Ben Carson threw his support behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership last Friday after the text of the agreement was posted online.
Mr. Carson, spokesman Doug Watts said, “believes the agreement does help to level the playing field in key markets and is important to improve our ties to trading partners in Asia as a counterbalance to China’s influence in the region.” Mr. Watts said Mr. Carson is “now inclined to support TPP, with reservations.”
Mr. Carson’s new support for the trade deal comes as the Republican Party’s decades-long support for free trade is splintering. Mr. Trump is leading a wing of anti-trade candidates that includes social conservatives Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who had backed the “fast-track” legislation aimed at expediting TPP approval, backed away from the bill because he said Republicans couldn’t trust Mr. Obama and said approving the deal would open American companies to increased foreign competition and boost illegal immigration.
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told the Wall Street Journal last month that he opposes the TPP unless it includes enforceable rules to prevent currency manipulation.
Still backing the trade legislation are the party’s establishment wing candidates: Sen.Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and Govs. John Kasich of Ohio and Chris Christie of New Jersey.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Ben Carson has also supported the idea of mandatory vaccinations, saying earlier this year that school children should be checked if they've had vaccinations and would not allow for any exemptions to be made.
“We already have policies in place at schools that require immunization records and things of that nature,” the conservative neurosurgeon, who is weighing a 2016 run for president, told CNN's Jake Tapper on “The Lead.”
“A lot of people are put off when they hear the word ‘government force,' and perhaps there's a better way to put these things,” Carson said. “But the fact of the matter is, studies have shown us over the course of time that the benefit-to-risk ratio for vaccination is way in the favor of doing it as opposed to not doing it.”
After the second GOP debate, Carson pulled back a bit on the vaccine issue.
Carson, having seen a boost in polls after his first debate performance, stood directly to the right of center-stage Trump (20 inches away, to be exact), and the proximity seemed to have dissipated any fiery backlash. Carson said, “Well, let me put it this way. There have been numerous studies, and they have not demonstrated that there is any correlation between vaccinations and autism.”
Carson had no problem making a stand in February, when he told Tapper on CNN's The Lead that vaccinations should be mandatory and enforced by the government with no exemptions for people citing religious or philosophical beliefs. “A lot of people are put off when they hear the word ‘government force,' and perhaps there's a better way to put these things, but the fact of the matter is, studies have shown us over the course of time that the benefit-to-risk ratio for vaccination is way in the favor of doing it as opposed to not doing it.” On Wednesday, Carson would go on to contradict himself by saying lesser needed vaccines shouldn't be “pushed by big government.”
Ben Carson has been doing a lot of waffling and seems to be struggling in the wake of bigger Republican names like Donald Trump, who has remained relatively consistent in his policy ideas.
With his latest announcement in support of the TPP, Carson is looking less and less like the candidate we have been lead to believe. And while he relented on vague “lesser-needed vaccines,” the impression remains that he would not have any personal issues with forcing private citizens to submit to what could be called “necessary vaccines.” These terms are left vague enough to be interpreted in any way that fits Carson's agenda. If you want to preserve your right to refuse any treatment you want, keep an eye on Carson, because he doesn't really seem committed to the idea of Liberty and free will.
Make no mistake, the TPP is an absolute sovereignty killer – as exposed by Wikileaks as being a fake trade deal before it came out.