Ben Stein Hasn’t Figured Anything Out

Darwin led to Hitler. No, wait! God led to Hitler!

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Speaking of figuring things out, I figured out my email problem. I now have three days worth of emails (almost 100 messages) to get through tonight. You kids will have to entertain yourselves for another day. How about a plaything to keep you entertained? Here’s Ben Stein!

In my pile of emails was one from Bunkie, who thought I’d like to read this rational, well-reasoned article from Ben Stein and published in The American Spectator. It’s called “We’ve Figured Him Out”. Almost every sentence is a winner! Have at it!

Why is President Barack Obama in such a hurry to get his socialized medicine bill passed?

Because he and his cunning circle realize some basic truths:

The American people in their unimaginable kindness and trust voted for a pig in a poke in 2008. They wanted so much to believe Barack Obama was somehow better and different from other ultra-leftists that they simply took him on faith.

They ignored his anti-white writings in his books. They ignored his quiet acceptance of hysterical anti-American diatribes by his minister, Jeremiah Wright.

They ignored his refusal to explain years at a time of his life as a student. They ignored his ultra-left record as a “community organizer,” Illinois state legislator, and Senator.

The American people ignored his total zero of an academic record as a student and teacher, his complete lack of scholarship when he was being touted as a scholar.

Now, the American people are starting to wake up to the truth. Barack Obama is a super likeable super leftist, not a fan of this country, way, way too cozy with the terrorist leaders in the Middle East, way beyond naïveté, all the way into active destruction of our interests and our allies and our future.

The American people have already awakened to the truth that the stimulus bill — a great idea in theory — was really an immense bribe to Democrat interest groups, and in no way an effort to help all Americans.

Now, Americans are waking up to the truth that ObamaCare basically means that every time you are sick or injured, you will have a clerk from the Department of Motor Vehicles telling your doctor what he can and cannot do.

The American people already know that Mr. Obama’s plan to lower health costs while expanding coverage and bureaucracy is a myth, a promise of something that never was and never will be — a bureaucracy lowering costs in a free society. Either the costs go up or the free society goes away.

These are perilous times. Mrs. Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, has given Iran the go-ahead to have nuclear weapons, an unqualified betrayal of the nation. Now, we face a devastating loss of freedom at home in health care. It will be joined by controls on our lives to “protect us” from global warming, itself largely a fraud if believed to be caused by man.

Mr. Obama knows Americans are getting wise and will stop him if he delays at all in taking away our freedoms.

There is his urgency and our opportunity. Once freedom is lost, America is lost. Wake up, beloved America.

22 Responses to “Ben Stein Hasn’t Figured Anything Out”

  1. Brian Says:

    I love how conservatives get their panties in a bunch out of concern for our country, but only in the last six months. Where the hell was their goddamned moral compass for the last eight fucking years? Of course, for most of them political advantage is more important than the country’s best interests.

    This letter by Stein is fascinating in that I would have to work very hard to compose something just as disingenuous. With every sentence he manages to give truth the finger. You’d think he’d be able to get something right…

  2. arkonbey Says:

    What gets me about the debate over healthcare are the conservative talking points: huge bureaucracy, denial of care and lack of choice.

    Have these people ever had health insurance before? BC/BS is a huge bureaucracy with often incomprehensible forms; people are often denied care in America; and in February, the company I work for switched dental carriers and my right wing friend had to find a new dentist because his dentist of many years wasn’t in ‘the plan’. I haven’t called him on that, though.

    Of socialism in general and how it will ‘make us all equal and punish success and reward laziness’. True, it is an amazing thing that there are no millionaires or impoverished people in France at all!

  3. Lindsay Says:

    I couldn’t get past paragraph 4. Nothing new here…just the same angry crap. It’s just so out there it is laughable…but at the same time I fear how many people take it seriously.

  4. Ron Britton Says:

    Brian:

    With every sentence he manages to give truth the finger.

    That’s what I like about this article. It’s unusually dense (and I’m not just referring to its author). Most right-wing rants take a few sentences or paragraphs to make each incorrect point. This article is really just a list. Each sentence is a distinct lie. It’s Ben Stein’s “Top 20 Things I Hate About Obama”.

