Carson and Trump, substance versus attitude

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Ben Carson is the most substantive candidate in the race and promises to bring bolder, more fundamental and smarter changes to Washington than does Trump.

Dr. Ben Carson - CPAC - Image: Jacquie Kubin
Dr. Ben Carson - CPAC - Image: Jacquie Kubin

WASHINGTON, February 28, 2016 — For Donald Trump, the wall is everything.

The wall will be higher and longer than anything before. Trump’s wall is less about sealing the border than it is about building something huge and lasting to put his name on, a Trump Mahal, his Great Pyramid, the wall that will be visible from space.

There are many ways to seal the border with a combination of walls, fences and technology. No administration has yet had the will to seal the border, but a wall from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico is unnecessary and extravagant. Trump wants $10 billion to pay for this monument to himself.

What else does he want? He wants to put tariffs on other countries’ goods as they come into the U.S. When tariffs go up, so do the prices of imported goods. When the prices of foreign goods go up, American businesses raise their prices as well. Who pays? The consumer does. The history on this is long and convincing.

Some aspects of Trump’s immigration program seem reasonable, but while he says he wants to stop the import of foreign workers, he imports them every year for his own business. Hypocrisy isn’t unknown among politicians, but Trump’s is uncommonly brazen. When he says he’s opposed to the importation of foreign workers, he’s lying.

Trump wants to grow the government. His idea for fixing the Veterans Administration is to build more VA clinics. That is, he wants to fix an incompetent government system by making it bigger.

Trump’s tax plan is to trim around the edges of our existing income tax system. He wants four income-tax brackets. He wants to reduce the number of loopholes. That’s great, but it leaves in place the powerful IRS and the super complexity of the U.S. income tax system.

Trump’s supporters love him because he is brash and outspoken. His conservative supporters love his disdain of political correctness. If he speaks his mind but still implements liberal policies that promote government as usual, how does this benefit conservatives or promote conservative ideals?

There is still an alternative. Dr. Ben Carson is an outsider who is as bold as Trump in standing up to the establishment. But Carson has proposed policies that simplify government and proposed policies that will work for the people, not for the government.

Carson is just as determined as Trump to seal the border, but he will do it intelligently, with technologies that have been proven to work. He will increase the number of border agents, ensure that there are no jobs here for those who cross the border illegally or for the 40 percent of visitors who overstay their visas. He understands that the American economy needs guest workers and would put a system in place to allow them to come here legally, work on a temporary basis, and then return home.

Carson’s view of the VA crisis is centered on the care of our military men and women from the day they sign up, including easing their transition back to civilian life. He believes giving vets access to healthcare where and when it is convenient to them, including civilian medical facilities. They can go to VA facilities if they want to. Carson has worked in VA hospitals and knows that it isn’t the doctors or the patients who are the problem; it is the government bureaucracy. Get rid of the bureaucracy and give vets a choice, and competition will be introduced which will improve quality and reduce costs.

Carson’s tax plan will simplify the tax system to a 14.9 percent flat tax with no deductions or loopholes. There will be no need for the IRS as it exists today. He will stimulate the economy and work to educate and deploy all American workers to get more off of the government dole and give them hope to advance themselves through hard work. That is the American Dream.

Carson’s policies will change America for the better, more than Trump’s or any other candidate’s plan. People saw that last fall and rallied around Carson because of it. They saw that same Carson again at Megyn Kelly’s Texas Town Hall.

Trump and the other shiny objects in the campaign have drawn people away, but they have been hoodwinked. Carson is still the most substantial candidate with the best plans to take the government back for the people.

It is not too late if people will vote their true desire and their conscience. If they let the media and others in the establishment tell them who is a viable candidate and who is not, they will either elect the establishment’s candidate or a man whose plan is to implement the same kind of policies that the establishment has tried for decades. Will the media pick the next president, or will the people of the United States? Decide quickly, because it will soon be too late.

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