“We have some people who are mentally ill. We have some elderly and disabled people. We can’t expect in many cases those people to do a great deal to take care of themselves," Carson is reported as stating, before adding that, “There is another group of people who are able-bodied individuals, and I think we do those people a great disservice when we simply maintain them.”
The remarks have incensed some, who believe that many factors, including the lack of access to transportation, jobs, and resourceful networks in areas that have long been undesirable for business all the while devoid of much of a tax base to fund upstarts, leave many with a long climb and a short rope. Such an outlook, they believe, would only serve to punish those with few choices available to them, and does little to actually address the problems Carson has been tasked with alleviating.
The philosophy behind the approach Housing and Urban Development head Ben Carson is about to take as he embarks on policy for federally subsidized living has been exposed by a New York Times report, which reveals the former Republican presidential candidate having made statements that infer that public housing shouldn't be too comfortable a place to live.