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Ben Stein Watch: March 29, 2009

Ben Stein counts Jim Cramer as a friend. And millions of people watched the showdown between Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer on The Daily Show. But judging by his column this week, Cramer’s friend Mr Stein wasn’t one of them: … Continue reading

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Adventures in Flackery, Private Jet Edition

Two high-profile financial columnists filed two strikingly similar opinions on corporate jets today: A private plane is really a flying office. It is a way for a busy executive to get from one place to another as efficiently as possible, … Continue reading

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Ben Stein Watch: February 8, 2009

What year does Ben Stein think that he’s in? On the one hand, he talks about "President Obama" in his latest column, so he must have some inkling that it’s 2009. But his overall message is very mid-2007: there’s a … Continue reading

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The University of Vermont Uninvites Ben Stein

The good news is that Ben Stein is not going to be the University of Vermont’s commencement speaker after all: the choice of Stein caused such an uproar that he withdrew. The bad news is that the uproar seems to … Continue reading

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Ben Stein Watch: January 25, 2009

Ben Stein devotes his latest column to the subject of profligacy. It’s a subject he knows a lot about: he has filled previous columns with paeans to expense-account temples like Morton’s and Mr Chow, and he regularly talks lovingly about … Continue reading

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Ben Stein Watch: January 11, 2009

Ben Stein sat in on some cabinet meetings in 1974, and learned that high-ranking political officials aren’t always super-smart. This, he seems to think, was not a good thing. He then says that since even very smart people have been … Continue reading

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Ben Stein Watch: December 28, 2008

Ben Stein is some kind of seer: About two years ago, a little delegation from a major investment bank arrived at my home in Beverly Hills. These nice young people were from the bank’s “wealth management division.”… They told me … Continue reading

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Ben Stein Watch: Now on NYTimes.com

The NYT has a contributor’s page for Ben Stein; I go there at weekends to see whether he’s lobbed another softball in my direction. What I never dreamed, however, was that I could hit those balls straight back onto nytimes.com, … Continue reading

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Ben Stein Watch: December 14, 2008

Are you worried about the state of the economy? Fear not! Ben Stein has a solution: "the federal government," he says, "has to guarantee loans made by lenders". This looks like English. It has English syntax. But I don’t think … Continue reading

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Ben Stein Watch: November 30, 2008

Ben Stein, last week, was all in favor of the government spending vast amounts of money. A truly serious stimulus package is very much in order. It has to be big enough and last long enough that Americans do not … Continue reading

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