Video: Ben Stein defends federal workers
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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| March 29, 2010; 4:31 PM ET
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