♪ >> and now john stossel. and now, john stossel. >> another year government got bigger. it grew faster than inflation and almost always grows faster than inflation. it has to grow. there is so much we need to do. cut spending? no, we can't do that. the budget's already cut to the bone. what? they spent nearly $4 trillion this year. that's not bone, that's fat. tonight we look back at some of my attempts to tell the truth and the truth is the budget is so crammed with junk it reminds me of this creepy tv show.
>> hoarders. people whose lives are swallowed up by piles of their possessions. >> that describes washington, d.c. they just keep adding junk and they never throw anything out. when president obama ran for office he said he'd take out the garbage. >> i'm not a democrat who believes we can or should defend every government program just because it's there. there's some that don't work. >> but politicians say they will get rid of the waste and once in power they spend more as he had and go along with their colleagues ridiculous spending. it's a reason i hate politicians. not all of them. there is one senator who wants to clean the waste out of washington. every year his office puts out this waste book. it details stupid subsidies like the $10 million you spent to partner the national guard with
superman. >> in part four we will examine the connection between jim jones and the national guard. >> 10 million bucks for that. and the national endowment for humanities gave a million dollars of your money to the popular romance project. the goal study the influence of romance through novels and film. >> as far as a woman and a man's concerned, i like to read about passion. >> what makes love love? ♪ >> it's a love story. who doesn't want a love story with a happy ending? >> me. i don't want one taxpayers are forced to pay for that video. the lonely senator who fights the garbage is tom coburn. thank you for doing that. the pentagon destroyed $7 billion of weapons that they could have shipped home from
iraq and afghanistan? >> that shows the inefficiency of the pentagon. it costs more to ship it over than it's worth. why did we have the excess supply? >> the national science foundation spent a quarter million dollars to study american attitudes to the filibuster. >> isn't that important? maybe some of the things you might see might be something the government might do some time but not when we have a $640 billion deficit. and maybe we should return the money to the taxpayers instead of wasting it on frivolous things like that. >> and having politicians studying the filibuster sounds like congressmen self dealing. >> it is, no question it was. >> senator coburn retires from congress soon. we'll miss him. the political class is so wrong about so much. here's one widely believed myth,
sweat shops and child labor are cruel and must be banned by government. >> oh, no. that boy's hands are bleeding. child labor is evil. this is a video game made for a so-called educational tv channel. and what education do people get? some obvious truths. sweat shops are cruel, workers are overworked and dangerous conditions. american companies ignore the abuses because they make money and child workers are victims of our fashion whims. this is what many americans believe and are taught. and the answer, close the sweat shops down ban them in america and demand that other countries ban child labor. who would argue with that? economist ben powell for one. he wrote a book called "out of poverty" in which he says if we want to help people we ought to
let children work. that sounds awful. >> child labor might be awful but prohibiting it is worse. we don't make people better off when we take away their least bad options. the children's families are poor. if you ban sweat shops you don't get rid of the poverty you eliminate that one option they have that makes it not as bad as it would be. >> so no laws against it? >> when we were developing we had no laws against it and the process of economic development took care of it itself. in the united states we didn't have a? national child labor law until 1938. it follows the economic development and this makes sense from a political standpoint. labor agitated the rules forree. big business lobbied against it. when the competition made it standards, governments adopted
laws. >> here's an example of how the western media cover the child labor outrage. >> it is 100 degrees celsius. and the children are carrying the glass. look at this small boy. >> who is at fault? big corporation. >> we think more free trade and opening up of markets if the business u.s. corporations is hurting people all over the world. >> this is what people believe. >> 500 million people escaped extreme poverty in china. this is the greatest reduction in poverty in human history it's a process of trade and development doing it. the problem is -- >> the globalization they hate has lifted people out of poverty. >> if i give you a list of sweat shop countries hong kong taiwan, singapore, south korea all countries in a generation
did what it took us in the united states is grow from preindustrial to post sweat shop standards of living. >> another myth, everyone should go to college. the cost of college is 50 to $60,000 a year. >> inflation was 160%. we're upset that healthcare costs grew more. 400%. but college tuition rose 750%. why would that be? because of government handouts. as government increased financial aide colleges raised tuition. the president seems to understand the relationship. >> we can't just keep on subsidizing skyrocketing tuition. >> government subsidizes high tuition by throwing money at schools. but in that same speech where the president says we can't subsidize skyrocketing tuition he say this.
