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2nd Letter/Rebuttal to Ben Stein

Mr. Stein.

It’s me again. I wrote you last month with concerns I had about remarks you made during an appearance on The O’Reilly Factor in early Aug’11. I highlighted these in my letter of 8/16 (encl) addressed to you, care of Young America’s Foundation, accompanied by my contribution to that body.

Please understand I’m not mad or even perturbed. I love that you love your dog and this country. You’ve proven this beyond doubt over the years with your fine efforts at spreading conservatism, raising money for the cause, and helping so many ways to fight against the tide of liberalism sweeping our country today.

Not to digress, but I also fight as best I can. I’m not a celebrity or anything, and have no public persona, but I write Op-Ed pieces to many papers and journals, sharing my thoughts with many conservative groups and organizations. I also debate/engage my many liberal friends and acquaintances, explaining why they’re wrong and how their ideas are hurting this country.

Let me mention I contribute regularly to numerous conservative groups giving as best I can, including Heritage, CATO, The Claremont Institute and many more. Not sure if this earns me any respect above and beyond the usual, but I mention it to reassure you I also am a serious man who loves his country (and dog) doing everything he can as a little guy/everyman to help you and others in the fight to save our country!

Now to my point: did you ever get chance to read my letter?

Could you possibly read it now and respond to my questions, so I’m comfortable with my thinking and reassured it jives with your own?

Based on your education, experience and long successful career I must respect both your intelligence and opinion in the fields of law, economics and government. That’s why I was distressed to hear you say on O’Reilly, and I paraphrase –

“ . . . it isn’t helping things that some of these new Tea Party

people are being obstructionist and obstinate, blocking

attempts to raise the debt ceiling. Our sovereign credit rating

and reputation are more important than a routine authorization

to raise debt . . . ”

I hope I haven’t misquoted. You seemed to say that yes, we have a problem with debt and spending, but it’s more important to keep government running, and to maintain confidence in the People.

Also, if the rich are asked to pay more, what’s wrong with that?, exampling Warren Buffett. The problem is, liberals aren’t talking about Buffett when mentioning rich. They mean you and me.

I don’t know if you would call yourself rich. I’m sure you are richer than me, and I certainly am not rich. And I don’t like being called rich, and I am one whose confidence is broken. So I feel just the opposite of your statement above. I believe anything done in Washington that doesn’t impede/stop/reverse the obscene level of spending, that doesn’t restrain and lower our soaring debt, is one more nail in the coffin of our democracy. We’ve run out of time.  There’s no room for compromise. We can’t simply slow the rate of this train wreck. Regular speed or slow motion, it’s still a train-wreck unless stopped in its tracks.

That’s my position. Liberals have pushed us to the edge. We have no room to barter or delay. The slightest cooperation on our part will aid and abet their attempts to socialize our government. We’re on the edge of a cliff. Picture unsteady feet, flailing arms and cliff-top debris beginning to fall .  .   .

Please explain, if you don’t agree. Explain how going along, but more slowly, will be less destructive in the final analysis. How big can a budget deficit get? How enormous the national debt, before the world scoffs and devalues our worthless dollar, replacing it as the world’s reserve currency, bringing on an economic cataclysm of unprecedented proportion?

Mr. Stein, I’m scared. I wait impatiently for conservative pundits and scholars to sound the alarm. We’re all in the stadium ready to play for the championship: liberals v. conservatives. Time we put our game faces on and get to it. We’re in sudden death protocol.  It’s do or die. Winner take all. No 2nd chance.  If we don’t get it done now we’ll lose the game, our career and the franchise.

There’s no telling if we’ll ever get it back. The whistle is about to blow .  .   .

Al Shane

Contributor, Conservative, Concerned Citizen


Explanatory Remarks

This was a follow up to my original letter dated Aug’11 asking for a clarification of his position on the Tea Party and about the seriousness of the political situation in general. He never responded to that letter, or this.

I am still in the dark as to whether Mr. Stein has changed his stance, or still maintains we need to move slowly and carefully as we turn our ship of state around.


Alvan I. Shane Author, The Day Liberty Wept 2270 N Euclid Ave Frequent Op-Ed Contributor Upland, Calif 91784 Political Donor to Cons Grps / Causes (909) 946-5104 Ex-Marine / California native Tax Accountant / Mar 43yrs / 1 son
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