Stupid Has Taken Over The GOP As Ben Carson Has No Idea What The Debt Limit Is


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The proof that ignorance has overtaken the Republican Party can be found in a recent interview where Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson appeared to have no clue about the debt limit.

Transcript of Carson struggling with trying to answer a debt limit question on American Public Radio’s “Marketplace:”


Ryssdal: All right, so let’s talk about debt then and the budget. As you know, Treasury Secretary Lew has come out in the last couple of days and said, “We’re gonna run out of money, we’re gonna run out of borrowing authority, on the fifth of November.” Should the Congress then and the president not raise the debt limit? Should we default on our debt?

Carson: Let me put it this way: if I were the president, I would not sign an increased budget. Absolutely would not do it. They would have to find a place to cut.

Ryssdal: To be clear, it’s increasing the debt limit, not the budget, but I want to make sure I understand you. You’d let the United States default rather than raise the debt limit.

Carson: No, I would provide the kind of leadership that says, “Get on the stick guys, and stop messing around, and cut where you need to cut, because we’re not raising any spending limits, period.”

Ryssdal: I’m gonna try one more time, sir. This is debt that’s already obligated. Would you not favor increasing the debt limit to pay the debts already incurred?

Carson: What I’m saying is what we have to do is restructure the way that we create debt. I mean if we continue along this, where does it stop? It never stops. You’re always gonna ask the same question every year. And we’re just gonna keep going down that pathway. That’s one of the things I think that the people are tired of.

Ryssdal: I’m really trying not to be circular here, Dr. Carson, but if you’re not gonna raise the debt limit and you’re not gonna give specifics on what you’re gonna cut, then how are we going to know what you are going to do as president of the United States?

Carson: OK, let me try to explain it in a different way. If, in fact, we have a number of different areas that are contributing to the increasing expenditures and the continued expenditures that are putting us further and further into the hole. You’re familiar I’m sure with the concept of the fiscal gap.

A candidate who knew what they were talking about would have answered yes or no to this simple question. Since Ben Carson seemed to have no idea what the debt limit is, his answer turned into a stumbling expedition for an explanation.

Between Donald Trump’s lack of knowledge on everything and Carson’s lack of understanding of the issues, it is clear to see that stupid has risen to the top of the Republican Party.

A person can make a lot of money in business or be a successful brain surgeon and not be prepared to be president. Ben Carson is Donald Trump without the offensiveness and bluster.

Carson isn’t fit to be president, and to trust this man with the direction of the country would be a collective act of self-destructive irresponsibility.

45 Replies to “Stupid Has Taken Over The GOP As Ben Carson Has No Idea What The Debt Limit Is”

  1. I would say in a more accurate analysis that yes the GOP is essentially “stupid” in word and deed indeed but the proper term I would use is “willful ignorance”. Willful ignorance is a requirement to be a Republican or a Conservative because they think it insulates them from reality so they can feel better about their wholly dishonest perception of “reality. They simply cannot deal with the world on the worlds terms like the left does, they DEMAND that we surrender to their perverted perception or risk being an “other” or “un-patriotic”.

  2. I am, thankfully, still amazed at GOP candidates’ ignorance. I’m glad that I don’t chuckle and say, “Oh, Ben/Donald/Carly/Jeb!, you crazy kid! What’ll you think of next?” and think that this is all perfectly normal to hear from supposedly educated adults, much less ones aspiring to lead the largest economy in the world. However, why are there still situations where I’m amazed? Why are these emotionally stunted people still out there, being hailed by large portions of the electorate as saviors and getting major amounts of air time?

    BTW – has anyone ever seen Carson open his eyes? Or is he sleep-walking? That might explain a lot of things.

  3. CARSON: Of course, you know, if everybody attacks that gunman, he’s not going to kill everybody. But if you sit there and let him shoot you one by one, you’re all going to be dead. And you know, maybe these are things that people don’t think about, it’s certainly something that I would be thinking about.

