Category Archives: John Stossel

September 30, 2015

Welfare State: The Cult of Victims by John Stossel

John Stossel diagnoses ‘government-handout-omatic pain’ among too many Americans.

The world has enough real problems without declaring everyone a “victim.”

Bill Clinton says Hillary is a victim of a right-wing conspiracy.

Lindsay Lohan, when jailed for driving drunk and breaking parole, says she’s a victim of cruel and unusual punishment.

Michael Sam says his NFL career would have gone better had he not come out as gay.

A Philadelphia dentist caught groping his patients’ breasts said he is a victim of frotteurism, a disease that compels you to fondle breasts. Really.

People benefit by playing the victim.

Activists look for people they can declare victims, to bring attention to their causes.

The New York Times once called the Super Bowl the “Abuse Bowl,” claiming that during the game many more women are abused than usual because their men get crazed watching violence. CBS called Super Bowl Sunday a “day of dread.” The Boston Globe claimed a study showed calls to anti-violence emergency lines go up 40 percent during the game.

Then Ken Ringle of the Washington Post tried to trace those claims.

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May 27, 2015

Don’t go to college! by John Stossel

John Stossel doesn’t want taxpayers funding luxury gyms, day spas.

It’s graduation time! Have we learned much? No.

College has become a scam.

Some students benefit: those with full scholarships and/or rich parents so they don’t go deep into debt, those who love learning for its own sake and land jobs in academia and those who get jobs that require a college credential.

But that’s not most students.

Half of today’s recent grads work in jobs that don’t require degrees. Eighty thousand of America’s bartenders have bachelor’s degrees.

Politicians such as Hillary Clinton promote college by claiming that over a lifetime, college graduates “earn $1 million more.” That statistic is true but utterly misleading. People who go to college are different. They’re more likely to have been raised by two parents. They did better in high school. They’d make more money even if they never went go to college.

Economist Bryan Caplan argues that there isn’t much evidence that college grads are paid more because they learned anything at college that is valuable to their jobs.

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February 18, 2015

Stossel Sets ‘Clueless Celebrities’ Straight on Thinking Che Guevara is ‘Cool’ (Video)

“Guevara, in the name of Communism, killed lots of people.”

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John Stossel explained on Fox Business exactly why honoring Che Guevara by wearing his image on clothing is not as “cool” as many “clueless celebrities” and other clueless members of society would have us believe.

He started the segment with two quotes from the communist leader, one from 1959, the other, 1962:

We must eliminate all newspapers; we cannot make a revolution with free press.

We executed many people by firing squad without knowing if they were fully guilty. At times, the Revolution cannot stop to conduct much investigation.

Stossel’s guest was Michael Moynihan, who recently wrote an article on Guevara for The Daily Beast. Moynihan offered several other reasons why Guevara is not very cool and suggested people think twice before jumping on the “Che” shirt bandwagon:

He outlawed labor unions and set up labor camps and penal colonies in Cuba
He executed counter-revolutionaries
He banned music that was considered capitalist and decadent, like The Beatles
He required Cuba to remain poor

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October 15, 2014

Crumbling Constitution by John Stossel

How effective is the Constitution if the Supreme Court itself is willing to help the President and Congress weasel their way around the constraints on federal power that the document was intended to impose?

Does the Constitution still matter?

When it was written, Ben Franklin said the Founders gave us a republic, “if you can keep it.” Few people thought the republic would last another 227 years, but it has. The Constitution’s limits on government power helped create the most free and prosperous country on earth.

But now, some Americans, right and left, give up on the Constitution whenever it gets in the way of policies they like. Some on the right defend anti-obscenity laws or want more mingling of church and state, while those on the left want endless economic regulation.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) asked President Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Elena Kagan, “If I wanted to sponsor a bill and it said, Americans, you have to eat three vegetables and three fruits every day, does that violate the Commerce Clause?” Amazingly, Kagan wouldn’t say, “Yes, of course!”

She dodged the question.

Once on the Court, Kagan was part of the 5-4 majority who concluded the government can force us to buy something much more expensive than fruit and veggies: Obamacare can force us to buy health insurance.

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April 13, 2014

Stossel: Are Republicans Waging A War Against Women, Or Is It Really The Democrats? (Video)

Heather Higgins (Independent Women Voice President), Jehmu Greene (FMR Director Of Women’s Outreach at DNC) Amy Holmes (TheBlaze.com), and John Stossel discuss whether of not Republicans are waging a war on women.

