Is the “flat tax” idea a fair scheme? Dr. Ben Carson recently appeared on Fox News Sunday to discuss why he advocates it.
“I like the idea of a proportional tax,” he said. “That is, you pay according to your ability. And I got that idea, quite frankly, from the Bible. Tithing.” Ten percent. He called it “pretty darn fair, if you ask me.”
Dr. Carson pre-empted the “what about poor people” challenge and said it was condescending that the poor wouldn’t be able to pay their share of taxes and recounts how he grew up poor (and fatherless).
“And I can tell you that poor people have pride, too, and they don’t want to be just taken care of.”
Is that still the case? With today’s cradle-to-grave Big Government help, pride seems a quaint concept.
Dr. Carson noted how difficult it would be for politicians to raise taxes if everybody were paying.
Despite Chris Wallace’s devil’s advocate or actual liberal challenges that a flat tax would be unfair to “the poor” and benefit “the wealthy,” Dr. Carson held firm on his point. The solution would be to eliminate loopholes and deductions and run the government more efficiently, “more like a business.”