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Dr. Benjamin Carson, the first doctor to ever separate siamese twins, took President Obama to task over health care and the debt at last Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast. Carson’s remarks have drawn criticism from many who say that the National Prayer Breakfast was not the place nor the time to offer up such remarks.
In an effort to defend himself, Dr. Carson went on Fox’s Your World to make his case. When asked how President Obama responded to his remarks, Carson said that Obama “came over to me and said he appreciated my speech and he admired me and took my hand and didn’t squeeze too hard.”
“What do you mean? One of those fishy hand shakes?” Fox host Neil Cavuto asked.
“It was a good handshake,” Carson replied.
Carson then defended himself against critics who said he just came to the National Prayer Breakfast to play gotcha with the president: “What we need to do is we need to be able to discuss intelligent ways of solving the multitude of problems that threatens to destroy our nation,” Carson said, “and there are a group of people who would like to silence everybody and have everybody go along to get along, but that’s not going to be very helpful for news the long run.”
During the National Prayer Breakfast, Carson said he believes that the Bible lays out the best possible case case for a flat tax over a progressive tax.
“When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the universe, God, giving us a system. It’s called tithe,” Carson explained. He says that the 10 percent flat tax that the Bible lays out is what we should adopt.
He also laid out his plan for overhauling health care.
“What can we do? Here’s my solution; when a person is born, give them a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account.” Carson said. “To which, money can be contributed pre-tax to the time you’re born to 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 have six diseases, you’re not trying to spend up everything. You’re happy to send it on and there’s nobody talking about death panels.”