“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.”


Dr. Benjamin Carson

The son of a single mother, Benjamin Carson graduated with honors from Southwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan. He earned a degree in Psychology from Yale University before attending the University of Michigan Medical School. At age 33, he became Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, the youngest major division director in history, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. In 1987, he gained worldwide acclaim by becoming the first surgeon to successfully separate twins joined at the back of their heads. In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given in the United States.

In his address, Dr. Carson’s remarks included:

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.

Here’s my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed — pretax — from the time you’re born ’til the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, so that when you’re 85 years old and you got six diseases, you’re not trying to spend up everything. You’re happy to pass it on and there’s nobody talking about death panels.

Number one. And also, for the people who were indigent who don’t have any money we can make contributions to their HSA each month because we already have this huge pot of money. Instead of sending it to some bureaucracy, let’s put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own health care.

Watch the Dr Carson’s entire 26-minute speech at C-Span:

(or a 3 minute clip from the speech at studentnewsdaily.com/video-of-the-week/dr-benjamin-carson-on-taxes)

Dr. Carson has written many books, and been the subject of a movie.  Visit his amazon page for information on all.