  5. Ron Britton Says:

    Arkonbey:

    What gets me about the debate over healthcare are the conservative talking points: huge bureaucracy, denial of care and lack of choice.

    You left off the huge cost. The truth of the matter (assuming we get real reform and not some bastardization as the result of caving in to Blue Dog Democrats and Republicans) is a cheaper system, equal or less bureaucracy, less denial of care, and equal or better choice.

    Every other industrialized nation has socialized medicine, and almost every one of those systems runs better than ours. They all run a lot cheaper.

  6. ericsan Says:

    That’s it! I’m burning my copy of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.

  7. ericsan Says:

    The problem with the Obama administration is that it’s been starting from the bastardized, caved-in position to begin with, allowing for concessions to huge pharmas and the insurance industry. Of course, we’re not even going to get THAT, the industry lobbyists will make sure that they water it down further so that we get nothing at all and they line their pockets to finance their CEO’s multi-billion bonuses.

    I sincerely hope I’m wrong, but I’m expecting the Obama plan to be just as successful as Hillary’s aborted attempt at health care reform during the first year of her husband’s presidency.

  8. Jim Says:

    Well, I’ll thank Stein for exemplifying the cumulative result of moral bankruptcy, paranoid delusions and deliberate howling ignorance: Uncontrollable lying.

  9. Angie Jackson Says:

    Uh, so can I totally steal this for my blog?

  10. The Watcher Says:

    Of course, we’re not even going to get THAT, the industry lobbyists will make sure that they water it down further so that we get nothing at all and they line their pockets to finance their CEO’s multi-billion bonuses.

    They’ll water it down so it doesn’t work anymore, then step back and say “Look! It doesn’t work! Obama failed!”

  11. spinetingler Says:

    The last two times I’ve been to the DMV, I had a short wait (15 minutes or less) that I passed reading an ESPN The Magazine from the pile in the waiting room, was clearly called to the desk via the electronic “take a number” system, and was efficiently helped by the person behind the desk.

    Compare that to any hours-long interaction I’ve had with BC/BS.

  12. Dawn Says:

    every time you are sick or injured, you will have a clerk from the Department of Motor Vehicles telling your doctor what he can and cannot do.

    If you have private insurance or an HMO you pretty much have this now. Has this dipshit not seen sicko? What’s the difference between a corporate bureaucratic drone and a government bureaucratic drone? People are dying NOW because their wonderful capitalistic private insurance companies are denying them treatment, even though they’ve been paying the premiums for years. But that’s ok, I guess, since it isn’t the dang guvmint.

  13. Dawn Says:

    Sorry, I should have capitalized Sicko. GAH. My IQ went down reading this drivel.

  14. Bacopa Says:

    We oughta have govt funded single payer health insurance, and we oughta tax the shit out of the rich to pay for it. If we taxed the super rich more, corporations would be inclined to pay more for R&D and capital improvements and less for CEO raiders.

    Cut all agriculturial subsidies to zero too. Most subsidies go to huge agribuisness consortiums like ADM and Cargill, the rest goes to half-assed hobby farmers. Ending subsidies would give REAL farmers a better chance to compete in the market.

  15. Another Steve Says:

    Bacopa:

    …and we oughta tax the shit out of the rich to pay for it. If we taxed the super rich more, corporations would be inclined to pay more for R&D and capital improvements and less for CEO raiders…

    I’m sorry, how do you get there? Why does taxing the rich get us more R&D as well as captal improvements?

    I thought it was reasonably well established that unlike the poor and middle class, the rich have options. If you tax them, they find ways to move their money off shore and shelter it from taxation.

    Not trying to start a fight here. Educate me please.

  16. Bacopa Says:

    Another Steve: Maybe “tax the shit out of them” was an overstaement. Just make ‘em pay what they paid 25 years ago and close the loopholes and subsidies that constitute corporate warfare. And bring back the so-called Death Tax. Poor rich kiddos will still have a head start in our supposed meritocracy. Tax ‘em. And tax those “botique-CEO’s” makin millions a year with an extra tax. So what if they go somewhere else? These are Sirius Ark B people and they can go ruin some other countries’ companies the way they ruined ours.