>> my administration is increasing federal student aid so more students can afford college. >> doesn't he see the disconnect? i think he does. but he still panders for votes by giving your money away. he told young people student loans, don't you worry about it. we'll take care of it. >> let's tell another 1 million students when they graduate they will be required to pay only 10% of their income on student loans and all of their debt will be for given. >> sure, free money. debts for given. it's not the politician's own money. the only good news i see is that some students have got wise to the scam. belle knox is a sophomore at duke. we shouldn't forgive college loans? >> the same thing that happened
with the mortgage -- >> i'm glad you get this concept. and the audience should know that belle may be more knowledgeable than most students because she became a controversial news story after it was revealed she works as a porn star to pay for duke. >> $60,000 a year. she's here to tell us why she chose this route to make the money. >> so why did you? >> i was 18 years old and i didn't want to be saddled with 240,000 plus in loans. i didn't view that as a sustainable way to live my life and didn't see how it would help me in the future. >> when that interview first aired many viewers said i shouldn't condone women enslaving themselves in the sex trade. but belle is not enslaving
herself she chooses to use her body to make money. she's an adult. it's her choice. another big government myth this year is that the poor suffer because of rising inequality. the rich take more of the pie and that means everyone else has less. are you rich? >> no. >> what would it take for you to think of yourself as rich? >> 100 grand a year. >> 1 million. >> 400,000. >> a million dollars. >> different concepts. no one in times square said they were rich. and, yet those were tourists who spent a lot of money to be in new york city. so what does rich mean in america? who better to ask than dave ramsey. he spent years talking to people about money. you say americans are richer than they know? >> if your household inside is $34,000 a year or more you are in the top 1% of income earners
in the world. bane definition most of us are rich. >> i think what grosses some people out in america is that some are so much richer than others. >> i have spent my life -- devoted my life to helping people win with money. but i have figured out that just like a golf coach, everybody's not going to be tiger woods or peyton manning. but wouldn't it be better if government would do things just to level the playing field and bring the rich closer to the poor is this. >> if we decide that we want to react to this unfairness the only answer to that is the loss of freedom. >> what do you think were the big myths of the year. you tell us if you follow me on twitter and use the #stossel2014 or like my facebook page so you
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favorite segments from this year. watching the news it's easy to get depressed about our future. cable it have hosts claim crime is up and kids waste too much time texting and tweeting. it's going weaken america. weaker america? video games? >> if you are devoting your life to the internet as so many young people are you not learning about the world. you are not learning personal interreactions. you are tweeting your life away. >> this is what people did on the train years ago. they are not communicating. >> they are reading about the world. >> but these kids are communicating about each other. >> about their socks. >> the kids will be fine. a journalist was quicker than i to realize that the dire predictions were always wrong. remember what the experts said in the '70s.
