Ben Carson, who was raised by a single mom and whose biography is full of heartwarming stories detailing how government assistance made his current position in life possible, spouted off on the View yesterday about the evils of welfare. Here’s his tissue-thin rationalization:
The culture was different then, Carson insists. “I think there was a time when people were not proud of taking handouts,” he said. “There were more people who did have that drive and determination. You do what you have to do.”
I was looking through my local newspaper’s festival guide, and I see our local Poor Pride Weekend is going to be the week after the Lilac Festival and the week before Rib Fest this year. Your town probably has a Poor Pride, too, but they might call it something like “Mooching Weekend” or “Flat Screen TV Day”. That’s where everyone who’s proud of “taking handouts” drives their welfare Cadillacs to a public park, starts a big bonfire of hundred dollar bills, and roasts t-bones on the open fire. Clearly, unlike Carson’s mom, who had the good grace to be ashamed of her poverty, these people don’t deserve the same generosity that fed, clothed, and provided Carson with his first pair of glasses.