by Jack Meyer
As I watched President Obama's interview on 60 Minutes, I was taken aback by his rosy words about how wonderful our economy is doing. He acknowledged that not everyone is feeling the wonderful economic times and gave his simple solution for that small problem. Let's raise the minimum wage and have the government spend more money on infrastructure projects.
Unfortunately, those in America who are not paying attention believe that is a wonderful solution. When you begin to apply logic to the formula, it breaks down very quickly. Companies can't afford to raise wages as significantly as suggested, so they will lay enough people off to get their costs in line. It's great for the few that remain but now the government must pay out unemployment instead of building infrastructure projects. The other solution for the company is to raise prices. Everybody pays more and now, not only does the new higher wage not buy any more than the old wage used to, but companies have to pay more for non-labor items as well. The money they pay out for higher prices cannot be used to grow the business and hire more people. Of course having the government spend more on infrastructure problems requires that taxes be raised, which reduces employee's take-home pay and feeds the negative cycle described above as companies pay higher taxes.
Fortunately, Dr. Carson applies logic to issues that America faces. He has clearly stated that the only way for economic success to be felt by everyone is to stimulate business growth in America. He has discussed many ways to do that. We can eliminate taxes on money that businesses have made overseas and already paid taxes on so they can bring that money back and invest in growing their businesses here. That drives more and better jobs.
Submitted by Jerry Harman
To the readers, most of whom are probably familiar with Dr. Benjamin Carson, M.D., world renowned Pediatric Neurosurgeon, but would like to know more about him, his political and moral views, and his well-honed leadership skills, I want to draw your attention to the very real possibility that Dr. Carson will be convinced by the extraordinary efforts of over 17,000 volunteers who are working hard to convince him to run for the presidency in 2016. First of all I would like to make the readers aware that Dr. Carson retired in June 2013 as Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins after spending more than half of his life performing surgeries, several never having been done before, that improved the lives of many, many children and those of their families.
Second, and also very important, I would suggest that readers take the opportunity to read Dr. Carson's two most recent best-selling books, "America the Beautiful, Rediscovering What Made this Nation Great" and "One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America's Future", both of which spell out in great detail his views on current events as well as his political and moral views. His life story and his seemingly "magical" surgical skills were featured in the movie, "Gifted Hands", starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and based on the book by the same name.
Dr. Carson is a man of uncommon character, integrity and faith, and his speeches are from the heart. He grew up in inner city Detroit and was raised by a single mother. She had only attended school into the third grade and so was, herself, semi-literate. He started his early school years as a poor student with a bad attitude. His mother, however, not wanting him or his brother to grow up to live in the same kind of conditions in which they were living, turned off the T.V. and ordered him and his brother to read two books a week from the Detroit Public Library and to submit written book reports to her, though they didn't realize she couldn't read them. Soon, the "future" Dr. Carson began to love reading and learning. He finished third in his high school class, went on to Yale, and then to the University of Michigan Medical School. At the age of 33, he became Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical School, certainly one of, if not the best, medical schools in the world. He retired in 2013 at the age of 62, widely considered to be the world's best pediatric neurosurgeon.
Dr. Carson believes in a free market economy in which people would be able to determine their own value and capabilities. As for job creation, Dr. Carson believes that the more we groom our youth for success, the more we secure their futures and the future of America. Regarding unions, Dr. Carson believes that they were essential in their beginnings because of the need for fair wages and reasonable working conditions. Today's union leaders, Dr. Carson believes, are "strangling the goose that laid the golden egg".
Regarding the issue of taxes, Dr. Carson compares his vision of taxation with the Biblical concept of tithing. He points out that the concept of proportionality " simplifies things to the point where we don't need complex agencies such as the IRS". In regard to abortion, Dr. Carson believes that young women should be given easy access to adoption services and assistance should they decide to keep their babies. He is adamantly against abortion for the sake of "convenience".
Author Jack Meyer writes:
The following is a response to an article that questioned Dr. Ben Carson's credibility for being a believer in Creationism.
Thank you for introducing your readers to Dr. Carson. Unfortunately, your political bias has caused you to frame much of the article with half-truths. You criticize the man for being a Christian. Only in the past ten years has that been something that the Left uses in an effort to disqualify someone from being taken seriously.
To embrace the theory of evolution takes as much faith as it does to believe in creation. A LAW OF SCIENCE states that things left to themselves "tend to go from order to disorder". If a person finds a smart phone in the woods, who doesn't check to see who made the phone? Is it an iPhone? A Samsung? Nobody thinks that the phone evolved over time. Rather, if it were there for a long time it would deteriorate and ultimately would not function at all. How much faith does it take to believe that the most complex ecosystem and system of life imaginable just happened to evolve by itself from some amoeba?
