Politics

Ben Carson’s Prescription: Get People Off Government Assistance

from – The Daily Signal – by Rachel del Guidice

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Thursday to share his vision for the Department of Housing and Urban Development if the Senate confirms him as its next secretary.

In early December, President-elect Donald Trump announced Carson, who was a rival contender for the White House, as his pick to lead HUD.

Here are four highlights from Carson’s appearance:

1. On government assistance.

At the hearing, Republican Sen. Thom Tillis questioned Carson about his vision of best serving those who are on government programs.

“What is the best possible thing we can do for somebody who is on government assistance?” the North Carolina senator asked.

“Get them off of it,” Carson responded.

2. His childhood experience.

Carson said in a written statement that growing up in “inner city Detroit with a single mother who had a 3rd grade education” allowed him to understand housing insecurity.

Carson credited his mother for teaching him the importance of personal responsibility, and said that if confirmed as the next secretary of housing and urban development, he would do more than just advance its programs and funding.

3. Put medical clinics in neighborhoods.

Carson said that as part of his effort to enable and serve the beneficiaries of HUD programs, he plans to potentially put medical clinics in neighborhoods so that people don’t “rely on the emergency room where it costs five times more and where you don’t get kind of follow up that would prevent you from having stage five renal disease.”

4. Will work to benefit ‘all Americans.’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., asked Carson about his intentions to ensure that none of the money funneled through HUD would specifically benefit Trump’s real estate ties.

“My concern is whether or not, among the billions of dollars that you’ll be responsible for handing out in grants and loans, can you assure us that not one dollar will go to benefit either the president-elect or his family?” Warren asked.

Carson responded by saying that his work would be beneficial to all Americans, not just the select few.

“It will not be my intention to do anything to benefit any American, particularly,” Carson said. “It’s for all Americans, everything that we do.”


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Painful truth
6 years ago

Poor Ben. A good man that is going to discover there is no way to help those that have been dependents of the perpetual grievance class for a century.

BuckyA
6 years ago

I can’t wait to see the progress Ben makes in cleaning up HUD and improving the lives of so many who have been left behind by the Democrat Party.

maria rose
6 years ago

This is a excellent idea, which I am sure many will attack. The main reason people stay on Government Assistance is that it is easier than working for a fair living. I am not referring to those who are truly disabled but I am talking about the able-bodied people who remain on benefits because the programs encourage people to stay on benefits rather than helping them stand on their own. Who wouldn’t want to get rent lowered with a Section 8, Medicaid programs at no cost, money for food, all included if you maintain a bare minimum of 80 hours work for the month. Why push yourself to get more hours and pay, if you get all this. Now part of that problem is the business corporations who keep people working at minimum hours and doesn’t care about job performance only about the cost of total labor. The most successful companies who take good care of their employees with fair pay , hours, and benefits and encourage good employees to develop, actually have a lower labor cost. Let’s hope we can see this happening but changing the total of 46% on benefits to a substantially lower number.

Jane Wilhelm
6 years ago
Reply to  maria rose

Yay! Right On! Thank You for your excellent contribution.

Ellen Henderson
6 years ago

Thank God for gifting Dr. Carson with medical skills and talents AND common sense…it seems to be the one argument that stumps the liberal mindset! As I have told my students over the years, “welfare is not a way of life”.I’m excited to follow and support Ben in his efforts help others lift themselves out of a life of dependence on the government(my tax dollars enabling them) into a self-respecting life of independence.

Dick Barnes
6 years ago

Big mistake if they don’t accept Ben Carson for this position.

Maria
6 years ago
Reply to  Dick Barnes

I saw Ted Cruz on One America News (OAN) yesterday, where he said all nominees will be confirmed. The Democrats are the ones who are stalling the proceedings and a “small” handful of Republicans. I can’t understand why the Republicans are a part of that “stall nonsense.” I would mention their names but I won’t at this time. I guess they just want to make themselves look and sound very powerful.

David
6 years ago

I’ve always admired Dr, Carson. Glad to see him in this role, and I’m certain he will make the agency better and more efficient.

Kevin J
6 years ago

Dr. Ben Carson is a man of integrity and personal experience living and growing up in a low income family. He understands the god and the bad of the system that has gotten way off kilter from the original design of the Welfare Program. I look forward to the changes in the system and the end to the corruption that has gone on for too long. This is the kind of “Real Change” our government needs.

Maria
6 years ago
Reply to  Kevin J

Very well stated, Kevin J!!!!!

Bud
6 years ago

Great I have been saying for years if a person is able too work they should not receive assistance. The Bible states that if a man doesn’t work he doesn’t eat. Yes there are exceptions such as physically or mentally challenged. There may be a few other exceptions. I personally know of a couple that has 6 children and are “milking the system” only because they do not want to work

Tammy
6 years ago
Reply to  Bud

Bud, as long as the government (our taxes, btw) are supporting them, why work? I would not be against community service, volunteer service, etc as long as on assistance.

