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 because politicians deceive people just as much actors do, so some of their performances deserve recognition. So Stossel created the Stosscars!
The Stosscar awards go to the best and worst performances by politicians. 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 $1000 bonuses as “crumbs.”
“Best Performance by a Democrat” goes to San Francisco DA George Gascón. After California legalized weed, DA Gascón promised to drop thousands of past marijuana convictions.
“Best Democrat on Free Speech” award goes to Senator 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 Senator Rand Paul for his fight against FISA renewal. Link: http://reason.com/archives/2018/01/02/no-foreign-spy-program-reauthorization-w Senator Paul demanded the NSA 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 Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Chuck Schumer for their budget deal. Link: https://reason.com/blog/2018/02/07/senate-reaches-bipartisan-deal-to-keep-t It added billions of dollars to our unsustainable debt, and cut almost nothing.
Finally John Stossel gives a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Ron Paul for his years of constantly challenging the enemies of liberty.