Cherry-picking supposedly controversial things Dr. Carson says without any attempt to explain his meaning (which he has clearly stated many times for every comment cited) is dishonest. I challenge your readers to do their objective research on Ben Carson. Those who do will find he is a very intelligent man who loves the nation and has very clear and logical ideas for getting us out of this downhill funk that we are in. They will also find a man who refuses to be silenced by those who use "political correctness" as a way to shut people up. The first amendment assures people the right to express their opinions. Not only that, if people can't honestly speak and listen to one another, how are we ever going to work together to rescue our nation from the bankrupting path it's on? Check out his book One Nation to fully understand Ben Carson.
- Find the interest earned on a $900 note at 8%, after 2 years, 2 months and 6 days.
- The Kongo basin is smaller than the Amazon. Why is it more important?
- Describe why the Atlantic Coast is colder than the Pacific at the same latitude. What causes rain? Why do deserts have little rain?
Got a clue? Me neither, but those questions were all from eighth grade tests in Kansas, West Virginia and Massachusetts in the 19th and 20th centuries. Students of all colors and stripes were expected to pass them, and the vast majority did. Most American second graders, in the 1830s, according to Alexis de Tocqueville, could already read and write well.
Today most college graduates would flunk those tests. What happened? Liberalism happened. Democrats- in the name of what they now call "social justice"- took over public education.
It's a common misconception that one political party is more caring and more responsive to the needs of the poor and the middle class; the opposite is actually the case. In fact, low income Black and Hispanic neighborhoods are the most victimized by government edicts, stifling regulations and manipulation by powerful special interests. When high tax rates drive jobs overseas, when the public schools fail to educate even those they graduate, when the "wrong" kind of energy suppliers are forced out of business, costing jobs and sending gas prices and home heating rates soaring for the families that can afford them the least- that's caring?
No, that's exploiting. It's patronizing. It's assuming that the most vulnerable among us will keep falling for the same tired, failed policies and the same empty promises from politicians who disappear when the election is over. It's counting on them not noticing that while they're getting hurt by their nice-sounding policies, the political cronies and union bosses get the benefits and cushy jobs while the poor and disadvantaged get...what? Abortions, welfare (if the child's father doesn't live with them), lousy schools and public defenders.
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National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee (NDBC) announced today that it will start running three radio advertisements in Louisiana and North Carolina to support the Republican candidates in their efforts to win U.S. Senate seats.
The Committee has made a decision to cut to the heart of the issues in two specific races for the U.S. Senate between the Republican challengers and the incumbent liberal Democrats. It is an essential effort to support the Republican challengers as the NDBC views such support as a way of increasing the likelihood that Dr. Carson would seriously consider a campaign to run for the presidency in 2016. He has mentioned that a Republican controlled Senate after the 2014 elections would encourage him in his decision to make a run for President.
Dear Dr. Carson: It is very rare in one’s lifetime to find a public figure such as yourself who not only embodies the traditional American Dream, but also has depth of integrity, honesty and is deeply principled. Add a deep faith in God, wisdom, logic and the ability to publicly speak with and not at WE THE PEOPLE, and we are blessed to have you, Dr. Carson. Your political beliefs to support our Constitution, a free market economy, a self-sustaining lifestyle, education, fiscal responsibility and limited federal government are the answer to what our country needs. The fact that you may even be willing to offer yourself up to our political process is a blessing.
Over the decades too many people have gotten used to local, state and federal governments saturated with corruption, lies, and self-interest driven politicians. This should NOT be the norm and, I believe, is NOT what our citizenry needs, but has been forced to tolerate.
As I follow your articles and have read your books, you have a concise, logical methodology of identifying an issue, expressing your opinion, and proposing solution(s) through strategy(ies) to accomplish the goal. Dr. Carson, thank you for allowing us the benefit of your wisdom. Dr. Carson, I support you for President of WE THE PEOPLE of the United States. .
DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 25, 2014 -- The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is proud to announce that Dr. Carson had a resounding victory in the Polk County Republican Party Dinner presidential straw poll, coming in first out of many contenders.
"It's clear that Dr. Ben Carson draws supporters who want him to make a presidential run in 2016," says Vernon Robinson, the Committee's campaign director. "This poll shows that people like what he stands for and believe the country needs a leader like him."
The straw poll was conducted at the dinner held Aug. 24 in Des Moines, and surveyed 261 attendees. Dr. Carson, who was the keynote speaker at the dinner, finished in first place with 62 percent of the votes, finishing ahead of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who received 7 percent, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who received 4 percent. Several other potential candidates shared the remaining votes.
This is the latest in a number of top finishes in polls across the country for Dr. Carson. In July, Dr. Carson took the top spot in the Western Conservative Summit Presidential Straw Poll. Dr. Carson held second place in a narrow contest in the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference Presidential Straw Poll held in May. Dr. Carson also had an overwhelming victory in January in the Linn County, Iowa, midterm caucus straw poll with 87 percent of the votes. Dr. Carson also placed in top spots in the Conservative Political Action Conference Straw Poll in Washington, D.C., and in the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in New Hampshire.