Nancianne
6 years ago
Reply to  Bud

While physically and mentally challenged people can’t necessarily work standard jobs,most can do something. Work is what gives us back pride and self respect. Many could be on partial assistance if only able to work part time. Training could help those with limited abilities feel useful,too.

R.W.D.
6 years ago

There are some people in responsible positions that “supposedly serve” for the public good — that are an embarrassment to those that are critical thinkers that recognize critical issues. To hear of her question to Dr. Ben (knowing his ethics), makes me shake my head and say to myself …. “consider the source”.
I shook my head & chuckled when I heard the former Community Organizer say Donald Trump was “not qualified” to be POTUS. . . .
is that anything like “calling the kettle black”?
Dr. Carson was among my “first choices” back when . . . .

Meriam Yelverton
6 years ago

Dr Carson was my first pick for president. He seems to have a wisdom greater than most intellectuals grasp. This wisdom must be from a Higher Power. He will do an excellent job in any government job. May God bless Ben Carson and his family as they take on this new journey.

Lincoln W Sorensen
6 years ago

Merriam, Dr. Carson was my first pick, also. I was hoping he would announce long before he did. I had been waiting for decades to see an outsider run for POTUS. Dr. Carson was just that, plus he had been vocalizing solutions to our nations’ problems since his 2013 speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. When he dropped out and supported Trump, another outsider, I still had hope. The democrats are gonna continue to denigrate every thing Trump does to keep the sheeple in a mood to oust him in 2018 as well as poison constituents against other GOP incumbents. Progressives are intent on turning this into a socialistic third world country and need to get back in power to do it.

john
6 years ago

Dr. Ben Carson the product of a women of a 3rd grade education. He is a good man. I’m totally against abortion. How many aborted people would have gone on to be as successful. Maybe cancer could have been cured by now.

Ron Alford
6 years ago

Dr. Carson is a good Christian man who should be confirmed. It’s too bad that young blacks, and some older ones can’t pattern their lives after him instead of the under educated violent ones.

Doris and Ted Harder
6 years ago

I applaud the comment about getting people off public assistance, but believe it will take a lot of detective work to determine those who absolutely cannot work as opposed to those who would RATHER not work!

DrZ
6 years ago

If people become independent of government welfare, how will the Democrat Party survive?

Indoctrination at public schools, illegal immigration and welfare are the cornerstones of the Democrat Party. Without these cornerstones, there is no Democrat Party.

Maria
6 years ago
Reply to  DrZ

Wouldn’t that be great?? It’ll teach people to stand on their own two feet and be responsible for themselves!

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  DrZ

Absolutely correct. Without a steady stream of uneducated or under-educated, government dependent constituents, the Democrat Party would wither away and cease to exist.

Larry N
6 years ago

Elizabeth Warren; natural for her to perceive a chance for someone to have personal gain from a government program.

Bill C
6 years ago
Reply to  Larry N

It is way overdue to start having the FTC, FBI, the New Justice Department, FDIC and The Federal Reserve to investigate every loud mouth liberal communist Democrat and their conflicts of interest in real estate, economic matters, stock & bond portfolios. If the disclosures about Clinton revealed anything, it is she is guilty as hell of committing crimes she accused President Trump of. Corey Booker is another with this bent perception. Let’s expose every one of them and lock them all up!!!

Karen Hazekamp
6 years ago

Ben Carson is a hero for all Americans. It is his way of thinking that will make our country great again. It’s time more people learned to fish on their own rather than depending on others to do it for them. My dad grew up under very similar Detroit conditions. Thats what made them strong. I’m proud to be a fellow Michigander.

Maria
6 years ago
Reply to  Karen Hazekamp

Congratulations and continue to be a proud Michigander…that’s what makes the people of America great and strong! Ben Carson is a good example of that. I know what it’s like to have grown up poor, from a large family, and we did not depend on others for our survival as my parents were too proud for that. My mother also had a 3d grade education but that didn’t stop her from teaching 13 kids to be responsible, being respectful of each other and all pitching in to keep our family going. She lost 5 children but the 8 of us all worked hard to meet our goals and are proud of our accomplishments as adults. I have taught that to my children too, so they can pass it on to their children. Our mother is the most influential person in our lives for she was a wise woman.

Peggy Johnson
6 years ago

Ben Carson is a man of character. He has succeeded in life, knowing what it really means to lift yourself out of the demeaning dependency on others by taking advantage of opportunities to succeed. With every success and step taken towards independence, character, dignity and self respect follows. He is the best person for this position. God bless all his efforts!

