Carson believes that fiscal irresponsibility has the potential to destroy the United States. He says that the national debt is incalculably excessive, and proposes a flat tax – just and correct, in his estimation, because it mirrors the Biblical mandate of tithing – as the solution.
BEN CARSON: “I think particularly about Ancient Rome. Very powerful, nobody could even challenge them militarily. But what happened to them? They destroyed themselves from within. Moral decay. Fiscal irresponsibility. They destroyed themselves. And if you don't think that can happen to America, you get out your books and you start reading. But, you know, we can fix it. Why can we fix it? Because we're smart. We have some of the most intellectually gifted people leading our nation. All we need to do is remember what our real responsibilities are so we can solve the problems.
I think about these problems all the time. And, you know, my role model was Jesus. And he used parables to help people understand things. And one of our big problems right now, and like I said I'm not politically correct, so I'm sorry. But, you know, our deficit is a big problem. Think about it. And our national debt – sixteen and a half trillion dollars – you think that's not a lot of money? Tell you what. Count 1 number per second – which you can't even do, cause once you get to 1000 you can't, it takes you longer than a second – but 1 number per second. You know how long it would take you to get to 16 trillion? 507,000 years. More than a half a million years to get there. We have to deal with this.
Here's the parable: A family falls on hard times. Dad loses his job, or is demoted, gets part-time work. Has five children, he comes to the five children, he says, 'we're gonna have to reduce your allowance.' Well, they're not happy about it, but – he said, 'except for John and Susan. They're special. They get to keep their allowance – in fact, we may give them more.' How do you think that's gonna go down? Not too well. Same thing happens, enough said.
What about our taxation system? So complex, there is no one who can possibly comply with every jot and tittle of our tax system. If I wanted to get you, or you, I could get you on a tax issue. That doesn't make any sense. What we need to do is come up with something that's 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 tithe. Now, we don't necessarily have to do it 10%, but this principle. He didn't say 'if your crops fail, don't give me any tithe.' He didn't say '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. Course, you gotta get rid of the loopholes. But, now, some people say, they say 'well that's not fair, because it doesn't hurt the guy who made $10 billion as much as it hurts the guy who made ten.' Where does it say you have to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot. You know, we don't need to hurt him. You know, 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. And we're smart enough to figure out how to do that.”