Comments on: Iowa cracks down on Ben Stein’s sleazy paymasters A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: HBC Fri, 26 Mar 2010 19:11:47 +0000 Not apologizing for Ben, whom I happen to like as a person if not as “an economist”… If however you find literally “loathsome” having, in his time, glossed over the (to me, evident) troubles of Wall Street, one could name several apparently paid contributors even unto this very news service whom you must then consider evil incarnate for no less energetically clutching to the self-same shaky premise, louder and for longer.

Just saying, when it comes to economic misguidedness, Ben Stein has no monopoly. Not by a long shot.

By: JonHocut Thu, 25 Mar 2010 06:08:16 +0000 Ben Stein is loathsome. Once Lehman collapsed he spent almost a year going on CBS Sunday morning almost every week to tell people that the doomsayers were retarded and everyone should just calm down. He knew this because he’s an *economist*. I hope you continue to dredge up every rotten scheme he’s involved in.

By: MarkWolfinger Wed, 24 Mar 2010 23:50:06 +0000 As much as I loathe Ben Stein, Your going after him – at this stage – is rather foolish. You can take it to the bank that most celebrity types do not spend any time vetting a company that pays for being a spokesperson.

By: ContrarianP Wed, 24 Mar 2010 21:17:06 +0000 What do you think of the Ernst & Young letter responding to the Valukas report?

Actual copy here …

By: HBC Wed, 24 Mar 2010 21:00:42 +0000 I’m so glad we’re being vigilant about companies not living up to their image as advertised. Finance and communications companies lead the way here, as far as I am concerned.

For example:

I’m still being billed by Verizon for two mobile phone numbers I specifically called in and canceled almost a year ago, partial token credits being all I ever get in return after 14 hours of otherwise fruitless customer service calls and counting. Net loss: hundreds of dollars.

AT&T tried to bill me for canceling a mobile number that was out of contract as though I had vacated contract provisions, even sending the bogus amount to shylocks for collection. Hundreds again. Bank of America – please, don’t get me started…

For full disclosure, I happen to know Ben Stein and, although our political positions often differ, think he’s a very nice man. Pitching for FreeScore was probably not the best and brightest idea he ever had, as Ben may be slowly realizing. I think he ought to quit forthwith and quite agree that unless he does, it disqualifies him from op/ed contributions to serious news media. So far so good.

That having been said, the free capitalist in me acknowledges that he’s only been doing what they paid him to do. There endeth his liability, under the law. Also that, if the truth were to hit the fan about all the bad (not to say f-ed) companies out there, the world would be a far better place, hopefully all of them being gone: AT&T and BofA first, Goldman for sure next, still and all with Ben Stein himself, if chastised, not necessarily the very highest priority.

I’m not saying go easy on Ben, I’m saying give the others the total hell they deserve too. All of them, without quarter, as only the best among bloggers knows how. Thanks in advance.

By: lfk Wed, 24 Mar 2010 19:01:18 +0000 Go Iowa!!!