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End Covid Repression

Parts of America still demand that kids and vaccinated adults wear masks, even outdoors. Australia and China enforce even more tyrannical lockdowns. But now that vaccines protect most of us from serious Covid reactions, continuing such mandates is cruel. 

Denmark gets it, recently ending all Covid restrictions. The costs of restrictions now dramatically outweigh the benefits. “We, in the United States, should do the same,” economist Don Boudreaux says. “We reduced COVID, through vaccination, to a fairly mild ailment. We don’t have to continue to upend human life in our quest to eliminate COVID, which can’t happen anyway.” Here’s more with Boudreaux on the John Stossel channel.

Mandatory Minimums

America locks up more of its people than any other country on the planet. Why? Because of mandatory-minimum sentences.

Investigative reporter John Stossel says mandatory minimums encourage crooks to implicate others, thus lowering their own sentences. Do they actually work? Stossel says it’s likely that they do. Prosecutors love them because they’re afforded more power to plea bargain with suspects, but it ties the judges’ hands and results in needlessly harsh sentences. Stossel explains further.

Corporate Welfare

Politicians in Memphis gave Swedish furniture giant IKEA tax breaks to come to the city and create jobs. IKEA created fewer jobs than promised and drove existing small furniture stores–who still had to pay taxes–into the ground.

“Where’s our tax break?” business owner Louis Caddell, of King’s Furniture, asked. Then he went out of business. He couldn’t compete with a giant like IKEA that got special breaks. Does this sound familiar in other parts of the country? It seems government handouts repeatedly end up in the pockets of giant corporations, a sort of corporate socialism, says John Stossell.

Surprisingly, the policy has caught the attention of uber-liberal PBS, who is airing Johan Norberg’s new documentary, Corporate Welfare: Where’s the Outrage. Here’s Stossel’s TV-sized version of it.

Disaster Relief Responsibility

The devastating and deadly Hurricane Ida became the second-most intense storm to strike Louisiana. The Category 4 hurricane is just one of many that have wreaked havoc on America this season.  But that doesn’t mean rebuilding should be done by Joe Biden and the federal government.

Politicians from the areas hit now want hundreds of billions of dollars in aid. When disaster strikes, the federal government definitely has a role, because the feds control resources, such as the military and other first responders. But why has rebuilding become the federal government’s responsibility? Until recently, businesses and charities handled most disaster response. And it’s a fact the private sector does a better job than government. Here are some answers from John Stossel.

Toxic Victimhood

In today’s America, it appears there are more advantages to playing the victim card. Professor John McWhorter, author of Woke Racism, says this new woke movement hurts minorities more than it helps by pushing a victim mentality.

The professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University says he is appalled by the toxic victimhood that has consumed the country, especially in the views of race activists Ibram Kendi and Robin Diangelo. Says Kendi, the mainstream media’s favorite expert on race, “Every person, every idea is either racist or anti-racist.” Diangelo adds, “In the white mind, all black people are the racial other.”

McWhorter says their views are cult-like thinking to the point that we may be witnessing the formation of a new religion. “A new religion has arisen,” he says. “And more to the point–it’s a shitty religion. It leads some people to fashion a victimization identity, a luxury available to people who aren’t really suffering that much.” McWhorter joins John Stossel with more.

The Rise Of Citizen Journalists

Tim Pool is part of what some call the new media, citizen journalists who work for themselves. Increasingly, such journalists cover things the mainstream media miss.

Pool, who leans left and supported Bernie Sanders, reports whatever he sees on his news channel TimCast. When the media jumped on a video of a grinning Covington High School kid wearing a Trump hat, claiming he was taunting a Native American man, Pool was skeptical. He found a longer clip of the encounter on YouTube and used that to show that the Native American elder approached the kids as they waited for a bus, not the other way around, as had been claimed. There was no evidence that the kids were racist.

In this edition of his blog, John Stossel reports Pool is part of a new wave of independent journalists and thinkers–leftists, centrists, libertarians and conservatives–who use the new media to get the word out. “I’m glad that gives us more options,” he says. Here’s more.

Schools Bucking The System

Exciting things are suddenly happening in education. In some places, charter schools bucked the unions and got results, while in others, inner-city kids are doing well on benchmark tests.

John Stossel reports on the innovations at the Success Charter Network in New York and American Indian Public Charter School in Oakland, Calif. “Let’s destroy the system and create a system that serves kids,” says charter school director Deborah Kenny. Hurricane Katrina made that experiment possible by destroying much of New Orleans. Now 70 percent of New Orleans students attend charters, and they’re learning more. Here’s the rest of the story with Stossel.

Trans Women in Sports

Despite the obvious difference in physicality, woke sports officials haven’t budged from the outcry of allowing transgenders to compete in women’s sports.

The results speak for themselves, says investigative reporter John Stossel. In this edition of  his blog, Emma Hilton, a developmental biologist from the University of Manchester in England, gives her take on the controversy and we also hear from proponents and opponents of the issue.

The Big Ripoff

Big business and big government are not enemies like everyone thinks they are. Tim Carney, a staffer on the Washington Times who authored The Big Ripoff, says politicians claim they protect us from big business by passing regulations. In reality, those regulations are often written by big business lobbyists and they hurt small competitors most.

“When government gets bigger, whether through spending or taxes or regulations, big business benefits,” Carney says. “Capitalism is a cutthroat thing, but this isn’t capitalism. When you turn to government to regulate your competitors out of business, we need to say, ‘No, this is wrong!'” Carney joins John Stossel to debate the issue.

Bribes For Gun Permits in NYC

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether the government will let residents carry guns. It’s not an easy process, says John Stossel, who once tried to obtain a carry permit in New York City.

“They didn’t make it easy,” he says. “They required pages and pages of forms, notarization, records of death threats I’d received and two trips to police headquarters.” Not to mention a $430 fee. Stossel says the whole process took 8.5 months and the results: Denied.

Further investigation by Stossel not only found that the rich and famous in New York were easily obtaining carry permits, but also cops were being bribed in the “permit” department. He found that some politically connected individuals were offering cops as much as $6,000 to issue permits. More on the story  with Stossel.

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