>> the population explosion was unstoppable and pesticides were going to shorten our life, the ice age was coming back. acid rain was killing forests. the desert was advancing. the y 2 k computer bug. that is what everybody said to me about the future. so i was surprised when i grew up that things had been getting much better for most people most of the time. >> some people call this possess mitchell porn or fear porn. it sells in the media. people like to be scared. >> one example of that is the hysteria over global warming. i think the globe may be warming and partly because of man. climate changes. i'm a climate catastrophe skeptic. so is alex epstein who came into
the show to defend the use of fossil fuls. >> we are 50 times safe fresh the climate than 80 years ago because we have technology powered by fossil fuls. >> we burn more energy than anyone else and our air is cleaner. wind, solar. >> there is an imaginary alternative. but we used to burn wood and burn coal inside. now we have decentralized power plants. and it's nothing against wind and solar if they were decently performing industries. we want the best energy and right now that is fossil fuels. >> a few years ago when europe was caught in the frenzy over carbon emissions the british government paid for this commercial. >> there were awful heat waves in some parts and in other terrible storms and floods. some places could disappear under the sea. and it was the children of the
land who would have to live with the horrible consequences. the grown ups had to do something. >> the ad leads you to a government website to tell you how to reduce your carbon footprint. what's wrong with that? >> we are talking about it as noble to use less energy that's like saying it is noble to use less money. energy is the capacity to be productive. so it should never be an ideal. if they say the fossil fuel industry are making our climate more dangerous that is a fallacy here. the story is the opposite of this fairy tale. >> even though i bash the media there is good news to report. we have more choice. an editor came out to argue that the media is much better now. people say the golden age of media with cronkite and morrow.
and they were down the middle. you know, there were two or three guys giving you the news and cronkite closed with "that's the way it is" but it is better to have choice. there was no act of government or god but the market responded and we have drudge report and fox news and talk radio. and the market is innovating. >> ted coppell, host of "night line" he wrote that the success of fox and msnbc is not good for the republic. this is to journalism what bernie madoff was to investment. he tells the customers what they want to hear and by the time they learn the truth and their money is gone. >> you think that we corrupted the sanctity of fair news coverage? >> i think it's made it difficult if not impossible for decent men and women in
congress, on capitol hill to reach across the aisle and find compromise. >> some people may not think that stalemate is a bad thing. >> we want them to keep arguing. >> we have differences. >> people think this creates an echo chamber where people only read the news they want to read. >> and that is his bernie madoff point. >> but even in that compartmentization you have good reporting. you can trust glen greenwald. coming up more good news, this year brought new ways to get someone to cook for us. and more. more.
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as usual this year governments passed thousands of new laws. many, it's always more. new laws piled on a million encrusted old laws. the good news is that this year some entrepreneurs found ways to dodge the epressive state. some ignored the laws and by the time they tried to regulate them out of business the company had millions of customers. the customers showed up to tell the politicians, don't take away my ride sharing or room sharing. and the politicians backed down. sometimes. i assume you know about uber. but what about this idea, a new way to dine with strangers in the comfort of someone's home. this website, eatwish.com. it allows hosts to connect with
strangers to meet new people at a dinner party. her previous dinner parties led to lasting friendships. >> we had the most entertaining conversations and at the end we couldn't stop hugging one another. >> she would have done this years ago but couldn't afford that. >> when i would host dinner parties for friends it would be nice if i could cover the $200 or however much it cost. >> thanks to eatwish.com every guest paid $39. seems good to me. one more good thing made possible by the internet and the power of reputation. and in this case, also by a guy in michelin who found the website. how did you come up with this idea? >> i travelled to greece and after many tourist traps i was invited to a local family and it was a profound and amazing
experience and when i got home i said let's share this with millions around the world and just build this platform. >> and with the platform people can rate the home and the cook and say i had a good experience. >> we see the trust and safety is fundamental to what we're doing. so we created the mechanism of rating and reviews. we are vetting the hosts also and give the hosts the ability to reject an invitation if they don't feel safe. >> they check their facebook. >> everything is put together just so both sides feel comfortable and safe and there is trust. >> she charges $39 and others charge less or more? >> it's a free marketplace. you can charge whatever you want. >> it is now offered in 35 countries. so far the regulators have left them alone. another industry that's fighting government suffocating rules is the gaming industry.
