Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has come under tremendous scrutiny from the media in the last few days. Big time.
Why? Because his son, Benjamin Jr., played a key role in helping his father create a multi-state “Listening Tour,” in which Carson hits the streets and gathers feedback from the American people.
According to the likes of CNN, it’s wrong for the HUD Secretary to allow his son to “play in official business.”
However, the mild-mannered Carson didn’t mince words when refuting the media’s petty assault:
“This week, my family and I have been under attack by the media questioning our integrity and ethics. I have openly asked for an Independent Investigation to put to rest these unfounded biases. Exodus 14:14”
The Exodus bible verse mentioned is a stinger: “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
That should shut the media up for a little while — it’s incredible to have a HUD that’s focused on transparency, but is not afraid to combat the media’s distortions and lies.
This week, my family and I have been under attack by the media questioning our integrity and ethics. I have openly asked for an Independent Investigation to put to rest these unfounded biases.
— Ben & Candy Carson (@RealBenCarson) February 2, 2018
Earlier this year, Carson completed an independent audit — his first one — of his department. It covered the last years of President Barack Obama’s term — 2015 and 2016 — and discovered an incredible mismanagement of funds and a wealth of errors.
In case you missed it, here’s what Audit Report 2017-FO-0005 notes:
“The total amounts of errors corrected in HUD’s notes and consolidated financial statements were $516.4 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively. There were several other unresolved audit matters, which restricted our ability to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to express an opinion.”
That is a lot of waste, fraud, and abuse.
The audit continues, noting exactly why they made a “check-up” of the department:
“Our objective was to express an opinion on the fairness of HUD’s consolidated financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) applicable to the Federal Government. This report presents our reissued independent auditor’s report on HUD’s fiscal years 2016 and 2015 (restated) consolidated financial statements, including an update to our report on HUD’s internal controls.”
After the conclusion of the 2016 presidential election, Carson accepted President Trump’s request for him to be the HUD secretary.
“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” Trump said in a statement. “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.”
Carson said in a statement that “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, a favorite amongst conservatives looking for an outsider, has been deeply critical of social welfare programs. He has characterized the country’s safety net of cash assistance, housing allowances and social services as a failure that perpetuates dependence on government.
“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.” – Ben Carson
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