Ben Stein is an Idiot – Not an Economist.

If Ben Stein is an Economist, I am a nuclear physicist. Then again, I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last week…

Received this gem from Ben Stein in an email from a friend:

“Fathom the odd hypocrisy that Obama wants every citizen to prove they are insured, but people don’t have to prove they are citizens.”

Funny, but as usual for Ben, very inaccurate. Mr. Stein apparently holds to FAUXNews’ standards for checking the facts before he speaks.

As the rabid right wingnut blogger, Sorcha Faal posted in her great hyper-paranoid blog:

Obama Moves For National ID Card, Military Prison For All Dissenters

Obama is for a national ID card as part of immigration reform, but I’m sure this is just another veiled reference to his “missing” birth certificate, which BTW, you can see the certificate on the Internet and it has been verified by the Republican governor of Hawaii.

Also, it’s an irony, not hypocrisy. It is ironic, especially since the Repugnicans are the ones who block the national ID card every year in congress by refusing to address the greater issue of immigration reform. What the Repugnican don’t want you to know as the demagogue over it – illegal immigration has dropped every year for the last 10 years and that drop has accelerated because the Obama administration is actually tougher at enforcing immigration law than any recent Repugnican president.

What Mr. Stein likes for us to forget is the need to prove the purchase of health care insurance was a Repugnican idea:  Obama Health Proposal = 1993 Republican Proposal.

The progressives of this country hate the provision that we have to buy and prove the purchase of health insurance. We want a national, single-payer healthcare system. This would not be a problem if this country treated health care as a right, not a privilege and had a single-payer system like every other first world country. Then we would all be covered and no one would die for lack of care based on their ability to pay. We did not get this (yet) because Pres. Obama accepted the Repugnican model that Mr. Stien now attempts to ridicule.

The sad part of the journey of Mr. Stein is that he started as a poverty law attorney before making a life in politics and now as a fixture on FAUXNews as a pundit with the credit “Economist” blazoned below his name. Strange, but his resume has no mention of any training as an economist. He’s a lawyer and has taught law and public policy at UC Santa Cruz, Pepperdine University Law School (who’s dean is none other then Ken Starr) and other schools. Mr. Stein did predict that the economy was “just fine” and the “smart money” was “now trying to buy — not sell — as much distressed merchandise” in mortgages as possible – Ben Stein Says the Economy is Fine.

A month later, the bottom fell out and the Second Great Depression began.

Now THAT was funny! Not really.

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