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Beware Of the Nanny State

Truth be told, regulations can save lives. But they can inflict lots of damage, too. Is a nanny state mentality the answer? Do we really want to trade our freedom for a bunch of predisposed rules and regulations? “The control freaks always want more,” says John Stossel. “They want to protect us from ourselves, by limiting what we eat, what we do for pleasure, even how we give to charity. They think it’s their duty.” In this edition of Liberty Pen, Stossel welcomes economist Matthew Mitchell, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, to discuss the unintended consequences of nanny state rule.

Beware Of Gambling Nannies

John Stossel, an investigative and consumer reporter, supports legalizing sports gambling throughout the United States, but says government control freaks are adamant about never letting that come to pass. Conservative Rob Walgate, vice-president of the American Policy Roundtable, takes on Stossel in a lively debate on the issue in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Property, Law = Prosperity

There’s no arguing that the United States is the most powerful and prosperous country in the world. So, asks investigative reporter John Stossel, why hasn’t the power to prosper spread to other nations. Hernando DeSoto, of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, tells Stossel the answer lies in the rule of law and property rights. “The rules of the game have to say and recognize who really owns what,” DeSoto says. “Because how you relate to the assets you have determines how you relate to your neighbor and the rest of the world.” DeSoto explains in more detail in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Why Are Indians So Poor?

Investigative and consumer reporter John Stossel says that no one group has never been taken care of as much as the Indians. So why are they so poor? he asks. Former Kamloops band chief Manny Jules says, “Fundamentally, the root of the problem is that we don’t have the same property rights that others take for granted.” Property and Environment Research Center Executive Director Dr. Terry Anderson concurs. “Many reservations in the United States do have some fee-simple land. That is privately owned land like you and I own our houses,” he says. “And the Indians that have privately owned land do much better.” Anderson joins Stossel and Jules in an expanded discussion of the plight of the North American Indian in this edition of Learn Liberty.

Gridlock is Good

Political commentator and investigative reporter John Stossel unabashedly admits that we’re better off when we have gridlock in Congress. Imagine that.
“Bipartisanship brings us some of our worst laws,” says Stossel. “People say that they hate Congress, and they are right to hate Congress. It’s filled with pandering opportunists, that when those opportunists get together in bipartisanship, they pass awful rules.” Listen in to the rest of Stossel’s logic.

PC Schools Overreacting

A 7-year-old in Maryland was suspended from school for pointing a Pop Tart at another student and making gun noises. In Virginia Beach, Va., a 13-year-old boy and his friends were suspended from school for playing with toy guns on private property. And in New Jersey, a 13-year-old was suspended from school for twirling a pencil that other students say looked like a gun. Patrice Lee, of the Independent Women’s Forum, tells Liberty Pen’s John Stossel that the politically correct government school system’s reaction on these cases borders on nitwittery. “What we’re seeing here is an overreaction by school administrators and people who are trying to stop what could be harmful actions on the part of the young kids.”

Debating Crime in America

Urban Institute Senior Fellow John Ronan says crime in America has decreased significantly since exploding in the ’70s and ’80s. “Crime declined in the ’90s, sort of stayed the same in the last decade, and in the last six or seven years it’s declined again, and that story is just not getting told,” Ronan tells investigative reporter John Stossel. On the other side of the coin, Fox News Health.com managing editor Dr. Manny Alvarez chimes in that crime and drug use are on the rise. So what gives? Listen to the lively debate in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Our Future in Peril

Spending in our country has always spiked to exorbitant levels during wars, but settled in peacetime. But after dropping following World War II, spending has spiraled out of control. Political pundits are forcasting the destruction of our society, or worse yet, another depression. “We are going broke, and the response of our politicians is not to cut anything, it’s to double down on idiotic policies that will increase our debt,” consumer and investigative reporter John Stossel says. Stossel points out the culprits threatening our future, then focuses on the forces that have made life better in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Our Politically Correct Military

Investigative reporter John Stossel says he’s happy with our military keeping us safe from foreign attack and satisfied that we’re–for the most part–at peace in this ever-crazy world. But Stossel points out that it seems that our military is more preoccupied with environmentalism and political correctness. Afghanistan war veteran Aaron MacLean joins Stossel in this edition of Liberty Pen to discuss if it’s appropriate for our military to pursue green energy schemes and whether it is the proper venue to conduct experiments on political correctness.

Defending the Frack Attack

Fracking protests from looney progressives have taken left-wing fanaticism to a ridiculous level. Among their refrains are that fracking is causing genetic mutation of our children and that is causes earthquakes. Their solution: fracking bans and more government intervention. Talk about delirious. In an interview with John Stossel in this edition of Liberty Pen, Steve Everley of Energy in Depth says, “Look at what the Obama Administration has said about this. EPA has said there is nothing inherently dangerous in fracking that sound engineering principles can’t fix.” He says the oil and gas boom has been great for workers and consumers, and bringing government into the mix is a big mistake.

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