By Michal Ortner
Ben Carson, neurosurgeon-gone-politician, is a Republican presidential candidate for 2016 who says that his tax plan comes from the Bible itself. He explained it as “tithing” when he interviewed with Chris Wallace on Sunday. He says that everyone would pay into the system in accordance with what they have financially.
“You make $10 billion a year, you pay a billion. You make $10 a year, you pay one. You get the same rates. That’s pretty darn fair if you ask me,” Carson argued.
As of now, Carson is the only African-American candidate for the 2016 election. He believes that people with smaller incomes want to contribute to the country and that they should be given that opportunity.
“Now, some people say poor people can’t afford to pay that dollar. That’s very condescending,” Carson said. “I can tell you that poor people have pride, too. And they don’t want to be just taken care of.”
Wallace objected to Carson’s argument, saying that it sounded more like a plan for the rich rather than the poor and the middle class.
“Doctor, here is the problem with the flat tax in the real world … According to the Tax Policy Center, to raise the same amount of revenue we do now, the tax rate would have to be in the low- to mid-20 percent range. Low- and middle-income families would get a big tax hike, while wealthy families would actually get a big tax cut,” Wallace explained.
“If everybody is paying, it makes it very difficult for these politicians to come along and raise taxes,” Carson responded.
According to Carson, everything would fall into place because the tax plan is part of “an overall complex program” that involves “reorienting the way we do things in government.”
He also stated that under his administration, America would run “more like a business” rather than “this great inefficient behemoth we have right now.” The bigger picture in Carson’s diagram also includes utilizing the country’s energy resources and “revamping corporate taxes and bringing in money that’s overseas by giving a tax holiday.” Carson believes that in itself would bring in $2 trillion.
“I like the idea of a proportional tax — that way, you pay according to your ability. I got that idea, quite frankly, from the Bible,” said Carson, who is basing much of his campaign around his faith.