"That the Polk County Republican dinner was able to draw supporters from far and wide to hear and meet Dr. Carson is indicative of the appeal he has with voters," said John Philip Sousa IV, national chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. "I hope that Dr. Carson sees this straw poll victory as another rallying cry for him to be our country's next leader."
Generals Washington and Eisenhower both distinguished themselves during two different bitter struggles as persons of intelligence, wisdom, fortitude, grit and courage, able to sustain momentum and clear thinking under great stress. They each attained a successful presidency without prior political experience. I would argue that Dr. Carson has demonstrated all these virtues during his extraordinary career. He also embodies Conservative thinking on virtually all issues. He knows this country is facing unparalleled existential crises and may yet fail. He is considering the call to TRY to fix it, only because none of the GOP prospects are truly galvanizing the voters.
The American people are disgusted with politicians on both sides of the aisle because they are not delivering solutions. They want a man who values his honor before his tenure; who is not beholden to special interests or easily swayed from avowed principles. They would expect Dr. Carson to implement the policies he runs on because he has proven he’s a man who can work tirelessly and who doesn’t swoon when confronted by the PC Police. I marvel at his unflappable courage under fire, always able to present a logical, cogent argument while being respectful of all listeners.
I think his attributes will deeply resonate with all Conservatives if we do our part to get his name out there, and he’ll pull in some tired Liberals as well who just want some action. I pray he’ll run.
The man is smarter than any president we have had in 25 years or so. I don't agree with him on everything, especially his stance on the second amendment, but he's leading the current bunch of potential candidates.
I really like Ben Carson and would love to see him run for President! But, I am concerned about his statement made that if he was to run he would run as an Independent! This is too dangerous! This would split the Republican votes and result in the Democrats winning the election (Hillary). If Ben will run as a Republican he has my vote, but he really needs to realize the damage he could do by running as a Independent.
Merrifield, Va.—July 15, 2014—The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, announced today that it raised more than $3.3 million in the second quarter of 2014, including more than $1 million in the month of May alone.
“The American people are continuing to show their overwhelming desire for Dr. Carson to run for the GOP nomination in the 2016 presidential election,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “We’ve had tens of thousands of people contribute and hundreds of thousands have signed the petition to get Dr. Carson to run, because people want a principled leader in the highest office in the land. They want a president who can heal the bitter divides that are tearing our nation apart.”
Since its inception in August 2013, the Committee has raised more than $7.2 million, with more than 95,000 individual donors giving an average contribution of around $48. The committee now has more than 17,000 volunteers nationwide.
Hundreds of thousands of people have signed petitions encouraging Dr. Carson to enter the race for the presidential nomination. The Committee delivers roughly 6,000 of these petitions to Dr. Carson each week.
“The campaign to draft Dr. Carson into the race for president continues to enjoy incredible success,” said John Philip Sousa IV, national chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. “As we move into the third quarter we will increase our efforts to spread the word about Dr. Carson’s merits and all he has to offer the American people. The tremendous outpouring of donations and words of support clearly shows that people are clamoring for a principled, unifying leader like Dr. Carson in the White House. We will continue to do all we can to encourage him to run for president.”
Distrust the two current parties
So much money greed and hubris
They no longer represent the people!
George Washington's resignation from the presidency says it all - he warned even back in the infancy of our government that the people should not trust the parties - they are out for their own interests and power as organizations
I want Bento start a "do over party"
A movement to encourage all citizens to vote against all incombant candidates in every level of government - just
To show both parties they mean nothing unless they listen to all of US!
It would take two elections to make all of the corrupt leaders be gone
But after the first round you bet the parties would take notice
And the do over party would have no cost or overhead
Just citizens taking back their rights and using social media
Elections cost too much money for us to get such bad candidates and elected officials in the end
Ben - start the "do over" party now!
"However combinations or associations of the above description [factions or today what we call a political party] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion."
George Washington, Farewell Address 1796
Read that quote by George Washington closely. Now answer me if his concerns are valid compared to today’s political environment?
With a Facebook post I shared on one of Dr. Ben Carson’s group pages dealing with Dr. Carson answering if he was a Republican, I received a very cleaver question regarding the subject. “So would you run on a Democan or Republicrat ticket, or maybe a Redemopendant one?” It led me to graciously answer the thought provoking query, which I expand upon here.
An interesting and clever question Joe. Thanks. Are Americans Engish, Indeses or Chinaxicans? Of course the answer is all of these but none these. It makes the point that we are all an odd mixture and can extend it to our philosophies rooted in our experiences.
