My plan to balance the budget

by John Stossel -- Imagine this family budget: Last year, you earned $24,700. But you spent $37,900, incurring $13,300 in debt, and you were already $153,500 in debt. So you say, "I more…

Never trust government numbers

by John Stossel -- President Obama said in his State of the Union speech, "We've already agreed to more than $2 trillion in cuts and savings." That was reassuring. The new budget more…

Government can't make us happy

by John Stossel -- In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson called the pursuit of happiness an unalienable right. This was a radical idea. For most of history, most people didn't think more…

Let's stop policing the world

by John Stossel -- With an election approaching and at least some Americans upset about irresponsible spending, the president has finally expressed a political interest in cutting something. He says the Pentagon more…

We don't want your 'blueprint,' Obama

by John Stossel -- Has Barack Obama learned nothing in three years? During his State of the Union address, he promised "a blueprint for an economy." But economies are crushed by blueprints. more…

Who should stay home Election Day

by John Stossel -- Simple answers are so satisfying: Green jobs will fix the economy. Stimulus will create jobs. Charity helps people more than commerce. Everyone should vote. Well, all those instinctive more…

Champions of freedom

by John Stossel -- It's election season, and so once again people look for heroes. Is Ron Paul one? Maybe. He's fought a long, lonely battle to limit the power of government. more…

When ideas have sex

by John Stossel -- An idea walks into a bar. She meets another idea. They get together, and nine months later (or maybe it's nine minutes or seconds? It's not clear how more…

Blocking the paths out of poverty

by John Stossel -- Have you noticed how often government takes sides against the little guy? Street vending has been a path out of poverty for Americans. And like other such paths more…

A libertarian year ahead?

by John Stossel -- As 2011 draws to a close, I wonder: Is freedom winning? Did America become freer this year? Less free? How about the rest of the world? I'm a more…