Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has called a way with words – the pediatric neurosurgeon-turned-politician, is no stranger to stoking controversy with his comments that poverty is a “state of mind” in a just-released radio interview.
Carson made the remark in an interview that was recorded will be broadcast is on Tuesday but on Wednesday morning on SiriusXM radio.
“Take it from someone who has the right attitude, you can take all of them and put them on the road, and I guarantee in a while, you will be right back,” he said. “And you take someone with the wrong mindset, you can tell them everything in the world, you will make your way back down.”
Carson’s comments seemed likely to draw heat. He said he believes that the government can provide a helping hand to people looking to climb out of poverty, but noted that such programmes could also allow people.
His comments come in the same week, the trump administration published its 2018 budget blueprint that cuts $3.6 trillion of benefit programs. It is also sharp slashes money for food stamps, Medicaid and student loan subsidies.
Carson’s eyebrow-raising comments in the past.
In his first speech as HUD Secretary, he is forced compared slaves to America, immigrants in search of a better life.