Today was a breakthrough day for the poor of Kentucky (wink, wink). Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, Ben Carson (R ) joined with Kentucky's Governor, Matt Bevin (R ) and Congressman Andy Barr (R ) to show how Republicans have come to the rescue of the poor and homeless in America.
They, along with unnamed non-profit organization's leadership, will conduct a roundtable discussion on transitional housing and homeless prevention.
O what a short memory these Republicans have!
During the stealing of America's wealth in the financial crisis of 2008, five million middle class homes were foreclosed on by large corporate banks in special "rocket dockets" where legal justice was sacrificed for quick payment to "banks too big to fail."
During the past 50 years, HUD was a place of hope for fair housing. Not any more.
Carson ran for President on part, with a campaign pledge to abolish HUD. Once in office Carson was busy in a little town in southern Illinois, where he personally set the stage to eliminate over 400 housing units for the poor and black citizens of America. Their apartment buildings needed upgrading. Carson's solution? Close the buildings and send the residents away. Where? Not his problem. This town was Cairo, Illinois.
WPSD TV - 2 housing complexes to be torn down
Another blow to the wealth and safety of citizens and their small town America is the Trump Budget proposal to abolish HUD's Community Block Development Grants.
For years, this one federal program allowed many urban and rural areas to use HUD money to attach to other developmental funds for local community projects. These funds served as the "glue" money for working in the world of joint federal and state economic development.
Republican President Trump, HUD Secretary Carson, Congressman Barr, and Governor Bevin seem to take pleasure in attacking the working poor, the homeless, the struggling middle class, our educational systems with the attitude that their view of America will be based upon the rich having the right to judge the poor and keep the rest of us in a constant state of "economic servitude."
To these political characters, who only use the faces of our homeless men and women as simple media backdrops for their propaganda to sell their new brand of politics, I ask only one question.
Have you no shame?