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Stossel: The Stosscars!

John Stossel picks the best and worst political performances of the year.

It's time for the Oscars. Hollywood will give actors awards ­for what Hollywood thinks are the best performances.

But they leave out a most important category: political actors. John Stossel says that's wrong: Politicians deceive people just as much actors do, so some of their performances deserve recognition. So Stossel created the Stosscars.

Here are some of this year's winners (and losers):

The Stosscar for "Best Performance by a Rich Elitist" goes to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In her eagerness to trash Trump's tax cuts, she described $1,000 bonuses as "crumbs."

"Best Democrat on Free Speech" award goes to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. At a Senate hearing, "Exploring Free Speech on College Campuses," she said: "It's dangerous to suppress speech. First, suppression can backfire. Instead of shutting up individuals with disgusting views, it becomes a launching pad to national attention."

The Stosscar for "Best Defense of the Constitution" goes to Sen. Rand Paul for his fight against the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act renewal. Sen. Paul demanded the National Security Agency and FBI follow the Constitution and get warrants before they listen to Americans' phone calls that may have been picked up during surveillance of foreigners. Unfortunately, he lost that fight.

The "Worst Act of Bi-partisanship" Stosscar goes to Sens. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer for their budget deal. It added billions of dollars to our unsustainable debt, and it cut almost nothing.

Finally, Stossel gives a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Ron Paul for his years of constantly challenging the enemies of liberty.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Some of these Stosscars are kudos and some are digs. I don't know what to think, other than I always thought the statuette would look better with a mustache.

  • Francisco d'Anconia||

    Have I mentioned I like Stossel?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I'd watch it if was Stossel rather than fucking Seth Meyers.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    Now that would be a show worth watching.

  • Árboles de la Barranca||

    Covering the spectrum from the politician who brazenly steals the blood-rights of the Cherokee nation and still manages to get elected to the Senate to the Senator who casts an anti-war vote and as a result gets brutally assaulted in a sneak attack by his neighbor.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Nah man, he got assaulted for pumpkins, that's why it's okay.

  • Sometimes a Great Notion||

    The "Worst Act of Bi-partisanship" Stosscar goes to Sens. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer for their budget deal. It added billions of dollars to our unsustainable debt, and it cut almost nothing.

    - But did Chuck win best moobs? The guy has done everything he can to win this but is constantly denied by the academy. Sad.

  • jimsimpson||

    A one time $1000 bonus to a couple 1000 workers (who needed 20 years on the job to qualify) is the very definition of crumbs. (All bonuses account for less than 1% of the tax cut savings.... again, the very definition of crumbs)

    The tax cuts for corporations are permanent. Why not give all workers permanent raises? Because this is theater for suckers (and Stossel is a classic sucker)

  • MarioLanza||

    The American corporate tax rate was the highest in the OECD countries...but could be lowered with political donations and an army of lawyers. Hence we have Amazon and GE paying nothing (both giving millions to the Obama regime) and flight of smaller companies out.

    You leftists create cronyism and then decry capitalism.

  • vek||

    Uhhh, except some companies DID say they were giving permanent raises? Not all of course, but every situation is different. Maybe they'll kick everybody down a bigger bonus again next year. Who knows?

  • gormadoc||

    Mmm, I would take a ride in the Stosscar...

  • shane_c||

    Paul just opposes anything the federal gov't (ie the Union) does. He doesn't even think the Bill of Rights applies to the states. And in his own state he's a social conservative. I think Stossel got the wrong envelope.

  • vek||

    He's a social conservative in his personal life, and he HAS pushed for a couple things to be put into law, but for the most part he has taken the proper approach: I don't like XYZ, but XYZ still shouldn't be illegal. There's nothing unlibertarian about any of that. I'll rail on people doing all kinds of things that I think are stupid, like smoking crack, but that doesn't mean I want to make it illegal.

    He's not perfect, but he's surely the best politician to be elected to any reasonably high office in this country in the last several decades.

  • MarioLanza||

    John Stossl is a true libertarian unlike the majority of lib-libertarians that are so common in these parts.

  • vek||

    Pretty much. I wish he were one of the main contributors here instead of just doing a few a month. He's EASILY the best person that regularly has articles/videos at Reason. They should make him the editor in chief (or WTF ever the head honcho is here) and I bet he'd whip this magazine/website into shape right quick!

  • Michael Cook||

    If I were a limousine liberal and launched my ride to the asteroid belt, it ought to deserve at least a nomination!

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