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Ben Stein: Taxing the Rich Won't Make the Poor Wealthy

By    |   Tuesday, 19 May 2015 05:25 PM

Despite the claims of Democrats to the contrary, higher taxes on upper income earners won't do anything to alleviate poverty, conservative commentator Ben Stein says.

"There's never been a time in history when the poor were made rich by making the rich poor, and I don't think it will work this time either," Stein said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto."

"I do applaud the idea of having new wealthy people in this country, but they get well-to-do by work and education and by working smarter, leading more disciplined lives."

Stein's comments came of the heels of the two declared Democratic presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, talking about the wealth gap on the campaign trail.

Stein said he has no problem with raising taxes on the rich, adding, "I sign my income tax check with a smile." But, he said, "I don't think it's going to make the poor rich."

If the government took all the money from the rich and gave it to the poor, the poor would be better off in the short term, but would eventually fall back into poverty if they didn't develop better life habits.

"Any person in this country who works hard, gets a decent education and really, really is disciplined can become a middle-class person unless he's physically or mentally disabled," Stein said. "Self-discipline, reliance upon self, reliance upon hard work that's what makes it happen."

Ironically, Stein said, it is Clinton's own friends who will suffer if she raises taxes on the wealthy.

"Look, I live in Beverly Hills. I live part of the time in Malibu. All those rich people in show business, all of them are for Hillary," he said. And by the way, you can tax them a lot; they'll still be fantastically rich and the poor will still be fantastically poor."

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