So this happened yesterday: Katie Porter (D-CA) asked HUD Secretary Benny-the-Blade Carson if he was familiar with REOs—a basic housing term which stands for “real estate owned” and refers to properties owned by lenders after foreclosure.
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) May 21, 2019
[ED. – Eiron, the Goddess of Irony laughed so hard she farted!]
Carson thought she was referring to Oreos, Nabisco’s black-on-the outside, white-in-the-middle sandwich cookie before revealing he was unfamiliar with the concept of REOs altogether. It’s like if the Secretary of the Navy thinks that Navy SEALs rings bells on cue. (Pro Tip: Do NOT google images of Navy Seals with balls on their noses…)
And proving that he is indeed as dumb as he looks, when he returned to his office (equipped with a $30k+ Amero dining set he grifted from We The People), he twattered out:
— Ben Carson (@SecretaryCarson) May 21, 2019
Anyway, the Blade has been destroying his agency‘s mission from the inside, which in Trumplandia means he’s doing his job, you know, afflicting misery on America’s poorest families.
And so, after confusing a cookie for a business term he should know, Carson revealed his plan to punish the people HUD is supposed to be helping (emphasis mine):
Carson . . . defended the Trump administration’s proposal to purge undocumented immigrants—and their U.S.-born children—from government-subsidized housing, citing the years-long waiting list of millions of “legal citizens.”
“It seems only logical that tax paying American citizens should be taken care of first,” Carson said during a three-and-a-half-hour congressional hearing on oversight of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. “It’s not that we’re cruel, mean-hearted. It’s that we are logical. This is common sense. You take care of your own first.”
Current rules bar undocumented immigrants from receiving federal housing subsidies but allow families of mixed-immigration status to live together as long as one person—such as a child born in the United States—is eligible. Carson acknowledged that undocumented immigrant parents do not get housing subsidies. HUD-subsidized rent is prorated to cover only eligible residents.
The HUD analysis, written by career staff, concluded the proposal would increase costs for the federal government and reduce the number of families served—contrary to the Trump administration’s stated goal of moving more families off the years-long waiting lists for housing assistance.