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COMMENTARY BY JOHN STOSSEL

  • Governing vs. Giving By John Stossel

    It's the season for giving.

    That doesn't mean it's the season for government.

    Government creates loyalty in the minds of citizens by pretending to be Santa Claus, doling out gifts and favors. Politicians claim they help those unfortunates who aren't helped by coldhearted capitalism.

  • Climate Catastrophe by John Stossel

    People argue about whether the "consensus" of scientists is that we face disaster because of global warming. Instead of debating whether man's greenhouse gasses will raise temperatures, we should argue about how we gauge disasters. 

    If you take most environmentalists and climate scientists at their word, the Earth heated up about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century, not much more than it heated up the century before that. Warming may increase, but no one can be certain of that.

  • Place Your Bets by John Stossel

    Want to bet on tomorrow's NFL game between Chicago and Dallas? I do.

    Newspapers and websites all over America tell their readers that Dallas is favored by three points. That's the "spread" posted by bookies. Millions will be bet on that game, and billions  will be bet on other games this weekend -- college football, NBA games, NHL matches, UFC events ...

  • Thanks, Property Rights! By John Stossel

    This Thanksgiving, I give thanks for something our forebears gave us: property rights.

    People associate property rights with greed and selfishness, but they are keys to our prosperity. Things go wrong when resources are held in common.

  • Control Freaks by John Stossel

    Control freaks want to run your life. They call themselves "public servants." But whether student council president, environmental bureaucrat or member of Congress, most believe they know how to run your life better than you do.

  • Democracy Delusions By John Stossel

    When the Berlin Wall came down 25 years ago this week, people in the Soviet Bloc gained something even more valuable than a right to vote: a free market. 

  • Incumbents Always Win By John Stossel

    I'm told that the public is "angry" at today's politicians. Eighty-two percent disapprove of the job Congress is doing. So will Tuesday's election bring a big shakeup? 
    No. Congressional reelection rates never drop below 85 percent. 

    The last big "wave" election was 1994, when Democrats lost control of both houses. The media called it a "revolution," and the late Peter Jennings from ABC likened Americans to 2-year-olds throwing a tantrum. 

  • Federal Persecutors by John Stossel

    A group of Washington overlords -- federal prosecutors -- sometimes break rules and wreck people's lives. 

  • Crumbling Constitution by John Stossel

    Does the Constitution still matter?

  • Poverty By John Stossel

    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared "War on Poverty." It sounded great to me. I was taught at Princeton, "We're a rich country. All we have to do is tax the rich, and then use that money to create programs that will lift the poor out of poverty." Government created job-training programs for the strong and expanded social security for the weak.

    It seemed to work. The poverty rate dropped from 17 percent to 12 percent in the programs' first decade. Unfortunately, few people noticed that during the half-decade before the "War," the rate dropped from 22 percent to 17 percent. Without big government, Americans were already lifting themselves out of poverty!