Chris Wallace Schools Ben Carson For Using The Bible To Support His Tax Policies (Video)

ben-carson-fox-news-wallaceBen Carson proves that it’s possible to be extremely intelligent and a babbling idiot at the same time. At one time he was one of the best neurosurgeons in the country, yet when it comes to pretty much any topic not relating to medicine he’s an absolute moron. Often his rhetoric is so absurd that it’s hard to tell if he’s actually being serious, or he’s simply trying to say what he thinks might appeal most to conservative voters.


Oh, and by the way, he is in no way qualified to be president – not even close.

Well, during an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, the 2016 GOP presidential hopeful was absolutely schooled after he suggested he believes a flat-tax is derived from the Bible and that it wouldn’t disproportionately hurt poor people.

“I got that idea, quite frankly, from the Bible, tithing,” Carson stated. “You make $10 billion a year, you pay a billion. You make $10 a year, you pay one. You get the same rates. That’s pretty darn fair if you ask me.”

“Now some people say poor people can’t afford to pay that dollar. That’s very condescending,” he continued. “I can tell you that poor people have pride too. And they don’t want to be just taken care of.”

The flaws in his “logic” on this issue are absolutely astounding. First, if someone worth $10 billion loses a billion, they’re still a billionaire. A dollar to a poor person is much more important than $1 billion to someone who’s fortunate enough to be making $10 billion a year. A person worth billions isn’t going to do without anything they need if they lose $1 billion – but 10 percent of a poor person’s income can literally be the difference between that family being able to afford food or having to choose which bill doesn’t get paid.

Thankfully, Wallace wasted no time in pointing out just how idiotic Carson’s flat-tax idea is.

“Doctor, here is the problem with the flat tax in the real world,” Wallace noted. “According to the Tax Policy Center, to raise the same amount of revenue we do now, the tax rate would have to be in the low to mid 20 percent range. Low and middle-income families would get a big tax hike while wealthy families would actually get a big tax cut.”

“That’s actually not… I don’t agree with that assessment,” Carson insisted. “Because I’ve been in contact with many economists. And in fact, if you eliminate the loopholes and the deductions then you’re really talking about a rate somewhere between 10 and 15 percent.”

“I’ve got to tell you that outside experts we talked to, you’re talking in the 20s,” Wallace responded. “For instance, you talked about low-income families. Not only don’t they pay, they actually get an earned income tax credit. Now, you’re going to have them paying 10 to 15 percent of whatever income they have or 20 percent if my experts are right. I’ve got to tell you, a lot of independent studies say that the people who make out like bandits in this are the wealthy.”


Naturally, Carson continued to disagree.

It’s pretty bad when a Republican presidential candidate goes on Fox News, which is basically just a conservative entertainment channel, and gets called out for pushing for a tax policy that their experts have said overwhelmingly favors the wealthy (which it absolutely does). Then for him to try to use tithing in the Bible to support this tax plan just reeks of someone desperately trying to pander to right-wing Christians because comparing the two makes absolutely no sense. Tithing and tax rates aren’t even remotely the same thing.

But forget what I said earlier about Ben Carson not being qualified to be president, going by his comments to Chris Wallace on Sunday, he’s not really even qualified to run.

Watch the segment below via Fox News:




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Melania Gulley

    Only a true moron believes a flat tax does anything but make it worse for those who can barely pay their bills and or are already so poor they are homeless or almost homeless. People need better math skills, brains and some damn compassion

    • OMGface

      Bingo.

  • DesertSun59

    Voters continue to elect politicians to be their teacher, preacher, priest, doctor, philosopher, and their father instead of being the POTHOLE filler they’re supposed to be. Politicians are supposed to be the legislators and administers of government, not your personal lives. They’re supposed to be good at POLICY that causes the greatest good for the greatest number. They’re supposed to be negotiating TREATIES, not telling you what you can or can’t do with your genitals.

    People elect these utter morons this because they’re absolutely lost. They’re adrift in a sea of semi-consciousness (mostly due to the prescription drugs they’re on) and have absolutely no idea that THEY are the oars they need to navigate their existence. So, they pretend that someone else has the keys to their car and will drive them. They have absolutely no idea that these fools have the chains to your PRISON instead of the keys.

  • David Ish

    Jesus Christ said give ALL to the poor

  • Al Johnson

    “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” [Matthew 19:24 KJV]

    • mark.saylor

      If you get a chance sometime google ‘Rev Joel Osteen on being rich’. He makes it obvious that not all Christians interpret scriptures the same. He also feels it is acceptable that he is on his second ‘sacred’ marriage.

      • Al Johnson

        Yea, ” God wants me to be rich ” …
        Spin doctors are always available to steal the money of the gullible …

      • kfreed

        It’s not just Joel Olsteen. It’s the entire Tea Party:

        “Tea Party ideology is not new but taps into decades of Religious Right instruction on “Biblical Capitalism.”

        The second annual PA Progressive Summit 2011 was held in Pittsburgh on January 22 and 23. I again gave a presentation on “Biblical Capitalism” or the belief that unregulated capitalism is biblically mandated. The Religious Right is well known for its regressive social activism, but less publicized is the role it has played in the war against progressive economic policy, labor unions, the regulatory structure and social safety net. The sacralizing of laissez-faire capitalism predates the Tea Party movement and has been a major theme of fundamentalist textbooks for more than three decades.”

        http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/2/1/132159/0192/Front_Page/Biblical_Capitalism_The_Religious_Right_s_War_on_Progressive_Economic_Policy

  • Andrew Morris

    Chris Wallace is one of a few on Fox who actually try to keep the veneer of being independent and not solely a mouthpiece for conservatives/right-wing/Republicans.

    The Flat Tax and the Fair Tax are misnomers pushed by those who, as Wallace eloquently stated, “make out like bandits”

    • 1968_Camaro

      Chris Wallace did a great job schooling Carson, who has gone from being a surgeon to a babbling idiot

  • OMGface

    So ashamed to say, back in the day, I liked & admired this guy. Live and learn. It strikes me that being a surgeon essentially requires being a fearless skilled mechanic…..not some gifted visionary, independent thinker. Shocking, his blind, doctrinaire, dogmatic convictions and what he has bought into!

    • Judy Rae Jackson

      I actually still admire Dr. Carson as a BRILLIANT surgeon. If I had a child or grandchild with serious neurological problems, I would absolutely want Dr. Carson to be the surgeon operating on that child. HOWEVER, being a brilliant surgeon does not mean a person has any common sense. Dr. Carson can’t see that he is simply a token for the GOP. They trot him occasionally to prove their “diversity” then stick him back into a corner.

  • kfreed

    So Fox “News” – the infortainment network that’s been humping the Tea Party’s lef all these years, is getting on Carson’s Christofascist case? Why just Carson?

    “Tea Party ideology is not new but taps into decades of Religious Right instruction on “Biblical Capitalism.”

    The second annual PA Progressive Summit 2011 was held in Pittsburgh on January 22 and 23. I again gave a presentation on “Biblical Capitalism” or the belief that unregulated capitalism is biblically mandated. The Religious Right is well known for its regressive social activism, but less publicized is the role it has played in the war against progressive economic policy, labor unions, the regulatory structure and social safety net. The sacralizing of laissez-faire capitalism predates the Tea Party movement and has been a major theme of fundamentalist textbooks for more than three decades.”
    http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/2/1/132159/0192/Front_Page/Biblical_Capitalism_The_Religious_Right_s_War_on_Progressive_Economic_Policy

  • Disqusdmnj

    “I disagree, because facts are hard.”