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  • Ben Stein is so wrong about health care itís hard to know where to begin

    05/09/2017 10:14:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/17 | David Hogberg
    Part 2: ďHealth is a basic American right,Ē makes for nice rhetoric but lousy policy. In the first post in this series I took Ben Stein to task for suggesting on ďYour World with Neil CavutoĒ that single-payer health care protects people with preexisting conditions. During his appearance, Stein also let this gem drop: ďIt is a basic American right to have decent health care. That is a basic right. We live in a very rich countryÖand the idea that any parent who sees his child born with a serious defect will think, ĎMy God, I might not be able...
  • Ben Stein is so wrong about health care itís hard to know where to begin

    05/06/2017 8:49:18 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 45 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/06/17 | David Hogberg
    Part 1: Single-payer does not protect people with pre-existing conditions Ben Stein appeared on ďYour World with Neil CavutoĒ Wednesday to discuss late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmelís touching monologue that included ill-informed statements about health care. Instead of trying to correct Kimmelís assertions, though, Stein just added to the confusion. Regarding the future of our health care system, Stein said, ďAt the end of the day Ö itís going to be single-payer. And the taxpayers are going to have to pick up the tab, and we might as well face that fact as soon as possible. I donít like...
  • Itís official: Conservative Ben Stein goes full-commie

    05/05/2017 11:07:49 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/05/17 | Matthew Vadum
    Ben Stein is entitled to believe anything he wants but never again may he call himself a conservative Alleged conservative Ben Stein revealed his bleeding-heart leftist self Wednesday on ďYour World with Neil CavutoĒ as he defended Jimmy Kimmel, his longtime personal friend. Kimmel delivered a heart-wrenching monolog the other night about his newborn son who was born with a dangerous heart defect and needed emergency open-heart surgery. No one with blood coursing through his veins who watched it could fail to be moved as Kimmel passionately discussed his personal anguish about a loved one.
  • Ben Stein: Weíre Losing the Freedom Our Fathers and Sons Fought For

    05/05/2017 9:07:09 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 35 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1 May 17 | Ben Stein
    Night after night, I stay up late watching documentaries about World War II. Iím obsessed with it. Not surprising, since it was the biggest event in the history of the human race. My father was in the Navy during the war, though to this day, I am not sure what he did. My father-in-law served in combat under Patton and was awarded the Silver Star for combat gallantry, before he was 22 years old, fighting hand to hand against the toughest of the tough, Hitlerís S.S., near Zeitlen. The documentary I am watching right now is The War by Ken...
  • Ben Steinís Diary Bombing Syria: Six Reasons Why We Shouldnít Have

    04/11/2017 10:17:14 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 88 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 04/07/17 | Ben Stein
    I used to have a best friend, recently in his eighties. Iím not allowed to talk to him any longer because I voted for Trump. Thatís the law from his wife. Anyway, just before I was cut off, I asked this great man if he could summarize all the wisdom of his life in one sentence. He looked at me with a smile and said, ďPeace is good.Ē With that, a few words about Mr. Trumpís getting us into the war in Syria in a big way: First of all, the happiest people on the planet right now must be...
  • Lessons in Gratitude, at the Basement Sink (credit to Freeper Utahagen)

    03/25/2017 4:07:01 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | Ben Stein
    MY father entered Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., in September 1931. The United States was entering the downswing of a small uptick at the beginning of what would be the worst industrial depression in history. My father had an unemployed father (a former skilled tool-and-die maker) and a mother who worked as a sales clerk at a department store in Schenectady, N.Y. He had no money, no financial reserves, no social connections. He told me of many jobs while he was at Williams, but one stays in my memory a dozen times a day, especially when I am working by...
  • Gergen Said What About Trump?! (Ben Stein)

