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Screenwriter David Mamet on the Hollywood Impact of Being a Conservative
You may know him as the Oscar-nominated 'Wag the Dog' screenplay writer, among a slew of other A-list productions. Wednesday morning, David Mamet spoke with Gretchen Carlson about "coming out" as a conservative in the Left-leaning Tinseltown. When asked what changed his mind on liberal vs. conservative policies, Mamet said it all boiled down to numbers. "I started looking at my checkbook, and I learned a little bit of mathematics ... I realized there's only so much money that a business has, that a family has, that a government has. And if you spend it on thing A, you can't spend it on thing B." Mamet hasn't been impervious to the impact of his politics on work opportunities. In Hollywood, Mamet says there is what he calls a "herd mentality." "It's a liberal town," Mamet said, "and the essence of liberalism as I understand it, in its aspect of being a religion, is that you have to protect the lie."