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September 05, 2009

Democrat Pete Stark Blows Up Over National Debt

Pete Stark Blows Up Over National Debt

Here is a write up about the man doing the interview:

Who is Jan Helfeld?

Library of Economics and Liberty

by David Henderson

In a comment on one of my recent posts, commenter Patrick Sullivan referenced an interview with Harry Reid in which the interviewer tried to get Senator Reid to admit that taxes are involuntary. Reid simply wouldn't. I found the style of the interviewer, Jan Helfeld, so compelling that I started watching other interviews he'd done. One of the two best, in my opinion, is his interview of Nancy Pelosi on the minimum wage. He gets Representative Pelosi to admit that there's nothing wrong with young people working for less than minimum wage if they work for her or if they work for a charity. She seems to understand all the tradeoffs involved and to understand that even young people can look out for themselves. Watch what happens (at about the 3:50 point) when Mr. Helfeld tries to get her to extend her thinking about less-than-minimum-wage work to McDonald's. At about the 6:00 point, she tells him he made a mistake by not moving on to another question and, instead, sticking on one point.

My other favorite is his interview of Representative Pete Stark in which Congressman Stark actually states that more government debt means more wealth. Watch this video for his extreme rejection of Ricardian equivalence. Also note how nasty and abusive he gets when he fails to convince Mr. Helfeld and when Helfeld doesn't back down.

Helfeld reminds me of John Stossel. He's willing to confront people directly and won't give up. Also, his face even looks a little like Stossel's.

Two questions. Who is this guy? And how did he get in to interview them?

Wild Thing's comment.....

He is such a typical democrat politican. Wow, he’s testy! Why did he agree to do the interview? The person that will run agaisnt this guy should get this video and use it in their campaign. Fight back or forget about it.

Stark insulted the interviewer personally, his education, the university he attended and NEVER answers the questions put to him/ Stark’s arrogance is completely over the top and his continuous non-answers to reasonable questions was quite amazing.


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at September 5, 2009 05:50 PM


Stark asks him about econ 101, he doesnt know the difference between owing Billions to the Chinese and he thinks that our wealth. Fourtney Pete Stark is a blithering idiot. No wonder he's in congress.

Posted by: Mark at September 5, 2009 07:35 PM