Carson: Preventing Racial Discrimination is Just Like Communism

Ben Carson continues to spout absurdly hyperbolic rhetoric on the campaign trail. On Jan Mickelson’s radio show, the host demanded to know what he thought about a recent agreement between the city of Dubuque, Iowa over racial discrimination in their issuing of housing vouchers:

When Mickelson told him that the agreement means that “people in Eastern Iowa, for instance, have to recruit from Chicago their poverty-afflicted individuals to bring them to Iowa in order to qualify for Section 8 housing,” Carson was aghast.

“Right, this is just an example of what happens when we allow the government to infiltrate every part of our lives,” he said. “This is what you see in communist countries where they have so many regulations encircling every aspect of your life that if you don’t agree with them, all they have to do is pull the noose. And this is what we’ve got now. Every month, dozens of regulations — business, industry, academia, every aspect of our lives — so that they can control you.

I guarantee you that Carson knows nothing whatsoever about the agreement between HUD and Dubuque, but with a nod to Dunning and Kruger, that doesn’t prevent him from not only speaking about it, but taking the ridiculous leap to the most inflammatory rhetoric. Mickelson, in fact, lied about what the agreement actually does. It doesn’t require Dubuque to recruit anyone, it only requires them not to give preference to local residents over those moving to the area and not to purge their waiting lists in order to lower the number of people eligible for Section 8 vouchers. Carson doesn’t know that, of course, but that is exactly why he shouldn’t spout off from his base of ignorance on the subject. But then he just wouldn’t be Ben Carson, would he?

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  • blf

    So when did this idiotic notion of “facts” matter to a politicianlawyer? You can’t buy a Caribbean Island with “facts”…

  • John Pieret

    this is just an example of what happens when we allow the government to infiltrate every part of our lives

    Jeebus, Ben! This was an agreement between two governments to keep one of them from infiltrating into our lives by checking up on where we come from before giving us services it is required to give everyone. What a maroon!

  • David C Brayton

    I am still baffled by this guy. A highly accomplished neurosurgeon without a lick of intelligence.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    I, for one, think we really need to get rid of all traffic regulations. No single group of regulations impacts my life and gets in my way more each day than traffic regulations. Stop signs, speed limits, traffic lights — get rid of them all! Let the free market decide what to do about bad drivers.

  • colnago80

    Re David C. Brayton @ #3

    Given the ravings in the comment sections of numerous threads in this blog by Carson’s neurosurgical colleague Egnorance, it would appear that intelligence is not required for the job.

  • macallan

    Let the free market decide what to do about bad drivers.

    That would be natural selection, which would just breed a bunch of little Hitlers if allowed to run its course ( according to Beck etc. )

  • ebotebo

    ‘scuse me. This fuck wants to be president???

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Slightly OT, but does anyone else find Carson’s voice to be the audio equivalent of Ambien? The guy could put a hurricane to sleep.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @Ed:

    On Jan Mickelson’s radio show, the host demanded to know what he thought about a recent agreement between the city of Dubuque, Iowa over racial discrimination

    Doesn’t an agreement imply at least 2 parties?

  • dan4

    @9: It was an agreement between Dubuque and HUD.

  • marcus

    colnago80 @ 5 Has anyone else noticed that you never see Enorance and Carson in the same place at the same time?

    Hmmmm…….

  • anthrosciguy

    I am still baffled by this guy. A highly accomplished neurosurgeon without a lick of intelligence.

    Dean Edell used to talk about surgeons on his radio show at times. Often with horrific bedside manner and supremely egotistical, Edell said his picks for a surgeon would be completely unlike his picks for any other type of doctor. You want a person who’s really good with his hands, driven and focussed almost to the exclusion of all else. Not empathetic, not necessarily interested in anything other than their speciality, and supremely confidant in themselves.

    Often those characteristics that make for a great surgeon make for a terrible human being. That’s what you have in Ben Carson.

  • whheydt

    Re: anthosciguy @ #12…

    Add to the list of qualifications: A good track record of successful operations (*and* where the patient survived…to forestall the classic joke).

    Ah, well… Anecdote time. During a followup visit from bypass surgery (relax…it was a bit over 15 years ago) I was asked if I was willing to let a medical student practice on me (the practice was talking to a patient, not cutting him up). I agreed. So in comes this kid. He looks at me and say, “Why are you here?” I thought for a moment and replied, “What does my chart say?” Pause while he actually *read* enough of the chart to understand why I was there, and then we proceeded to discuss how I was doing. I think I managed to deliver a rather valuable lesson in being prepared.

  • dingojack

    Yes, yes, yes multiple times…

    But it’s still works.

    Dingo

  • Al Dente

    anthrosciguy @12

    Often those characteristics that make for a great surgeon make for a terrible human being.

    We see the same characteristics in dadukedog aka Egnor, particularly the supreme egotism. He comes in here, drops his little turds, and then leaves when he discovers to his shock that other people are actually more knowledgeable on certain topics than he is.

  • colnago80

    Re Al Dente @ #15

    So far, I haven’t seen any topic where Egnorance’s comments demonstrate that he knows his ass from a hole in the ground.

  • dingojack

    Al Dente (#15) – to be fair, a clod of earth could easily out think lil’ dookiedawg

    Dingo