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Apr 25, 2019

Stossel- Mental Hospitals, Venezuela IS Socialism, Enough Crony Capitalism! State Bullies, The Breakfast and Tax Myths and Funny Parody.

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  • Stossel: Venezuela IS Socialism
  • Stossel: Enough Crony Capitalism!
  • Remy: Affluenflammation (Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication Parody)
  • Stossel: The Breakfast Myth
  • We Shut Down State Mental Hospitals. Some Want to Bring Them Back.
  • Why Do You Need a License To Blow Dry Hair? Arizona Gov. Ducey Fights the ‘Bullies’ in His State
  • Stossel: Tax Myths

 

Stossel: Venezuela IS Socialism.

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Published on Mar 26, 2019

Media personalities claim socialism didn't cause Venezuela's collapse, but it did. Here's how.

As Venezuela collapses, many people say, "don't blame socialism." "Blaming socialism for Venezuela's riches to rags story is grossly misleading," an Al Jazeera reporter claims. John Oliver claims: "If you follow conservative media at all you might have seen it frequently painted as the inevitable dire consequences of a socialist government." Oliver blames it instead on "epic mismanagement." But John Stossel says: "Mismanagement is what happens under socialist governments. It always happens, because no group of central planners is wise enough to manage an entire economy. Even if they have good intentions, the socialists eventually run out of other people's money." In Venezuela, when their socialist government ran out of money, they just printed more. When business owners raised prices to keep up with inflation, the government often took away their businesses. Yet celebrities praised Hugo Chavez, who started Venezuela's socialism. Model Naomi Campbell visited Chavez, calling him "a rebel angel." After Chavez's death in 2013, Oliver Stone tweeted, "Hugo Chavez will live forever in history. My friend, rest finally in a peace long earned." Sean Penn told The Hollywood Reporter that "poor people around the world lost a champion." Stossel says the good news is that, unlike American celebrities, "most Venezuelans who escaped their country's socialism do understand what went wrong." In Florida, reporter Gloria Alverez talked to Venezuelan immigrants, and most of them told her socialism doesn't work. One said, "It's never gonna work." Another man explained, "It's something that breeds and leads to other misery and destruction." Stossel warns that if we don't realize that socialism is to blame for Venezuela's destruction, "other tragedies like Venezuela will happen again and again." The views expressed in this video are solely those of John Stossel; his independent production company, Stossel Productions; and the people he interviews. The claims and opinions set forth in the video and accompanying text are not necessarily those of Reason.

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Stossel: Enough Crony Capitalism!

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Published on Apr 9, 2019

Established businesses, like Facebook, use government to limit competition.

Once, Microsoft had zero lobbyists. The company focused on innovating. "Microsoft in the early 1990s was the largest company in the world. Incredibly successful ... They had no presence in Washington, D.C. Not a single lawyer," Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute tells John Stossel. But things changed. Brook explains how Microsoft's CEO was "literally brought in front of Congress ... Orrin Hatch from Utah ... said, 'You guys need to get involved here in Washington, D.C. You need to build a building here. You need to hire lawyers here.'" Microsoft, courageously, didn't. Instead, Brook recounts, "Microsoft walked out of the meeting and said, 'You know what? You leave us alone, we will leave you alone ... We're busy. We're running the biggest company in the world. There's a lot to do.'" But soon after that, Attorney General Janet Reno announced that the Justice Department was charging Microsoft with "engaging in anti-competitive and exclusionary practices designed to maintain its monopoly." Brook says the government was essentially saying, "we're here to prosecute yo u because you're offering the American public ... a product for free. This is Internet Explorer, at a time when we were buying Netscape and paying money for it—they offered it for free, and that was deemed bad business practice." "For 10 years they had to fight that lawsuit," he adds. "They lost, they got regulated, they got controlled. Guess how much Microsoft spends today in Washington, D.C.? … Tens of millions of dollars." Stossel calls that "sad." Now, even worse, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg asks government for more regulation. He wants Congress to "require companies to build systems for keeping harmful content to a bare minimum". Wouldn't that violate the First Amendment? Stossel says it also, conveniently, would protect Facebook from competitors who don't restrict content. It also makes it harder for them to innovate in ways that might challenge Facebook. Stossel and Brook's solution? Smaller government: separation of economy and state. The views expressed in this video are solely those of John Stossel; his independent production company, Stossel Productions; and the people he interviews. The claims and opinions set forth in the video and accompanying text are not necessarily those of Reason.

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Remy: Affluenflammation (Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication Parody)

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Published on Mar 20, 2019

When quality of life improved, doctors discover a new affliction. A parody of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication."

