HUD, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is one of the most important agencies in the government. It may not seem that way, but what other agency do millions of Americans rely on to live? Millions in poverty rely on HUD to have a roof over their heads.

Despite the glaring importance of such an agency, Trump choice to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development was Ben Carson. He is overwhelmingly unqualified for such a position.

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Political analysts across the country were astonished when Trump nominated Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The astonishment was amplified when the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee unanimously confirmed Carson on Jan. 24.

Let’s say that you can look beyond Carson’s severe lack of knowledge of the agency. Carson’s blatant opposition to the fair housing rule, should petrify every American. QZ article

HUD protects Americans from housing discrimination. In a 2015 op-ed in The Washington Times, Carson labeled the affirmatively further fair housing, as a “mandated social-engineering scheme” and an example of “failed socialism,” despite acknowledging the government’s role in “greatly reduc[ing] explicit discrimination in housing” through the Fair Housing Act.  ACLU article

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Each time Ben Carson gets in front of a microphone is another humiliating embarrassment. Perhaps, this is why we haven’t heard from him for a long time. During his first public remarks as head of HUD, Carson compared immigrants to slaves. In several awkward interviews, Carson praised aspects of HUD that Trump slashed in his proposed budget. Salon article

It is easy to accuse Donald Trump’s lack of compassion for the indigent because of his being born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Perhaps Trump would be more understanding of the homeless if he had spent some time in public housing.

Ben Carson though, was born in Detroit to a single mother with a third-grade education, Dispatch article. As disgusting as this may sound, Ben Carson is trying to deny our nation’s poor, the same lifeline, he took advantage of as a child.

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Ben Carson’s disgusting hypocrisy reminds me of another powerful republican. During a summit last month, House Speaker Paul Ryan said how he had been dreaming about kicking poor people off of medicare since he was drinking kegs in college, Slate article.

Such heartless comments are not unusual coming from a republican. Paul Ryan saying that though, is especially disturbing. When Paul Ryan’s 55-year-old dad died of a heart attack, Paul Ryan lived on Social Security payments. In fact, this was how he paid his college tuition.

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Republicans have always been trying to get rid of agencies that help the needy. Maybe this is why Trump chose such an incompetent candidate to lead the HUD. Republicans have been trying to defund HUD for decades. What better way to make the department ineffective and useless than by appointing Ben Carson?