america banned betting on sports in internet gaming in most of the country but americans found ways to bet anyway. want to play back jack? i'll take another card. another. another. yippy irule let game, a stupid slot machine game. all those games are playable because this site is not in america. it may be in ireland or panama. i don't know where it is. i don't much care. but these sites are growing. there are more oi f them all the time. how do they take bets from americans when other sites were stopped? well here to explain that is naomi brockwell of the new york bitcoin center. so these things, brockwell of the new york n bitcoin center. these thrive because people pay essen in bitcoins? >> essentially. gover the way the gambling is enforcedinte is the government targets the
financial institutions that process the payments to the gambling sites and bitcoin is a peer to peer currency. it doesn't use any of the th financial institutions.ou the gambler can actually you ectly know communicate and make d the payments directly to the casino. sto and there is little that the i golf could do. they could try to shut down the sites. but there is an incredible market for online gambling. 50 to 60% of all bitcoin tractions are made in gambling sites. >> the sites depend on bitcoin bitco payments. >> bitcoin is an incredible technology. and it is making gambling safer for the people doing the gambling. >> coming up police privacy polygamy, the war between the state and individual freedom.
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♪ john: do you own your do you own your body? i would think in a free country that you do as long as you don't hurt somebody else that you are free to do with your body what you want. but you can't in america or in most other countries, for that matter. the state decided that some ways you may use your body are so dangerous or immoral that they must be banned. i don't see why. every state bans plural marriage. gay marriage is now accepted. if you own your body why can't you marriage two people or six people. i invited a polygamist family on to the show. >> someone asked me how we deal with the gender inequality of polygamy. and i said we give him a break
now and then. >> if there is something that he has done to another wife or there is a difference there i'm not going to go they're having a fight and now it's my turn. we are looking out for one another. >> we are supportive of one another's relationships that way. i hear a lot of women in our community that are just mo monogamist who joke about having a sister wife. >> everybody shares help with the children. it's a community? >> yes. >> which used to be illegal. and you have grandparents who were prosecuted jailed? >> yes. >> all of our grandfathers were in prison. we fear the state and the government. i didn't grow up with the idea that police officers were friendly. and so that kind of fear we grew up with was not healthy and we had to change that. >> a federal judge in utah
recently did change it. he ruled that this no co-has been station law was illegal. as long as you only say i'm married to one -- who are you married to officially? >> i'm legally married to alina. getting the multiple marriage license is illegal but i can have as many consensual relationships as i want. >> the most destructive limit is the ban on recreational drugs. america jails a higher percentage of our population than any other country in the world, mostly because of the drug laws. this year, colorado and washington legalized marijuana but every other drug is absolutely illegal. few supporters of the drug war want to debate me on this. but some like allen west were willing. west says when it comes to things like drugs you have to make sure there is a level of
personal responsibility. when you say personal responsibility how is it personal responsibility if government bans something? >> well, that's because we have people that don't want to accept that personal responsibility. look -- >> right. >> i was the designated driver for most of my second lieutenant buddies. their choice was i want to have a good time. their choice was to drink. >> and if somebody else wants to snort cocaine, why do you want to stop them? >> i think that's a detriment to society. what is the gain -- what is the long-term gain of snorting cocaine. >> people don't want to do it. don't they own their own bodies. >> if you want to do it do it in your own sphere. >> you would be fine with that? >> you have it in new york city. i know there are executives -- we just saw the film "wolf of wall street" and what he is doing. if you are an adult and make that decision and can be
responsible for that decision, then fine. >> what do you mean fine? >> i don't want to be the one responsible. i don't want to suffer the consequences of john stossel out high on cocaine and i lose my life because of it. >> the argument goes in circles. few libertarians support drug use but we say it's a matter best left to adults who decide for themselves and the laws against drugs do more harm than the drugs. the greater the number of laws the more thieves and robbers there will be. >> [ bleep ]. >> eric garner was killed. but law was he breaking? a law against selling loose cigarettes. new york state government is too big and levies huge taxes on cigarettes. it's not the police's fault that america has too many laws. but the police are special.
