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?