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Fox News' John Stossel Says Federal Government Shutdown is 'Good Thing' (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Fox Business host John Stossel appeared on "Fox & Friends" this morning and he claimed the federal government shutdown was a "good thing" and hoped some parts of government would stay closed permanently.

“I’m hoping the shutdown will wake people up and say, 'Hey, maybe we don’t need all this stuff. We could close whole departments. Why do we need a Commerce Department?' Commerce just happens, government gets in the way,” said Stossel (video below).

Stossel didn't mention that the Commerce Department includes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Census Bureau, notes Wikipedia.org.

“Education, why do we need that at the federal level? Because it’s mainly done at the local level," added Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy, who failed to mention that the Department of Education facilitates college grants and loans for millions of students.

According to RawStory.com, Stossel also proposed shuttering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which enforces clean water and air regulations.

“Nobody will know, the Earth won’t notice a difference if you shut the EPA for 10 years,” claimed Stossel, who made no mention about the dangers of pollution.

Stossel claimed the federal government shutdown "could be a good thing, how with less government, people are freer because we have more, we’ll create the jobs and we’ll invent the good things.”

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However, Stossel failed to mention that the Small Business Administration will stop making loans to companies under the shutdown, noted ThinkProgress.org.

Sources: RawStory.com, ThinkProgress.org, Wikipedia.org