Question: Ben Stein and Jonathan Gruber: Separated at Birth?
Let’s watch one of the Professors try to school the stupid people, because you really can’t watch this often enough:
Apparently, by their own accounts, neither Jonathan nor Ben are geniuses:
“I'm not a Mensa member. I have no idea where that rumor came from. I never have been, and I doubt if I ever will be.” Ben Stein
Gowdy: “So you’re a professor at MIT and you’re worried about not looking smart enough?”
Gowdy: “OK. Well, you succeeded, if that was your goal.”
And both seem amazed at how easy it is to defraud people these days:
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.” –Gruber
“It's really amazing that in the age of unbelief, as a smart man called it, there isn't even more fraud. After all, with no God, there's no one to ever call you to account, and no accounting at all if you can get away with it.” – Ben Stein
Of course – because there IS a God - sometimes there are people like Trey Gowdy around, to “call you to account.”
(Because you can never watch a PhD grovel often enough either)
Okay, I’m just going to go ahead and make the call: I’m going with no, not separated at birth. Although Ben Stein was also a professor and also worked for a U.S. President, as far as I know he was never the architect of one of the biggest scams in United States history. And while he sometimes takes positions to the left of center, he does still believe in free market capitalism. Still, the physical resemblance is awesome. Maybe the Grub can finish out his career in Hollywood, where glibness and making yourself seem smarter at other’s expense is valued more highly.
“If we try to engineer outcomes, if we overturn tradition to make everyone the same, we ruin society. If we upset tradition to allow for an equal shot at the starting gate, everyone wins, except for the charlatans and would be dictators.” – Ben Stein