Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 4 Share on Twitter 1 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 5/18/18

Ben Carson: Fighting Trump's War on the Poor

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     (# of views)   4 comments
Author 8272
Message Jim Hightower
Become a Fan
  (44 fans)

From Other Words

Somehow a trillion-dollar tax giveaway is no issue for the deficit, but modest housing assistance for America's poorest people has to go.

Donald Trump and Ben Carson
Donald Trump and Ben Carson
(Image by YouTube, Channel: Fox News)
  Details   DMCA

Generals plan wars, but battlefield commanders do the bloody work.

So, meet Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson -- a quiet but bloodstained commandant in General Trump's relentless war against poverty-stricken Americans.

Carson is loyally serving the extreme right wing's ideological crusade to destroy the very idea of housing subsidies for poor families. He's taken a budget ax to the program that enforces our society's fair housing laws, and he even stripped the words "free from discrimination" out of HUD's mission statement.

Such sneak attacks, however, were deemed too subtle by Trump's political base of hardcore haters of poverty programs, so the commander-in-chief demanded a frontal assault on the poorest of the poor.

Carson delivered dutifully, proposing legislation to triple the monthly rent that the most impoverished of public housing families would pay -- including increased rents for the elderly and disabled. To add cruelty to this nastiness, Carson also called for eliminating child-care and medical deductions that public housing families can subtract from their rent payments.

He tried to pass off this cold-blooded ambush of real people as merely a bureaucratic "streamlining," calling it necessary to cut the federal deficit. That's a despicable ruse, for the deficit was deliberately and grossly inflated just a few months ago -- not by poor people, but by the trillion-dollar tax giveaway passed by Trump and the Republican Congress for the very richest people in America.

And let's not forget that Carson himself was willing to bloat the deficit when he recently tried to spend taxpayer money on a $31,000 dining set for his office suite! Fortunately, this plutocratic purchase was exposed and canceled -- but was he embarrassed? Nah.

So, Trump, Carson, and GOP congress critters have also added hypocrisy to the nastiness and cruelty of their ongoing war against the poor.

 

Valuable 3   Well Said 2   News 2  
Rate It | View Ratings

Jim Hightower Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Jim Hightower is an American populist, spreading his message of democratic hope via national radio commentaries, columns, books, his award-winning monthly newsletter (The Hightower Lowdown) and barnstorming tours all across America.

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not about free trade. It's a corporate coup d'etat -- against us!

Trump Hates the American Public -- Here's How He Reveals His Disdain

The Post Office is not broke -- and it hasn't taken any of our tax money since 1971

The plutocrats who bankrolled the GOP primaries -- and what they want in return

Citizens United Against Citizens United: A Grassroots Campaign to Restore Democracy

The Audacity of Greed