Saturday, June 3, 2017

Chicago Tribune -- What sort of 'mindset' would cut HUD programs that combat poverty?

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said that the poor live in a certain "state of mind" that children take from their parents at a young age.

“You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can 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."

Carson said that "the wrong mindset" is the product of negative parenting habits and exposure.

"And we’re not doing people a favor when we pat them on the head and say, 'There, there, you poor little thing, we’re going to take care of all your needs. You don't have to worry about anything.' You know who else says stuff like that? Socialists."

It should be known the Republican Party, their leaders Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, including Secretary Ben Carson, have a vendetta against poor people and anyone who are otherwise weak, vulnerable or do not have the wherewithal to help themselves. They lack the empathy and compassion necessary to appropriately address and enact legislation that benefits all Americans without marginalizing any of us. They want to take away from the majority and give it to a minority of wealthy people. And, to make things worse, there are an undesirable number of Americans who also lack the same empathy and compassion, who support their efforts, and the United States has a President Donald Trump who exemplifies their meanness, cruelty, and callousness.

You know who else says stuff like that? Capitalist. Under capitalism, there are only winners and losers.

Carson and his congressional cohorts believe in a“Just-World Hypothesis,” which is a false notion that people somehow through a lack of not trying and working hard enough to achieve the American Dream deserve what they get. They blame the victim without any attempt to understand the underlining events, causes, and reasons why some Americans are struggling and suffering.

President Donald Trump, his administration,t he Republican Party, and those who support them are putting the lives of the majority of Americans at risk with their Randian belief that unfettered self-interest is good and altruism is destructive.

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What sort of 'mindset' would cut HUD programs that combat poverty?

By Clarence Page

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