Ben Stein backs president on taxing millionaires

In case you missed it, President Obama’s campaign to raise tax rates on the rich gained an interesting ally a few days ago – Ben Stein.

In an interview on CNN, the economist/ actor said he rarely agrees with the president’s policies, but raising taxes on millionaires is “totally fair and abosolutely necessary” to save the economy. In his State of the Union speech last week, Obama said millionaires should pay at least a 30 percent rate.

It’s fantasy to believe that the economy will fully recover without raising takes on the uber rich, Stein said.


Republicans have responded to the call for a minimum tax on millionaires by attacking Warren Buffett’s secretary.

Links to the Stein interview and related headlines are below.

CNN: Ben Stein: I agree with Obama’s plan of raising taxes on millionaires

Forbes Blogger Paul Roderick Gregory: Warren Buffett’s Secretary likely Makes Between $200,000 $500,000/ Year

CNBC: Warren Buffett Defends His Secretary From ‘Ridiculous’ Attacks