Economic sensibility from…Ben Stein?

It’s such a conundrum when someone I despise says something smart.  Ben Stein is a dishonest creationist hack…yet he went on FOX News and said sensible things about raising taxes.

I just…this is a strange world.  Better balance it out with some Glenn Beck continuing to be a lunatic.

This is what A Beautiful Mind could’ve been had the lead character been a dunce rather than a genius.

God is such a kidder.  He wants Glenn Beck to save the world, but didn’t give him even mediocre intelligence or self-awareness, let alone any super powers.

It couldn’t be that people like Glenn Beck use their supposed personal connection with god to augment their feelings of self-importance.  Nah.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Dan

    I think I see one of the many problems with Beck’s to-do list…one of his projects is “Teach Critical Thinking”. How does one go about teaching something they don’t understand themselves?

  • RuQu

    “This is just the insane list…”

    Well, he got that much right at least.

  • baal

    Ed Brayton has a post today about Ann Coulter having a moment of lucidity as well. I wonder if the (R) back channels has a memo that the google hit rate on “republican” “insane” got too high and they want a few more “wow” “republican” “got one right” hits.

  • Alvaro

    As much as I am with you in despising Ben Stein for his creationist BS, it jsut goes to show that people are complex and that even smart people can be incredibly stupified by religion.

  • gratch

    The problem for the Republican pundits right now is a pundit’s job is to be outrageous. To say ridiculous things that shock and grab attention. But how do you continue to get attention when, for your audience, the ridiculous has become the norm? When you can go on stage and say that taxing very rich people is a UN / Muslim / Communist conspiracy and instead of angry shouts and raised fists you see thoughtful nods and light applause? The answer is when the ridiculous becomes the norm then reality becomes outrageous. And if attention is your goal then that’s what you say.

  • tubi

    “This is what A Beautiful Mind could’ve been had the lead character been a dunce rather than a genius.”

    This may be my most favorite thing that you’ve written.