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Ben Carson: Poverty is a State Of Mind

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson believes poverty is a state of mind.

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The HUD secretary who is also the Sunken Place representative reportedly described poverty as a state of mind during his interaction with his friend and conservative Media Personality Armstrong Williams. Carson went ahead to explain why he thinks poverty is a state of mind by illustrating that some people are poor while others are not based on their outlook on life.


“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 expressed. “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 also stated that even though he believes the government can assist people in getting out of poverty, he feels that certain programs that allow people to remain in poverty are not helpful.

“I think the majority of people don’t have that defeatist attitude, but they sometimes just don’t see the way, and that’s where government can come in and be very helpful,” Carson said. “It can provide the ladder of opportunity; it can provide the mechanism that will demonstrate to them what can be done.”

The 2018 budget blueprint of Donald Trump‘s administration plans on cutting more than $6 billion from Housing and Urban Development. The cut would result in the end of popular grants used to revitalize economically distressed communities, as well as cut billions of dollars in funding for public housing support.

Carson was also in the limelight three months ago Carson when he described African slaves that were forced to travel to America as Immigrants with a dream during a talk with his department employees. “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land,” he said.

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