Saturday February 9, 2013, 4:45 am
If you have not yet watched this 26 minute keynote speech at yesterday’s National Prayer Breakfast by Dr. Ben Watson, an American neurosurgeon and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, do yourself a favor and go watch it now (video and transcription via C-SPAN):
What a remarkable man.
I would trade the entirety of our national “leadership” for this man. But, alas, he likely had too much integrity, honesty, and intelligence to have a career in politics. Besides, the man is a gifted pediatric surgeon who had done more to benefit mankind than any single politician in the history of the world.
During this speech — one in which Barack, Michelle, and Crazy Uncle Joe are forced to sit and listen to a man ridicule their very core beliefs in big government — I imagined that Obama sat there stewing while simultaneously wondering, “How the hell is he doing this without a teleprompter?”
But sit there and take it is exactly what Obama had to do, while Dr. Carson made the moral case for smaller government, the flat tax, and a healthcare system that put healthcare in the hands of the people, rather than in the hands of government bureaucracy. He chided Obama for the deficit and our national debt. And all Obama could do was sit there and shoot arrows from his eyes at the good Dr.
Obama believes in a universal, single-payer healthcare system run by a corrupt and incompetent government. Dr. Carson — who might know a thing or two more about healthcare than Obama and the entirety of a Congress who didn’t even read the behemoth Affordable Health Care act — believes that it is the individual who should be responsible for their own healthcare decisions:
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 HSA's. Now they have some control over their own health care.
In just two short paragraphs, Dr. Carson came up with a healthcare program that would actually work and makes sense. But does nothing to grow the size of government nor people’s reliance on that government.
Obama and his minions on the Left believe in a progressive tax scheme that punishes wealth and success and rewards failure (and, no matter how you look at it, poverty is a failure on every level). Dr. Carson openly chided this re-distributive ideology as immoral:
What about our taxation system?
So complex, there is no one who can possibly comply with every jot and tittle — if I wanted to get you or you [points to audience members] I could get you on a tax issue. That doesn’t make any sense.
What we need to do is come up with something simple. And when I pick up my Bible, do you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the universe, God, and he has given us a system: it is called tithes.
Now we don’t necessarily have to do 10%, but its a principle. God didn’t say, “If your crops failed, don’t give me any tithes.” He didn’t say, “Have a bumper crop? Give me triple.”
So there must be something inherently fair about proportionality.
You make $10 billion? You put in $1 billion. You make $10 you put in $1. Of course, you got to get rid of the loopholes.
But, now some people say, “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 have to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot; we don’t need to hurt him.
This is exactly the opposite of what Obama and the socialist left believe. They do believe that we should “hurt” the evil one percent every bit as much as they don’t believe that everybody should have at least some skin in the game.
If I were Dr. Carson, I might want to start keeping an eye out for drones flying above me…
Saturday February 9, 2013, 4:50 am
How refreshing! And, NO FOX NEWS! Imagine that! Love this line: "Where does it say you have to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot; we don't need to hurt him." Obama sits there wondering, "How in the hell is this guy saying all this without a teleprompter?"
From where I sit, more and more Americans need to stand up and speak their minds about the bad policies Obama has put in place in our country. It appears Obama's popularity rating took a plunge this week down to 46%. Hillary's popularity rating was higher than Obama's.
So, now we sit back and watch Obama unravel for the next four years and my guess is that we'll see less and less of Obama's face as he spends more time in seclusion with Valerie Jarratt.
Saturday February 9, 2013, 11:35 am
I have already read this topic and he was GOOD!! He said everything right to the point..he made sense..and the best part about it is I KNOW Obama was sitting there just seething wanting to shut him up. Just watch...Obama will come out with something negative about this guy and what he said trying to make what he said look stupid! That seems to be all Obama can do lately when there is someone who is right on about a topic that does not agree with Obama..he gets nasty then! Great article!
Saturday February 9, 2013, 12:40 pm
CONSERVATIVE DOC REVEALS WHY HE SPOKE OUT AGAINST OBAMA’S POLICIES AT PRAYER BREAKFAST — PLUS, WOULD HE EVER RUN FOR PRESIDENT?
With President Barack Obama sitting just feet away, Dr. Benjamin Carson stood up for conservative principles in his speech at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast, discussing the national debt, political correctness and even healthcare. Readers loved his speech so much that TheBlaze’s story on it went viral.
