Ben Carson: Welfare Perpetuates Poverty, Buys Vote

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson used a Sunday campaign stop in Georgia to accuse politicians of using poverty to bolster their voting constituencies. In his eyes, open-ended welfare has not only perpetuated poverty, its sustained a loyal voting bloc for certain politicians.

“False compassion is patting them on the head and saying, ‘You can’t take care of yourself and I’m going to give you food stamps, a housing subsidy and free health care,'” Carson said according to the Gainesville Times. “And all the things you need so you can stay dependent and vote for me.’”

His criticism of welfare is not new. During the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February, Carson also said welfare makes people dependent on government. At the time he blamed Democrats for being the ones who use welfare to buy votes. He has said a better approach would be a system that provides people with the tools to get themselves out of poverty.

“[I have] no desire whatsoever to hurt the poor,” Carson noted. “But I believe in true compassion, providing the poor with a mechanism to climb the ladder of success.”

Studies examining whether welfare creates dependency have shown varying results. The conservative Heritage Foundation found in a 2011 report that increases in welfare create more dependency. Even the left-leaning Brookings Institution found in 2002 that welfare can cause dependency, concluding education and job training are key to preventing poverty.

Carson has been able to lead much of the Republican field. Recent polls show him second only to Donald Trump. In some polls, Carson has been able to narrowly take the lead. Both Carson and Trump have positioned themselves as Washington, D.C., outsiders. A stance that plays well with many voters tired of what they sees as a troublesome insider culture.

During his Georgia speech, Carson also criticized judiciary activism and efforts to change the moral framework of society.

He is often stupid, but correct on this one.


Most times welfare is not structured in a way to empower people to improve their lives.

Fully agree with him on this one Phone Post 3.0

I don't know about the buying the vote thing.

I could be wrong, but I'd guess a really low percentage of the long term welfare recipients are voting. Phone Post 3.0

What's his take on Corporate welfare?

He just parrots totally unoriginal conservative talking points and because he's black people eat it up.

I've lost hope. Phone Post 3.0

KDK1CallingKDK12 - He just parrots totally unoriginal conservative talking points and because he's black people eat it up.

I've lost hope. Phone Post 3.0
So you disagree with those statements and findings? Phone Post 3.0

RockTheVote - 
Brockback Mountain - He is often stupid, but correct on this one.


Most times welfare is not structured in a way to empower people to improve their lives.
Your first line nailed it. I don't think I could vote for him, unless he runs against hillary, but he has some of the right ideas.

And I hate the career politicians... So I'm all about trying something different. Phone Post 3.0

Well you have to give added weight to things he actually has a strong influence over. A lot of the controversial things he has stated really won't have any influence on policy. It's just his personal opinion.

If i'm gonna vote for someone, I care more about their opinions about things that are going to actually be able to be implemented, not personal philosophies and opinions about things that won't make its way into policy

Dirty Dick Slater - 
KDK1CallingKDK12 - He just parrots totally unoriginal conservative talking points and because he's black people eat it up.

I've lost hope. Phone Post 3.0
So you disagree with those statements and findings? Phone Post 3.0


What's your take on corporate welfare?

I mean this is the same shit Fox News pundits have been pushing for years but when a Ben Carson says it people are like 'wow, I've never really thought about that!'

It's like the Twilight Zone. Phone Post 3.0

Slapsymaxi - I don't know about the buying the vote thing.

I could be wrong, but I'd guess a really low percentage of the long term welfare recipients are voting. Phone Post 3.0
It worked for Obama Phone Post 3.0

Weak lazy politicians and entitlements go hand in hand.

How is the welfare programs in the US structured and how do they differ from similar programs in say, the UK or Australia?

BradGluckman - 
Dirty Dick Slater - 
KDK1CallingKDK12 - He just parrots totally unoriginal conservative talking points and because he's black people eat it up.

I've lost hope. Phone Post 3.0
So you disagree with those statements and findings? Phone Post 3.0


What's your take on corporate welfare?


Seriously? It's bullshit as well. Farm Subsidies or any subsidies for businesses that cannot survive on their own is bullshit. You thoughts on welfare and food stamps?

KDK1CallingKDK12 - I mean this is the same shit Fox News pundits have been pushing for years but when a Ben Carson says it people are like 'wow, I've never really thought about that!'

It's like the Twilight Zone. Phone Post 3.0

Well what makes it different is because you have a successful black politician saying it. Blacks are always being told that opinions like these that are republican driven are racist at its core. We have had food stamps for a long long time, where has it gotten them?

Motivation is an amazing thing, you would be surprised how much it will impact your success

Dirty Dick Slater -
BradGluckman - 
Dirty Dick Slater - 
KDK1CallingKDK12 - He just parrots totally unoriginal conservative talking points and because he's black people eat it up.

I've lost hope. Phone Post 3.0
So you disagree with those statements and findings? Phone Post 3.0


What's your take on corporate welfare?


Seriously? It's bullshit as well. Farm Subsidies or any subsidies for businesses that cannot survive on their own is bullshit. You thoughts on welfare and food stamps?
This. It is amusing when subjects like this come up to hear liberals go back to "but what about corporate welfare?" What about it? It's bullshit too! ALL welfare is bullshit! Phone Post 3.0

psshhh poor people dont even vote

txdcgop - 
Dirty Dick Slater -
BradGluckman - 
Dirty Dick Slater - 
KDK1CallingKDK12 - He just parrots totally unoriginal conservative talking points and because he's black people eat it up.

I've lost hope. Phone Post 3.0
So you disagree with those statements and findings? Phone Post 3.0


What's your take on corporate welfare?


Seriously? It's bullshit as well. Farm Subsidies or any subsidies for businesses that cannot survive on their own is bullshit. You thoughts on welfare and food stamps?
This. It is amusing when subjects like this come up to hear liberals go back to "but what about corporate welfare?" What about it? It's bullshit too! ALL welfare is bullshit! Phone Post 3.0

If you guys thought the Ferguson stuff was a big riot wait till you see what people will do if they take the welfare programs away from them.

We are talking tens of millions of people inside US borders that wont get food anymore.

And is not like there's more jobs than ever in the current economy, the vast majority will simply not find a source of income in time to feed themselves.

So, they will riot.

Carson, in his book, tells how his grades improved tremendously when a government program provided him with free eyeglasses because he could barely see. Not only that, in “Gifted Hands” we read this nugget: “By the time I reached ninth grade, mother had made such strides that she received nothing but food stamps. She couldn’t have provided for us and kept up the house without that subsidy.” Phone Post 3.0

ILoveWatchingJonesBoneShogun -
KDK1CallingKDK12 - I mean this is the same shit Fox News pundits have been pushing for years but when a Ben Carson says it people are like 'wow, I've never really thought about that!'

It's like the Twilight Zone. Phone Post 3.0

Well what makes it different is because you have a successful black politician saying it. Blacks are always being told that opinions like these that are republican driven are racist at its core. We have had food stamps for a long long time, where has it gotten them?

Motivation is an amazing thing, you would be surprised how much it will impact your success
It's all political theater. He has no business running the country. White republicans thinking that a black president telling saying welfare is wrong is not going to fix the problems.

If people want real change in the black community drugs need to be decriminalized. You won't hear Ben Carson saying that because he is nothing but a product and a brand that has a marketing team running his campaign like a well oiled machine preying on the low information Fox News watching voter. Similar to Trump but at least Trump comes up with some original shit. Phone Post 3.0