For Trump: What Might Have Been

January 19th, 2021 4:30 PM

“For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been’.” — John Greenleaf Whittier. There are many things beyond human control, among them, when and where you were born and who your parents are. As President Trump leaves office, he will have time, but perhaps not much time given that his enemies seek to destroy his businesses and his chance for running again for any…

Stossel Column: Teachers Unions Fail Science

January 14th, 2021 6:44 PM

Is your child's school open now? Probably not -- because teachers unions say that reopening would "put their health and safety at risk." They keep schools closed by lobbying and protesting. "If I die from catching COVID-19 from being forced back into Pinellas County Schools, you can drop my dead body right here!" shouts one demonstrator in my new video. But schools rarely spread COVID-19…

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GUSH: CBS Cheers ‘Pioneer’ Jill Biden as ‘So Much Closer to Our Lives’

January 13th, 2021 12:43 PM

Get ready for a stark transition as journalists in the media stop speaking truth to power and turn into stenographers for the incoming Democratic administration. On Wednesday’s CBS This Morning, the show’s hosts and reporters hailed the “pioneer” Jill Biden as a First Lady who is “so much closer to our lives.” 

Free Speech Is Being Tested Again

January 12th, 2021 4:27 PM

Twitter and Facebook have permanently banned President Trump from their social platforms. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell have also been permanently banned as Twitter announced a purge of “accounts dedicated to sharing content related to the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory.”

Cal Thomas Column: The Conservative’s Bad Bargain

January 8th, 2021 12:08 AM

The mob violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was deplorable and disgusting. It is the antithesis of a free society that wishes to remain free. Any supporter of President Trump and his policies must denounce this horror with even more vehemence than they denounced the riots of last summer, but the two are not equivalent. 

How Bureaucracy Killed Hundreds of Thousands of Americans

January 7th, 2021 3:33 PM

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the media have spilled barrels of ink over mistakes by the federal government. We've heard endlessly about the failure to quickly ramp up testing, the confusion over mask-wearing and the debates over proper lockdown policy. But when the history of this time is written, the fundamental mistake made by the United States government won't be rhetorical…

Stossel Column: 2020’s Good News

December 30th, 2020 12:50 PM

Was 2020 the worst year ever? The media keep saying that. We did have the pandemic, a bitter election, unemployment, riots and a soaring national debt. But wait, look at the good news, says historian Johan Norberg. His new book, "Open: The Story of Human Progress," points out how life keeps getting better, even if people just don't realize it. 2020 was "the best year in human history to…

Biden’s Climate Change Litmus Test

December 29th, 2020 12:06 PM

From the looks of President-elect Joe Biden's selections for cabinet positions and other high offices it seems belief in "climate change" has become a litmus test. Biden appears to have raised climate change to the level of a religious doctrine.

The Perversion of Science

December 23rd, 2020 11:36 AM

America's scientists are essentially miracle workers. Within mere months, they have developed highly effective vaccines for COVID-19. By year's end, millions of Americans will have received their first doses. We should begin to see death rates from COVID drop precipitously in the coming weeks as more and more Americans gain immunity from the virus. Yet never has there been a larger gap between…

Hunting for Hunter Biden

December 17th, 2020 3:14 PM

It isn't that the alleged exploits, profits, and questionable business deals involving Hunter Biden and his father, Joe Biden, were not known for most of this election year. Much of mainstream media either ignored it or put it down as right-wing extremism. Until now. We've recently learned that the U.S. Attorney's Office in Delaware is investigating Hunter Biden's tax affairs, and has been…

Don’t Let COVID-19 Lockdowns Become a Permanent Power Grab

December 10th, 2020 12:30 AM

This week, as Los Angeles County announced it would lock down all outdoor dining, a video went viral. That video featured restaurant owner Angela Marsden, proprietor of the Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill, decrying the lockdown policy while pointing to the erection of production catering set up for a Hollywood shoot just a few feet away. "Everything I own is being taken away from me, and they…

John Stossel Column: Investment Con

December 9th, 2020 11:16 PM

Want to make money and help the world, too? Wall Street says you can! If you invest in "socially responsible" funds, say big investment funds like BlackRock, Parnassus, TIAA-CREF, etc., then they'll do good things for the world, and your retirement funds will grow. These funds obsess about what they call Environmental, Social and Governance factors. For example, Parnassus says it picks…

Costs Must Be Weighed Against Benefits

December 9th, 2020 6:03 PM

One of the first lessons in an economics class is every action has a cost. That is in stark contrast to lessons in the political arena where politicians virtually ignore cost and talk about benefits and free stuff. If we look only at the benefits of an action, policy, or program, then we will do anything because there is a benefit to any action, policy, or program. Think about one simple…

Trump Is Still Winning on the Economy

December 8th, 2020 10:14 PM

Some people can't handle success. The latest jobs report shows that despite the pandemic President Trump's policies of lower taxes and reducing regulations continue to work. Raising taxes and imposing regulations, as Joe Biden has pledged to do, has historically had the opposite effect, but there are people who continue to deny the history, believe lies, and appear ignorant of sound economic…