On Friday, Carson appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” to explain why he felt compelled to speak out against the big government policies endorsed by Obama, in front of Obama.
Carson, a renown neurosurgeon, said the response to his speech has been “overwhelmingly” positive. However, he argued he didn’t make a conservative argument, but rather a “logical” and “common-sense” one.
“I don’t know where we left our brains,” he told host Sean Hannity.
Carson went on to talk about his life story, saying he grew up in a single parent home in a poverty-stricken area. He said his mother “refused to be a victim” and “never felt sorry for herself,” despite only having a third grade education.
Regarding his comments on political correctness, the neurosurgeon emphasized the importance of “freedom of speech and freedom of expression” in the United States.
“And yet, we have imposed upon people restrictions on what they say, on what they can think. The media, I think is the largest proponent of this,” he explained.
He lambasted the media’s outrage at Brent Musburger’s flattering comments about Alabama beauty queen Katherine Webb during the BCS National Championship.
Watch a portion of Carson’s interview on “Hannity” via Fox News below:
In the second portion of his interview with Hannity, Carson argued he didn’t craft his message based on who was going to be in attendance. In other words, wasn’t trying to stick it to Obama in his speech.
“It really didn’t matter who I was sitting in front of, because I always pray before I give a speech and I ask God to give me the right things to say. And I think that it’s very rare these days for people to speak the truth,” he said. “Meanwhile, the fabric of our nation is being destroyed.
One of the “real dangers” facing America, according to Carson, is the fact that people don’t know “anything” about things like history or technology. “They don’t think for themselves,” he added.
Seizing upon what many of Carson’s supporters are probably wondering, Hannity asked him if he would ever consider running for president. The doctor did not it rule out, but said God would have to “grab him by the collar and make him do it.”
The Wall Street Journal too in an opinion piece titled “Ben Carson for President” called up his potential for the Oval Office. Here’s a bit from WSJ regarding Carson’s “un-PC” ideas at the White House prayer breakfast, which included flat tax and healthcare:
Dr. Carson tossed over the PC police years ago. Raised by a single mother in inner-city Detroit, he was as he tells it “a horrible student with a horrible temper.” Today he’s director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins and probably the most renowned specialist in his field.
Not surprisingly, a practicing physician has un-PC thoughts on health care:
“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. If you die, you can pass it on to your family members, and there’s nobody talking about death panels. We can make contributions for people who are indigent. Instead of sending all this money to some bureaucracy, let’s put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own health care. And very quickly they’re gong to learn how to be responsible.”
The Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon may not be politically correct, but he’s closer to correct than we’ve heard in years.
Watch the entire interview with Hannity via Mediaite:
Saturday February 9, 2013, 5:22 pm
I thought doctors were supposed to care. All the ones I see have right wing rag material strewn about their office areas. I guess they only care about the money and not us. Fox/rove et al sure screwed us big time. Do no harm is no longer their oath.
Saturday February 9, 2013, 5:24 pm
Carol, quite a "resume" wouldn't you say? And this man stood before President Obama during the National Prayer Breakfast and spoke his mind as an American....a true patriot....love of country....and spoke from his heart. No doubt President Obama was seething.....how dare anyone criticize me.....
Saturday February 9, 2013, 5:28 pm
Doctors spend over $300,000 to become physicians, surgeons, etc. They aren't in the business to give "free" healthcare. Dr. Carlson spoke from the position of being a neurosurgeon and he spoke the damn truth. What is it about liberals that they are so unnaturally attached to Obama's coattails that they can't think for themselves? Seems that "The Messiah" has most of you mesmerized. One day you will wake up.
Saturday February 9, 2013, 6:14 pm
Dr. Ben Carlson was confident enough representing other physicians, by the way, in stating that Obamacare indeed, has "death panels" language first heard from Sarah Palin's lips. Death panels. Your elderly mother or father and mine being denied medical treatment because they are "old." Well, that will be "use" next being denied medical treatment because we are older and their vernacular is "what difference does it make they are going to die in the next 10 years anyway." The truth is that we are living longer because we are healthier....and we have Obamacare, telling nurses and physicians that we aren't worth the money to save our lives and give us another 5 to 10 years. I'm glad I'll never have to go on this "wonderful healthcare plan" the liberals are praising because it has Obama's "signature" on it. What a laugh. Obama doesn't have this healthcare plan. He has the CADILLAC healthcare plan so why should he care?