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Immigration Frustration

Conservative commentator Lou Dobbs is notorious for his aggressive approach to our increasingly massive immigration and deportation issues. Libertarian John Stossel is a bit more lenient. A few years back, while working for separate networks, Dobbs and Stossel were well-known adversaries, occasionally bashing each other live on-air. Ironically, both are colleagues at Fox News today and united in this edition of LibertyPen for a stirring debate on immigration.

A Matter of Personal Freedom

Indeed, there are many important issues that conservatives and Libertarians agree on. But don’t be fooled. There are others where they passionately disagree, such as the war on drugs and gambling. Libertarian John Stossel debates former U.S. Rep. Allen West and Alex McFarland of the American Family Association on both of these issues in this edition of LibertyPen.

 

The Sky is Not Falling

Let’s face it, Americans love bad news. Whether scare warnings or disasters, it doesn’t matter, we soak it all up. Author Matt Ridley, who authored the recently released Rational Optimist, says there’s plenty to be positive about. “Back in the 1970s the future was bleak,” he says. “The population explosion was unstoppable, famine was inevitable, pesticides were going to shorten our lives,bird flu was going to kill us, the Ice Age was coming back, acid rain was killing forests. All these things were going to go wrong. So I was kind of surprised when I grew up that actually things have been getting better, much better.” In this edition of LibertyPen, host John Stossel continues his discussion with Ridley and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce over this Chicken Little mentality.

Debunking the War On Women

Is the alleged Republican war on women real, or is it just another mirage perpetuated by the looney left? Regardless, the Democrat Party will make the war on women a front-and-center issue leading up to the November midterm elections because it produces votes. At least it has in past elections. The Captain Obvious solution is simple: address the issue aggressively and turn the tide on the Democrats. In this edition of Liberty Pen, John Stossel welcomes three women to debate the different facets of the war on women, including Jehmu Greene, former director of Women’s Outreach at the Democratic National Committee, Heather Higgins, president and CEO of Independent Women’s Voice, and Amy Holmes, a commentator on The Blaze.com.

A Taxing Migration

As heavier tax burdens across country put the squeeze on hard-working Americans, many of them are voting with their feet and taking their wallets, according to Travis L. Brown, author of How Money Walks. Brown tells John Stossel of Liberty Pen, “We’re looking at the movement of Americans and their income, measured by the Internal Revenue Service data files since 1992 to 2010. ” Brown says majority of the migration is to no income tax states, such as Texas, Nevada and Florida, while heavier-taxed states like California and New York are in a financial tailspin.

Flat Tax is the Answer

Consumer reporter John Stossel says our tax code is so complex that most Americans pay someone for help. The tax code, which dates back to 1913, now is a convoluted monstrosity of  75,000 pages of  rules and regulations sure to drive a tax accountant nuts. The solution–a flat tax. Forbes magazine Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes, an ardent proponent of the flat tax, spells out its benefits to Stossel in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Feminists’ Real War on Women

Newspaper columnist Naomi Schaffer Riley tells host John Stossel that feminists and their culture of casual sex are responsible for the real war on women. Says Riley, “If feminists were really concerned about women’s happiness, they would think more seriously about the issue of trying to portray casual sex as something we should all embrace and that we all have the same interest in.” Riley and Stossel discuss the issue in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Regulating Regulation

Veteran consumer reporter and investigative journalist John Stossel says most of the regulation put forth by government is practically useless. “Politicians claim more laws are the answer,” says Stossel. “But this cripples our future. Don’t they see the damage regulation causes.” In this edition of Liberty Pen, Stossel sells the notion that reputation and the free market gives us more regulation than bureaucrats deploying government force.

Income Inequality A Farce

A funny thing happened on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor the other day. Libertarian and consumer reporter John Stossell and Factor host Bill O’Reilly actually agreed on another topic eminating from the Obama Administration that will surely become another fake issue: income inequality. Both believe it’s bogus. “What the liberal will never understand, the Democratic Party as well, is that some people just don’t do what is necessary to have the pie that you take out of the oven. Or even have the oven,” O’Reilly says. “They will not or cannot do it.” He was reacting to Stossel’s satirical pie-baking demonstration and the much-used cliche that the rich get the bigger slice of the pie. Says Stossel, “The reporters often say. ‘the rich got richer,’ which they did. That’s a by-product of freedom, there will be a wealth disparity. And the poor got poorer. But that’s a lie. The poor have not gotten poorer. Middle incomes have stagnated, but that leaves out a lot of the good stuff that poor and middle-income people get.”

Free Market Under Attack

Libertarian John Stossel says capitalism and our free market are under attack. His adversaries disagree. Their argument: Left alone, the free market leads to negative consequences such as income inequality and therefore should be regulated. “Politicians keep passing laws to regulate the market, try to fix it, make it more fair,” Stossel says. “Laws like Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, the $800 billion stimulus, farm bills, the minimum wage and so on.” Stossel debates the free market vs. income inequality with New York Congressman Charlie Rangel and economists Abby McCloskey of the American Enterprise Institute and Victor Clear of Henderson State University.

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