    Once they’re gone we can go back to the work of making shit people want to buy because its worth the money and give up credit-default swaps and other scams. A corporation can fund a pretty good research operation for the cost of a botique CEO.

    I support single payer because it seems to work pretty well right here in the US. My gf’s Medicaid is way better than my private insurance and has lower administrative costs than my insurance. Problem is, she’s Medicaid-enslaved. Scrimps by on disability income and underground economy earnings even though she has an MA and once ran a bretty big operation. If she got a real job, she’d loose Medicaid but would not be able to get health insurance. She should be able to get a real job, pay taxes, and still keep Medicaid. Less money would be flowing out of the govt and some money would be flowing back in.

    I am not a big-government type. I think we got too damn many people in prison and our military budget includes weapons our forces don’t even think they’ll ever need and could easily be cut by 20%.

  17. Parrotlover77 Says:

    I’m sorry, how do you get there? Why does taxing the rich get us more R&D as well as captal improvements?

    I thought it was reasonably well established that unlike the poor and middle class, the rich have options. If you tax them, they find ways to move their money off shore and shelter it from taxation.

    Not trying to start a fight here. Educate me please.

    The idea is that if you have an exceedingly high top marginal rate (say, 90%), there is no incentive to keep amassing wealth like most overpaid CEOs do. Therefore, more money stays within the business, reinvested to R&D.

    That’s the theory. It’s just as idealized and impractical as the “less taxes = more revenue / no taxes = infinite revenue” folks.

    I’m all for a higher top marginal rate (conservatives, we are BELOW the laffer curve ideal, not above) and most certainly for a the estate tax, but setting the income tax too high (like the 90% years) essentially causes the uberwealthy to funnel money out of the country which doesn’t help the country at all. In other words, the cost enforcement would exceed the gain in revenue. Not to mention that it would really piss off all the old rich white people.

    Just explaining. :-)

  18. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Now, Americans are waking up to the truth that ObamaCare basically means that every time you are sick or injured, you will have a clerk from the Department of Motor Vehicles telling your doctor what he can and cannot do.

    Look here! Nothing up my sleeve!

    I love how he compares a potential socialized health care system to a usually underfunded state run system for managing vehicles and not the federal run socialized health care systems that already exist, such as Medicare and the VA.

  19. iflurry Says:

    The American people already know that Mr. Obama’s plan to lower health costs while expanding coverage and bureaucracy is a myth, a promise of something that never was and never will be — a bureaucracy lowering costs in a free society. Either the costs go up or the free society goes away.

    So freedom must be bought now? Or only healthy people deserve to live?

  20. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Both!

    If you aren’t rich enough to afford medical care, you didn’t work hard enough.

    Self sufficient, self-made, worked 3 jobs to put 5 kids through college, get government out of my life, blah blah blah BS.

    Fuck self sufficiency. If I can give up a small portion of my income, along with everybody else, to provide for all our basic needs by pooling our resources, I’m on board.

  21. Brian Says:

    I love it when these idiots complaining about “government-run health care” change their tune entirely when it is suggested to them that they eschew their Medicare coverage. Of course, it never dawns on them that Medicare is a well-run government health care program. Really, they’re nothing more than mindless sheep doing whatever the RNC tells them to do.

    I’d also like to see a poll of how many of these people already have some form of health insurance. My suspicion is that hardly anyone who currently is not covered is not strongly in favor of some kind of reform from which they might benefit. So if these morons who already have health insurance are out protesting a plan that wouldn’t really affect them but would only extend coverage to the uninsured, why? That’s not very Christian of them. Maybe they ask themselves, “Who would Jesus insure?”

  22. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Well, Jesus would just put his hands on you and heal you free of charge, so there’d be no insurnace anywhere. But doctors needs to make a living like the rest of us, so that’s not so much the case for them. Really, Jesus’ miracles of healing were pretty pathetic when you consider that he helped like a handful of people in his immediate vicinity. If he’s a coequal part of the godhead (to borrow from the zany catholics), why didn’t he like totally eliminate disease? I mean humans do a good enough job of killing each other. We don’t need genetic flaws and opportunistic microscopic organisms to help.