Ben 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: