Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Friday that he supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement negotiated by the White House – aligning himself more with the GOP’s establishment wing than with the social conservatives who have powered his campaign.Mr. Carson’s backing of the 12-nation Pacific trade deal places him at odds with Donald Trump, his chief rival for support among anti-establishment Republicans. Mr. Carson had expressed skepticism about the TPP, saying in a June interview with the Huffington Postthat he would not give President Barack Obama “fast-track” authority to negotiate the deal.[Ben Carson Backs White House's TPP Trade Deal, by Reid Epstein, Wall Street Journal, November 6, 2015]This is an almost comical example of the Beltway Right in action. Carson is winning support because he is perceived as a Christian victimized by an unfair media. But the trade deal he supports will enable more mass immigration and economically devastate his supporters.That's not all. Carson then went to Puerto Rico and decided to go The Full Jeb by supporting Puerto Rican statehood.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson endorsed statehood for Puerto Rico at a Sunday campaign event on the island.
Leave aside that this grants the Democratic Party more congressmen and two more Senators in perpetuity. Statehood would saddle the United States with a territory which has almost nothing to offer besides an incompetent workforce of permanent dependents and a crushing debt. Any attempt to "cut spending" would be dead on arrival permanently.The good news? This idiotic stance will hopefully hurt Carson's showing in Iowa, which is a must win for him. We've had our fun, but this Long Con on decent Americans is really starting to wear thin.
"In a Carson administration, I will leave no stone unturned in my efforts to secure this important step in Puerto Rico's history — establishing Estado 51," said the retired neurosurgeon, highlighting the strategic benefits of the Caribbean island's location relative to the United States mainland.
[Carson Backs Puerto Rico statehood, by Deena Zaru and Elizabeth Landers, CNN, November 8, 2015].