by JESSICA MARK
President-elect Donald Trump has officially chosen Ben Carson to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ben Carson was formally Trump’s rival in the GOP presidential primaries, but later turned into an endorser for Trump.
Trump states, “Ben shares my optimism on the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a presidency representing all Americans”, he even adds, “He is a tough competitor and never gives up.”
“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities” Trump stated Monday morning. Carson admittedly does not have any experience in the government, but hopes to bring a philosophical viewpoint to government programs.
The department of Housing and Urban development provides programs that offer rental assistance for five million low income families. While Carson has no experience in running the bureaucracy he believes, as stated in his autobiography, that the key to overcoming poverty is individual effort.
Mr. Carson states, “I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are most in need. We have much work to do in enhancing every aspect of our nation and ensuring that our nation’s housing needs are met.”
Carson is tasked with enforcing the same civil rights law once used against Trump himself in 1973. The President-elect was accused of refusing to allow African-American people the right to buy their buildings. Although Trump refused to plead guilty, he agreed to desegregate properties.
Carson’s ideals aid Trump in changing the Federal Government in a completely different direction. The ideas presented will drastically alter President Obama’s housing policies. He has been highly critical of social welfare programs. He believes housing allowances, and social services rely too much on government dependence, and aims to change it.