Ben Carson Is Confirmed as HUD Secretary

  1. Ben Carson, an acclaimed neurosurgeon-turned-politician, can now add a new title to his résumé: secretary of housing and urban development...
    ... The Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs unanimously voted his nomination out of committee in January, though several Democrats did question him about his belief that government assistance programs often lead to dependency. Mr. Carson will now head an agency with a $47 billion budget and a charge to assist millions of low-income renters, fight urban blight and help struggling homeowners stave off foreclosures.
    Mr. Carson, whose mother at times received food stamps to provide for her family, grew up surrounded by some of the housing assistance programs he will now oversee.
    Yet, rather than embrace the programs that once sustained his family and the families around him, he has adopted standard Republican beliefs that too much government help — both in desegregating neighborhoods and in lifting people from poverty — can discourage people from working hard...
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/u...velopment.html
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  3. by   herring_RN
    HUD Secretary Ben Carson addressed HUD employees
    The 37 minute talk:


    Presented by a comedian in about 3 minutes:

  4. by   toomuchbaloney
    Carson seems embarrassingly incoherent at times.

    Maybe that's why Trump likes him so much.
  5. by   margin261
    Quote from toomuchbaloney
    Carson seems embarrassingly incoherent at times.

    Maybe that's why Trump likes him so much.
    I'm glad someone else thinks so! I considered him very early on, but them it seemed like he just went off in left field somewhere & would say some truly bizarre things! But then trump...

    I'm sure I'm not the only one that saw the statement- (I don't remember if it came straight from him or his people)- when asked if he would want a cabinet position, said no because he had no political experience.

    So, that wasn't an issue when running for president, but a cabinet position would be way beyond his experience & capabilities?

    But then again, that part of his resume fits in with the rest of trump's cabinet picks. He just falls behind when it comes to the billionaire/big donor/greedy corporate honcho portion of his CV.
  6. by   Tweety
    There's a viral video of an African American female praying for him saying "he's the smartest dumbest man in our country" with regards to his calling slaves immigrants. I can't believe that someone smart enough to rise from poverty and become a neurosurgeon is so anti-science and against giving people some of the same advantages he had.

    His whole campaign was nothing but a book signing tour in my opinion. He lost but enriched himself.

    I have zero respect for his ideas that being homosexual is a choice because prisoners choose homosexuality or that Congress should be able to remove judges for their marriage equality decisions.

