Was this a good year for freedom? Stossel looks at the good, the bad and the ugly for 2013.
THE GOOD: A few freedom fighters in Congress pushed back against big government. One who probably did the most is Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. He joins Stossel to talk about his new plan for "economic freedom zones".
THE BAD: After the Newtown school shooting there was another big push for gun control. Stossel's friends, and even his own wife, asked him, "how could you not say there should be more rules against these weapons?!"
AND THE UGLY: Many people really believed that ObamaCare would cover more people with moreinsurance for more things and still be "affordable." Now some of the truth is coming out.
VIEWER'S CHOICE: On Facebook, Stossel asked his audience to vote for a topic for this show. The overwhelming winner, for some reason, was Common Core. Most of America doesn't even know what that is but they should. It's the government's plan to make sure every government school has the same standards. The panel argues that common core is a terrible idea.
NAUGHTY OR NICE?: This week, Stossel plays Santa and reports on who was naughtyand who was nice this year: Who gets lumps of coal this Christmas?
Nancy Pelosi because she said government does not have a spending problem... and gov't cannot spend any less because "the cupboard is bare."
President Obama has been very naughty. He claimed he cut spending but government didn't cut much of anything! The deficit decreased only because the blow-out stimulus expired.
Two Republicans go on Stossel's "naughty" list. John McCain because he called libertarians Wacko birds and Chris Christie because he called libertarianism ideals "dangerous."
On the "nice" side of Stossel's ledger... Democratic Senators Tom Harkin and Jay Rockefeller! But that's just because they retired this year... Vince Vaughn is also on the "nice list." He came out in Hollywood as a Libertarian.
STOSSEL'S CHRISTMAS WISH: In 2013, our rulers added to this pile of rules that we must obey. Each rule is probably well intended but they strangled life. Stossel's wish for Christmas is that reporters stop whining about the "least productive" congress and instead celebrate the fact that politicians not passing more laws means more freedom for Santa, and for the rest of you... And with that freedom, we do good things. Outside politics.