RUSH: So yesterday on CNN, Candy Crowley asked the panel on her program if the comments of Dr. Benjamin Carson at the National Prayer Breakfast were inappropriate. Actually, she asked if his comments were appropriate. Now, before we play for you the Candy Crowley sound bite from CNN yesterday, I want to go back. We’ve got two sound bites from Dr. Benjamin Carson. He’s the Johns Hopkins University hospital pediatric neurosurgery director. He’s a great guy. Great, great family story, from Detroit. Here are the two excerpts that we aired last week from his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast with Obama sitting right there.
CARSON: 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 the guy who made ten.” Where does it say you have to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot!
CARSON: You know, we don’t need to hurt him. It’s that kind of thinking…
CARSON: 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.
RUSH: Here’s Dr. Carson with his solution to the health care crisis in this country.
CARSON: Here’s my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed — pretax — from the time you’re born ’til the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, so that when you’re 85 years old and you got six diseases, you’re not trying to spend up everything. You’re happy to pass it on and there’s nobody talking about ‘death panels.’
AUDIENCE: (laughter and applause)
CARSON: Number one. And also, for the people who were indigent who don’t have any money, we can make contributions to their HSA each month because we already have this huge pot of money. Instead of sending it to some bureaucracy, let’s put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own health care.
RUSH: Uh-oh. Uh-oh. Not what Obama wants to hear. Now patients, now people can have control over their own health care. He wants that control. He wants the government to have that control. He wants the death panels to have that control. Now, these sound bites were just part of a long speech Mr. Carson. It really resonated. It was terrific. It was so rational and so simple, and it was so needed. It’s such a great contrast to what we’re getting from the Republican Party, who are wringing their hands, being all introspective and changing their branding and changing their marketing.
And all that’s required is somebody to articulate the ideas, particularly since Obama’s afraid to use his own ideas. Ideas can triumph. Dr. Carson here proved it. So to show you what a threat this man is and was at the prayer breakfast on State of the Union on Sunday, Candy Crowley’s show, she interviewed Jan Schakowsky, congresswoman from Illinois, talking about Dr. Carson, and they had this exchange.
CROWLEY: Did you find anything offensive with — certainly he’s — it’s America, he’s entitled to his opinion. A lot of the talk was about was this the right place to do it, and there was lots of applause from Republicans who said, “Finally somebody stood up and said it.”
SCHAKOWSKY: It’s really, um, not really an appropriate place to make this kind of political speech and to invoke God as his support for that kind of point of view. But I think most of all, the kind of message that he was giving shows a real empathy gap of where the American people are right now and I think it’s reflective of where many of the Republicans and Tea Parties are right now that we need to have an economy that works for everyone.
RUSH: You can’t have a bigger disconnect than this. Candy Crowley first, “Well, kind of offensive, certainly he’s entitled to his opinion. I mean, he is an American and all, but was this the right place, prayer breakfast, president sitting there, was this the right place?” You mean, there happen to be places where telling the truth about things just isn’t permitted, not appropriate? And then of course Schakowsky (doing impression), “Oh, of course it’s not appropriate. No way, invoke God at a prayer breakfast for the kind of point of view he has? Of course that’s not appropriate. But look at the disconnect here, Candy. Most Americans are not thinking of doing things for themselves. Most Americans want the government to do it for ’em. And for this guy to show up and talk about taking care of yourself and controlling your own health, that’s not where the American people are. What a big disconnect, just shows you how screwed up the Tea Party is.”
They were questioning whether or not this man had the right or was appropriate. Statists, folks, statists.
RUSH: Have you noticed all the white Republican racists who are pretending that they liked Dr. Benjamin Carson? You notice that, Snerdley? Well, that’s how the left would look at it.