Ben Carson has reportedly accepted the offer as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
With his astonishing resume as a renowned neurosurgeon, some would say he was overqualified for the position of Surgeon General. He turned down this offer some reports say, but accepted the HUD offer according to sources.
On the contrary to what the NY magazine, Salon, and CNN are reporting about the decision, which they say is “bad,” “terrible,” and “disastrous.” This is a great pick, for people smart enough to know why he was chosen.
The incumbent, Julian Castro, who has not only done NOTHING good for urban communities and urban housing development, but also violated the HATCH Act and dealt with bad mortgages, was even under fire by progressive groups for his handling of mortgage sales and launching a website with an unsubtle address: DontSellOurHomesToWallStreet.org.
Ben Carson, on the other hand plays for the “A-Team.” Carson was born in the poorest of areas in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Sonya (née Copeland) and Robert Solomon Carson, a minister and later Cadillac factory worker. The factory worker part is what makes him even more in touch with how things should work. They were poor, and his mother occasionally relied on food stamps and other government assistance. Carson has stated that he spent much of his childhood in a very impoverished neighborhood in Detroit.
Castro, in stark contrast, never lived in a poor urban are, never was poor and grew up in a middle class family. His mother was a Chicana political activist who helped establish the Chicano political party La Raza Unida which some call a “racist” group. His father, a retired math teacher. Castro served as the mayor of his native San Antonio, Texas, until he was invited by U.S. PresidentBarack Obama to join the Cabinet in Washington, D.C.
In February 2015, at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Carson bashed the public school system and rightfully so: “I’ve found that homeschoolers do the best, private schoolers next best, charter schoolers next best, and public schoolers worst.” On that basis, he advocated school choice. Carson was a critic of the Common Core State Standards.
Trump is also pro school choice.
Carson knows first hand how urban communities feel, what they’re going through and what they need to move up, as he has been in their shoes and experienced what they experience. He knows that shops, stores, and businesses within these communities are not owned by the people that live within them, and this is one of the major issues. The Chinese own the businesses in China Town, the Vietnamese own the shops in little Vietnam, so on and so forth. But the Muslims, Jewish and every other origin of people own and run the businesses within the poor black communities, and they usually only hire from within the family. This is a major issue keeping these people poor.
Trump was also VERY vocal about the state of inner cities.
“Black communities are in the worst shape they have ever been. Ever.”