John Stossel from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:44:43 -0700 John Stossel from Creators Syndicate 49643c673ab407380f0478c33e45a293 Libertarian Town Hall for 08/24/2016 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Vote for Donald Trump? No! Hillary Clinton? No! </p> <p>They are not trustworthy. They push bad ideas. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 24, 2016</p> cc33a1c7128ed9f3589f9f1869bb7da6 Vice Presidential Prospects for 08/17/2016 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>We've heard nonstop criticism of both the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates &#8212; for good reasons. So are their running mates any better? </p> <p>Yes. </p> <p>Trump's vice presidential pick, Mike Pence, has some good points. He supported a guest worker program. He opposed reckless spending, including Republican bills, like No Child Left Behind, George W. Bush's Medicare expansion and the Wall Street bailout. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 17, 2016</p> 9169d2a7b5451c671f34cdd2c7532f4a Lies Politicians Tell for 08/10/2016 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I don't want Hillary Clinton to be president. She's a liar. </p> <p>But I can't vote for Donald Trump. He lies almost as often. </p> <p>Trump denies he ever said things, claiming he never used terms like "fat pig" to describe women, that he never was open to using nuclear weapons against ISIS, that he never mocked Jon Stewart for changing his name. Smears big and small &#8212; Trump just denies he said them. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 10, 2016</p> ec40c7eed932984d78e3af3352a3629f Beyond Two Evils for 08/03/2016 Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Many people dislike both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton &#8212; for good reason: Both are power-hungry threats to democracy and rule of law. </p> <p>But what can we do? What's the alternative? </p> <p>Fortunately, one political party wants government to have a little <i> less </i> power. Former governors Gary Johnson and William Weld, the Libertarian Party's presidential and vice presidential nominee, don't have to be smarter or more moral than Clinton and Trump (though they are) because they want to <i> reduce </i> the power that government has over your life. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 03, 2016</p> 537a6bf2e6a0460cafcf2527b3c5578c Clinton Cash for 07/27/2016 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>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. </p> <p>The just released documentary "Clinton Cash," based on a book by Peter Schweizer, explains how they make big money by selling access to themselves. </p> <p>In a conversation, Schweizer told me how the Clintons use "speaking fees" to get around bribery laws. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 27, 2016</p> 5c15a5216334275469b8b6985f791687 Ignoring Politicians for 07/20/2016 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>My Fox colleagues are in Cleveland, diligently interviewing Republicans. Next week, they'll interview Democrats. I'm glad <i> they </i> do it &#8212; because I despise most politicians. </p> <p>There are exceptions, of course, but after years of reporting, I've concluded that most politicians have little to say that's interesting, and many are craven opportunists, desperate to rule over others. </p> <p>A few stand out, like former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Like many politicians, he's never held a real job. He's run for office or worked for politicians all his life. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 20, 2016</p> 82dd42d0d3bcef0e0d5b604c7766a4e4 Cops, Blacks and Crime for 07/13/2016 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Claims about racist cops from groups like Black Lives Matter lead more people to fear and hate the police. </p> <p>That's bad news for cops. It's also bad for black people who live in crime-ridden neighborhoods, says Heather Mac Donald, author of "The War on Cops." </p> <p>She points out that activist policing is what people in those neighborhoods need and want, because they are much <i> less </i> safe if fearful cops (or cops who just want to avoid a hateful experience &#8212; like being screamed at and called racist) stay in the car instead of questioning the young men hanging out on the corner. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 13, 2016</p> 0e075b4faaed109b0d913de796651ecb Libertarianism for Beginners for 07/06/2016 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It took me years to figure out that markets work better than government. </p> <p>I started out as a typical Ralph Nader-influenced consumer reporter, convinced that companies constantly rip us off. To me and most of my fellow left-leaning reporters, the answer was always: more regulation. </p> <p>Gradually, I figured out that regulation causes many more problems than the occasional rip-off artist does. Companies that served customers well prospered, while market competition meant cheaters seldom got away with cheating for long. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 06, 2016</p> f6c76ea66ae9c9af4011e225689fa274 Convicted and Unemployed for 06/29/2016 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Just got out of jail? Odds are that within five years, you'll get caught doing something illegal and go back to jail. </p> <p>This is bad for ex-cons, their victims, their families and America. </p> <p>Some of these people, of course, are career criminals who ought to stay in jail. But most are people who deserve another chance. They are more likely to stay straight if they find work. Work gives people purpose. It fills the idle hours that get many people into trouble. