Ben Carson apparently has no idea what the debt limit is:
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.
Refusing to raise the debt limit is not the same as cutting the budget, and it is painfully clear that Carson does not understand this at all. Since Republicans love the “run government like a household” bit, here’s what Ben Carson, head of household is proposing. He’s stating that if he became President, after his family had run up all the credit cards, owed thousands in utilities, mortgage, car payments, plumber and electrician bills, school tuition, medical bills (because, no doubt, he would not sign on to ACA), he’d go to the people he owed money and tell them “Look, I’ve decided to be fiscally responsible, and I need to make some cuts. So I’m not going to pay you. Toodles.”
At least when the idiots were making the debt ceiling threats the last time around, they understood the concept of the debt limit creating a default and global tumult- they just dismissed it. Carson doesn’t even seem to understand that default would even happen.
After seeing Ben Carson as a candidate, I’m re-evaluating my usage of the phrase “It’s not brain surgery.”