When politicians “create” jobs, they take money from the private sector, the only group that creates real jobs?
Author Archive | John Stossel
Common Core, like public school, public housing, the U.S. Postal Service, the Transportation Security Administration, etc., are all one-size-fits-all government monopolies. For consumers, this is not a good thing.
As long as government has the power to grant favors, cronies and their lobbyists will seek those favors out.
Most regulation is useless. It’s the need to maintain one’s reputation that does most to keep us safe.
President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday wasn’t what I wanted to hear. This is what the president should have said.
So let’s chill out about global warming. We don’t need more micromanagement from government. We need less.
Risky as this new currency may be, I still trust it more than I trust politicians.
“On, Wisconsin … run the ball clear down the field!” It’s time to amend the Wisconsin football song so we can cheer on the Badger State’s politicians as they move toward health-care socialism. The Wall Street Journal editorial-page editors are upset that Wisconsin’s state Senate passed “Healthy Wisconsin“, which will give health insurance to every […]
Michael Moore loves government. OK, he doesn’t love a government headed by George W. Bush, but he believes that once the Democrats are in charge, government will do a better job providing health care. In his new movie, “Sicko,” he praises government-controlled health care systems in Canada and Europe. He suggests that Americans pay more […]
I interviewed Michael Moore recently for an upcoming “20/20″ special on health care. It’s refreshing to interview a leftist who proudly admits he’s a leftist. He told me that government should provide “food care” as well as health care and that big government would work if only the right people were in charge. Moore added, […]
Last week, I bemoaned New York Times columnist David Brooks’s eagerness to have government impose force on others. He was promoting programs like “National Service.” Why are many conservatives so eager to wield force? Conservatives used to complain when so-called liberals did that. That same week I happened to interview filmmaker Michael Moore for “20/20.” […]
“Reviving the Hamilton Agenda.” That’s the headline the New York Times gave David Brooks’s recent column honoring Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father perhaps least interested in limiting political power. Unlike his rival Thomas Jefferson, Hamilton favored strong central government and weaker states. And he didn’t trust the free market. He was an old-fashioned mercantilist — […]
Dropping out of college didn’t stop Bill Gates from making tons of money, but it kept him from classes where he might have learned about the beauty of spontaneous market processes. Never mind. I forgot that he attended Harvard. He might not have learned about markets after all. Gates spoke at Harvard recently, urging graduating […]
Some people hate me because I defend free markets. Once someone accosted me on a New York City street and said, “I hope you die soon.” Why the hostility to commerce? What could be more benign than the freedom to trade with whomever you wish? I suspect ignorance about economics leads many to believe that […]
The federal government keeps growing, as I pointed out last week, but the Bush administration has cut tax rates a few times since 2001. How can that be? The answer is simple: deficit spending. Some Republicans argue that deficits don’t matter; that if you cut taxes, everything else takes care of itself. But that’s a […]
Bill Clinton once declared, “The era of big government is over.” Both Republicans and Democrats applauded. What a joke. Government grew under Clinton, and grew even faster under his successor. Government is so big today that more than half the population gets a major part of its income from the state. So says a study […]
Last Sunday was marked by an orgy of celebrations of Earth Day, the worldwide annual event intended to “to spark a revolution against environmental abuse.” Even the Bush administration had an Earth Day website, which stated, “Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet”. Watching the media coverage, you’d […]
Why do we let politicians name buildings after each other? I understand building monuments to honor leaders like Washington and Jefferson. But monuments to current members of Congress? Haven’t we lowered the bar too far? Today all a congressman has to do to get his name slapped on a building is bring home enough pork. […]
Spring is here, but you may have been too busy filling out tax forms to enjoy it. The unpaid job of gathering W-2 and 1099s, sorting through receipts, and tabulating deductions, credits, and exemptions takes a lot of time. Americans spent 6.4 billion hours complying with the tax code in 2005 — a chunk of […]
For the past two weeks I’ve written about how the media — part of the Fear Industrial Complex — profit by scaring us to death about things that rarely happen, like terrorism, child abductions, and shark attacks. We do it because we get caught up in the excitement of the story. And for ratings. Worse, […]