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 29, 2016</p> 4cb26cabe09792bc076916f0720ca8c9 Warning: Labels for 06/22/2016 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>When you use a coffeepot, do you need a warning label to tell you: "Do not hold over people"? </p> <p>Must a bicycle bell be sold with the warning: "Should be installed and serviced by a professional mechanic"? Of course not. Yet that bell also carries the warning: "Failure to heed any of these warnings may result in serious injury or death." </p> <p>This is nuts. It's a <i> bell </i>. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 22, 2016</p> 448393d449c9f1666ad827bbea18ce09 My Lunch with Hillary for 06/15/2016 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I had lunch with Hillary Clinton. </p> <p>Really. </p> <p>I was on vacation on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, at a hotel that's a mixture of villas-for-rent that stand right next to big houses owned by rich Americans. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 15, 2016</p> 1cf4529de3c852cf03ec951c0b53280e Not Trump or Clinton for 06/08/2016 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Finally! Voters have another choice. The Libertarian Party nominated two socially tolerant but fiscally conservative former governors, Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. </p> <p>Weld? Isn't the former Massachusetts governor just another Republican? </p> <p>He didn't act like one when he and Johnson sat for an interview. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 09, 2016</p> 729a2085aa4fa7ac73a1781d25fcbab9 Taught Not to Try for 06/01/2016 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The first step in inventing something shouldn't be waiting for government approval. What would ever get done?</p> <p>"Regulators like to see new types of law and regulation imposed upon the internet and emerging technologies," warns Adam Thierer, author of "Permissionless Innovation."</p> <p>"From drones to driverless cars to the 'internet of things' ... they want to put the genie back in the bottle of all this wonderful innovation that's out there."<p>Updated: Wed Jun 01, 2016</p> 5e11decec63883ced914d547c995a623 Private Is Better for 05/25/2016 Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Our next president will almost certainly be Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. </p> <p>But I take heart knowing that America's founders imposed checks and balances, so there will be limits on what bad things the next president can do. </p> <p>Most of what government does is expensive and useless, no matter who is president. Or governor. Or mayor. <p>Updated: Wed May 25, 2016</p> 1022303c0fa6ac1464600b1e8fad1b23 Nasty Politics for 05/18/2016 Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This presidential election is like no other. </p> <p>Most election years around this time, I do a TV show on nasty political commercials. Pundits explain which ads worked, which didn't, and who won because he raised more money and spent more on negative ads. </p> <p>Among Republicans this year, says Ad Age, Jeb Bush's campaign and supporters spent the most, $80 million, followed by Marco Rubio's at $70 million. It didn't seem to help. <p>Updated: Wed May 18, 2016</p> ab76583d9ef8f960befc8a8cbd6f1545 Free-Market Medicine for 05/11/2016 Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>President Obama's proudest accomplishment is increasing the number of Americans with health insurance. A better idea would be to help people escape government care altogether. </p> <p>As I wrote after my recent surgery, hospital bureaucracy is toxic for patients. Unfortunately, calls for reform usually come from people who want more of the same &#8212; more health insurance coverage, more Medicaid, more layers of government oversight. </p> <p>Our likely next president will push for more government-run health care. <p>Updated: Wed May 11, 2016</p> 432e1eca01ce7d5acc3477ba2d2bcbf3 Money Down a Hole for 05/04/2016 Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Republican and Democratic presidential nominees have been chosen. Ignore the deluded supporters of Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz. It's over. The odds at make it clear: It will be Donald vs. Hillary. </p> <p>A closer contest would be: Who will bankrupt America first, Trump or Clinton? </p> <p>Trump's a contender because he promises a trade war. That's what gave us the Great Depression. Trump claims that China is "raping" America. No, Donald, rape is <i> force </i>. Your proposed tariffs are also force. Trade is <i> voluntary </i> and good. Big difference. <p>Updated: Wed May 04, 2016</p> a68af63859af253903d758699756efd3 Hospital II for 04/27/2016 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Last week's column on my lung surgery struck a nerve. Many of you wished me well. Others said I deserve to die. </p> <p>"He likes free markets?" sneered one Internet commenter. "In a truly free market, society wouldn't subsidize the cost of his smoking. In a truly free market, he'd be dead." </p> <p>No, I wouldn't be dead. In a real free market, I would pay for my own care and that care would be cheaper and better because that's what market competition <i> does </i>. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 27, 2016</p> b81d838c92e0cbe1056639d76968e821 Hospital for 04/20/2016 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I write this from the hospital. Seems I have lung cancer.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 out their email address. Patients can't communicate using modern technology.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 20, 2016</p> aaef9c0c737f64af5b44cb17da3d7c93 Another Libertarian Moment? for 04/13/2016 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Libertarian Party might get more votes this year. </p> <p>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. </p> <p>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. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 13, 2016</p>