by Yvette Carnell
Dr. Benjamin Carson, who has long been heralded in the black community and elsewhere for his successful 1987 surgery to separate siamese twins, took President Obama to task over health care and the debt during Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast.
Carson, a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University, lectured President Obama for 25 minutes on how to implement free market principles to enhance health care. He also proposed a pro-growth overhaul of America’s tax policy in order to reduce the deficit.
With Obama present, Carson first attacked politically correct speech as a “horrible” and “dangerous” thing. Then he discussed the scholarship program he heads and discussed how education is the key to avoiding poverty.
“Our deficit is a big problem,” Carson said. “Think about it — our national debt — $16 and a half trillion dollars.”
Carson believes that the Bible lays out the best case for a flat tax over a progressive tax.
“When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the universe, God, giving us a system. It’s called tithe,” Carson explained. He says that the 10 percent flat tax that the Bible lays out is what we should adopt.
Carson also seemed to imply that part of the problem with taxation is class envy.
“Well some people say, ‘well that’s not fair,’ because it doesn’t hurt the guy who made 10 billion dollars,” Carson said, anticipating the counterargument. “Where does it say you have to hurt the guy? He just put $1 billion in the pot. We don’t hurt him. It’s that kind of thinking that has resulted in 602 banks in the Cayman Islands.”
Next, Carson offered his ideas on how to overhaul health care.
“What can we do? Here’s my solution; when a person is born, give them a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account.” Carson said. “To which, money can be contributed pre-tax to the time you’re born to the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members so that when you’re 85 years old and you have six diseases, you’re not trying to spend up everything. You’re happy to send it on and there’s nobody talking about death panels.”