Ben Carson

Cam, why are you backing Trump?

Last night I received this email from “a reader”:

Cameron you seem to be backing Trump. I reckon this; Hillary Clinton goes to bed every night praying Trump is the Republican nominee. Farrar posted on this didn’t he and I think he is right.

But the big guns know this too and what I think will happen, that is just beginning to happen now, is that Cruz and Rubio will keep Trump out but beat themselves to a standstill doing it, and Kasich will be the nominee as the only one with a chance to beat Hillary.

Yet again, someone has mistaken my calling of events as I see them as endorsement or support for one candidate or another. This happened last election in the US where people thought I was supporting Barack Obama because I kept on saying that Mitt Romney couldn’t beat him. I even had a very public bet with Leighton Smith over this. Readers commented, just like this correspondent, that I should be pushing Mitt Romney.

I am not into wishful thinking…you saw that with the gay marriage debate, calling the US election for Barack Obama and, more recently, on the? flag debate.

No amount of wishful thinking on my part or that of commenters on this site, or indeed wishful thinking from John Key, can make the truth of the matter go away…the referendum will vote to retain the existing flag.

I call things as I see them, based on a combination of my gut feeling, my assessment of the general public sentiment, polling and canvassing my connected, and not-so-connected, networks of friends across the political and business spectrum. ?? Read more »

Let’s talk about hate and the SPLC

The AP suggests the mounting accusations against the group may indicate this sort of error is increasingly common on the part of the SPLC, citing the Carson incident as evidence even the SPLC is aware ?its labels aren?t always foolproof.?

The SPLC is so extreme in its views and ideology that it labels concerns about inadequate screening for ISIS members as being anti-Muslim. By attacking the very groups who are attempting to defend America from terrorism, it is making the American people a target.

The SPLC has begun to blame the rise of jihadi terrorism in America on alleged anti-Muslim talking points from Republican presidential candidates and groups like the CSP, who track jihadist organizations operating against the United States. The candidates almost unanimously agree that the United States should not be taking in refugees from the civil war in Syria, due to the fact that there is no way to screen them out from being potential Islamic State members. The SPLC has labeled their concerns over the safety of Americans ?anti-Muslim,?

…Frank Gaffney, the President and Founder of CSP, firmly rejects the SPLC?s labeling of his defense think tank.

?For 25 years, the Center has worked to secure freedom against those who hate it, including Islamic supremacists, who explicitly seek to suppress free speech and ultimately destroy our constitutional republic and every form of government other than sharia law,?

?The SPLC ?has not limited its destructive influence to costing people their jobs and smearing politicians and defence groups. It has crossed the line into putting people’s lives in danger. One of these people is Pamela Geller. The SPLC has labelled Pamela as an “Islamophobe” and a “hatemonger” which has encouraged more Jihad killers to come after her. In reality, every person that the SPLC labels as an Islamophobe and ?hatemonger is being put on a literal Jihad hit list.

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Has TrusTED become BusTED?


You can do dirty things if you have the support of your peers, and Ted Cruz doesn’t.

His skullduggery of the past is now coming back to haunt him.

Marco Rubio won the day before Nevada?s caucuses ? and Ted Cruz lost.

While Rubio was racking up big endorsements, he also managed to exact a pound of political flesh from his closest rival on Monday as Cruz?s campaign was thrown into turmoil over new allegations of ?dirty tricks.?

?When you stand in front of a sign at every rally that says ?TrustTED,? with ?Ted? being the key part of the brand, you have to protect that brand at all costs ? and they?ve lost that brand,? said Bruce Haynes, a GOP strategist. ?Cruz cannot afford three days of the news cycle with everyone scrutinizing everything they?ve done that might be unseemly, so they had one choice to try and stop the bleeding, especially with Rubio on a bit of a rocket ride right now.? ? ? Read more »

Interesting that money in politics doesn’t always change things

The left wing always moan about big money in politics. They cry that people can buy elections with loads of money.

Were that true then we’d have an Act Party/Conservative Party coalition government.

Jeb Bush has pissed away $150 million proving, yet again, that money can’t buy you an election.

Jeb Bush, unable to muster enthusiasm for his presidential bid beyond the family network that helped him raise a record sum exceeding $150 million, is suspending his campaign following a disappointing finish in South Carolina.

The decision follows a string of underwhelming primary finishes for the former Florida governor, including in New Hampshire where he invested heavily and bet on a massive ground organization but still finished behind Donald Trump, John Kasich and Ted Cruz. ?? Read more »

Ben Carson proposes flat tax system

Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson has come out proposing a flat tax system for the US.

Alex Swoyer at Breitbart reports:

GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, whose campaign is adjusting to new aides in key positions, released Carson?s?plan?for reforming America?s convoluted and systematically unfair tax code.?

?Liberty and fairness are bedrock principles of this great nation,? Carson says. ?It?s time that our tax system reflected those ideals.?

My plan for a simple, fair and transparent flat tax will not only eliminate the onerous burdens the IRS places on taxpayers, but it will grow the economy. Everyone will be on the same footing, from the largest corporation to the local family business. No one will be able to hide from their tax burden, but neither will anyone be ruined by an incomprehensible tax code. A Carson administration will push Congress from Day One to implement this plan to revitalize our economy through fundamental, common-sense tax reform. We will take the power away from the IRS and put it back in the hands of ?We The People.?

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Would you support a Prime Minister who is a devout Muslim?

A devout Muslim is a practising Muslim who believes that Mohammad is the perfect man whose actions should be emulated and that Islamic law, the Sharia is Allah’s law and is therefore perfect. The devout Muslim does not support democracy or equal rights as to do so would be against his religion.

Image #: 21630241 Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH) REUTERS /JONATHAN ERNST /LANDOV

Presidential candidate Benjamin Carson.” A Muslim shouldn?t be elected president,? by Hope Yen, Associated Press, September 20, 2015: Photo REUTERS

In America, Presidential candidate Ben Carson has made the statement that” A Muslim shouldn’t be President” and it has brought out all the haters. I think a better statement to make would be to pose the following question: Why would a devout Muslim want to head a democracy that is the antithesis of Islamic law? That would be like a Vegetarian wanting to become the head of the Meat workers Union. It doesn’t make sense unless there is a hidden agenda.

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Ben Carson on Health Care

Earlier I blogged about Ben Carson and his remarkable speech at the President’s Prayer Breakfast. We have already looked at his views on taxation.

How about his views on health:

“Here’s my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed?pretax?from the time you’re born ’til the time you die. If you die, you can pass it on to your family members, and there’s nobody talking about death panels. We can make contributions for people who are indigent. Instead of sending all this money to some bureaucracy, let’s put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own health care. And very quickly they’re going to learn how to be responsible.”

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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.? Read more »