I am certain that every one of my readers is familiar with Dr. Benjamin Carson. Some may have favored him to be the Republican candidate. While I did not favor him for the presidency I was very favorably disposed to his honesty and forthrightness. However, I didn’t realize that he was a rugged individualist.
During his Senate hearings to investigate his attitudes to those things he will lead as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development he gave forth with some answers that warmed my heart.
I am not opposed to government assistance to help an American who has fallen on hard times through no fault of their own. At his hearing Carson was asked by Republican Sen. Thom Tillis how he could best serve those who are on government programs. Carson’s answer was terse but, as the saying goes, spot on.
When the North Carolina senator asked, “What is the best possible thing we can do for somebody who is on government assistance?” Carson responded, “Get them off of it.”
In his written statement before taking the oath, Carson said that growing up in “inner city Detroit with a single mother who had a 3rd grade education” allowed him to understand housing insecurity. Carson credited his mother for teaching him the importance of personal responsibility.
Carson has an idea that I was shocked to learn was not already policy. He states that as part of his effort he plans to put medical clinics in neighborhoods – hard to believe this is a fresh thought. Carson realizes, as do I, that such clinics will actually accomplish what Obamacare promised and failed miserably to deliver. With a neighborhood clinic, the citizens would not need to “rely on the emergency room where it costs five times more and where you don’t get the kind of follow up that would prevent you from having stage five renal disease.”
[Source: Ben Carson’s Prescription: Get People Off Government Assistance, by Rachel del Guidice]
Of course the Democrats needed to throw a jab. One of my current least respected people in politics is Senator Elizabeth Warren. She asked Carson about his intentions to ensure that none of the money funneled through HUD would specifically benefit Trump’s real estate ties.
“My concern is whether or not, among the billions of dollars that you’ll be responsible for handing out in grants and loans, can you assure us that not one dollar will go to benefit either the president-elect or his family?” Warren asked. In reality it is an idiotic question. “One dollar” out “of billions.” Do we really want our leaders looking at “every dollar out of billions?”
Nonetheless, Carson responded brilliantly by saying that his work would be beneficial to all Americans, not just the select few. “It will not be my intention to do anything to benefit any American, particularly,” Carson said. “Everything that we do will be done for all Americans.”
As we used to say when I was young, “Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Senator Warren.”
I have been an academician in a medical profession for more than 40 years and at a prestigious institution. Thus, I know exactly how difficult it is to rise to the highest levels of medical academia. Ben Carson was a black physician who became Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery in the medical school that most often is chosen as number one in the nation. Chairmanships are considered the ultimate in achievement. I do not denigrate that Barack Obama became the first black American president, but all that he required was a smooth tongue.
You cannot simply talk your way into becoming Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University, I assure you.