I’ve loved Dennis Miller since before he even became a conservative, and Ben Stein has written some very worthwhile stuff about economics and the culture wars (although he also made the movie Expelled, which I criticized here). These are both very smart and very entertaining guys, so I was excited to hear that the former was hosting the latter on his radio show this morning.
Audio of today’s interview is here. Stein spent his air time endorsing higher taxes, mostly saying, “Rich people can afford it–they won’t be hurt if they pay more.” It was almost shocking to hear such a brilliant thinker explain a point with no more intellectual grounding than a child would bother to use. Literally–I remember a class in junior high where the teacher discussed the national debt, and one clown announced that he could solve the problem: “Let’s mug Donald Trump!”
Miller, for his part, responded fairly well, but most of his time dwelt on the fact that government tends to waste money, and that new taxes would be largely wasted, also.