Ben Takes The Blade to Low Income Families

Bennie ‘The Blade’ Carson

HUD Director and authentic black American, Bennie-the-Blade Carson, has proposed changing how rental subsidies are calculated so that hundreds of thousands of low-income families would end up paying triple their current rent:

“Under the proposal, some of the poorest tenants would see their rents triple. Every non-elderly, non-disabled household would have to pay a minimum of $150 a month in rent. Right now, the minimum amount for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program and public housing is $50.”

The mind boggles thinking about the kind of housing one can get for $50 Ameros/month. And he wants to triple that?

Also/too, The Blade, would allow public-housing agencies and property owners (Hi slum-lord Sean Hannity!) to impose work requirements on their residents. Seniors over the age of 65 and people with disabilities would receive exemptions, so that’s working out well for them as Babs-the-Impaler would say. I swear to Blog, Dudes like Carson would line-up to take the soup away from Oliver and the crutch away from Tiny Tim.

No word on how many of these tenants have $31,000 dining sets in their offices. Odd, that.

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16 Responses to Ben Takes The Blade to Low Income Families

  1. osirisopto says:

    The housing you can get for $50 a month is a one room “efficiency” next to the laundry room.

    One of the charities I’ve worked with has helped many people find this type of housing in the SF Bay area. It’s clean, it’s healthy, it’s worlds better, and safer than living on the street. And I’m sure the R’s are pissed that someone isn’t charging $2500 a month for a large closet with plumbing.

    The people at HIP Housing another orgs like it will be fighting this tooth and nail to help their tenants, paying their attorneys rather than helping more people.

    But y’know voter fraud is the biggest problem we as country face, not poverty, nor a military with a budget that could probably feed, clothe and house every homeless person in the nation and still have enough left over to mount an incontestable defense of our nation and act as the worlds police force.

    [/rant]

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  2. As Stockton, Calif., Mayor Michael Tubbs recently told Politico: “Work does have some value and some dignity, but I don’t think working 14 hours and not being able to pay your bills, or working two jobs and not being able — there’s nothing inherently dignified about that.” – This pull quote is taken from this column that says what needs to be said: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/america-is-obsessed-with-the-virtue-of-work-what-about-the-virtue-of-rest/2018/04/25/f829f406-48bf-11e8-8b5a-3b1697adcc2a_story.html?utm_term=.09a0f8ee6d81

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  3. RWW says:

    Carson must have heard about the condo deal Scott Pruitt was getting and thought the poors could get a similar hookup from all the lobbyists they know.

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  4. donnah says:

    This sends me into orbit. Carson grew up in poverty with his mother as a single parent, and with the benefit of food stamps. Certainly he worked hard and was able to get a good education and career. So why in the world would he seek to deliberately deny the same opportunities to other families living in the same situation?

    He’s a monster, that’s why.

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    • Bruce388 says:

      Bennie learned from Clarence Thomas about pulling up the ladder behind him. Paul Ryan, who wants to slash the programs that benefited him, is another sterling example.

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      • tengrain says:

        Bruce388 –

        Paul Ryan took advantage of the programs that were available to him (as they would be to anyone), but it is not the case that he needed them. That’s just part of his mythology.

        Rgds,

        TG

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    • tengrain says:

      Donnah – he believes his own press, and he comes from a world that says bad things only happen to bad people. Monstrous people like Ben believe that they are virtuous because they are successful.

      It’s that whole Ayn Randian worldview that if we can just make things unpleasant enough for poor people, then they would choose not to be poor.

      Rgds,

      TG

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  5. Dimitrios says:

    This is one of the worst examples of “I got mine, fuck you!”

    No wonder Ben Carson usually has his eyes closed. I couldn’t watch what I was doing if I did the things Ben does. either.

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  6. Art says:

    I assume that the program/s he is referencing are low-cost, possibly Section-eight, housing where the state picks up the share of the fair-market price not covered by the tenant’s share. A local situation I’m familiar with has the woman paying $100 of the $350 rent which others, in similar dire financial straits, pay. Raising it to $150 might, depending on the surrounding details, not represent a unfair, or excessively burdensome, added cost. She won’t like it but it isn’t entirely unreasonable.

    That said, the general thrust of these action, as opposed to the specific applications, is to transfer money from the poor to the rich. That, is reprehensible.

    It is also wasteful in the sense that he is straining at gnats while avoiding the large payoffs available for the wealthy in terms of mortgage deductions, which go disproportionately to multi-million dollar homes; the shift in the “passive loss” clause under W, which allows development to be unfettered by markets or reason, and the numerous other advantages offered to developers and high-end home buyers. He is shaking down the poor for $150 a family while the well-to-do slip out the back with literal billions.

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    • w3ski4me says:

      Uh, coming from someone who was recently poor, until my Retirement kicked in. A raise of as much as $50 bucks in housing costs, could be the difference between eating or having a roof over their heads. I know that a 50 buck deficit would have killed me back then. when you are Poor, there is no backup fund. Poor people spend every dollar they have and still have to balance who gets paid and who doesn’t.

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      • tengrain says:

        What w3ski4me said.

        That rent increase could take a family out of an apartment and move them into an emergency shelter (if they were lucky enough to find a shelter that keeps families intact) and then, after that they are on the streets.

        It’s needlessly and pointlessly cruel, and will take a bad situation and make it worse.

        Rgds,

        TG

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    • MDavis says:

      What w3ski4me and Tengrain said.
      That said, that is probably the point – the people that Carson is playing to have the idea that the poors can just rifle around in their couch cushions every month to pay the extra $100 in rent, or cut back to the cheap beer. In the meantime, the dust kicked up gives the richies cover to skim off ever more kickbacks and government giveaways while the poors are estimating how many fewer calories they can take in so that at least the kids will be fed – or how many more calories to set aside for the one member of the family who can find a job so that they can start working a second or third job.

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  7. M. Bouffant says:

    If my share of the Section 8 rent is tripled, I’ll have US$46.00/month left from my mental case Social Security payments. For food & everything else. Seen you all on the streets!

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