John Stossel Looks Back on Liberty in 2013

This wasn’t a great year for liberty. A few of the bigger
disasters that government caused were Obamacare, the government
shutdown, and covering up the NSA’s spying on citizens. Obamacare
was supposed to “bend the cost curve” downward. The central
planners had lots of time to perfect their scheme. For a
generation, the brightest left-wing wonks focused on health care
policy. The result? Soviet-style consumer service comes to America.
The real disaster of the government shutdown was the unnecessary
panic over it. Zoos would shut down, and baby pandas would starve.
The media made it sound like America might not survive even
slightly limited government. They were happy to echo the
politicians’ claim that there’s no wasteful or stupid spending to
cut. “The cupboard is bare,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
“There’s no more cuts to make.” Nothing to cut? Government spends
$3.8 trillion a year! John Stossel says that to make next year
better, we must stop trusting such a powerful government to
restrain itself. We should cut back its duties to reduce its

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