we give them the power to legally use force. that's why it's good we have cameras that record what the police do. and when no civilian cameras are around, when the police wear cameras. i interviewed a police chief and sergeant from new jersey who were among the first to try them. they like them. >> we owe that to our community and customers. we should provide them with the best service. we have to have the collaboration that we work together as one. >> and protection for yourself, too. you sent us this example that shows why police need cameras. >> what happened? >> what's wrong? >> what happened to you? >> the video shows one of your officers approaching a man with a bloody face. >> the man is confused, combative. >> stop. no, you need to sit down.
the officer tackles him and cuffs him. sit down, now. [ bleep ]. >> so this protects police because he -- somebody might have accused you of bloodying his face? >> correct. in the past we have had excessive force complaints where without the ability to video and audio record it was a he said/she said. this is a classic example of we looked at the video and it showed what the officer saw and how he acted which is in con conformance with the policies and procedures. >> this might be the lightest thing that we do wear. i don't mind at all. >> do the fellow officer complain? >> all of the feedback as been positive.
about the amazing 3-d printer. this new gun is featured in a current issue of a magazine. people worry about the risk of printable guns but everyone is thrilled about printers making new body parts. i talked about printed skins and kidneys. printing organs? >> it's amazing technology. it uses the same technology as an ink jet printer. we have a matrix of stem cells and organic compounds and the computer generates this image that is a living organ. this could solve so many problems in medicine with organ shortages. this has even been accomplished in children born would a windpipe and successful three dimensional printed tracheas implanted in these children and
they are doing well. we can serve patients who would normally die on a transplant risk. >> which is 18 people a day waiting for kidneys? >> that's right. >> and wake forest researchers figured out how to print skin cells on to burn wounds. what squirts out are skin cells. they can grow enough cells. >> before they would have to have skin grafts where your own skin is harvested from other locations in your body. if we can print skin to cover he's burn victims i think that plastic surgery and burn type medicine is going to leap forward. >> people are thrilled about that, many are squeamish when i point out that science will allow us to design babies. it will happen.
parents will select genes to increase the odds that their baby is healthy smart, a good athlete or a musician. already doctors help parents choose their babies gender and they could do more. things you could do but you choose not to do are eye color, hair color skin tone, athletic ability, height? >> yes, these are among the different things we are able to do in addition to predicting alcoholism predicting drug addiction and sexual deviation. there are a lot of things problems like downs syndrome turner's syndrome. there are a lot of genetic diseases. these diseases have been predicted for 30, 40, 50 years. but now after -- instead of having to wait until mom's four months pregnant we can find the disease before she is pregnant. >> another innovation may make
you happier. this researcher looks at oxytocin. we went to times square to try a hug experiment which we will get to in a bit. dr. zack researches oxytocin which helps people cooperate. >> we wondered about the role of trust. we wanted to get a biological basis for why we trust strangers. >> and it's because of a chemical in our body? >> it functions to cause us to reciprocate almost always. it's the biological basis for the golden rule. >> by hugging people people release more of this hormone? >> oxytocin. >> which makes people happier. >> improves the immune system
and promotes cooperation without anyone else thes us we have to. >> my producer got full frontal hugs by dozens of strangers. some people ran to her. >> she's running. >> she's running. we're doing this. >> so i'm in the my hug experiment and i'm probably about 40 hugs in. i've hugged men. i've hugged women. i've hugged children. the men i've hugged they hugged me a little too tightly. my dad's watching. he's not going to appreciate this. oh, this guy's coming in. he's going in. he's going in for the kill. he's going in. oh. >> i feel better. >> i feel fantastic. maybe dr. love is on to something. ♪ >> data show that this makes people happy the hug, but to do it scientifically, oxytocin how? >> so we infuse it into the nose, and it gets into the brain after about an hour. and then we can show this causal
relationship between oxytocin and these positive social behaviors like trust charity, generosity and empathy for others. do you want to try? >> sure. >> all right. >> so you have -- this is why you're wearing the white coat. >> that's right. >> osha requires it? >> i'm required to wear a white coat. and i'm going to take five little puffs, then take a deep breath. one, two, three, four, five. big breath. good. again. one, two, three, four, five. it is. big breath. okay. one more round. one, two, three, four, five. big breath. >> the result? i felt nothing. no extra happiness. but in fairness, that usually gives people a bigger dose. coming up some ridiculous things i did this year. year.
