The unusual case for flat tax

Regular readers will know that for some time I have been posting a Daily Proverb. I have explained before why I do this, but the other day Dr. Ben Carson gave a speech at the President’s prayer breakfast…he started his speech with three quotes from Proverbs and all of them from Proverbs 11. Proverbs 11:9, Proverbs 11:12 and Proverbs 11:25

25 The generous will prosper;
those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

All of this is related to the book I was recommended to read: The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon’s Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness

So far it seems to be working out just like the books says it will.

Now surely this is a coincidence. I mean why would anyone email me and let me know about a speech that has three quote from Proverbs, and from Proverbs 11…on  the 11th of the month. Surely it is coincidence? Or is it?

I watched the speech, you should too. I will feature some parts of it today because it is the 11th and I have been sent a message to do something about this. 

The first is Carson’s views on taxation:

Late in his talk he dropped two very un-PC ideas. The first is an unusual case for a flat tax: “What we need to do is come up with something simple. And when I pick up my Bible, you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the universe, God, and he’s given us a system. It’s called a tithe.

“We don’t necessarily have to do 10% but it’s the principle. He didn’t say if your crops fail, don’t give me any tithe or if you have a bumper crop, give me triple tithe. So there must be something inherently fair about proportionality. You make $10 billion, you put in a billion. You make $10 you put in one. Of course you’ve got to get rid of the loopholes. Some people say, ‘Well that’s not fair because it doesn’t hurt the guy who made $10 billion as much as the guy who made 10.’ Where does it say you’ve got to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot. We don’t need to hurt him. It’s that kind of thinking that has resulted in 602 banks in the Cayman Islands. That money needs to be back here building our infrastructure and creating jobs.”

I seriously implore you to watch this speech.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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