Ben Carson, Asshole of the Day for June 5, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
Dr. Ben Carson is thinking about running for president, and so he must get his name out there and make sure people know where he stands on things. And being a former brain surgeon, of course conservatives are eager to hear him bash Obamacare. And he obliges often– last year he claimed that Obamacare is worse than slavery.
Now since most people don’t watch Fox News, they don’t think of a mandate to buy private health insurance as being the same as an entire people taken from their homes, having the fruits of their labor stolen from them, having their families broken up and sold off for profit, and being beaten and murdered for fun and profit. So naturally people are going to ask why Dr. Carson thinks this. A reporter for the Daily Beast asked him about this, and just listen to what he said next:
He claimed that Obamacare has been even more damaging to the United States than the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
“You said Obamacare was the worst thing since slavery. Why do you think it was worse than 9/11?” I asked him.
“Because 9/11 is an isolated incident,” he answered.
And then the reporter got a chance to press and get clarification:
Me: “Who do you think caused families more pain—Obamacare or Osama bin Laden?”
Carson: “Things that are isolated issues as opposed to things that fundamentally change the United States of America and shift power from the people to the government. That is a huge shift.”
Me: “Right. But what do you think caused specific families more pain—Obamacare or Osama?”
Carson: “You have to take a long-term look at something that fundamentally changes the power structure of America. You have to be someone who reads. Who is well-read. I want you to go back tonight and pull out what Saul Alinsky says about health care under the control of the government.”
He’s actually wrong in both directions here:
- He thinks Obamacare hurt more people than 9/11
- He thinks 9/11 didn’t “fundamentally changes the power structure of America”
They’re both ridiculous, so let’s take them separately:
Almost 3000 people died on 9/11, but so far no deaths attributable to Obamacare. Neither Dr. Carson nor any of barking idiots on Fox News or in Congress has produced evidence of even a single death due to Obamacare. Sure, they promise “death panels” and a lot of other nonsense, but it’s all talk. Real people died on 9/11. Lot’s of them. There’s plenty of footage; I’ll bet he’s seen it.
9/11 wasn’t just an isolated incident that changed nothing. It changed lots of things. Because of 9/11 George W. Bush started wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We were in Iraq for almost 9 years (2003-11), and we’re still in Afghanistan– it is our country’s longest war. It changed airport security. It meant the hardening of many, many sites in the US. And all these things cost trillions of dollars. Trillions of dollars that have yet to be paid.
9/11 made fundamental changes to the power structure in America. Because of 9/11, all of the intelligence and enforcement divisions of the federal government, foreign and domestic, were reorganized under Homeland Security. Prior to that there was very little if any sharing between departments, now there’s lots. Because of 9/11 the government began collecting large amounts of data and communications, not only of foreign threats, but of many and possibly all Americans. Things have changed. Fundamentally.
Maybe someday you’ll be able to claim that Obamacare has been worse, but it hasn’t been so far, and no amount of bluster and fear-mongering can change that.
So, for claiming that Obamacare has damaged America more than 9/11, Dr. Ben Carson is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Ben Carson’s second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous win was for claiming that the same marriage rights he himself enjoys are “extra rights” that gays are not entitled to.
Full story: The Daily Beast