Ben Carson, former neurosurgeon and current secretary of the Housing and Urban Development, believes it is important that low-income residents living in government-sponsored housing aren’t enjoying themselves.
The New York Times reported Carson visited a homeless shelter in Ohio and was “plainly happy” after he saw that it had “stacked dozens of bunk beds inside” and “purposefully did not provide televisions” so that residents there wouldn’t get too comfortable.
In another location, Carson sarcastically expressed discontent that an apartment complex for veterans was too fancy, by saying it lacked “only pool tables.”
Carson obsessively makes sure that poor people who get government assistance don’t have things too good, because he believes that making life too comfortable for them would create a sense of dependence, according to Raw Story.
Carson explained his belief that being compassionate means NOT providing “a comfortable setting that would make somebody want to say: ‘I’ll just stay here. They will take care of me.’”
However, many residents and housing officials in the buildings that Carson toured this week dismissed his appearance there as a dog-and-pony show.
Alzene Munnerlyn, an 87-year-old woman who lives in senior housing, told the Times that she felt used after Carson stopped by her apartment, took a photo with her, and then left after about 10 minutes.
“It was staged,” she said. “It was so fast.”
Carson pans to help low income people by helping them find other or additional low income jobs.
The Times explained that Carson intends to help low income people by focusing a lot of energy on getting developers to hire low income residents for construction programs.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)