John Stossel from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:08:35 -0800 John Stossel from Creators Syndicate b3394d4d2e9ec8849b764df3d1f12319 A Strong Leader for 12/07/2016 Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President-elect Donald Trump's first decisions were exciting. His new team seems to include good people like Betsy DeVos, Andy Puzder and Paul Atkins.</p> <p>It's refreshing to watch Trump mock the media and political correctness. How dreary the world would be today if we faced four more years of condescension from Hillary Clinton and her apparatchiks.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 07, 2016</p> e90f19aeca382d0f9b0be8b4e9fe93b4 Drain the Swamp! for 11/29/2016 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President-elect Trump says he's uniquely qualified to "drain the swamp" in Washington, D.C. He can do it, he said at one debate, because as a businessman, he understands American cronyism. "With Hillary Clinton, I said, 'Be at my wedding,' and she came to my wedding. You know why? She had no choice because I gave." </p> <p>He said that's why he gives money to politicians from both parties. "When they call, I give. And when I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them. They are there for me!" <p>Updated: Tue Nov 29, 2016</p> 2ec55f7aafffcec83a3cc1f3de6a18d6 Thanksgiving Tragedy for 11/23/2016 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Tomorrow, as you celebrate the meal the Pilgrims ate with Indians, pause a moment to thank private property. </p> <p>I know that seems weird, but before that first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims nearly starved to death because they didn't respect private property. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 23, 2016</p> 9fab699778515e57db05c17dd8b92e30 Stossel the Fool for 11/16/2016 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I was so dumb last week. </p> <p>I wrote my column Tuesday &#8212; before election results were in. I assumed Hillary Clinton would be president-elect. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 16, 2016</p> 41002f2b47a669dd783628f1e0a74cf9 It's Over for 11/09/2016 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Oh, no! <i> President </i> Hillary Clinton! For four years we must follow her bureaucrats' edicts. </p> <p>It's full employment time for trickster lawyers and other parasites who feed off complex government. Even The New York Times admits her taxes will make life more complicated. Useful people who actually produce things must kiss more bureaucrats' rings begging for their approval. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 09, 2016</p> dd0a8ceaa483144b02f8021190c8924b The Rest of Your Ballot for 11/02/2016 Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The presidency isn't the only choice next week. There are more issues than "Who's worse, Trump or Clinton?" </p> <p>Other important things are on the ballot. </p> <p>Congressional elections may determine whether Obamacare lives or dies. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 02, 2016</p> acafa8c36c8586fd653247640b3e4887 The Ruling Class for 10/26/2016 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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. </p> <p>OK, so they don't call us "peasants" anymore. Now we are "deplorables" &#8212; conservatives or libertarians. Or Trump supporters. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 26, 2016</p> 4d452bb43129129f32960ae58f8511aa A Better Choice for 10/19/2016 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Hillary Clinton is a manipulative, power-mad liar. </p> <p>Donald Trump is a selfish, sexist, narcissistic bully. </p> <p>These are our choices Nov. 8? <p>Updated: Wed Oct 19, 2016</p> 239822b970876f756f20911371d63542 What Candidates Won't Say for 10/12/2016 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Catch politicians in private moments and you might hear what they really believe: Donald Trump "can do anything" to women because he's powerful. Hillary Clinton's "private" positions aren't the same as her "public" ones. </p> <p>In public, politicians mostly get away with spouting talking points and clamming up about questions that really matter. </p> <p>When Clinton was asked if she agrees with Trump's approach to terrorism and immigration, she confidently replied, "This is a serious challenge. We are well equipped to meet it. And we can do so in keeping with smart law enforcement, good intelligence and in concert with our values." <p>Updated: Wed Oct 12, 2016</p> 775428a6dfdd3e1eaa96bcd5714f7d74 Admiring Foreign Leaders for 10/05/2016 Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Asked on a TV show to name a foreign leader he admires, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson choked. He couldn't produce a name. He said he had "a brain freeze." The media pounced. </p> <p>"Unable to name a foreign leader," sneered NPR. "Cannot name one," echoed USA Today. </p> <p>But that's just unfair. Johnson wasn't asked to name a foreign leader. MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked him to name one he <i> admires </i>. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 05, 2016</p> 796ee9954471c7b54991aa34bd3137b0 The Debate I Heard for 09/28/2016 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Something's wrong with me. </p> <p>I watched Monday's presidential debate. But what I heard was different from what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seemed to say. </p> <p>When Clinton said, "I want us to invest in you," what I heard was, "I will spend your money better than you will." Also, I heard, "I will spend <i> lots </i> of your money!" <p>Updated: Wed Sep 28, 2016</p> 3142324b0d29f1db42c25cb8c597ab89 Supreme Court Picks for 09/21/2016 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Hillary Clinton and her fellow progressives shout things like "Health care is a right!" They've also said that education, decent housing and child care are "rights." </p> <p>The U.N. goes further. Its bureaucrats declared that every person has a "right" to rest and leisure, food, clothing, housing, "necessary" social services, free education, periodic holidays with pay and protection from unemployment. <p>Updated: Wed Sep 21, 2016</p> 2e8852765c69a3aac8a79c8a50a40258 Sausage Party Politics for 09/14/2016 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Seth Rogen, co-writer, co-producer and co-star of the animated comedy "Sausage Party," is unhappy with me &#8212; for defending him. </p> <p>His movie was attacked by some online commentators for using ethnic and sexual stereotypes, as cartoons often do. What was remarkable is how incensed some people get over a cartoon, even one about talking food. </p> <p>A reviewer for a site called Autostraddle at first praised the movie, including its depiction of a talking lesbian taco voiced by Salma Hayek. <p>Updated: Wed Sep 14, 2016</p> b08d9f98784d2aa904599fe4e5d503e4 Free Speech for 09/07/2016 Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Donald Trump tells reporters, "We're going to have people sue you like you never got sued before." </p> <p>Hillary Clinton doesn't like her opponents funding documentaries that criticize her, so she demands Congress overturn the Supreme Court decision that allows it. </p> <p>The world is full of people who want their enemies to shut up. Some college students get so upset seeing "Trump 2016" chalked on sidewalks that they call the police, demanding the chalkers be punished and their words erased. <p>Updated: Wed Sep 07, 2016</p> a789c46d84e1dfa20d2d96c3b6cfcb0e Neither Dictator nor King for 08/31/2016 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It was refreshing to moderate a "town hall" with the Libertarian presidential and vice presidential candidates last week because Govs. Gary Johnson and William Weld respect limits on presidential power. </p> <p>Sunday, when Fox's Chris Wallace challenged Johnson's plan to replace the IRS with a consumption tax, Johnson pointed out that he's "not getting elected dictator or king." <p>Updated: Wed Aug 31, 2016</p> 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>