Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson has faced challenges before as a surgeon, but never has he had a patient like this.
“Right now, our country is the patient. And it’s not a Democrat or a Republican patient. It’s a patient, it’s an American patient,” said Carson, who was sworn into office Thursday. “And we have a duty to use the gifts that God has given all of us in order to heal that patient.”
Carson was confirmed by the Senate earlier Thursday. On Friday, he visited the offices of HUD, where as secretary he will oversee a $40 billion budget and about 8,000 employees.
“I am immensely grateful and deeply humbled to take on such an important role in service to the American people,” Carson said in a statement
— Ben Carson (@SecretaryCarson) March 2, 2017
“Working directly with patients and their families for many years taught me that there is a deep relationship between health and housing,” Carson said.
“I learned that it’s difficult for a child to realize their dreams if he or she doesn’t have a proper place to live, and I’ve seen firsthand how poor housing conditions can rob a person of their potential. I am excited to roll up my sleeves and to get to work.”
HUD announced that Carson will soon begin an “ambitious listening tour of select communities and HUD field offices around the country, beginning in his native Detroit.”
— Lynne Patton (@LynnePattonHUD) March 3, 2017
Carson plans to give a speech to HUD workers Monday.
Carson has long spoken out against government programs that promote dependence on federal money.
“What has happened too often is that people who seemingly mean well have promoted things that do not encourage development of any innate talent in people,” Carson said. “Hence, we have generation after generation living in dependent situations. It’s not that they’re bad people. It’s that this is what they’ve been given, and it’s all they know in some cases.”
“The programs that have been enacted in HUD over the years, you know they’re good programs, but in and of themselves they’re not bringing about the elevation of large numbers of people,” he said at his confirmation hearing. “And that’s what we’re really looking for. We don’t want it to be a way of life. We want it to be a Band-Aid and a springboard to move forward.”
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