HUD Director Ben Carson has once again found himself in hot water. During a SiriusXM radio interview released on Wednesday, Carson decided to espouse the idea that poverty is to “a large extent is also a state of mind.”
“You take somebody that has the right mindset, you take everything from them and put them on the street and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there. And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom. You know, that’s real poverty. If you don’t have that defeatist attitude, there’s hope for you.”
Oh. Between this and his comments about not making homeless shelters “too comfortable,” Carson has been showing a serious lack of compassion for someone in charge of Urban Development. It’s safe to say that these remarks were met with a bit of resistance, with people cracking jokes and wondering if Carson had just forgotten how difficult it can be to pay your bills.
While it’s true that Carson was able to overcome considerable obstacles and find financial success as a brain surgeon before stumbling into a political career, keeping a positive attitude and working hard just isn’t enough for many people. When the system is stacked against you, it can be nearly impossible to break out.
(Via The Hill)