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An incredible take-down by Congressman Al Green of Ben Carson re: HUD cuts.



I'm not sure how Carson kept from falling asleep. He sounds like a man just waking from general anesthesia. The video is only four minutes but it seems a lot longer.
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That was beautiful. So why won't Carson answer fairly simple questions and what did he want to say?

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What an awesome take down.

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Not sure Carson even noticed. :? What drugs is he on, again?

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Carson is apparently headed for Denver, wonder if he'll get the same warm reception Pence did?? :sarcasm:
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Notorial Dissent wrote:
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Carson is apparently headed for Denver, wonder if he'll get the same warm reception Pence did?? :sarcasm:
What’s in Denver?

And could the $13 billion in cuts be taken out of Trump’s golf?

I beg to differ about anesthesia. I’ve come out of it much sharper than that.

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Slim Cognito wrote:
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:25 am
https://twitter.com/TheRickyDavila/stat ... 7312166914

An incredible take-down by Congressman Al Green of Ben Carson re: HUD cuts.



I'm not sure how Carson kept from falling asleep. He sounds like a man just waking from general anesthesia. The video is only four minutes but it seems a lot longer.
What a fucking secretary Teh Donald has chosen. Obviously only sharp with sharp objects in his hand but not sharp at math for budget. Also too not sharp at wit or he would have answered with the suggested I-don't-know, or he would have had his aids slip him a paper or he would have told that he would be back with the numbers straight after the hearing (bad enough for basic numbers he ought to have present in his position). But as doctor he only needed to run a operating theatre, not a clinic, so he has no way of knowing about a budget. Somewhere around the discussion of health care during the elections he mentioned he did not know what patients paid for his service. And I bet his staff seems to dislike him so much that they didn't even suggest that he have some notes written in his handball or his shirt cuffs.

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Have the questioning for everyone visible


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I believe Ben Carson knows damn well what the numbers are and probably spends hours and hours staring down at them with pride and joy. He's just too ashamed to actually say it out loud and admit to how much money he wants to remove from programs that benefit the most vulnerable Americans.
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Best thing the Congressman did was to quit while he was ahead. Epic.
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That was great.

Carson couldn't even see how bad it was making him look.

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Rep. Green has the Southern Belle polite insult down to a fine art.

"It's not a quiz Mr. Carson. I have the time to ask you questions about things you have some knowledge of. If you have no knowledge of them, you can simply say so. I'll accept it as an answer."

"Well, you can answer them any way you want, but, if you want to show a lack of knowledge, you can do this. It's quite all right."

"I'll move on. I accept your lack of knowledge."

Carson didn't even realize he'd been squashed like a bug.

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BEN CARSON WILL soon deliver a major victory for civil rights activists on behalf of the Trump administration, implementing a new rule that will give more than 200,000 low-income families in 24 cities significantly improved access to housing in high-income neighborhoods.

Carson, however, has not suddenly become a champion of civil rights now that he is secretary of Housing and Urban Development. The rule was crafted by the Obama administration and a court ordered the Trump administration to enforce it.

The policy attempts to resolve a seeming defect in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s housing voucher program: that vouchers are worth the same amount across an entire region. That means most voucher holders can’t afford to move into wealthier neighborhoods because their subsidy isn’t large enough to cover rent. Landlords in poor neighborhoods can, in turn, price gouge voucher holders, who have nowhere else to go. The new rule requires public housing authorities to alter the way they calculate rent subsidies, effectively making vouchers worth more in affluent areas and worth less in poorer communities.

:snippity: In her 47-page decision, [ U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell rejected HUD's reason not to implement the voucher program then] she granted the plaintiffs a preliminary injunction and outlined why HUD’s legal authority is more circumscribed than the agency purported. She also noted that the interim report upon which HUD was relying was based on five areas selected for criteria totally unrelated to the 24 metropolitan areas picked to be subjected to the rule. “This is really apples and oranges, isn’t it?” she asked Johnny Walker, a U.S attorney representing HUD in court.
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Ben Carson’s HUD Clocks Disappointing First Year

by VANESSA BROWN CALDER January 10, 2018 4:00 AM

He spoke of big changes, but the results have so far been minuscule.

Reaction was mixed when President Trump selected Ben Carson as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) a year ago. The D.C. establishment scoffed at the former Republican presidential candidate’s lack of housing-policy experience. But some conservatives remained optimistic that Carson had the right intuition and would be able to advance a small-government agenda against the odds.

Doing so was important: HUD has long represented many of the aspects of government that fiscal conservatives and libertarians find objectionable, particularly its propensity for meddling in state and local affairs, usurpation of state responsibilities, and dysfunctional programs.

