Sec. Ben Carson has an odd way of describing poverty

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In a radio interview Wednesday, former neurosurgeon and current Housing Secretary Ben Carson described the issue of poverty as a “state of mind.”

He further added in his interview with Armstrong Williams on SiriusXM that parents need to instill in their children the “mindset of a winner.”

“If you take somebody with the wrong mindset,” Carson says, “you can give them everything in the world and they’ll work their way back down to the bottom. 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 grew up poor in inner-city Detroit with a single mother, who didn’t have an education level higher than third-grade. The former presidential candidate, who became an early supporter of President Trump, was the first African-American to head the pediatric neurosurgery division at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore.

Despite never holding political office before, Trump nominated Carson as the head of Department of Housing and Urban Development.


While a great honor, Carson wants to see the name of his department changed to the department of “Housing and Community Development.” He believes this will reflect the agency’s broad mission, which extends beyond cities and urban areas and into small towns and rural areas.

However, a name change would require congressional approval.

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