The presidential campaign season has barely begun, and it is already turning nutty.
Neurosurgeon and eminently unqualified Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has a tax plan that he wants to sell to American voters. It’s the Biblical tax plan.
“You make $10 billion a year, you pay a billion; you make $10 year, you pay one. That’s pretty damn fair if you ask me,” Carson said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I like the idea of a proportional tax – that way you pay according to your ability,” Carson said. “I got that idea quite frankly from the Bible.”
At least we know that such idiocy was not Carson’s idea. Yet, the idea that someone so pitifully poor as to make $10 a year has to give $1 away does not sound like anything Jesus would support either. It doesn’t take a deep religious background to know that the Bible never suggested tithing to support government. It was meant for religion. It is a purely voluntary act intended for when someone chooses a church to attend. Government doesn’t survive well on that type of volunteerism.
It might be easy to dismiss the $10 figure as just a figure of speech by Carson. It would be relieving to think that he used $10 to exaggerate the difference between that and $10 billion. It would be comforting to know that he really means people who make $20,000 a year or more are intended for his tithing system, and that the very poor are exempt from emptying what’s left in their pockets. Unfortunately, Carson’s phrase wasn’t just a figure of speech.
Of course, Carson received criticism that his plan would hurt the poor, but he disputed that notion:
“Poor people have pride, too, and they don’t want to be just taken care of.”
True, they don’t want to be taken care of. However, they want to take care of their families before standing toe to toe with a billionaire to match pride on who gives a higher percentage to taxes. Someone who makes $14,000 a year, can’t fork over $1,400 of that, plus social security and other payroll taxes that almost double that number, and expect to have any quality of life.
Carson has made it clear in his plan that he doesn’t like taxes. That makes it ironic for him to use “pride” when taxes are paid. Of course, he only uses that in referring to what the poorest people are to do with their money.
Requiring the poorest to pay the same percentage in taxes as the richest is simply absurd. Where is the pride in the billionaire who made his fortune off society but won’t pay back a bit more because he doesn’t want to help make society a bit better?
This idea is the flat tax on steroids. Most flat taxers know that there is a group at the poorer levels that can’t pay the same as everyone else. Apparently, this concept is way too radical for Carson. Carson has the corrupted belief that pride feeds, houses and clothes people. His idea is ridiculous.
The absurdity has begun in the presidential race, and it is only likely to get worse.