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The best catalyst to spur production is simple pursuit of profit

From the Right / John Stossel /

Congress passed and the president signed a $2 trillion "stimulus" bill.

"Not enough!" shrieked politicians. They said the government must do more.

They demanded President Donald Trump reactivate the Defense Production Act, a 1950 law that lets government force companies to make things.

Trump hesitated.

That upset lovers of big ...Read more

Red tape makes this pandemic worse

From the Right / John Stossel /

Coronavirus is frightening.

I'm working from home, practicing "social distancing." Experts say it'll help "flatten the curve" so fewer people will be infected simultaneously. Then hospitals won't be overwhelmed.

But the infection rate grows. Doctors and hospitals may yet be overwhelmed.

It didn't have to get to this point.

Coronavirus deaths...Read more

Government should dump anti-price gouging laws and let the free market help those in need

From the Right / John Stossel /

"We don't have any...!" Fill in the blank.

People are stocking up on things, fearing that we will be stuck in our homes, under quarantine, without essential supplies.

Some hoard toilet paper. A popular internet video features someone driving up to what appears to be a drug dealer but is really someone selling toilet paper.

When it became hard...Read more

California's classifiying freelancers as employees will backfire

From the Right / John Stossel /

Freelance jobs are "feudalism," says California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez.

She persuaded California's legislature to pass a new law reclassifying freelance workers as employees. That means many people who hire them must now give them benefits like overtime, unemployment insurance, etc. Politicians said it would help freelancers a lot.

Of ...Read more

Letting your kids roam around their neighborhood does not constitute neglect

From the Right / John Stossel /

South Carolina mom Debra Harrell worked at McDonald's. She couldn't afford day care for Regina, her 9-year-old daughter, so she took her to work.

But Regina was bored at McDonald's.

One day, she asked if she could just play in the neighborhood park instead. "I felt safe there," tells me in my new video, "because I was with my friends and their...Read more

Nanny Bloomberg has given enough orders for one lifetime

From the Right / John Stossel /

Good for Mike Bloomberg.

During his first debate, he slammed Bernie Sanders by saying: "We're not going to throw out capitalism. We tried that. Other countries tried that. It was called communism, and it just didn't work!"

Exactly right. It's safe to say Bloomberg is not a communist. I wonder if that means there's still room for him in the ...Read more

Sanders has never taken back the enthusiastic praise he gave to socialist regimes

From the Right / John Stossel /

Bernie Sanders leads the race for the Democratic nomination. He may become America's first self-described "democratic socialist" president. What does that mean?

Today, when Sanders talks about socialism, he says: "I'm not looking at Cuba. I'm looking at countries like Denmark and Sweden."

But Denmark and Sweden are not socialist. ...Read more

Let's get more of Trump's good and less of his bad and ugly

From the Right / John Stossel /

President Donald Trump "saved the United States," says former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.

He's one of the "smartest, most clever, and successful" presidents, says Fox's Jeanine Pirro.

No, he's "dumb and racist," says comedian Seth Meyers, and guilty of "rampant corruption," say commentators on MSNBC.

The man divides opinion like no one else ...Read more

Government should regularly repeal laws we no longer need

From the Right / John Stossel /

A law in South Carolina bans playing pinball if you're under 18. That's just one of America's many ridiculous laws restricting freedom.

"There is a role for the government in keeping people safe from actual criminals, people who commit murder, robbery," says Rafael Mangual, a "tough-on-crime" guy at the Manhattan Institute.

"But a lot of laws ...Read more

Whoever wins in Iowa, taxpayers lose

From the Right / John Stossel /

The Iowa Caucus, the real start of the 2020 presidential primaries, is next week. Who's favored to win? Sadly, as I write this, the smart money says it's the candidate who's promised Americans the most "free" stuff.

Six months ago, my staff and I tallied the candidates' promises. All wanted to give away trillions -- or more accurately, wanted ...Read more

Complaining leads to better capitalism.

From the Right / John Stossel /

Reporters complain about business. We overlook the constant improvements in our lives made possible by greedy businesses competing for your money. Think about how our access to entertainment has improved.

"When I was a kid," says Sean Malone in a new video for the Foundation for Economic Education, "my TV broadcast options were PBS, Fox, ABC, ...Read more

State licensing rules crush the little guy and limit competition

From the Right / John Stossel /

People who want to work should be allowed to work. That includes people who once went to jail.

With President Donald Trump's support, Congress spends your money giving ex-cons "employment assistance."

Why bother? State laws often make such employment impossible.

Courtney Haveman had an alcohol problem. When she was 19, she got a DUI. Then she...Read more

The people need to give Congress less power

From the Right / John Stossel /

Congressional hearings were created to educate lawmakers so they have knowledge before they pass bills or impeach a president.

Not today. Today, hardly any education happens.

During the President Trump impeachment "testimony," legislators tried to score points. At least five times, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., shut down criticism by shouting, "...Read more

 

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