Ben Carson has taken the lead in some polls over Donald Trump because, in the Republican Party, he who can prove he is the dumbest wins. Carson has been inundating the media with a level of stupid not seen since Dan Quayle. A neurosurgeon who doesn’t believe in science, who was a registered independent until 2012 and used to work with research from fetal tissue is a perfect fit for “conservative America.”
Ben Carson’s problem, as he demonstrated tonight, is that he doesn’t have the standard Republican denial quite down yet. Take his flat tax platform. Carson subscribes to some fantasy world where people will just give up 10% of their income with no deductions, just like the guy making millions off of their hard work, and that because the paperwork is reduced it doesn’t leave a massive hole in the budget to be filled by another Republican deficit.
Moderator Becky Quick jumped on Carson, informing him that his math wasn’t quite realistic. “I’ve had a really tough time trying to make the math work,” Quick, CNBC Business Analyst said, “If you were to take a 10 percent tax, with the numbers right now on total personal income, you’re going to come in with $1.5 trillion dollars… that is less than half of what is brought in right now.”
Carson stuttered and muttered that he meant closer to 15 percent, which would be political suicide, and then finally figured out what Republicans do in this situation, which is raise your voice and shout “nuh uh.”
Quick chimes in, “You’d have to cut the federal government by about 40 percent to make up the numbers.”
And finally Carson’s Republican is showing as he spews forth “It’s not true! When we put all the facts down, you’ll be able to see it works out very well.”
No, it doesn’t. A flat tax favors the wealthy. Try to keep up.
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