At the recent National Prayer Breakfast, besides issuing a plea for “humility” from those in prayer (would that he took his own advice), Obama got an earful from Dr. Ben Carson, whose accomplishments so out shine Obama’s as to require great humility on Dr. Carson’s part to agree to be on the same dais as Obama.

The difference, of course, is that Dr. Carson, a fabulously skilled neurosurgeon, also seems to have great good common sense and, yes, a fair dollop of humility.

The good doctor took the opportunity at the Prayer Breakfast to speak on the ills of political correctness, and to tell us what kind of a tax system would be fair.

You know, the mantra that the left is always bleating about: “fairness” requires the “rich” to pay ever-greater shares of their income and wealth. They, the left, will, of course be the final arbiter as to what is “fair.” And, ominously, those who they claim are “rich.” Which, if they are given their way, will eventually be pretty much everyone who makes more than the official poverty level.

Dr. Carson started his talk by stating (via an editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal editorial) “It’s not my intention to offend anyone. But it’s hard not to. The PC police are out in force everywhere.”

It’s not my intention to offend anyone. But it’s hard not to. The PC police are out in force everywhere.

They surely are, Dr. Carson. On taxes and “fairness,” here’s what he had to say:

What we need to do is come up with something simple. And when I pick up my Bible, you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the universe, God, and he’s given us a system. It’s called a tithe.

We don’t necessarily have to do 10% but it’s the principle. He didn’t say if your crops fail, don’t give me any tithe or if you have a bumper crop, give me triple tithe. So there must be something inherently fair about proportionality. You make $10 billion, you put in a billion. You make $10 you put in one. Of course you’ve got to get rid of the loopholes. Some people say, ‘Well that’s not fair because it doesn’t hurt the guy who made $10 billion as much as the guy who made 10.’ Where does it say you’ve got to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot. We don’t need to hurt him. It’s that kind of thinking that has resulted in 602 banks in the Cayman Islands. That money needs to be back here building our infrastructure and creating jobs.

A flat tax is the fairest kind of tax I can think of. The problems only arise with our tax code, which allows some wealthy individuals and corporations to avoid paying at even the lowest rate in the tax code. It’s easy to see that both Democrats and Republican rent-seekers would be dead set against getting rid of those loopholes, for no loophole is so ugly that it’s mother doesn’t love it.

And there are an awful lot of mothers in Congress and the Executive Branch.


2 thoughts on “Flat

  1. Pingback: The Need for a Flat Tax « Revolutionary Paideia

  2. Some criticisms of a flat tax are legitimate. However, if you de-clutter the code, remove many of the existing loopholes and deductions, you can cut tax rates across the board.

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