Dr. Ben Carson-Welfare Recipient-GOP Hero
Tea Party Conservative hero Ben Carson went on The View last month and was given a platform to espouse his views with little push back. The Conservative media went gaga over his performance saying he's the best conservatives values spokesman around. Or how wonderful a job he did explaining to liberals how stinky their stinky welfare system is.
Here's what he said that made them shine with glee:
When you rob someone of their incentive to go out there and improve themselves, you are not doing them any favors. When you take somebody and pat them on the head and say, ‘There, there, you poor little thing. … Let me give you housing subsidies, let me give you free health care because you can’t do that.’ What would be much more empowering is to use our intellect and our resources to give those people a way up and out.”
In Carson's worldview, the poors should never get their grubby little fingers on any type of government assistance because it makes then moochers of the worst kind. But when we look at the facts of his own life, a common theme emerges regarding the welfare state.
See here's the thing, though. It turns out that for some strange reason, the evil welfare system didn't seem to destroy the incentive for his own mother to go out and make things better for her and her family:
No doubt, Mother Carson deserves tremendous credit, but – in the words of a political sound bite from the last presidential election – she didn’t do it alone. Carson, in his book, tells how his grades improved tremendously when a government program provided him with free eyeglasses because he could barely see. Not only that, in “Gifted Hands” we read this nugget: “By the time I reached ninth grade, mother had made such strides that she received nothing but food stamps. She couldn’t have provided for us and kept up the house without that subsidy.”
I didn't see any of the conservatives cheering on Ben Carson's attacks on welfare even mention how much he and his family depended on it to make him the man that he is today.
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