John Stossel from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:34:23 -0700 John Stossel from Creators Syndicate 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> 9c0ecf8e0f2d7816f6d2c3808f034c07 Freedom to Disagree for 04/06/2016 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Should a Jewish baker be <i> forced </i> to bake a cake for a Nazi wedding?" </p> <p>I asked that strange but important question during last week's debate between three Libertarian presidential candidates. You can see the second hour of that debate Friday, on my Fox Business Network TV show. </p> <p>If you're disappointed by Democrats' and Republicans' eagerness to limit your freedom, I urge you to check out the libertarians. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 06, 2016</p> 93d2cb72eb5f49e5861a9b3e0ee90551 A Better Choice for 03/30/2016 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Trump! Clinton! Is that all there is? No. Fortunately, we have other choices. </p> <p>A recent poll shows that if the election were held today, 11 percent of Americans would vote for a Libertarian, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. That's surprising, since last election Johnson got just 1 percent of the vote. </p> <p>This year, he's doing better, probably because Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton hold the highest percentage of "unfavorable" reactions from voters in more than 30 years. I assume the Libertarian total will go higher, since most poll respondents had <i> no </i> opinion about Johnson. They probably don't know who he is. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 30, 2016</p> 26b514cd0405553b0d4738d29d296e05 The Art of Trump for 03/23/2016 Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Hooray for Donald Trump! </p> <p>I can ice skate in Central Park because Trump got the skating rink fixed after New York City couldn't. </p> <p>Couldn't, you ask? Really? How is that possible? New York City government couldn't fix an ice rink? <p>Updated: Wed Mar 23, 2016</p> 197f108b5d4ad234e002bafd05bd7228 Political Promises for 03/16/2016 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Democrats trash businesses. But if businesses promised things the way politicians do, the owners would be jailed for fraud. It's not legal to promise more than you can deliver.</p> <p>I don't suggest that prosecutors should go after politicians who lie. Voters can do that. Political speech should be free.</p> <p>But politicians' promises are routinely repulsive. I'm thankful that most of their promises will be broken.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 16, 2016</p> 1e7dcdf4b029cba80d03190de660c36e Libertarian Lite for 03/09/2016 Wed, 09 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In this year's Republican presidential primaries, Sen. Rand Paul got little traction. In 2012, his father failed. That year, the Libertarian Party candidate, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, got just 1 percent of the vote.</p> <p>We libertarians must be doing something wrong. Maybe our anti-government message is too radical, says Jerry Taylor. Maybe we should soften our approach.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 09, 2016</p>