I know it’s early, but if I could pick the 2016 nominees for president and vice president out of a crowded Republican field today, the choice would be easy: Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina.
My reasoning is simple: They are the only non-politicians who are worthy of serious consideration for the top job. The former has already formed an exploratory committee. The latter is exploring, exploring.
Both have succeeded at the highest levels in the real world: Carson in medicine, Fiorina in business. Both have management experience, Carson as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, the youngest division head in the history of the institution, and Fiorina, who as CEO of Hewlett-Packard was the first female to head a Fortune 50 company.
Where does it say you have to have spent the biggest part of your life in politics to be qualified to be president? When you get right down to it, no one is really qualified for this job. You might say it is on-the-job training for the most important position in the country and arguably the world.
Perhaps that is why most recent presidents have failed miserably. I offer as Exhibit Number One:
- An $18 trillion debt.
- A sluggish economy
- Stagnant wages
- The lowest labor participation rate in 40 years
- One of the highest corporate tax rates on the planet
- A government that rewards failure and penalizes success
- An entitlement system that is bringing us to our knees
- Half of the population hooked on government handouts and crying for more
- A school system that graduates students who can’t read their diplomas or do basic math
What do we need most in a president?
We need someone who will surround himself or herself with the best minds available — not political cronies — weigh all the evidence and make good decisions. We need someone who can think outside the box, who is not beholden to special interests groups. We need someone who is selfless, someone who will put the needs of the country before his or her own.
We need someone who has a real plan and is willing to do what it takes to solve the problems listed above, not create new ones just to win votes. And, above all, we need someone who is honest, a man or woman with no guile.
Ben Carson is such a man. He came from humble beginnings and overcame many obstacles to become a medical pioneer and gifted surgeon with many honors including the Presidental Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian honor, and the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP.
Dr. Carson’s experience is not limited to medicine. He has sat on the board of directors of corporations like the Kellogg Company and Costco.
He is a man with a thirst for knowledge. He is the author of six books, the last two, American the Beautiful and One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, with his wife, Candy. Together they created the Carson Scholarship Fund, which is active in all 50 states and rewards young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian achievements. To date, this fund has awarded over $6.2 million to scholars.
In a recent Gallup Poll, Carson is the only candidate who has a higher net favorability rating than Hillary Clinton, although the good doctor is not as well-known. However, Ms. Clinton’s favorability has been in free-fall and part of the poll was conducted before the email scandal broke.
Fiorina is even less well known, barely a blimp on the radar screen at the moment, but expect her blip to rise if she makes it into the debates. In 2010, her first foray into politics was in impressive. While battling cancer, she ran against entrenched incumbent Barbara Boxer in the California Senate race and only lost by 10 points despite her public stands against abortion and efforts to cut greenhouse gases in this deep blue state.
My one beef with Fiorina is her strong support for the H-1B visa which allows businesses to import foreign workers almost at will with no accountability. However, she can punch holes in the Democrat’s phony “war on women” strategy like no one else can.
The one drawback for Carson is no military experience. However, he does know what it means to hold life in his hands.
Yes, the fact that one is black and the other is a woman is an obvious plus. However, I would feel the same about these two if gender and race were not a part of this equation. They are my 2016 dream team.