Trump Regime

Ben Carson Wants to Evict a Lot of Poor People

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary Ben Carson is close to finalizing his proposal to raise rates for people who receive assistance from the federal government.

According to the Associated Press, rates would increase by 20 percent ($700-$900 per year in some cases) for many residents under Carson's plan, and that's terrible, but I want to focus on why he's doing this.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Housing Secretary Ben Carson says his latest proposal to raise rents would mean a path toward self-sufficiency for millions of low-income households across the United States by pushing more people to find work. [...]

The proposal, which needs congressional approval, is the latest attempt by the Trump administration to scale back the social safety net, under the belief that charging more for rent will prompt those receiving federal assistance to enter the workforce and earn more income. “It’s our attempt to give poor people a way out of poverty,” Carson said in a recent interview with Fox News.

Kicking someone out of their home is not a "path toward self-sufficiency" or a "way out of poverty." That is not how things work in the real world.

Most people who receive assistance from Carson's department have jobs and kicking them out of their homes will not magically create a better-paying job just for them. Kicking them out of their homes may actually cause them to lose their jobs and push even more people into poverty.

The idea that taking things away from people will miraculously lead to a sudden jump in earnings is something that only happens in ghost-written self-help books emblazoned with the names of people who are already rich.

I would say Carson should throw this proposal in the trash and call for a federal jobs program instead, but Carson and his Republican colleagues would reject that, too.

If there's any good news here, there's virtually no chance Carson's proposal will be approved by the Senate.

  • muselet

    I’m far from the first to make this observation (and will likely not be nearly the last), but isn’t it fascinating that Rs insist the poors will work hard only if the government puts a rocket up their arses but the wealthies will work hard only if they’re coddled?

    If you feel like replacing “fascinating” in the above with a word like “enraging,” please feel free.

    –alopecia

  • Christopher Foxx

    It makes perfect sense. After all, if you want someone to learn to fly it makes no sense to provide them with training and equipment. To get the best result you just throw them off a cliff.

    How do you not get that, Ashby?

  • Remember that old saying that a rising tide lifts all boats? Well someone needs to tell Carson it doesn’t work if he punches a hole in the boats of the poor. We are being led by complete dipsh*ts

    • Christopher Foxx

      We are being led by complete dipsh*ts

      Sociopaths. The work you’re looking for is sociopaths.

  • Aynwrong

    I would describe this the exact same way I describe the debunked theory known as trickle down economics; cheap pop psychology.

  • David Greenberg

    The theme of draining the swamp would be laughable if the hideousness of the replacements and resultant mess was not so awful. My thoughts that people who voted for trump are getting what they deserve are always tempered by the fact that millions who didn’t vote for him are suffering.