Watch the original video for Californication here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlUKc... Red Hot Chili Peppers YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEuO... Written by Remy. Music tracks, mastering, and background vocals by Ben Karlstrom. Video produced by Austin Bragg. LYRICS There’s a non-foregone phenomenon in any prosperous nation When primal fears all disappear the brain then gets a sensation The medical name we gave this pain is affluenflammation Ol’ Bill Tub is chugging a jug of cold bovine lactation When his eyes then realize that carton side’s got information And since his life contains no strife it’s affluenflammation For the better part of history diseases all were raging Measles, mumps up on your junk like they were Kevin Spacey Then came Jonas Salk Makes you wonder what all for… Cuz we’ve got affluenflammation We’ve got affluenflammation Ol’ Chip Black is cracking the back of twelve live-steamed crustaceans For the perks and glee of living free he starts to lose appreciation And if you probe his frontal lobe—yep—affluenflammation Through the course of human history each day we faced starvation Rats and pox and chamber pots, streets filled with defecation Free markets changed the norm Makes you wonder what all for… Cuz we’ve got affluenflammation We’ve got affluenflammation We’ve got affluenflammation We’ve got affluenflammation

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Stossel: The Breakfast Myth

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Published on Apr 2, 2019

People claim breakfast is the "most important meal of the day.” But it's not.

You've probably heard about how it's critical to eat breakfast—that it may have health benefits, and even help you lose weight. John Stossel looks at the evidence with nutritionist Ruth Kava, and finds that there's no proof of any of those things. For example, people push breakfast because, as one cereal maker's ad puts it, "a study from none other than Harvard University states that men who regularly skip breakfast have a 27% higher risk of suffering a heart attack." That's true—but that's largely because the type of people who skip breakfast are also the type of people who are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol, and eat unhealthy foods. After adjusting for those things, breakfast itself has no significant effect. As this study notes, "it remains unknown whether specific eating habits ... influence coronary heart disease." Another myth is that eating breakfast helps people lose weight. The US Health and Agriculture Departments claimed in 2010 that "consuming breakfast has been associated with weight loss." Wonderful! But no, a recent review of studies found that, if anything, the opposite is true. The government backed away from its claim. One possible reason for the myth is industry funding of scientific studies. "Of the 15 studies involving children mentioned by the government, five list funding from General Mills or Kellogg," Stossel says to Kava. She replies: "Yeah, well, they're the ones that are interested in having their products sold." Industry funding doesn't always mean bias. Dr. Andrew Brown, a health professor at Indiana University, told Stossel about a study that found that eating breakfast does not help lose weight. "The study was supported by Quaker Oats, and presented as abstracts by the authors, but not published as a paper for years," Brown said. "Quaker Oats actually followed up with the authors to make sure the authors published the study that conflicted with their interests." Kava says: "Good for Quaker Oats." Bottom line, says Stossel, don't worry about skipping breakfast. Instead, Kava says, just eat when it feels right to you, adding, "Eat breakfast if you're hungry." The views expressed in this video are solely those of John Stossel; his independent production company, Stossel Productions; and the people he interviews. The claims and opinions set forth in the video and accompanying text are not necessarily those of Reason.

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We Shut Down State Mental Hospitals. Some Want to Bring Them Back.

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Published on Mar 8, 2019

Is "mental illness" a fraudulent concept for locking up social deviants? Or does forced treatment free the ill "from the Bastille of their psychosis?"

On January 3, 1999, Andrew Goldstein wandered onto a New York City subway platform and shoved a stranger named Kendra Webdale into the path of an oncoming train. As the story made national news, reporters dug into Goldstein's past and found that he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and had a history of violent episodes. He had been in and out of psychiatric facilities, but his caretakers had repeatedly released him back onto the streets against their better judgment because of a shortage of available beds. The murder of Kendra Webdale brought attention to Americans with severe mental health problems and inadequate treatment, a social problem that 20 years later is still ongoing. Prisons and jails are filled with inmates who exhibit symptoms of mental illness. So do many of the homeless people crowding the streets of cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. Violent episodes, like the Webdale murder and some recent mass shootings, have brought renewed calls to entrust the state with more authority to force psychiatric care on patients against their will. This story looks at the history of mental illness, institutionalization, and the role of coercion in psychiatry. It features an array of voices and viewpoints, including Linda Mayo, the mother of twin daughers with severe psychiatric diagnoses, who advocates for court-ordered psychiatric treatment; Richard Krzyzanowski, a patients' rights advocate who fights against coercive treatment laws; DJ Jaffe, the founder of Mental Illness Policy Org., who argues that the state should make it much easier to commit mental patients; the late Thomas Szasz, a controversial libertarian psychiatrist who fought compulsory treatment and questioned the very existence of mental illness; and Scott Zeller, a psychiatrist who's developed a new model that he hopes will reduce coercion in the system. (Disclosure: Zeller has in the past donated to Reason Foundation, the 501c3 that publishes Reason.) Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Camera by Weissmueller, Jim Epstein, Meredith Bragg, and Alexis Garcia.