    03/25/2017 3:45:46 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    Dave Gergen was the kindest boss I ever had. He was in charge of me for most of the time I toiled happily as a speechwriter for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford in 1973 and 1974. Intelligent, witty, a loving and caring man. I still run into him from time to time at lush watering spots. Still always a man to be admired. Thatís why I was surprised today to read that Dave had said that Mr. Trumpís first 100 days were the worst of any President ever. Really, Dave ? Worse than Lincolnís first 100 days? When 11 southern...
  • Ben Stein:Trumpís Blast Off

    03/01/2017 3:28:44 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    Letís not kid ourselves. That was a super speech. Not flowery, except that in parts it was eloquent without being flowery. Not poetry, except that it was poetry. It was a blast from the heart of the heart of America. It was as if Mr. Trump did not even have to use words. His sincerity and power in touching what Americans want to hear was beyond prose. *snip* I have been a speechwriter since I was 18. First for Senator Joe Tydings (D-Md.) and then for Mr. Nixon and Mr. Ford and for decades for myself. I listen to all...
  • Ben Steinís Diary: Just Doing His Job (Trump's immigration ban)

    01/31/2017 5:14:41 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 10 replies
    By a great stroke of luck, I read frequently about immigration law. One of my best friends, Nolan Rappaport, is a nationally renowned lawyer/expert on immigration law. He sends me his writings ó lately, for the Hill ó and I read them. I have learned that the President, through many decades, has been given by Congress immense latitude in enlarging or diminishing immigration. Mr. Obama could admit about as many Muslims as he wanted. Mr. Trump can keep out as many Muslims as he wants. Since the early 20th century, the U.S. has not even remotely been ďa nation of...
  • Theyíve Gone Insane And hating Trump hasnít made them any nicer either.

    12/08/2016 8:17:37 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 81 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 7 Dec, 2016 | Ben Stein
    ust donít get it. People are going insane about Donald Trump being president-elect. Itís beyond the wildest anger and fear I saw even about Richard Nixon, my hero. And, as I say, I just cannot see it. For example, this morning, I got several emails from men who had been my friends since high school. ďAmerica is going through its worst days ever,Ē said one letter. ďWeíre going to lose everything,Ē said another. It gets even worse. A dear old friend ó a woman who has been my close friend since the mid 1970s, a woman who never even liked...
  • Ben Stein says "I'm Not Sure Obama Is In Good Mental Health." I'd say Obama is anti-American!

    08/04/2016 6:31:33 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 37 replies
    Twitter ^ | 8/4/2016
    Ben Stein says "I'm Not Sure Obama Is In Good Mental Health." I'd say Obama is anti-American!
  • After the Democratsí Horror Show

    08/01/2016 10:54:59 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 6 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1 Aug 2016 | Ben Stein
    It is hot. Too hot. I awakened feeling happy, though. Maybe because the conventions are over and I can go back to watching my TCM classic movies and my World War One documentaries. I also just finished watching the greatest western of all time, High Noon. There is a movie about heroism. About manliness. That movie, starring the incomparable Gary Cooper, came out in 1952. It was the first and only movie my father ever took me to by myself, that is, just us two men. I was seven. I saw it on a double bill with the British movie,...
  • Ben Stein Slams Trump's Economic Knowledge

    06/06/2016 1:12:54 PM PDT · by Innovative · 69 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 6, 2016 | AP
    <p>The actor, economist and former Republican presidential speechwriter said that he thinks Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton "knows something" about economics, but that her rival Bernie Sanders is "willfully ignorant."</p> <p>Actor, economist and former Republican presidential speechwriter Ben Stein is slamming Donald Trump's economic knowledge.</p>
  • Ben Stein: Trump Is George Wallace ĎWithout Being A Racistí [VIDEO]

