Stossel Column: Better Than Charity

December 2nd, 2020 6:16 PM

Many of us will give money to charity this month. Americans give more than any other people in the world. Good for us. 56 years ago, because American charities hadn't ended poverty, politicians said they would end it. They declared a "war on poverty." That "war," so far, has cost $27 trillion. Some people were helped. But the handouts also had a bad effect.

Stossel Column: The Climate Hustle

November 19th, 2020 3:41 PM

I hear that climate change will destroy much of the world. "There will be irreversible damage to the planet!" warns a CNN anchor. Joe Biden says he'll spend $500 billion a year to fight what his website calls an "existential threat to life." Really? I'm a consumer reporter. Over the years, alarmed scientists have passionately warned me about many things that they thought were about to kill…

Stossel Column: Freeloader U

November 12th, 2020 8:30 PM

Yale University has fancy dining halls. They pay no property tax. Local restaurants struggle to compete, but their tax burden makes that hard. “We basically pay one-third of our rent in taxes!” complains Matt West, manager of Koon Thai Restaurant. “Yale is a money-making machine.” It is. Many colleges are. Yale has a $31 billion endowment. Harvard's is $40 billion. My alma mater, Princeton,…

Stossel Column: Don’t Freak Out!

October 29th, 2020 3:27 PM

Worried about Tuesday? Remember: The most important parts of life happen outside politics. Love, friendship, family, raising children, building businesses, worship, charity work -- that is the stuff of life! Politicians get in the way of those things. But despite the efforts of power-hungry Republicans and Democrats, life gets better. You may not believe that. Surveys show most people think…

John Stossel Column: A Tale of Two Camps

October 17th, 2020 11:22 PM

When COVID-19 hit, I quarantined in Eastern Massachusetts. Biking around the woods, I noticed something strange. There are two campgrounds near my house. One is full. Lots of people pitch tents or park trailers at a place called Maurice's. A short bike ride away is a much bigger campground that's almost entirely empty. Why? It's the topic of my new video. The empty campground is run…

1,563-Word NYT Venezuela Oil Crash Essay Didn’t Mention Socialism Once

Business
October 8th, 2020 4:47 PM

Leave it to The New York Times (The Times) to publish a 1,000-plus-word story on the failed state of Venezuela’s collapsing oil sector without saying anything about socialism.

Bad Policies Fuel Fires

September 25th, 2020 12:04 AM

"Mother Earth is angry!" says Nancy Pelosi in my newest video. "The debate is over around climate change!" says California Governor Gavin Newsom, smirking, strangely. They're eager to blame climate change for the wildfires in their state. I'm surprised they didn't say it causes COVID-19, too. Newsom, ridiculously, says wildfires are another reason to get more electric cars on the road. I…

Politicians on the Take?

September 17th, 2020 4:27 PM

Politicians shut down businesses because of COVID-19. But the rules don't apply to everyone. In San Francisco, gyms were forced to close, but government gyms stayed open. In my new video, we see a Dallas woman being jailed for keeping her salon open and a New Jersey man getting arrested after working out indoors. Ordinary people who break the rules get punished. But not House Speaker…

Stossel Column: China’s Dark Turn

September 11th, 2020 2:36 PM

"I'm more anti-China than you!" That's a new theme of this election. Joe Biden says, "We will never again be at the mercy of China!" Donald Trump replies, "China would own our country if Joe Biden got elected!" It's strange to hear competition, because just a few administrations ago, presidents were eager to celebrate China. "A future of greater trade and growth and human…

John Stossel: Big Spending Biden

August 21st, 2020 4:37 PM

Which presidential candidate will bankrupt America first, Donald Trump or Joe Biden? Last year, we compared the costs of the leading Democratic candidates' promises. At that time, Biden, to his credit, proposed the least new spending. Kamala Harris promised the most. She wanted to add $4.2 trillion to America's debt. Her lavish promises didn't win her supporters; she dropped out soon after.…

John Stossel Column: Anti-Racist Racists

August 13th, 2020 5:09 PM

Black Lives Matter protests led many people to want to do something useful to reduce racial injustice. Now racial justice groups are being flooded with money, and big companies have made multimillion-dollar donations. “Bad idea," says black radio host Larry Elder in my new video. “It is condescending ... and not helpful. I urge white people to chill. Stop helping us, because you're making…

The Left's Double Standard on Energy Policies

August 6th, 2020 8:58 PM

Was the power on in your house this morning? If so, thank fossil fuels! A few parts of America do get energy from other sources. Washington state has fast-flowing rivers that allow Washingtonians to get most of their electricity from hydroelectric power. Iowa now gets about 40% of its electricity from wind. But most of us get power from the much-hated fossil fuels, primarily natural gas…

The Private Space Race

July 29th, 2020 5:09 PM

This week, American astronauts will return to earth. Their trip to the space station was the first manned launch from the U.S. in 10 years. By NASA? No. Of course, not. This space flight happened because the government was not in charge. An Obama administration committee had concluded that launching such a vehicle would take 12 years and cost $36 billion. But this rocket was finished in…

Progressive Policies Wreck Everything

July 23rd, 2020 11:12 PM

I laughed when I saw The Washington Post headline: "Minneapolis had progressive policies, but its economy still left black families behind." The media are so clueless. Instead of "but," the headline should have said, "therefore," or "so, obviously." Of course, progressive policies failed! They almost always do. "If you wanted a poster child for the progressive movement, it would…