Archive for the ‘Ben Carson’ Category

Minutes ago, President-Elect Donald Trump announced that he’s nominating Dr. Ben Carson to be his HUD (Housing and Urban Development) Secretary.

In his statement, President-Elect Trump said “I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities. We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a Presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up.”

Dr. Carson’s story is an inspirational story. In this article, Carson talked about growing up in Detroit, saying “Both of my older cousins died on the streets where I lived. I thought that was my destiny. But my mother didn’t. She changed all of that. She saved my brother and me from being killed on those streets with nothing but a library card.”

Dr. Carson will be an important part of President-Elect Trump’s outreach to African-American communities. I expect he’ll play an important part in revitalizing major urban centers economically. In the past, HUD secretaries have been bit players, with Jack Kemp being the exception. Further, I expect Democratic special interest groups to criticize him because he represents a different type of thinking. In the end, though, I expect him to win confirmation with overwhelming bipartisan support.

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