Conservative favorite Dr. Ben Carson fired up the hosts of “The View” with some comments on welfare. Dr. Carson said on the show, “When you rob someone of their incentive to go out there and improve themselves, you are not doing them any favors."
Despite being interrupted, he went on to say that it’s more empowering when we use intellect and resources to give people a way up and a way out.
Whoopi Goldberg responded, “As a former welfare mother, very few people want to be on welfare. Very few want to walk with their kids and take food stamps. Most people would rather work. Now I don’t feel bad about being a welfare mother because I contribute as an American.”
She said the system needs to be fixed so that welfare recipients are allowed to earn an income without losing food stamps.
Dr. Carson, a Fox News contributor, joined The Kelly File last night with reaction from that interview. He doubled down on his comments that some people on welfare want government assistance, calling it “inter-generational.”
“After the great progress that we made after the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement, I think perhaps the worst thing that happened is a lot of, some well-meaning and some not so well-meaning folks came along and started patronizing these individuals, and saying, ‘you can’t really do anything and we’ll take care of you.’”
In some cases, he said it was to assuage guilt and in other cases they generally felt that minorities couldn’t help themselves.
Dr. Carson said, “What’s happening is we’re going from a can-do society to a 'what can you do for me' society. That never leads to the elevation of a society. That always leads to the decline of a society.”
Without placing specific blame, Dr. Carson said he believes that some aspects of the economy are purposely not being remedied because then there would be no need for certain social programs.
Hear the rest of Dr. Carson’s interview and his response to a possible 2016 presidential run in the clip above.