What I love about Ben Carson is that he was once a liberal Democrat, changed to a Republican but now realizes neither party fully represents his ideas because each party has such a wide range within the platforms. That is just inherent in our party systems. Today, the two main parties have slid further away from their proverbial centers so it polarizes our politics, revealing the extremes from our foundation. The liberal progressives are the more extreme and off base, far that is from outside of the American form of republic this nation was founded on. But the far right can be as misleading if allowed driving to the excessive. Ben Carson will say that conservative Republican come closes to his belief but he is willing to keep common sense in the formula so labels himself politically as Independent.
Our founding fathers warned against “factions”, what we call political parties, because they could be so dividing for our republic (if you want to know more about factions, click here). But they also came to comprehend that it was almost unavoidable so continually pointed back to our founding documents to anchor the process.
This is what Dr. Carson has come to understand and strives to embrace using the common sense approach that our republic works best under; the American republic foundation with Biblical values. The founding fathers used republican thoughts (little r here, not the party) embracing the idea of the common good, which expressed itself within different “factions” (parties today). They wanted what was best for all using Christian values as the gauge. Not so in much in today's environment and actually opposing those values. That is not to mean every American has to be a Christian, but rather the republic uses that value system. That is why modern America is heading in the wrong direction and needs correction.
Dr. Ben Carson could be an ideologue who represents what America is all about and get us back on track if we were to convince to him run for President.
“On a candid examination of history, we shall find that turbulence, violence, and abuse of power, by the majority, trampling on the rights of the minority, have produced factions and commotions which, in republics, have, more frequently than any other.”
James Madison 1788
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.”
DrCarson and Dr. Condoleezza Rice In 2016.
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
2nd Amendment, US Constitution
All the US Amendments are crucial to our Republic and the 2nd one gives us a focus to understand our founder’s intentions. Let’s take a look at it.
Short, concise and to the point. When written there seemed to be little discussion, probably because the founders lived the reality of the peoples’ fate, if the simple truth of the statement was ignored. Today we feel generally safe from our neighboring countries and we have armed civil servants who can come to our aide when called. We have been lulled into a false sense of security, unlike that of the first generations in this nation. It is easy for us to believe that our founders needed something that we no longer need the same way today.
It would be a huge mistake to suppose such and make that assumption. The founding fathers had plenty to say about the reasons for this amendment, which we can gleam to make a common sense analysis.
"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
George Mason - Co-author of the Second Amendment 1788
"Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
"Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not."
It was obvious to these men that the right to bear arms was to protect ourselves from anyone, within or without, who would overreach to take or limit our liberties as defined in the Declaration of Independence and Bill of rights, whether invaded from outside our borders or somehow by the newly tri-partite government with a bi-cameral legislature if it failed us.
As I alluded to above, sometimes we forget our founding fathers took time to consider all these facts and wrote our founding documents, rules and government framework with a vision that includes thoughts for future generations. We can miss it when current events “seem” too elaborate and conclude our current governance is deficient for solutions. But that thinking only leads to arrogant, convoluted, ill-placed conclusions in direction opposition to the intent of our nation’s founding. Common sense will direct us, teach us and support our founders’ intentions if we apply it.
Dr. Ben Carson is a good example that supports this conclusion. He is recognized as a man with unpretentious common sense. Bought up in the ghettos’ of Detroit definitely gave him a sense to the dangers of violent groups who demonstrated weapons as power to control communities and disregard the liberties of others in contrast to their rights of liberty. I assume he had no other context growing up for the purpose of guns other than the negative example he witnessed. He knew if the wrong people had guns it could be a disaster for the community. Until his famous speak given at a prayer breakfast in front of president Obama in 2013, he had no reason to seriously consider the 2nd amendment until asked about it by Glen Beck in February 2013. Many radical right wing conservatives hailed his answer inadequate for a presidential run based only on this before Ben considered other opinions about the issue. I understand the concern but have seen Dr. Carson seriously consider other opinions and weighed them against the intentions our founders had for the second amendment. He has recently published some of these thoughts as an opinion piece in the Washington Times, April 22nd 2014. I’ll let you read it, but Dr. Carson has shown he is capable of understanding others viewpoints and consider them against our founding fathers objectives. This common sense approached is outlined in his book, One Nation, which you need to read. He has decided that the 2nd amendment, drafted by our founders, is critical to keeping our republic stable and safe.
“The Second Amendment was crafted by wise citizens who recognized how quickly an enemy invasion could occur or how our own government could be deceived into thinking it had the right to dominate the people.”
Dr. Ben Carson, 4/22/2014
For those, who at one time, considered Dr. Ben Carson might fail us on the second amendment, rest assured that he will up hold our constitution wholly and completely (in contrast to our current president) if we convince him to run for president in 2016.
"The great object is that every man be armed." and "Everyone who is able may have a gun."