Ben Carson, the shy, calm-natured neurosurgeon, proved once again how a brain surgeon may not always be the smartest guy in the room. After being called out by one of moderators during the third debate for supporting a subsidy when he claimed he does not, Carson went on the defensive:
Well, first of all, I was wrong about taking the oil subsidy. I have studied that issue in great detail. And what I have concluded is that the best policy is to get rid of all government subsidies, and get the government out of our lives, and let people rise and fall based on how good they are.
And — you know, all of this too big to fail stuff and picking and choosing winners and losers — this is a bunch of crap, and it is really causing a great deal of — great deal of problems for our society right now. And you know, it goes back to the whole concept of regulations, which are in everything. The reason that I — I hate them so much is because every single regulation costs in terms of goods and services.
Ben Carson hates subsidies because he sees them as regulations that cause a “great deal of problems for our society.” And he wants to do away with all of them.
That’s funny, coming from a guy who has, it seems, received almost every federal subsidy known to man to get ahead.
In his autobiography “Gifted Hands” (so it’s straight from the horse’s mouth), Carson acknowledged that his family was on heaps of welfare, and it took many years to wane themselves off government assistance until it was only food stamps they received. Carson received free glasses from a government program which helped his academic scores, and wrote:
By the time I reached ninth grade, mother had made such strides that she received nothing but food stamps. She couldn’t have provided for us and kept up the house without that subsidy.
As I’ve said, we received food stamps and couldn’t have made it without them.
So let’s go over what we know. Carson:
- Was fed with food stamps
- Lived in subsidized housing
- Got his glasses from the government
- Benefited from affirmative action
And now, because he’s made it, he wants to do away with these very subsidies that help millions get a leg up, like him and his mother.
Maybe Carson is right, maybe subsidies do create problems in society – it gave us Ben Carson after all.
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