    02/29/2016 5:46:05 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2-29-2016 | STEVE GUEST
    Actor, economist and former Richard Nixon speech writer Ben Stein says Donald Trump is the ďGeorge Wallace of our era without being a racist.Ē In an interview with ďCNN Newsroom With Brooke BaldwinĒ on Monday, Stein argued†Trump ďis going to be a figure to be reckoned with. Iím not even sure Hillary can beat him. He is the voice of the unspoken, unwashed voice of the people coming down from the hills and hollers and they are very, very angry.Ē Referring to the large number of protesters ejected from Trumpís campaign rally in Radford, Virginia Monday, Stein said, ďThese demonstrators...
  • Ben Stein: Obama ‚ÄėHas a Real Strong Hatred of America‚Äô

    11/17/2015 4:17:25 PM PST · by markomalley · 47 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 11/17/15 | Pam Key
    Tuesday on¬†Newsmax TV‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Steve Malzberg Show,‚ÄĚ Ben Stein, a former speechwriter for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, actor and¬†author, Ben Stein said President Barack Obama ‚Äúhas a real strong hatred of America.‚ÄĚStein said, ‚ÄúMr. Obama has been wrong from day one about ISIS. He called them a JV team, he said that they weren‚Äôt really serious or important. He has not in any sense addressed their threat. And he is a bad joke, as the leader of the most important nation in the world, he‚Äôs a bad joke.‚ÄĚ
  • HILLARY ATTACKS: CALLS CHENEY 'DARTH VADER'(Drudge Headline)

    09/20/2007 9:49:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies · 68+ views
    Politico ^ | 9-19-07 | Ben Stein
    "Vice President [Dick] Cheney came up to see the Republicans yesterday. You can always tell when the Republicans are getting restless, because the Vice Presidentís motorcade pulls into the Capitol, and Darth Vader emerges," Hillary Clinton said just now (video) at a $100-a-head fundraiser at town hall near New York's Times Square, referring to Cheney's efforts shore up Republican congressional support for the Iraq war.
  • How Ben Stein Came to Deliver a Lecture in Ferris Buellerís Day Off

    06/05/2015 1:53:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Today is both #FlashbackFriday and, according to Chicago's WGN network, the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller's quintessential "day off." Apparently, they figured this out not by determining the date of the Von Steuben day parade (that's actually in September), but by the date of the Chicago Cubs game Ferris and company attend as part of their Chicago adventure. To celebrate at the Spectator, you can do a little #FlashbackFriday of your own. A few months ago, our very own Ben Stein, who delivers an iconic attendance roll (and lecture on the Laffer Curve to a classroom of sleepy kids), detailed...
  • Raider Mosby: A few notes on what we have learned regarding Baltimore.

    05/03/2015 8:43:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    few notes on what we have learned about law, race, order and the media after Baltimore, the largest city in my home state of Maryland, whose gleaming white stoops once stood for a cityís pride in its law and order and self-discipline. First, Marilyn Mosby should not be allowed to be a law clerk, let alone a stateís attorney/prosecutor. To prosecute police officers EXPLICITLY to please a mob (ďI have heard your cries about Ďno justice, no peaceíÖĒ) is exactly the opposite of what a prosecutor should do. That is, to prosecute only when the facts and law demand it....
  • Stein: Farrakhan Friendship Is Why Obama Won't Call Terrorists Islamic

    02/03/2015 4:48:59 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 3, 2015 | Pam Key
    Tuesday on Newsmax TVís ďThe Steve Malzberg Show,Ē Ben Stein, a comedic writer and former speechwriter for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, said President Barack Obama refuses to call terrorists, like ISIS and al Qaeda, ďIslamicĒ because of his friendship and Chicago political history with Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam. ...more (w/video)...
  • A Very Scary Situation (race relations)

    12/10/2014 10:10:52 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 99 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 10, 2014 | Ben Stein
    A disturbing conversation with one of my smartest, most astute friends who is from a border state but has been observing race relations for a long time now. He is white. He is definitely idiosyncratic. This, in paraphrase, is what he said: ďI keep reading in the newspapers and seeing in the mainstream media how angry blacks are at whites over the Trayvon Martin case, the Ferguson case and the Staten Island case. And what the media is missing is that as angry as the blacks are at the whites, thatís how angry many ó not all ó whites are...