ENOUGH! JOHN STOSSEL LOOKS AT THINGS THAT DRIVE PEOPLE CRAZY
On ABC News� �20/20,� Friday, March 23
Whether it�s kids misbehaving in a restaurant, overpriced sneakers, televangelists not revealing how they spend donations or even couples having children out of wedlock, John Stossel looks at seven completely different instances in which people have put their foot down and are taking matters into their own hands to change things that drive them crazy. �Enough,� an hour-long report, airs on �20/20� FRIDAY, MARCH 23 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Reports include:
� NBA Star Stephon Marbury says enough to high-priced sneakers: NY Knicks star Stephon Marbury is the anti-NBA star. He has a new line of Starbury affordable sports apparel, including athletic shoes that sell for $14.98� Shoes endorsed by stars like Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant cost more than $100. �Not only did I say �enough,� but I�m putting my foot inside the same exact shoe that everyone is spending their money on,� he tells Stossel. �They�re affordable, not cheap.�
� Citizens say enough to a cop: When a wounded dog was found by motorists on a busy street in Salisbury, NC, they called 911. Because Animal Control was off duty, the cop came to the scene and believed the dog was fatally wounded. His commanding officer told him to follow a department rule to shoot severely injured dogs. The only thing that saved the dog is that at the last minute, a citizen stood in between the cop and the dog, and contacted the local Humane Society.
� One Senator says enough to members of Congress spending ludicrous amounts on pet projects for their states: Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is called the Senate�s �Dr. No.� He has opposed the Bridge to Nowhere, honored term limits promises, and now plans to use embarrassment via a website to oppose Senate earmarks to bills. �Enough is enough with that. Why would we continue to do things that� shackle our grandchildren? If you�re building infrastructure and you�re stealing it from your grandchildren, how�s that moral?�
� One politician says enough to other politicians naming buildings after themselves: Arkansas state legislator Dan Greenberg proposed a �no naming� bill to limit tax dollars spent on buildings named after living politicians. �For me it just comes too close to using taxpayer money to build temples to living people� In the old days we had a tradition of waiting to judge a person�s whole life before we named a building after them,� said Greenberg. He received overwhelming opposition, causing him to withdraw the proposed Oedipus Complex Prevention Bill.
� One woman says enough to African-American couples not getting married: Brooklyn author and journalist Maryann Reid created �Marry Your Baby Daddy Day,� an innovative program to combat African Americans having kids before marriage. Reid says she conceived of the event -- to be sponsored by several local black-run wedding businesses -- as a community service of sorts. �I am really just fed up with the issue of� the decline of marriage in the black community� it�s about bringing black love back in style.� 300 African-American couples are hoping to be among the 10 who will be chosen for an all-expenses-paid weddingpalooza.
� Restaurant owner says enough to unruly kids in his establishment: A Chicago cafe has gotten national attention because its owner, fed up with parents who would not control their kids, posted a sign: �Children of all ages have to behave and use their indoor voices.� It caused some parents to threaten a boycott, and others to applaud his actions. Has it hurt � or helped � the bottom line?
� One man says enough to the free spending ways of some prominent televangelists: Rusty Leonard is a devout Christian who has had enough of churches squandering donations. Leonard spent $2 million of his money to start Ministrywatch, a research service that asks Christian charities and ministries for detailed financial information, and rates them on their financial efficiency and openness. �There�s so little accountability; donors are getting hosed right and left, no doubt,� he tells Stossel.
�20/20� is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel. David Sloan is the executive producer.