When it comes to making fun of Ben Carson, he’s the quintessential definition of “too easy.” But the man is also running for president, so being teased for making up fantasies about history is part of the deal.
Carson wants to reduce our “social safety net.” He’s a Republican, so that makes sense. He’s also a Christian, which doesn’t as much. Jesus’s feelings on helping the poor were pretty clear. But Dr. Ben Carson has an explanation for us: Government has gotten too big, and because it’s so big, it’s gotten in the way of communities helping each other out.
During a town hall event on CNN this Wednesday, Carson gave a little history lesson:
“If it was harvest time, and the farmer was up in the tree picking apples and fell down and broke his leg, everybody pitched in and harvested his crops for him. If somebody got killed by a bear, everybody took care of their family.”
I’m not about to get killed by a bear. Who is the last person you know who got killed by a bear? Are you thinking about The Revenant right now?
“For some strange reason, starting in the [1920s] with Woodrow Wilson, the government started getting involved with everything,” Carson continued.
Dr. Carson, do you know who Woodrow Wilson is? Secondly, what kind of politics do you think were mainstream in the 1920s? You haven’t heard of “trickle-down” economics? You weren’t taught that President Harding and President Coolidge and President Hoover deregulated the sh*t out of the economy to keep government as small as possible? Which was a major contributing factor to the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression as a whole?
Okay, I’ll slow down. If you’re talking about bears eating family members in the “good old days” and Woodrow Wilson making government bigger in the 1920s, then we’re clearly not ready to discuss the causes of the Great Depression. Especially since I think you were trying to refer to the New Deal, but got confused as to who actually created the New Deal. (Hint: Not President Wilson.) (Another hint: 1930s, not 1920s.)
Please, Dr. Carson, for your own sake — and for ours — drop out of the race. The longer you stay, the more reasonable Ted Cruz looks.
Watch the video below, via The Washington Post: