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Ben Carson endorses corporate groupthink

At least I think he did. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, even though I don’t think he deserves it, and put it down to a poor choice of words.

Ben Carson called for “groupthink” to combat the looming funding crisis in the country’s Social Security program at a campaign rally in Ames on Saturday.

“We have to start thinking, have groupthink in this country,” Carson said in response to a question from the crowd about unfunded entitlement liabilities.

“We need to maximize the potential of all our people if we’re going to be able to compete in the future. So we have to start thinking corporately as an entity.”

The remarks followed a more specific proposal: Some aging citizens should be asked to opt out of the Social Security program and the age of eligibility should gradually scale back.

At least he didn’t equate Social Security with slavery, as he has with the Affordable Care Act and abortion rights.

With less than 100 days until the Iowa caucuses, retired neurosurgeon Carson is in second place behind Donald Trump in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination, according to polls of Republican voters. The other candidates trail far behind.