Those of us who consider ourselves conservatives have observed little on the national scene in recent days to boost our morale. However, the speech by Dr. Benjamin Carson, pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, at a recent prayer breakfast at the White House was like a shot in the arm.
While President Obama sat just a few feet away, Dr. Carson proceeded to give him a lesson in economics so profound and yet so basic that even a fifth-grader could understand. While he warned about our burgeoning national debt, he condemned our current tax system as "so complex there is no one who could possibly comply with every jot and tittle."
He said, "When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the universe -- God -- and he's given a system. It's called tithe." Dr. Carson also said that "Education was the key to avoiding the fate suffered by ancient Rome -- moral decay, fiscal irresponsibility. They destroyed themselves."
I'm optimistic enough to have confidence that leaders of the caliber of Dr. Carson will come forth to "right this ship."
Chuck Marshall, Atwater