During a recent interview, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson said that poverty could largely be considered a “state of mind.”
“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind,” he said in an interview on Sirius XM Radio.
Carson then helpfully compared the two states of mind that can lead either to a path of success, or a path to poverty.
“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,” he explained.
“And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world,” Carson lamented, and “they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom.”
Naturally, liberals went apoplectic over the notion that one needs a strong frame of mind to create a better life for themselves.
States of mind:
✔️ New York
NOT a state of mind:
❌ Systemic poverty https://t.co/HAuQrNzvTL
— Nita Lowey (@NitaLowey) May 24, 2017
Ben Carson says that poverty is a “state of mind.” You know what else is a state of mind? Always being a blithering idiot.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 24, 2017
Takei, himself a blithering idiot, likely speaks from experience.
Ben Carson, wealthy neurosurgeon in charge of affordable housing for the poor, says poverty is a “state of mind” https://t.co/EgdHEHuDB9
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 24, 2017
Yes, because the “wealthy neurosurgeon” couldn’t possibly relate to the plight of the common people, right?
Oh wait, what exactly did Dr. Ben Carson drag himself and his family out of as a young man? That’s right, poverty.
Ben Carson grew up in the ghetto, worked hard, became a brain surgeon & now HUD sec yet libs say he knows nothing about poverty or hard work
— Makada 🇺🇸 (@_Makada_) May 25, 2017
Here’s an excerpt from Biography:
If Carson seemed destined for any position when he was a child growing up on the streets of Detroit, he appeared most qualified for the role of putting someone else in the hospital-or even the morgue. In his profile on the American Academy of Achievement website, it was noted that Carson “had a temper so violent that he would attack other children, even his mother, at the slightest provocation.” No doubt some of his anger stemmed from the conditions of his childhood. Carson’s father left his mother, Sonya, when he was only eight; his mother, who had only a third-grade education, was faced with the daunting task of raising her sons Ben and Curtis by herself. She worked as a maid, sometimes holding two or even three jobs to support her family. The family was poor, and Carson often endured the cruel taunts of his classmates.
This isn’t the first time liberals have attacked Carson for trying to empower the poor, nor will it be the last time. Liberal elites were slamming him for recent comments on public housing.
Carson had said that a beneficiary of public housing shouldn’t be provided to “comfortable (a) setting.”
Perpetually outraged leftists claimed Carson was “blaming poor people for being poor.”
If anything, the left is only proving Carson’s point, that the real blame game and excuses coming from the left is indeed a “state of mind.”
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