A basic lesson in economics that ought to be heeded

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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

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  • " It's called tithe." ... And when Governments tithe it's called Tax. One would have to be a child to NOT realize this Carson jerk is trying to back door a flat tax which all but the dullest of Right Winger realize wouldn't work. But then Carson is trying to sell this B.S. to Fifth Graders so ....

  • "even a fifth-grader could understand" ... And then you grow up. Hopefully. Apparently not. Pretty sad when "Grown Ups" fall for a fifth graders understanding.

  • "We're talking about Obama and his toadies." Not talking, it's called whining! Because that is all you can do. Whining is all we have heard for the past four years and I am sure whining is exactly what you conservative types will be doing for the rest of your life.

  • A fifth-grader may have been able to understand it but we're not talking about a fifth-grader. We're talking about Obama and his toadies.

  • Mr. Marshall, I sure hope you are right.

  • He was a refreshing change from the typical obama or DC politician dribble.