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  1. This reporter is thorough about Ben Carson’s political views. Perhaps it is time for a thread on the person who is currently second in the polls. I saw a Ben Carson for President bumper sticker yesterday and the same car had another sticker for Constitutionalism. Peter I will edit the long article to its basics. Ben Carson on the issues: Inside the mind of the retired neurosurgeon surging in polls, rivaling Trump, Michael Walsh Reporter Yahoo Politics ‎September‎ ‎02‎, ‎2015 National debt: Carson thinks that the government will not pay down the national debt of more than $18 trillion until a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution mandates it. He says “career politicians in Washington” have shown that they won’t get serious about balancing the budget until they are forced to . . . . The Economy: Carson has argued for a flat tax between 10 and 15 percent based on tithing for all Americans . . . . Carson also called for gradually raising the age of eligibility for receiving Social Security and eliminating the IRS. Immigration: Carson says he does not think that the 14th Amendment should protect birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants . . . . He bemoaned “incentives” for illegal immigration, such as easy government assistance and public school enrollment. “We must create a system that disincentivizes illegal immigration and upholds the rule of law while providing us with a steady stream of immigrants from other nations who will strengthen our society. Let’s solve the problem and stop playing political football,” he wrote. Health care: Carson says the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is a “looming disaster” and “monstrosity.” Despite the cost of $1.2 trillion, he argues, 23 million people will still not have health insurance even after it has been fully implemented for 10 years. Marijuana: Carson said that medical marijuana has been useful in certain cases but that he opposes legalizing the drug for recreational use — saying it’s important to remember it is “a gateway drug.” “I don’t think this is something we really want for our society,” he said. “You know, we’re gradually just removing all the barriers to hedonistic activity. We’re changing so rapidly to a different type of society, and nobody is getting a chance to discuss it because it’s taboo. It’s politically incorrect. You’re not supposed to talk about these things.” Climate change: Carson has described the issue of manmade climate change as irrelevant. Though he says we must protect the environment, the presidential contender said climate change cannot be an “excuse not to develop our God-given resources.” Same-sex marriage: Carson opposes same-sex marriage and says he believes in the traditional definition of marriage as one man with one woman . . . . Carson said he thinks people who want to “change the definition of marriage” are ”directly attacking the relationship between God and his people.” Abortion: Carson describes himself as “unabashedly and entirely pro-life.” He believes that human life begins at conception and needs to be protected from that point forward. As a surgeon, he has operated on fetuses and says they are “very much alive.” The Second Amendment: Carson vowed that he would never support any attempt to “to weaken the Second Amendment.” Israel: Carson says the U.S. must maintain its special bond with Israel and help protect it against surrounding nations that “threaten her very existence.” As Israel is America’s only democratic ally in the Middle East, he added, we must never waiver in supporting the nation. Iran deal: During a speech in Iowa recently, Carson said that the controversial Iran nuclear deal puts the “whole country in jeopardy” and betrays a “complete lack of common sense,” the Daily Signal reported. Terrorism: In an opinion piece for the Washington Times, Carson said that conditions across the globe have improved since the United States hit the stage. People need to suspend their knowledge of American history, he said, to believe that the U.S. is the source of much of the world’s problems . . . . On his campaign website, Carson said the Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp is the best facility in the world for detaining dangerous terrorists while they await a military trial. The United Tax Code: Carson described the U.S. tax code, which includes more than 74,000 pages, as “an abomination.” He supports wholesale tax reform to remove the system’s complexity and loopholes, arguing that career politicians are unable to deliver the bold changes Americans Religion: Carson says that Americans should be proud that “courageous men of principle and faith” founded the United States on “Judeo-Christian principles.” He thinks that secular liberals are trying to drive faith out of public spaces in American society. Confederate flag: Carson says he does not have a problem with removing the Confederate flag from government property and acknowledges that it has been used for racist purposes. But, he said, the real issue is not the flag as much as what people use it to symbolize.