    KELLY: But don’t you allow for that notion that in a time of great stress like that, one might not know exactly what to do. And to judge them, to sound like you’re judging them –

    B. CARSON: I’m not judging them at all, but, you know, these incidents continue to occur. I doubt that this will be the last one. I want to plant the seed in people’s minds so that if this happens again, you know, they don’t all get killed.

    Carson doubles down on his imagined heroism

  4. The university that gave him his degree needs to be investigated. Seriously, how can so much stupid be in one political party!

  5. Further in the interview
    Carson: OK, well, the fiscal gap is all of the unfunded liabilities that the government owes. Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, all the departmental programs, all the agency and sub-agency programs extending into the future, which is a lot of money, versus the amount of revenue that we expect to collect from taxes and other revenue sources. Now if we’re being fiscally responsible, those numbers should be fairly close together. If we’re not, a gap begins to occur. We bring that forward to modern day today’s dollars, and that’s the fiscal gap, which sits at over $200 trillion and is continuing to grow. Now the only reason that we can sustain that kind of debt is because of our artificial ability to print money, to create what we think is wealth, but it is not wealth, because it’s based upon our faith and credit. You know, we decoupled it from the domestic gold standard in 1933, and from the international gold standard in 1971, and since that time, it’s not based on anything. Why would we be continuing to do that?

  6. Of course taxing the rich so they pay their fair share, closing IRS loopholes within the exemptions guidelines, i.e. taxing for profit mega-churches and churches who are politically activist, penalizing billionaires and multinational corporations for their off-shore money stashing, etc. is never an option for these supposedly “fiscal conservative” Republicans. Geez, they disgust me.

  7. So, what about the babies that were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary? Does stepin fetchit expect children to know what to do or that they should become Rambo and rush a gunman too?

    Is it everyone’s responsibility to deal with gun violence except the people who are supposed to be the grownups in the room….our elected officials?

    Carson and Jindal might as well stop trying to get into the big house on the plantation because they’ll never make it.

  8. Next ReThug debate they should have Jeff Foxworthy moderate with his side panel and name the debate

    ‘GOP are Not Smarter than a 5th Grader’.

    Nice to see the blog post was corrected after first posting — the ‘no comments’ setting posted and was then turned off so others could participate. It’s unfortunate it can now be looked at in the same light as Faux’s ‘fair and balanced’ — opposition views and corrected or additional facts etc not permitted.

  9. Where did “200 trillion” come from? Do these people just pull huge numbers out of their butts to scare their voters? And sir, the debt limit has to be raised. It is the GOP who pretends they can not raise it, not pay the bills (including military salaries, but not their own, of course) and not have a disaster occur all over the world. The stupid in this party is unbelievable.

  10. Well, why not? He’s got his brain surgeon credentials, he’s very quietly disgusting, instead of in your face disgusting like Carly and Donnie, and he looks half asleep, which is what most of the GOP base is anyway. I find him nauseating, but then, I learned how to think back in the day. I heard that NPR interview yesterday, and I was just shaking my head in the car. President? Really?

  11. “Ben Carson is Donald Trump without the offensiveness and bluster.”
    Oh, he might not have the loud-mouthed bluster, but he is every bit as offensive as Trump. He just speaks more softly.

  12. …and every Republican I’ve talked to doesn’t know the difference either. Yet they have no problem blathering away about it. The Stupid….it really hurts.

  13. There’s no question that willful ignorance is rampant among Republicans. However, I wouldn’t discount the existence of pure stupidity as well with some of them (e.g. Gohmert, Bachmann, K. McCarthy, Scott Walker).

  14. What really scares me is the fact that a lot of people will actually vote for one of these idiot GOP candidates next year. Not one of republican candidates could lead a one-car parade, much less a nation. God help us, because the republicans sure won’t.

