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Video: Ben Stein defends federal workers

By Ed O'Keefe

Ben Stein (a former Nixon administration aide probably more famous today for his "Bueller? ... Bueller? ... Bueller?" and cable TV ads) took to the airwaves this weekend on CBS's "Sunday Morning" to defend federal workers amid the recent waves of physical and verbal attacks on his former colleagues.

There is a basic assumption among many of us conservatives that bothers me. Basically, the assumption is that if a person is a government employee, then he or she is lazy and shiftless, a parasite just eating up tax dollars without doing anything.
"Bureaucrats" is what the sneering expression usually is.
To put it mildly, this is unfair and not even in the ballpark of what's true.

Stein, a fiscal conservative, CBS contributor and frequent cable news guest, concluded by urging fellow conservatives to back off: "Let's take our conservative noses out of the air and stop sneering at the people who serve us in the civil service. We would be awfully sad if they were gone, even the ones in the Department of Motor Vehicles."

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By Ed O'Keefe  | March 29, 2010; 4:31 PM ET
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Like three guys who took 14 hours to dig a 35' trench with a back hoe. Don't be so sensitive some are lazy. We know the ones that work and don't we are at street level unlike you.

Posted by: kclose1 | March 29, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

"lazy and shiftless, a parasite just eating up tax dollars without doing anything" only describes about 80% of them. Another 10-15% are working actively to destroy the private economy.

Posted by: corrections | March 30, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Ben - it's funny that when I worked for the government, I was a lazy, shiftless person just eating up taxpayer dollars. When I became a private sector employee doing the same job for more money and about equal benefits, I suddenly became a productive worker and hardworking taxpayer supporting those lazy shiftless government workers including the Marines and other service members who were in Iraq and Afghanistan putting their lives on the line, some for the second and third times, for us useful Americans.

Posted by: CagneyC | March 30, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

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