John Amato covers this appearance by Ben Stein on Fox News, pointing to Stein’s remarks on the so-called fiscal cliff. The former Nixon speechwriter told Greg Gutfeld we need to raise taxes.
Stein: Taxes will go up on really rich people really a lot and we need it; we need more revenue.
Gutfeld: Alright, boo on you, Ben. I disagree with everything you said, but you’re both an actor and an economist. I kinda understand why you wanna raise taxes. It’s about getting invited to more cocktail parties
Without actors yelling at you.
Stein: Not at all, I don’t get invited to any parties and I don’t drink, but look, the whole idea for being a Republican is for fiscal sensibility and fiscal sensibility says we cannot run 16 trillion debt. We can’t have it up to 20 trillion. We cannot leave our grandchildren a defaulted, bankrupt America.
But I want to comment on how Gutfeld reacts to a call for higher taxes, even from a conservative: by calling him a communist (and only half-joking). Communist, socialist, applied specifically to Barack Obama they stand in for the N-word. For a more generic liberal (Obama included), they are simply four-letter slurs with nine letters, and they can use them on television. How very clever. How tricksy. The slurs sound meaningful yet mean nothing. They cannot define them when pressed:
I had this same conversation with a woman at the Mountain State Fair in September — with the same evasions, almost word for word.