Carson on ‘Sluggish’ U.S. Economy: ‘We Have Asinine Economic Policies’

By Penny Starr | May 28, 2014 | 4:41 PM EDT

Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on May 28, 2014. ( Starr)

( – Author and retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson said at a National Press Club luncheon that the reason for the “sluggish growth” of the U.S. economy is because of bad policy.

“And why do we have such sluggish growth?” Carson said on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. “Because we have asinine economic policies.”

Carson, who gained a following after remarks he made about the “moral decline” of the nation in a speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, told an appreciative audience that they should think about that fact concerning the economy.

“We have the highest corporate tax rate in the world,” Carson said. “And we sit here and we complain about companies doing business overseas.”

Carson also said that understanding capitalism requires knowledge of how it works.

“People don’t go into business to support the government,” Carson said. “They go into business to make money.”

“So, a wise government creates an environment that is conducive to business, not one that drives it out and then blames them and demonizes them,” he said. “That doesn’t make any sense.”

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When asked about who he hopes will support him, Carson said, “God,” which is who he also credited for American exceptionalism.

“I think that one of the reasons that this nation rose to the pinnacle of the world so fast – faster than anybody in the history of the world -- is because we live by Godly principles of loving your fellow man, of caring about your neighbor.

“Of developing your God-given talents to the utmost so that you become valuable to the people around you,” Carson said. “Of having values and principles that govern your life.”

“And if we can regain that, then we truly will have one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all,” he said.

Carson, who said he has been a Republican and a Democrat and is now a registered Independent, would not rule out a run for public office in 2016.  He said he had hoped to play golf or learn a new language but that those things may not be what keep him busy in retirement.

“It appears to me that perhaps God has a different plan for me,” Carson said.

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