February 7, 2013

Media: "Move Along, Nothing to See"

President Obama attended the annual National Prayer Breakfast this morning and heard a "surprise guest speaker" deliver the keynote address. Yahoo Finance quoted the speaker, Reknowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, in this article.

"I wanted to emphasize the roles faith, values and principles have played in the success of our nation."

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"E pluribus unum means 'out of many one,'" said Carson. "At this critical time in our nation's history, we must remember that 'a house divided against itself cannot stand'. If we learn from the past, we can stand tall in the future."

America the Beautiful calls citizens to use their "God-given talents to improve our lives, our communities, our nation and our world," said Carson. "And I pray that God used my opportunity to reach our entire government for His glory."

But I am not a media mouthpiece so I have no reluctance to cite alternative sources to PR Newswire. Glenn Beck's The Blaze, for example.

The speech took an interesting turn when the doctor cautioned that moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility can have dire consequences — even for powerful countries like America. Here, he became even more pointed and impassioned.

“I think particularly about ancient Rome. Very powerful — nobody could even challenge them militarily…they destroyed themselves from within,” Carson continued. “Moral decay. Fiscal irresponsibility.”

While he said America’s issues are dire, he was positive that the nation can fix its ways, as there are bright and innovative people who simply need to come together to address the problems at hand.

“And one of our big problems right now…our deficit is a big problem,” he said, as Obama watched him intently. ”Think about it — and our national debt — $16 and a half trillion dollars.”

But even this doesn't do it justice. You just have to watch it yourself.

UPDATE: Here is the entire event, running some 82 minutes in length. Dr. Carson begins at 35:00, with an introduction starting 1 minute prior.

I have not yet done so but I encourage a full viewing. 26 minutes. But the bit I want to highlight begins around 16:30, and gets really interesting around 19:00. Don't stop before you reach 22:00. (And don't forget to watch the President's reactions.)

On the original flat tax, the tithe:

"He didn't say if your crops fail, don't give me any tithe. He didn't say if you have a bumper crop give me triple tithe. So there must be something inherently fair about proportionality. You make ten billion dollars, you put in a billion. You make ten dollars, you put in one. (...) Now some people say, 'Now that's not fair because it doesn't hurt the guy who made ten billion dollars as much as it hurts the guy who made ten.' Where does it say you have to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot! You know, we don't need to hurt him."

Health Care Posted by JohnGalt at February 7, 2013 2:31 PM

Hate to quibble here but the tithe, although it may be an appropriate example to follow was NOT a flat tax as described here. It was a flat RATE tax. That distinction is important for our current tax happy government to remember.

Posted by: dagny at February 7, 2013 7:22 PM

I think that erroneous description is all mine, not the good doctor's. But the reader will have to watch to find out! Good catch.

Posted by: johngalt at February 7, 2013 7:47 PM | What do you think? [2]