The Dickitude of Ben Carson. Now With Poor People.
Here we go again.
Ben Carson, who colors outside the lines on every issue around which he wraps his alleged mind, is now mashing the crayons into the desk over how good the poor have it in this country.
Yes, how good.
Compassion, Mr. Carson explained in an interview, means not giving people “a comfortable setting that would make somebody want to say: ‘I’ll just stay here. They will take care of me.’”
For the love of St. Francis of Assisi and discredited Heritage Foundation studies, how many times and on what surface do you have to be dropped on your head to come to this fakakta conclusion?
But, yes, the problems of the poor, according to the man who knows nothing about Housing and Urban Development except, perhaps, for the fact he lives in a house and has moved, is not institutional racism, lack of health and child care, educational opportunities and/or general and persistent corporate fuckery, it’s just that the poor are just too damn comfortable being, wait for it, poor.
Well, not all of them.
“We have some people who are mentally ill. We have some elderly and disabled people. We can’t expect in many cases those people to do a great deal to take care of themselves,” he said.
Okay, most of them.
But, he added, “There is another group of people who are able-bodied individuals, and I think we do those people a great disservice when we simply maintain them.”
And how much is that maintenance?
The average SNAP benefit per person is about $126 per month, which works out to about $1.40 per person per meal.
So what kind of person thinks the country’s 45-million poor have achieved a kind of economic Savasana because they’ve figured out how to bilk tax payers out of a buck and some change for each and every meal? Probably the same kind who who thinks Egyptians stored grain in the pyramids, China is a player in Syria, and German Jews could have defeated the Wehrmacht if only the Nazis hadn’t taken their Lugers.
“I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed,” Carson said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. “I’m telling you, there is a reason these dictatorial people take the guns first.”
There was a time when people with this kind of ignorance and insensitivity were kept out of the public square (or given their own shows on Fox) and not rewarded with cabinet posts.
Then again Donald Trump always said he’d choose the best people for his administration.
Donald Trump said Thursday that Ben Carson’s self-described “pathological temper” is incurable — adding that it’s like the sickness of a “child molester.”
And, even after being called a predator, Carson still took Trump’s phone call, let alone the job offer?
The only thing less impressive than Carson’s intelligence is his integrity.