago in Philadelphia to Mark Fiorino, a 25-year-old IT worker who carries a gun on his hip at all times for self defense. He got the gun after several friends were mugged. But he didn't count on attacks by police: On a mild February afternoon, Fiorino, 25, decided to walk to an AutoZone on Frankford Avenue in Northeast Philly with the...
  • Where Did All the Anti-War Protestors Go?

    04/26/2011 12:09:20 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 17 replies
    Fox Business ^ | John Stossel | John Stossel
    he anti-war movement was all over the news before President Obama was elected. But apparently they weren’t really anti-war ... they were just anti-President Bush. Two college professors just released a study of national protests between 2007 and 2009. What did they find? … After January 2007, the attendance at antiwar rallies [measured in] roughly the tens of thousands, or thousands, through the end of 2008. … After the election of Barack Obama as president, the order of magnitude of antiwar protests dropped [...] Organizers were hard pressed to stage a rally with participation in the thousands, or even in...
  • Freeloaders by John Stossel

    03/26/2011 10:12:07 AM PDT · by eccentric · 43 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 25, 2011 | John Stossel
    Is America becoming a nation of freeloaders? It’s said that Panhandlers in America can make more than minimum wage. John Stossel tried it in Manhattan, and sure enough, I made over $11 in one hour—that would be $23,000 a year—tax free! It’s a small example of why some said that the USA is turning into a nation of freeloaders. The Manhattan Institute’s Heather Macdonald says that beggars she’s encountered “have the most deep-seated sense of entitlement that I’ve ever come across.” From those defaulting on their home mortgages, to those who see lawsuits as a lottery ticket, many Americans live...
  • Corporate Welfare

    03/23/2011 4:19:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | March 23, 2011 | John Stossel
    In America today, the biggest recipients of handouts are not poor people. They're corporations. General Electric CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt is super-close to President Obama. The president named Immelt chairman of his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Before that, Immelt was on Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. He's a regular companion when Obama travels abroad to hawk American exports. (Why does business need government to do that?) "Jeff Immelt is perhaps the CEO who is most cozy with President Obama," says journalist Tim Carney. "General Electric is structuring their business around where government is going ... high-speed rail, solar, wind....
  • Why Do Some Conservatives Still Assume Obama and the Left Are Acting in Good Faith?

    03/16/2011 2:54:18 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 27 replies
    Why is it so difficult for some conservatives to accept the idea that the left is hellbent on destroying America as we know it? It’s not like it’s a far-out conspiracy theory. It’s a well documented ongoing process. These people have been at it for decades. The Cloward-Piven Strategy, which is one piece of the subversive puzzle, is real. We’ve proven it here at NewsReal and I’ve proven it in my upcoming book Subversion Inc. Since the culturally catastrophic 1960s elements within the left have been more or less open about their movement’s desire to overthrow the American system of...
  • No Kidding: John Stossel Uses An Alpaca To Highlight Tax Code Problems (Video)

    01/19/2011 3:51:51 PM PST · by careyb · 5 replies
    The Hope For America ^ | 1/19/11 | John Stossel
    Talking to Megyn Kelly.
  • Buy a Home, No Money Down!

    12/19/2010 8:32:46 PM PST · by logician2u · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Fox Business ^ | 12/19/10 | John Stossel
    My new special – Politicians’ Top 10 Promises Gone Wrong – airs again tonight. One of their failed promises is that if government fosters home ownership, that will benefit most everyone. President Clinton even claimed: “Our homeownership strategy will not cost the taxpayers one extra cent.” Bush was on board: “We want more people owning their own home. It is in our national interest.” Most politicians agreed. But those conceits, like so many others, went horribly wrong. When the housing bubble popped and millions lost their homes many blamed greedy bankers. Senator Bernie Sanders complained that: “Outrageous greed, recklessness and...
  • Politicians' Top 10 Promises Gone Wrong'

    12/17/2010 1:43:18 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 5 replies · 6+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 16, 2010 | Greta VanSusteren
    FBN's John Stossel dissects lawmakers' false promises in new special
  • Why Do the Poor Stay Poor?

    12/08/2010 4:19:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 74 replies ^ | December 8, 2010 | John Stossel
    Of the 6 billion people on Earth, 2 billion try to survive on a few dollars a day. They don't build businesses, or if they do, they don't expand them. Unlike people in the United States, Europe and Asian countries like Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, etc., they don't lift themselves out of poverty. Why not? What's the difference between them and us? Hernando de Soto taught me that the biggest difference may be property rights. I first met de Soto maybe 15 years ago. It was at one of those lunches where people sit around wondering how to end...
  • I'm Politically Incorrect

    11/10/2010 2:39:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 2+ views ^ | November 10, 2010 | John Stossel
    This week, I held a bake sale -- a racist bake sale. I stood in midtown Manhattan shouting, "Cupcakes for sale." My price list read: Asians -- $1.50 Whites -- $1.00 Blacks/Latinos -- 50 cents People stared. One yelled, "What is funny to you about people who are less privileged?" A black woman said, angrily, "It's very offensive, very demeaning!" One black man accused me of poisoning the cupcakes. I understand why people got angry. What I did was hurtful to some. My bake sale mimicked what some conservative college students did at Bucknell University. The students wanted to satirize...
  • Video: John Stossel Holds 'Racist' Bake Sale To Rip Affirmative Action

    11/10/2010 7:49:01 AM PST · by careyb · 19 replies · 2+ views
    The Hope For America ^ | 11/09/10 | John Stossel
    And then talks to Bill O'Reilly about it.
  • JOHN STOSSEL: Unions Working With Politicians to Rip YOU Off

    10/22/2010 8:33:19 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 6 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 20, 2010 | John Stossel
    "I thought unions were great -- until at Chrysler, the union steward started screaming at me. Working at an unhurried pace, I'd exceeded 'production' for that job." That comment, left on my blog by a viewer who watched my show about unions, matches my experience. No one ordered me to slow down, but union rules and union culture at ABC and CBS slowed the work. Sometimes a camera crew took five minutes just to get out of the car. Now unions conspire with politicians to rip off taxpayers. Steve Melanga of the Manhattan Institute complains that politicians get union political...
  • Congress Can't Repeal Economics

    10/06/2010 9:41:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | October 6, 2010 | John Stossel
    It's raining! I don't like it! Why hasn't Congress passed the Good Weather Act and the Everybody Happy Act? Sound dumb? Why is it any dumber than a law called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which promised to cover more for less money? When Obamacare was debated, we free-market advocates insisted that no matter what the president promised, the laws of economics cannot be repealed. Our opponents in effect answered, "Yes, we can." Well, Obamacare has barely started taking effect, and the evidence is already rolling in. I hate to say we told them so, but ... we...
  • Taxing the Rich

    09/28/2010 10:53:11 PM PDT · by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate Inc ^ | September 29, 2010 | John Stossel
    Taxing the Rich By John Stossel Progressives want to raise taxes on individuals who make more than $200,000 a year because they say it's wrong for the rich to be "given" more money. Sunday's New York Times carries a cartoon showing Uncle Sam handing money to a fat cat. They just don't get it. As I've said before, a tax cut is not a handout. It simply means government steals less. What progressives want to do is take money from some -- by force -- and spend it on others. It sounds less noble when plainly stated.
  • 2010 – The Year Fox News Became Relevant

    09/27/2010 3:18:28 PM PDT · by Shout Bits · 5 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 09/27/2010 | Shout Bits
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    08/13/2010 6:53:50 AM PDT · by Silverfiddle · 13 replies
    Western Hero ^ | 13 August 2010 | silverfiddle
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