Ben Carson: Clueless or Dishonest?

Ben Carson may be a very smart man — as one of the top neurosurgeons in the world, he has to be — but the more he talks and writes about political issues in the run up to his inevitable run for president, the more one has to wonder if he’s completely clueless about basic economics or if he’s just lying. From his latest column, responding to the State of the Union speech:
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Wingnut Offers Dumbest Anti-Marijuana Arguments Ever

Rep. John Fleming has obviously seen Reefer Madness with no irony whatsoever. On the Family Research Council’s radio show with Tony Perkins, he made some of the most laughable arguments against marijuana legalization ever. It leads to meth use, you see, which has been “proven scientifically,” and will make people disabled and dependent on government.
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Lively Declares the Death of ‘Christian Civilization’

As the wingnuts and bigots (but I repeat myself) compete with one another to see who can be more hysterical and hyperbolic about the inevitable reality of marriage equality, Scott Lively, who is as hardcore a bigot as one could possibly imagine, says it’s the death of “Christian civilization.” I think he thinks that’s an argument against it.
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Kochs to Spend Almost $900 Million on 2016 Elections

Politico reports that at the most recent gathering of rich conservatives sponsored by the Koch brothers, they announced that they planned to spend nearly $900 million to influence the 2016 elections. For comparison purposes, that’s more than twice what the RNC spent in 2012. It’s an absolutely mind-blowing number.
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More Ahistorical Bullshit From David Lane

David Lane, the organizer of Bobby Jindal’s prayer rally over the weekend and perhaps the most powerful kingmaker on the Christian right, has yet another article at Charisma News spouting ahistorical nonsense (the article actually seems to have been removed, the link above is to the Google cache of it). Weirdly, he doesn’t even get the usual wingnut talking points right.
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