I really hate writing about this guy, which I personally like and admire… actually it’s probably because I like him that I do… anyhow, yes Ben Carson is full of….! (at least on these points 🙂
I would like to stress I have no qualms against is positions, just his **reasoning**, which to a certain extent makes things worse.
That said, please do watch the entire speech which is quite enjoyable and really is not what media nuts (or even my post title) make it out to be. As far as I am concerned a lot of what he said is quite sensible.
This is in reaction to the *portion* highlighted by Cavuto in in which he makes a couple of claims:
A) The fact that his is a Doctor does not limit his ability to comment on Policy
B) He and others are quite successful in using fact-driven analysis to solve numerous problems
C) A flat tax is fair.
D) God gave a 10% across the board tithing system which should be imitated.
Naturally I agree with A & B. Yes demonstrably intelligent people should be solicited. Except that intelligent people are equally if not disproportionately capable of hubris. To that effect, intelligence is like any other asset. The more you have of it, the more you have to be careful.
This business of proportionality actually is at the heart of my argument. As a general concept, there is nothing fair about a flat tax. At least it is as fair as having all fighters compete in the same weight category. If that sounds fair then fine. Case closed. I dare say a majority would agree with me.
How does that apply to taxing “The Rich”? My statement is as follow:
The richer you get, the more disproportionately you are able to take advantage of what a country offers.
Say the price of nut bolts is $10 a Kilo. You find an opportunity to buy it at $1, however seller only wants to sell in large enough quantities.
If you are business minded poor person, you will have to pass that up because you don’t have access to credit. Most likely your friends are also poor and won’t be able to help.
If you are middle class, you might be able buy a stock, either by making a personal loan or getting some friends to pitch in or what not. Even if it takes you a while, you might make a cool 10 or 100 Grands.
If you are well off. You can buy the entire stock. Drive other sellers out of business, control the supply of bolts of an entire region, branch into other activities etc… all that without any risk to your personal livelihood, credit and health.
Am I mistaken here? This seems rather straightforward to me… Its not about wanting to hurt the Rich guy, no not at all it’s just that life is not proportional at all.
Money is to power, what speed is to energy
If you think for a minute that a car going twice as fast carry just twice the amount of energy you are so mistaken and unfit to read this post.
Lastly point D). Mr Carson, tithing is NOT taxing. Tithe never meant to build roads, maintain troops in other countries, put a man (or woman) on the moon and stimulate cancer reaserch.
Tithing is akin contributing to an opera house. The priests just like the opera house are not meant to foster wealth.
That too it seems to me is rather straight forward and I have a hard time understanding how very educated people can stray at such a basic level.
Is it that hubris disproportionality issue? Again, I am not saying we should or should not tax progressively. I am saying let’s not fool ourselves.
PS: By the way, the war of 1812 was NOT started by the British… correct me if I am wrong.