But Secretary Carson seems to have lost his interest in bold reform. Just consider what he has been up to: Soon after his appointment, the new secretary went on a multi-month national listening tour. After his public listening tour, he came home and listened some more. He spent time assuaging HUD staff concerns, letting them know he is on their side. In fact, when one HUD professional was asked what staff thought of the new secretary, she reportedly said “he doesn’t bother us.”

After all that listening, Carson and his team put together a list of goals for HUD that included: 1) reimagining HUD, 2) restoring the American dream, and 3) rethinking American communities.

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“You’re Taking Our Homes”: Ben Carson Shouted Down by Angry Chicago Residents
BY TANNER HOWARD

Frustrated by government inaction in addressing the nation’s growing housing crisis, protestors interrupted Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson’s visit to the department’s Chicago offices on Monday. One protestor, Debra Miller, interrupted Carson’s speech during a morning meeting, shouting at the secretary: “You’re taking homes from people like me!”

Miller and her husband, Jimmy, currently live in Section 8 housing in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Having been homeless in the past several years, the two joined the Jane Addams Senior Caucus, a Chicago-based senior housing advocacy group, to challenge the government’s attacks on housing access. After Carson refused to talk directly about these issues, Miller rose from her seat, demanding to know why the government continues to cut resources for affordable housing.

“Talk to me about a fully funded HUD, [and] how you’re going to help seniors, my friends, get housing,” Miller said. “I know people who are homeless. Talk to me about that.”

In the Trump administration’s 2018 budget, HUD funding was slashed by $6.2 billion—shrinking the department by more than 22 percent to just under $24 billion, according to the calculations of Affordable Housing Online. Budget cuts will shrink funding to a program that helps more than a million families with rent subsidization in public housing—and will entirely eliminate the HOME Investment Partners Program, which helps low-income families seek home ownership. As the government continues to shrink its obligation to address people’s housing needs, a recent study by mortgage company Freddie Mac found that the number of affordable units available on the market for very low-income families (those making less than half the area’s median income) fell from 11.2 to 4.3 percent between 2010 and 2016.

In another troubling action, the Trump administration announced last Friday that it is freezing an Obama-era HUD policy that would require cities to submit detailed proposals to reverse entrenched housing segregation before receiving federal funding for housing projects. Although the measure has technically only been suspended, left unenforced until 2020, advocates expect that the administration will seek further attacks on the department. Combined with budget cuts and increasing market pressures, housing advocates worry that HUD is failing its historic mission to ensure all Americans have access to housing.


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Ben Carson’s HUD just took a step backwards on fair housing

By Editorial Board January 9 at 7:46 PM

THE FAIR HOUSING ACT will be 50 years old on April 11, but we already know the landmark civil rights law’s anniversary won’t be altogether happy. The Trump administration has just taken a step that will probably further delay the already overdue fulfillment of the law’s promise.


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Is anybody shocked? Ben's blatant corruption. No bid $485K contract to his family's company. He might get promoted to Donald's Chief of Staff!
‘Using his position for private gain’: Ben Carson was warned he might run afoul of ethics rules by enlisting his son
By Juliet Eilperin and Jack Gillum January 31 at 8:15 PM

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson allowed his son to help organize an agency “listening tour” in Baltimore last summer despite warnings from department lawyers that doing so risked violating federal ethics rules, according to internal documents and people familiar with the matter. Career officials and political appointees raised concerns days before the visit that Carson’s son, local businessman Ben Carson Jr., and daughter-in-law were inviting people with whom they potentially had business dealings, the documents show.

Carson Jr. put people he’d invited in touch with his father’s deputies, joined agency staff on official conference calls about the listening tour and copied his wife on related email exchanges, according to emails. “I expressed my concern that this gave the appearance that the Secretary may be using his position for his son’s private gain,” Linda M. Cruciani, HUD’s deputy general counsel for operations, wrote in a July 6 memo, describing her reaction upon learning of Carson Jr.’s involvement from other staff members.

The two-page memo, obtained by The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), details conference calls and meetings that Cruciani and her colleagues had with Carson, his son and other senior HUD officials to urge that Carson Jr. not be involved in the listening tour, an event intended to give the secretary a chance to see federally supported housing projects firsthand and to convey his policy vision to the public.
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The officials also told Cruciani that Carson Jr. and his wife asked that Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, be invited. A little less than three months later, according to federal records, CMS awarded a $485,000 contract to the consulting company Myriddian, whose chief executive is Merlynn Carson. Carson Jr. identifies himself online as one of Myriddian’s board members. The contract was awarded without a competitive bidding process, federal records show, although a CMS spokesman said multiple minority-owned firms were considered.
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Carson calls for HUD inspector general to review his family’s role at the department
By Juliet Eilperin February 2 at 9:12 PM

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has called on his department's inspector general to “review” the role his family members have played there, tweeting Friday evening that he has been “under attack.” The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Carson allowed his middle son, Ben Carson Jr., to help organize an official listening tour in Baltimore last summer even though department lawyers warned both men that doing so risked violating federal ethics rules.