    Again, I'm baffled that such an educated and accomplished (many awards and recognitions) man is such an idiot. It's going to be interesting to see how he wants to run this organization since he doesn't believe in hand outs.
  7. by   elkpark
    Quote from Tweety
    It's going to be interesting to see how he wants to run this organization since he doesn't believe in hand outs.
    Well, the theory has been floating around for a while now that President Bannon specifically chose department heads who are fundamentally opposed to the basic mission of the department because the real goal is to cripple and dismantle the departments.
  8. by   Ted
    Quote from elkpark
    Well, the theory has been floating around for a while now that President Bannon specifically chose department heads who are fundamentally opposed to the basic mission of the department because the real goal is to cripple and dismantle the departments.
    I've been saying this and I'll say it again. . . Trump ain't draining the swamp. He's building a freakin' cesspool. This is evidenced by the Cabinet Members chosen to be a part of his Administration. It's infuriating!! Trump is hurting the very people who helped get him elected, as he hurts every citizen of this country through his policies as driven by his dangerous ideology and carried out by his freakin' "Good Ol' Boy" Administration.
    Last edit by Ted on Mar 9
  9. by   Extra Pickles
    it's often mentioned that trump is doing exactly what he promised to do, at least in part, so he is holding true to his campaign rhetoric. However, he did say that he intended to surround himself with "the best people" so that he would have a strong and experienced cabinet to head each of these major federal departments. Doesn't appear to be coming through on that promise though as so far he has managed to assemble the worst cabinet in history, a group of people who are either wholly unqualified for their posts or have philosophies that are diametrically opposed to the mission and purpose for the departments they head. If the goal was to surround himself by good choices he's woefully failed on that score. If his goal was instead to dismantle and destroy the very things that Americans enjoy about their government he is well on the way to success.
  10. by   Ted
    Quote from Extra Pickles
    it's often mentioned that trump is doing exactly what he promised to do, at least in part, so he is holding true to his campaign rhetoric. However, he did say that he intended to surround himself with "the best people" so that he would have a strong and experienced cabinet to head each of these major federal departments. Doesn't appear to be coming through on that promise though as so far he has managed to assemble the worst cabinet in history, a group of people who are either wholly unqualified for their posts or have philosophies that are diametrically opposed to the mission and purpose for the departments they head. If the goal was to surround himself by good choices he's woefully failed on that score. If his goal was instead to dismantle and destroy the very things that Americans enjoy about their government he is well on the way to success.
    I would add that a good number of individuals Trump has chosen to be in his Cabinet are the type of people who helped make OUR government "corrupt", especially with regards to banking, the environment, etc. At least to my eyes, Trump lied when he said that he was going to "clean the swamp". Trump lied to the people who helped support and elect him, as he spewed out false-promises. . . errr. . . "Alternate Promises".
  11. by   Extra Pickles
    Quote from Ted
    Trump lied to the people who helped support and elect him, as he spewed out false-promises. . . errr. . . "Alternate Promises".
    Nah, when those people who believed voting for trump meant the return of coal-mining jobs and higher wages and a better economy realize that they don't have the jobs and they still are low paid or unemployed and on top of it probably lose their healthcare benefits, those same people will believe that it's the Democrats' fault because THEY are the ones preventing trump from giving them greatness. It will always be blamed on Obama and anyone else they can conceivably blame. Even those for whom there IS no realistic conception of blame, akin to blaming Obama for personally wiretapping trump tower (seriously??). These people will accept trump's lies that HE is there for THEM if only he would be allowed and not prevented at every turn by those evil Democrats.

    Trump has win/win with all of those idiots, and will maintain it forever. Better they believe the fool than accept that they screwed up with voting for a windbag.
  12. by   Tweety
    I don't think Trump voters are idiots. He's only been in office a short while and they aren't expecting that he's going to deliver everything at once. Also, like most of us, we understand that campaign promises are mostly BS...including Obama's and Mrs. Clinton's. They talk a good talk during the campaign.

    I just heard an interesting piece on NPR. They interviewed people that voted for Trump in North Carolina to see how they felt today and if they regretted their vote, while they all had a criticism, pretty much all of them supported him and thought he was delivering as promised. There's a myth out there of "voter's remorse" but I'm not seeing it.
  13. by   Ted
    Quote from Tweety
    we understand that campaign promises are mostly BS...
    So. . . Trump is just like any other politician. . . So much for "swamp cleaning".

    Tweety - I agree with you. I don't question the IQ of anyone who voted for Trump. I'm certainly not into referring individuals who voted for Trump as "idiots". But I am not afraid to hold people accountable to their opinions and outlook on life. I do question their ability to critically think, to think beyond their own prejudices and misconceptions of the realities surrounding them and our country. And if their critical thinking is intact, then I question their values & principles. How else does one explain their lack of understanding that they've been betrayed by this charlatan?? It all goes back to the great lie told by Trump that he was going to "clear the swamp". Yet, look at his Cabinet members. . . .
    Last edit by Ted on Mar 9
  14. by   Tweety
    Quote from Ted
    And if their critical thinking is intact, then I question their values & principles. How else does one explain their lack of understanding that they've been betrayed by this charlatan?? I.

    They don't feel betrayed when he's doing what he said he would be doing...they want the wall, they want Obamacare repealed, they want Muslims band to keep us safer. Their critical thinking leads them to believe this will help us in the long run.

    Although it baffles me. Yes, their values and principles are different than mine. Obviously mine are superior.

    Like the report I listened to pointed out, while they don't all approve 100% of his style, his Tweets, etc. they are overlooking a lot and like the general direction. For many it doesn't matter what he does and can be summed up in two words: Hillary Clinton.

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