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when we wrote that america was -- >> several times this year i humiliated myself by put saysting on costumes. i do it because what we report is often abstract. i don't often cover today's news. in that show i was trying to show how the founders created a constitution that allowed americans to create prosperity. why did that happen here? i say largely because of me and
my colleagues. because we wrote a constitution that said there will be limits to government. yeah, that was then. now it seems like there are no limits. we're drowning in laws. but how do i illustrate that? i know. spider webs. help! i'm strangling here. i want to create something new. build something, invent something, but i'm drowning in thousands and thousands of regulations. >> how do i illustrate people's fears about robots taking over our jobs? >> i'm john stossel 2.0. i retain more research, ask better questions, and i'm more charismatic than sostossel 1.0. how do i make the point that congress needs to make big cuts in spending? aha! the scissors. big scissors. then late in the month of march -- >> so now that spring has sprung, let's clean out
government! >> any gimmick to make the point. after the president's state of the union speech i get out the bunting and podium to say what he ought to have said. >> i cannot imagine what i was thinking. when i pushed obamacare. >> i can wish, can't i? and it's fun to pretend to be the president and pander for applause by promoting sensible policy. >> let's legalize drugs andthe futile and violent drug war. [ cheers and applause ] >> finally, i spent weeks trying to figure out how to illustrate one of the sleaziest parts of obamacare, risk corridors. what the heck is a risk corridor? it's an obscure insurance company term that the administration used to disguise obamacare's bailouts for health insurance companies. it's how we got big insurance to support his scheme. he guaranteed them a profit with your money. so how do i explain risk corridors? i know. i'll be a rich businessman. >> hi, i'm fat cat, health
insurance company boss. >> and to portray the government handing him your tax money but not calling it a bailout -- >> we'll call it risk corridors. >> you know whenever there's risk uncle sam will race down a corridor with lots of your money and give it to companies that the politicians want to please. here. have some tax money. >> that's what your government does with your money. but let's not end the show on a sour note. yeah, the government takes our money and our freedom, but in spite of that americans keep inventing cool new things that make our lives better. here are two christmas gifts that i gave myself this year. >> introducing spotify. >> a world of music. >> whatever you want. >> whenever you want it. >> i used to wait hours for the song i liked to come on the radio. then we got cassettes and cds and downloads but they cost money. now spotify gives me any song i
want right now for free. ♪ yes, there are commercials, but no commercials if i pay $10 a month. i love it. even more, i love ways. have you heard of that? it's a new navigation system. a few years ago we got gps that guides us and keeps us from getting lost, and that was good. but now thanks to this free download, i know exactly how to drive there and almost exactly when i'll get there. i can relax. i no longer obsess about whether i should get off the highway now and take third avenue or stay on the highway. the waze computer filters information from thousands of other drivers to tell me exactly what i need to know. >> you'll always know where you're going. community alerts for accidents hazards and traffic, let you know when there's something to watch out for. waze, outsmarting traffic together. >> yes, it does outsmart traffic. and it's completely free. happy new year. i can't wait to see what
innovators bring us in 2015. it's good to live in america. that's stossel's show tonight. he'll be back this time next week. it's a brand-new year, and the president says he's actually going to try to work with congress in 2015. i wonder how long before he breaks his new year's resolution. and some prisoners released from gitmo go back to being terrorists. but over the christmas break the administration let a bunch of them go anyway. what's up with that? plus, some gloomy news for a church glee camp program. but they're not going to give in without a fight. all of that and an important announcement that you don't want to miss tonight on "huckabee." and welcome to "huckabee" from the fox news studios in new york. the front page of friday's "wall street journal" was a story about white house officials