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Why Do You Need a License To Blow Dry Hair? Arizona Gov. Ducey Fights the ‘Bullies’ in His State.

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Published on Mar 27, 2019

When "somebody packs up that moving van in Chicago, Illinois, they don't lose their skills on the way to the state of Arizona," says Gov. Doug Ducey.

 

Occupational licensing laws apply to nearly one in three U.S. jobs, but the most "most broadly and onerously licensed state" of all, according to the Institute for Justice, is Arizona. The Grand Canyon State required a license to work for 64 occupations, costing on average $455 in fees and almost 600 days of education and experience. Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican and the former CEO of Coldstone Creamery, has made reforming Arizona's occupational licensing regime a priority. "Our focus [has been] on improving that structure of government and really stopping the bullies that were part of the boards and commissions," he told Reason. He's now backing a bill that would allow Arizona to recognize occupational licenses granted by other states. "Just because somebody packs up that moving van in Chicago, Illinois, they don't lose their skills on the way to the state of Arizona," says Ducey. "Why should somebody have to have suffer the burden of thousands of dollars or weeks or months of recertification in a skill that they already have?" HB 2569, which was introduced by Rep. Warren Petersen (R–Gilbert), would allow anyone who has an occupational license from another state to be automatically eligible for the same license in Arizona as long as they are in good standing in their home state and don't have a disqualifying criminal history. It would extend an existing state law that recognizes out-of-state licenses for military families. New state residents would still have to pay a fee to the state licensing board and certain professions would have to pass a test on relevant Arizona laws. "My issue is that we don't really know what the standards are in these other states," says Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley (D–Tucson), who opposes the bill. "Why should we dumb down our standards? I see this as sort of deregulation for the sake of deregulation." Ducey, who predicts that the bill will pass and that other states will follow Arizona's lead, says he's confident that it has the necessary "guard rails." In 2017, he issued an executive order requiring that state licensing boards review and provide justification for every rules that the governor's office deemed excessive. The next day, he signed the Right to Earn a Living Act, which restricted state boards from issuing any new occupational licensing rules that can't be justified on health and safety grounds. "I think it's important that we remember who the voters are and who the citizens are and we're here to serve them," Ducey says. "Too many of these boards and commissions exist to stop competition, to stifle and protect the status quo. And we're changing that in Arizona." Produced by Alexis Garcia. Camera by Paul Detrick and Andrew Belcher.

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Stossel: Tax Myths

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Published on Mar 12, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks taxing the rich at 70 percent will bring in lots of tax money. It won't.

On 60 Minutes, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.) recently said "people are going to have to start paying their fair share in taxes." Anderson Cooper then asked her what a "fair share" would be. Ocasio-Cortez responded that in the past, "Sometimes you see tax rates as high as 60-70 percent." Soon, that became the progressive plan. But economic historian Phil Magness, of the American Institute for Economic Research, says that progressives miss an important fact: The high tax rates that America had in the past actually didn't bring in much revenue. When rates were at 70 percent, Magness tells John Stossel, "A millionaire on average would pay 41 percent." That's because rich people find loopholes. When America had its highest top tax rates, newspapers ran ads like "Cruise for free...$2,499 value." Magness explains: "Basically [you could] take a vacation around the Caribbean, but while you're onboard the ship, you attend, say, an investing seminar or a real estate seminar—then write off the [whole] trip." Stossel says that deductions became so complex that rich people, instead of investing in, say, a precursor to the iPhone, hired accountants and tax lawyers to study the tax code. Some also worked less. This led President Ronald Reagan, with bipartisan support from Democrats, to lower rates and remove deductions. That began the path to the 37 percent top rate that rates that we have today. Despite the lower rates, federal government revenue—as a percentage of the economy—is still about the same as it was when the top rate was 70 percent. It's even about the same as it was when the rate was 90 percent. Stossel asks Magness about the claim that "the government will collect more and do good things." "You're asking for an economic disaster," Magness replies. More money will be wasted in the hands of government. "Do we leave it in the private sector where the market decides? Or do we subject it to corrupt politicians?" Stossel says: Let the market decide, even though that means some get really rich, because economic growth benefits everyone. The views expressed in this video are solely those of John Stossel; his independent production company, Stossel Productions; and the people he interviews. The claims and opinions set forth in the video and accompanying text are not necessarily those of Reason.

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