Ben Stein, Grab Some Pine

Dear Mr. Stein,

It’s time for you to grab some pine. You were funny in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I even kind of enjoyed your creative and cerebral game show, Win Ben Stein’s Money. But that all changed when you recently spewed ignorance about Americans who have been laid off in an op-ed for The American Spectator:

The people who have been laid off and cannot find work are generally people with poor work habits and poor personalities. I say “generally” because there are exceptions. But in general, as I survey the ranks of those who are unemployed, I see people who have overbearing and unpleasant personalities and/or who do not know how to do a day’s work. They are people who create either little utility or negative utility on the job. Again, there are powerful exceptions and I know some, but when employers are looking to lay off, they lay off the least productive or the most negative. To assure that a worker is not one of them, he should learn how to work and how to get along — not always easy.

WOW. It’s amazing how someone as intelligent as you could be so demented. I’ll cross my fingers that you retract this sorry excuse for a reasonable opinion ASAP. Until then, get bent.

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