Carson Jr., who runs a private-equity firm in Maryland, and his wife, Merlynn, who owns an employment management and consulting businesses, invited to the event people with whom they had potential business dealings, one senior lawyer wrote in a memo obtained by The Post under a federal records request. The HUD secretary tweeted Friday that given the questions about his family's ethics, “I have openly asked for an Independent Investigation to put to rest these unfounded biases.” The tweet included a reference to a passage in the book of Exodus.
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Darryl Madden, a spokesman for the HUD inspector general, confirmed in a phone interview Friday that a request had been received but declined to elaborate on whether the office was launching either a review or a more formal inquiry. “We have received the secretary’s request for review,” Madden said. Meanwhile, Merlynn Carson has taken to social media to criticize media coverage of her firm's dealings with the federal government. The Post reported this week that federal records show her firm, Myriddian LLC, received a $485,000 contract from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in September without a competitive bidding process, although a CMS spokesman said multiple minority-owned firms were considered.

In a LinkedIn post, Merlynn Carson wrote that multiple firms were interviewed for the contract. “Oral presentations are similar to 'Shark Tank' presentations that require preparation, hard work, and tenacity” she wrote. “Congress gave Federal agencies the authority to use oral presentations as a vendor selection method to reduce bureaucracy and save taxpayer money, and Myriddian was selected for this contract as a result of such an oral competition.”
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So the whole family is corrupt. What a surprise. Not.
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Ethics watchdog calls for probe of Carson family role at federal agency

A left-leaning government organization on Wednesday called for an investigation into Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said Carson's wife and son's "visible role in the department" show that Carson violated ethics obligations.

"The government should never be used as a money-generating opportunity for the families of public officials,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement.

“The tone is set at the top, and with the presidency so intertwined with the Trump family business, it’s not surprising that other officials would follow the president’s lead.”

The watchdog cites a Baltimore “listening tour," which Carson's wife, son, and daughter-in-law were reportedly involved in.
CREW said the event involved business figures who were prospective clients for Carson's son and daughter-in-law.
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Carson has denied any conflicts of interest.

He asked HUD's inspector general to probe the matter. <SNIP>
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Ben Carson’s HUD, Planning Cuts, Spends $31,000 on Dining Set for His Office
By GLENN THRUSH FEB. 27, 2018

WASHINGTON — Department of Housing and Urban Development officials spent $31,000 on a new dining room set for Secretary Ben Carson’s office in late 2017 — just as the White House circulated its plans to slash HUD’s programs for the homeless, elderly and poor, according to federal procurement records.

The purchase of the custom hardwood table, chairs and hutch came a month after a top agency staff member filed a whistle-blower complaint charging Mr. Carson’s wife, Candy Carson, with pressuring department officials to find money for the expensive redecoration of his offices, even if it meant circumventing the law.

Mr. Carson is also facing questions on another front. Under pressure earlier this month, he requested that HUD’s inspector general investigate his son’s involvement in a department-sponsored listening tour of Baltimore last summer. Department lawyers had warned Mr. Carson that including Ben Carson Jr., an entrepreneur who does business with the federal government, could create a conflict of interest.

Mr. Carson “didn’t know the table had been purchased,” but does not believe the cost was too steep and does not intend to return it, said Raffi Williams, a HUD spokesman.

“In general, the secretary does want to be as fiscally prudent as possible with the taxpayers’ money,” he added.
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The news reports quote someone (unnamed) in Carson's office as saying of the original Five Thousand Dollar budget for furnishings, "$5000 won't even buy a decent chair."

In my whole life I have not seen a Five Thousand Dollar chair. I think the Iron Throne that everyone is fighting for on that cable TV series could be built for less than five hundred. I've had chairs with motors that would recline and even launch me to a standing position for less than five hundred.

For five thousand dollars I'd expect that chair to provide me with food, entertainment, and sexual gratification.

So tell me, what does a five thousand dollar chair look like???

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Fortinbras wrote:
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The news reports quote someone (unnamed) in Carson's office as saying of the original Five Thousand Dollar budget for furnishings, "$5000 won't even buy a decent chair."

In my whole life I have not seen a Five Thousand Dollar chair. I think the Iron Throne that everyone is fighting for on that cable TV series could be built for less than five hundred. I've had chairs with motors that would recline and even launch me to a standing position for less than five hundred.

For five thousand dollars I'd expect that chair to provide me with food, entertainment, and sexual gratification.

So tell me, what does a five thousand dollar chair look like???
I don't know what a $5,000 chair looks like, but I once sat in a $24,000 sofa, so I'm sure there's one out there. I was sofa shopping and wandered into a high-end furniture store, but I wasn't expecting a $24,000 sofa. Obviously, I passed. They didn't have it in a color I liked. :rotflmao:
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