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March 13, 2014

A conservative ‘war on women’? That’s just silly by John Stossel

Liberal social engineers may dream of a society where genders are exactly equal, but that’s nonsense. Men and women are different. We should celebrate that difference instead of claiming that women are victims.

You’ve probably heard that Democratic Party leaders decided that a way to win votes this November is to shout loudly that Republicans wage “war on women.” Politico calls this a “proven, persuasive argument.”

Give me a break. The idea of a conservative “war on women” is as silly as the propaganda I was taught in college: Aside from sex organs, genders are exactly equal, said my leftist professors, and any admission of differences between men and women is oppressive.

I was taught that the only reason boys and girls behave differently is because we’re raised differently. If society and parents were to treat genders the same, behavior differences would vanish.

I believed it.

Then I had kids, and spent more time with kids, and learned what a fool I’d been.

Back in my ABC News days, I did a TV show about the differences. A typical mom said, “We gave them each trucks. She just wouldn’t play with trucks. We wouldn’t let him play with guns, so he pretended carrots were guns.”

There were exceptions, of course. But it turns out that there’s plenty of science documenting that men and women are just programmed differently.

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February 13, 2014

The Privileged People by John Stossel

Because of government’s favor-granting, Washington, D.C., is now the place where the well-connected go to get rich. For the first time in history, six of the richest counties in the U.S. surround D.C. When a small group of people gets to dispense $3.6 trillion and set rules that can help or kill your idea, you want to suck up to them.

Politicians say, “We’re all equal,” and pretend that they represent everyone. But, in fact, they constantly pick winners and losers. America is now like the place described in George Orwell’s book “Animal Farm”: “All animals are equal,” but some are “more equal than others.” “Animal Farm” was about Communism, but today the allegory applies to our bloated democracy, too.

During the “fiscal cliff” negotiations that Congress and the media made sound so tough — as if every last penny were pinched — Congress still managed to slip in plenty of special deals for cronies.

–NASCAR got $70 million for new racetracks.

–Algae growers got $60 million.

–Hollywood film producers got a $430 million tax break.

When America’s going broke, how do moviemakers get a special break? By lobbying for it. Movies are a sexy business, so 42 states offer film producers “incentives” to film there. (State legislatures are as shortsighted as Congress).

Michigan offered the juiciest handouts until the state ran out of taxpayers’ money. Now Ohio, Louisiana and Georgia (that’s why the latest “Hunger Games” movie was shot in Georgia) offer the biggest handouts. The mayor of Los Angeles recently declared a “state of emergency” — not over an earthquake or storm, but because so much moviemaking has left California for states with bigger subsidies.

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January 11, 2014

John Stossel: I Play One on TV (Video)

Stossel is joined by actor Kevin Sorbo and others to take a critical look at hypocrisy in Hollywood

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January 2, 2014

Video: John Stossel – Uncommon Wisdom

Interviewed by Peter Robinson (Uncommon Knowledge), Stossel explains how he came to his libertarian philosophy.


December 12, 2013

Hollywood celebrity hypocrites of 2013 by John Stossel

To fill the gap, Jason Mattera, author of “Hollywood Hypocrites,” confronts hypocritical celebrities. He and his cameraman located Harrison Ford after the actor had himself filmed getting his chest hair waxed. Ford said the pain of ripping out his chest hair should make us think about the pain the Earth feels when trees in a rainforest are cut down.

I’m annoyed that so many Hollywood celebrities hate the system that made them rich.

Actor/comedian Russell Brand told the BBC he wants “a socialist, egalitarian system based on the massive redistribution of wealth.”

Director George Lucas got rich not just from movies but also by selling Star Wars merchandise. Yet he says he believes in democracy but “not capitalist democracy.”

Actor Martin Sheen says, “That’s where the problem lies … It’s corporate America.” And so on. On my TV show, actor/author Kevin Sorbo pointed out that such sentiments make little sense coming from entertainers. “It’s a very entrepreneurial business. You have to work very hard to get lucky, mixed with any kind of talent to get a break in this business. I told Clooney, George, you’re worth $100 million — of course you can afford to be a socialist!”

It’s bad enough that celebrities trash the only economic system that makes poor people’s lives better. What’s worse is that many are hypocrites.

Celebrities who support big-government politicians routinely take advantage of tax breaks, which reduce the amount they contribute to that government.

It’s nice that Obama supporter Bon Jovi has a foundation that builds houses for poor people, but at tax time, the musician labels himself a “farmer.” He pays only $100 in state property tax. And his tax dodge gimmick: raising honeybees.

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