Skip to comments.Ben Stein: Scared at 60
Posted on 03/03/2005 10:54:41 PM PST by Former Military Chick
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What happened on 7/16/80?
I've been reading Ben Stein and his 'Tommy' for many years and thought the way idolized his son was going to lead to trouble.
Too much info from BS. I liked him better when I didn't know he was an ineffectual, indulgent father.
This kid of his will have all of Ben Stein's money spent six months after Mr. Stein's funeral.
It's a pity.
Hopefully, Ben has the financial acumen to set up ironclad trusts to make sure that Tommy doesn't get all the money in a lump sum.
Well, let's hope he does well and keeps on the straight and narrow.
Ben, here's a clue: read the underlined passage ten times and see if you can spot it... Tommy's mess; your cleaning.
Far too many parents expect their children to be their buddies instead of their children. Be a parent and don't be afraid to piss them off to teach an important lesson. He made the mess, he cleans it up, or he never gets to use the house again. Period.
He sends him to boarding school? Wonder why?
I was a spoiled kid too - that's why I think he should stand up to his son there! I had a sportscar at 16 too.
Imagine, he came in at 11 am after trashing his father's beach house. Who KNOWS what went on in there, if drugs were used/dealt? Sex? A child conceived? If not by Tommy, if he is an angel, then by someone else? Could the girl have been underage? Could there have been a lack of consent, a rape? You need to supervise these kids. That messup should have resulted in that boy losing some freedom and privileges.
You are right -- his child could be killed.
Love is a verb, Mr. Stein. One more year. You can do it!!
Sounds like Ben Stein is not a very good parent. Kid sounds spoiled and maniuplative.
OMG that is my reaction exactly, the kid needs a beating from what he says here!!! he is ruining that child! and IT IS his fault and his wife's fault for letting him run unchecked.
my feelings exactly! i cannot respect someone that allows their kids free rein like this. it is astounding to me.
I reread this article again, and actually, I'm apalled by every part of this article. His insinuation that he is a "chosen" lucky person, that he mentions how wealthy he is about 10 times during the article, that he seems castrated by his teenage son, that he takes everything some CBS reporter says at face value, and that he was in that horrible movie, SON OF THE MASK. Oh, he didn't mention that, did he. Well, if I were him, I wouldn't mention it either! :)
Those for whom Ben would use the term friends are fortunate indeed. This is one very good man ... that's my term for someone with whom I would spend time in conversation and reflection if possible. To put that in perspective, I've said the same of Mel Gibson and don't anticipate ever meeting him face-to-face either.
Agreed - Stein is a real asset to this country and conservatism. He makes inroads where others cannot. Doesn't make him the perfect dad or always strong when it comes to our War on Terror. But people here need to reread the great things he said about God and country in the article.
Stein makes it clear in the article, and pretty much all the time, he owes what he has to GOD. Don't know how you missed that in the article frankly.
Pntiers in a twist today, Hildy?
Why, because I made a comment? And by the way, what exactly are Pntiers?
Who said I missed it? you misinterpreted what I said. I probably didn't say it correctly. I know what he means. The article was still annoying, though.
He's been doing it for years -- I gave up on Ben in disgust when he wrote about how he indulged the kid in his old "American Spectator" column. You reap what you sow. The kid's obnoxious and always has been.
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