Jorge O. Pelaez
6 years ago

Love Ben Carson, and have personal experience w/persons on hud assistance. And Dr. Carsons responses are dead on. The idea of adding clinics is a phenomenal idea, that will better serve its public and in add to that save tax payer dollars to boot. Cant wait to see how he’s going to transform this sacred cow fir the better.

Maria
6 years ago

Yes, He has excellent ideas to help the American people and he answered the questions spot on, including the stupid one that Warren asked him, which made no sense at all, and I think Dr. Carson knew that too. The first I heard that question was at his Confirmation Hearing and my thought was……DUH????
I often wonder where do some of the questions come from and who writes them to be asked at those Hearings as some were so far out and not even close to the position the nominee is hoping to get. Warren’s question was one of them!!

Stanley
6 years ago
Reply to  Maria

Maria…the next time you are viewing any political hearings, just look behind the people asking the questions and you will, more than likely, see the people who are writing the questions being asked.

Maria
6 years ago
Reply to  Stanley

Stanley, thanks for the heads-up. I know some of the folks seated behind the nominee are family members, but the next time i watch those hearings, I will be more aware. Thanks again. And I wonder why the Congressional person asking the question doesn’t question it or even refuse to ask it if he/she thought it did not make much sense at all, unless they wrote it themselves to try and “confuse” the nominee. Or was it meant to throw both Trump and the nominee under the bus, so to speak?

Roswell Evans
6 years ago

He has to change the law first because, people on Medicaid have to go to a hospital. We are raising a grandchild and she can’t go to these 24/7 emergencys, only hospitals. Which by the way is frustrating.

Concerned Citizen
6 years ago
Reply to  Roswell Evans

Thanks for that info. That law doesn’t make sense. Maybe AMAC can look into that and get that law changed with our backing.

Richard Singer
6 years ago

Ben Carson is a great man. God bless him in his important new role.

Ercole Gaudioso
6 years ago

Elizabeth Warren, who has alleged herself to be Native American, is not the squaw to question the integrity and intentions of gentleman Ben Carson. Will the public ever learn to quickly dismiss the scores of frauds like her?

Bob Johnson
6 years ago

Amen! I couldn’t have said it better! In addition; what about the billions that her party has allowed to be handed out to the non-citizen for over thirty years now, so they can buy votes!

SueK
6 years ago

Unfortunately, Liawatha is my Senator, and a complete fraud. Her grandstanding is getting very old, very fast. She has no business in that seat in the first place and to question Dr. Carson like this is way above her pay grade.

The good news is that former Red Sox great Curt Schilling is seriously thinking of running against her next time around. Schilling is an icon around here and a strict Conservative, With him in the Senate, there would be no foolish questions like this one lobbed at anyone by Fauxcahontas.

Time for Chief Spreading Bull to go back to the teepee. God bless Dr. Carson!

Maria
6 years ago
Reply to  SueK

I, too thought the question Warren asked Dr. Carson was so far out in left field somewhere that it was so stupid of her to have even asked him that!!!! The Democrats lost so badly that the only thing they’ve got left is to create “road blocks” in the Confirmation Hearings to delay Trump from having his cabinet in place by the time he was inaugurated. And when I saw Warren at the Inauguration yesterday, I felt so disgusted. I think she wants to look and sound important when in fact she only made a fool of herself and it was apparent on Dr. Carson’s facial expression when she asked him that question that he knew she wasn’t even making sense. I have read many comments in the past from Mass. residents all showing their dislike for this woman (whom I picture as a pit bull unleashed), and she will be up for re-election in 2018 so if Curt Schilling is planning on running for her seat, I pray the people in Mass, will vote for him. We need to help “drain that swamp” in Washington and get good people in there.

Concerned Citizen
6 years ago
Reply to  Maria

If AMAC folks in Massachusetts want Schilling (or whomever) to run, the time is NOW to start offering help (financial and otherwise) and get training on how to do precinct work, write letters to the editor, help with fundraising, etc. It will take about 2 years for a political “newbie” to get enough exposure and support to wage a winning effort. You need to make your support known now and keep talking about him with other conservatives and moderates. Talk him up especially among retirees who time to donate. Walking a precinct and making a personal connection for your candidate is far more effective than a dozen glossy mailers.

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  SueK

Hi SueK,

Just have a quick question for you. While it would be great to get Elizabeth Warren out of the Senate and replaced by a conservative (I’m assuming fiscal or constitutional conservative), would the voters of your state actually vote for a conservative to be one of their Senators? It’s one thing to be an iconic sports figure and a conservative, since liberal Progressives seem to give some leeway to sports and entertainment figures, as long as they don’t have a hand in taking the cookie jar away from the entitled class. However, as soon as any of these sports or entertainment folks announce they are actually running for elected office in a deep blue state, that same Progressive public quickly turns against them. So do you think Curt Schilling would be the exception to the rule and have a chance of unseating Warren?

Painful truth
6 years ago

Pardon the brevity, but no. join the discussion

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