This is rather the point

Ben Carson is “woefully unqualified” to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said Monday.

Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, praised Carson as a “phenomenal neurosurgeon” but lamented his lack of experience in housing policy, suggesting Carson would be out of his league atop HUD.

Something, anything, to break the fuckwittery that has led to the Federal government building those vertical slums known as the projects.

Best thing to do with HUD is convert it into one accounting clerk who writes 51 checks each month and let the states work out who to give Section 8 vouchers to. Better, more efficient and gets rid of those vertical slums.

12 thoughts on “This is rather the point”

  1. I guess this obsession with ‘qualifications’ has only come about in the last 6 months, I don’t recall it being an issue when Obama was elected.

  2. As opposed to the incumbent Julian Castro, a Democrat lawyer, who got into Stanford on affirmative action, and has done nothing of note except to be elected mayor of San Antonio.

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    Did he fall asleep for a year and miss the bits when Trump made it clear he would drain the swamp?

  4. Gamecock, yes; and even worse, Obama removed Shaun Donovan, who did have huge amounts of housing experience (previously worked for Bloomberg in NY), to appoint Castro to the job.

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    The point is he is Black. Whatever Trump wants to do with HUD there is a very good chance it will involve giving less free stuff to Blacks. Maybe evicting them if they don’t pay rent or quaint little notions like that.

    Trump needs a Black face to avoid accusation of racism. That is pretty much all there is to this story I would guess.

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    BigFire – “Surely Mr. (I Felt Asleep in Committee Meeting) Elijah Cummings is more qualified?”

    Felt? I prefer to refer to him as Mr. Elijah “Not Yet Indicted” Cummings.

    As a general rule there are two sorts of people in the Black Congressional Caucus. The Convicted and The Soon to be Convicted.

  7. Isn’t section 8 just the US’s version of rubbing the rights nose in diversity, by importing minorities into white suburban neighborhoods?

  8. “. . . the Federal government building those vertical slums known as the projects.”

    Thankfully, that era is done – there won’t be any more PJ’s. Well, at least until the socialists take firmer control.

    However, like all government programs, once in place they’re nearly impossible to kill. Not completely though – some projects have been demolished already and work is being done to disperse residents to other places to empty out some of the others.

    The new paradigm is ‘scattered housing’ – forcing developers to set aside a certain number of units in new construction for ‘low cost’ (read: government subsidized) housing. Because its better for poor people if they’re mixed in with rich people – especially in neighborhoods they can’t afford to shop in – or something like that.

    Buuuut . . . as bad a they are and as bad an idea they were (destroying lower-income but otherwise clean and stable neighborhoods to make way for vertical slums) they’re still a tiny, tiny, tiny, percentage of the housing in the US. Something less than 4% of our total housing stock is owned by the state at any level (by contrast its near 20% in the UK)

  9. Sort of on-topic – it’s about planning and tax money at work – but I think we need Ecks:

    A Women’s Royal Air Force veteran is facing a £2,500 fine for flying a flag in memory of fallen soldiers and to celebrate Christmas in her own garden.

    But Broxtowe Borough Council has now sent the former WRAF drill sergeant a letter threatening her with a fine for £2,500 because of a ‘breach of advertising laws’.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4004596/WRAF-veteran-64-fined-2-500-killjoy-council-breaching-advertising-rules-flying-flag-memory-fallen-soldiers-celebrate-Christmas-GARDEN.html

  10. F*****ts. Any advertising feature does not need permission if it is erected for no more than 28 days. How long are Christmas celebrations up for? You’d think the local planning department would know what the planning law is.

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