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InsiderOnline Blog: February 2013

A Flat Tax Lesson from the Bible

That’s what Ben Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, provided when he addressed the National Prayer Breakfast last Thursday:

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. [as quoted in the Wall Street Journal, February 8]

Maybe the National Prayer Breakfast isn’t the time and place for a lecture on public policy. On the other hand, is there another time and place when Washington’s governing class would have been interested in hearing this kind of argument?

Posted on 02/14/13 08:39 PM by Alex Adrianson

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