  15. I’ve seen Token somewhere before they started to ask him those darn truth seeking questions, before FOX stardom. Oh yeah, now I remember, he was on the lawn of an Oakland, Ca billionair. Holding a lamp. He appears so dumb and clueless, insane, & sickening. What if children are watching? They’ll grow up thinking lamp holding is the way to prosperity. And like Donald, insanity MSM is exposing our children to this well polished inhumanity. Damn fool.

  16. Hi, I just wanted to say that I agree with you on the “stupid” and “stupidity” remark, but, I could not help notice that you said “an foreign” it is, actually, “a foreign”. The “n” is only added when the word after it starts with a vowel.

    I hope that that was just a typo.

    I do speak a foreign language, English, my mother’s tongue is Spanish, I learnt English when I migrated to Australia when I was 19 years old.

  17. The sounds of 2012 campaign may be filtering into 2016 — those ‘running’ having books to sell — you know, a la Newt. Carson’s nowpimping his. Of course Huckster killed more trees for BS, Lies & Gravy! Won’t waste my time searching for the others as that’s their typical method of operation to line their pockets & feed more BS & lies to anyone stupid enough to buy it and read it if they can find it in the Hooked on Phonics format!!

  18. Fabiana I never correct anyone but, this time I must..I do believe learnt is not a word, maybe learned is better, or is that Australian?

  19. The irony is that after this he was talking about how important it is to have an educated and informed population.
    Has anyone ever seen Carson and Andy Kaufman in the same room together?

  20. Yes, I, too, saw articles on Murdoch’s statement about Carson being “a real Black president.”

    What does that even mean??? It sounds like more Republican Palin-babble Bizarro-World racist crap.

    We went through something like this when Barack Obama was elected in 2008, and (some) people talked about him as if he were the President of African Americans only. Which, come to think of it, is how Congressional Republicans and the far right treat him.

  21. The difference between him and most mainstream Republicans is that he takes himself seriously. The mainstream knows their running a scam.

  22. When I was teaching economics to 10th Graders a few short years ago, at 15 and 16 years of age, they understood that the debt limit was the combined total of all of the things the nation has purchased and not paid for with cash money but with credit. I notice that you got quite a few down votes for sharing exactly what Carson said, which shows me that those who support Carson don’t care if he doesn’t know certain things, is out of his depth, and ends up looking like a stone cold fool. They’ll vote for him because they “like” him, the same way they voted for “W” because they liked him, too, and we know about the mess “W” left behind because that sh*t is still stinking up the place.

  23. Republican politicians have been bought! It has come down to the fact that we are in a revolution! The fight is not between people that identify as democrats or republicans but with huge corporations, the super rich and the politicians that serve them. It is people versus money. Values versus profits. So far the money is winning but we can turn it around by getting Bernie Sanders into the White House! This is the most critical election in our history and our very survival is at stake!

  24. We can laugh at, and rail against these right-wing idiots all we want but it does no good. We have to figure out what it is that makes people support them and continue to vote them into office. What are we saying or not saying, doing or not doing that continues to push people over to the dark side?

  25. I can’t tell you how painful it is to hear Ben Carson talk about political issues. He is definitely brilliant. His record as a neurosurgeon show that. However, he is so mismatched for politics that it’s a shame.

  26. He’s had six (6)) malpractice suits filed against him. Not even sure if he’s book smart.
    Obviously he missed the “do no harm” part in the oath he took.

  27. I keep hearing how “brilliant” Trump and Carson are. Really? What do you consider brilliant? 5 bankruptcies? Inability to put a coherent sentence together? Lack of knowledge about how government works? Or, just the ability to bloviate and pontificate in “word salad.” If they make no sense or you don’t have the foggiest idea about what they just said, that doesn’t make them smart. But, The Stupids don’t want smart. They want someone as ignorant as they are. Thanks to W and $arah, the bar has been set so low that it’s ridiculous. And, these clowns can’t even reach that level. Sad and scary…

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