I saw an article recently that said that Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has been given a zero rating by one of the primary fact-finding websites on the Internet, Politifact. This means that Carson has made no public statements of consequence that can be rated as totally true. The best he could muster is three “half-true” statements. The only other person who received this same rating is Donald Trump — though Trump had five “mostly true” statements.

This means that the two leading Republican contenders for the highest office in the land cannot be trusted to tell the truth on the simplest of subjects.

That’s not really the bad part, though. It’s just how crazy Carson sounds. He has denied mathematics by claiming that the numbers in his own tax plan don’t add up to a huge deficit.

Carson recently dismissed as “propaganda” a debate moderator’s claim that he had a business relationship with a company called Mannatech. After Carson’s denial, his campaign manager admitted that the doctor did, indeed, have a contract for promotional services.

I have been closely watching politics for over 40 years, and this beats all I have ever seen. Carson and Trump are competing to see who can say the nuttiest thing while their poll numbers climb.

Michael Hale

IT consultant

Baton Rouge