The Trump Administration’s Troubling State of Mind

This week President Trump released an immoral budget, which amounts to a wholesale attack on working families and low income communities in favor of the wealthy.   Though the proposed budget is bad enough, this week also revealed that Trump’s lieutenants share his animosity toward low income and middle class communities. Read these unsettling new reports: U.S. Department of Housing and …

CarsonWatch Statement on Trump Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

 We join many in cities, suburbs and rural communities across the country who are appalled and alarmed by the deep budget cuts proposed in the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget.   Proposed cuts to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for instance, would lead to an absurd 15% reduction below what Congress recently approved for the …

Carson Has the Wrong Prescription to Fight Poverty

By: Kalima Rose, PolicyLink       HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s ongoing listening tour has provoked deep concerns from everyone working to expand opportunity in all neighborhoods and for people suffering housing insecurity. His words also betray a misunderstanding of the role that subsidized housing can play in helping families escape poverty.   While the HUD Secretary has raised concerns about residents of …

Kushner Expects Handouts For Jersey City Development, Activists Respond With Evict Trump-Kushner

By Richard Marcantonio, Public Advocates Inc., for CarsonWatch The cuts Trump proposes to vital HUD programs and other domestic spending would exacerbate a trend going back more than 35 years. Activists, who are fighting these cuts in cities across the country, know how hard they have fallen on vulnerable families and communities. But there is another side to the story: …

Infamous “Sharia Law Mayor” Joins Trump Admin

Beth Van Duyne, the mayor of Irving, Texas, took to Facebook to announce her appointment as Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Southwest Region VI. Van Duyne gained national prominence when she suggested that radical Muslims were imposing Sharia Law and added, “Our nation cannot be so overly sensitive in defending other cultures that …

Whoopi Sounds Off On Secretary Carson

“It just feels, Ben, like you’re kinda blaming poor people for being poor.”   Whoopi Goldberg, spurred by Secretary Carson’s latest round of unsettling comments while touring low-income housing last week, took to The View to sound off. According to Secretary Carson, compassion means not giving people “a comfortable setting that would make somebody want to say: ‘I’ll just stay here. …

Why CarsonWatch Isn’t Celebrating the FY17 Budget Deal

Friends, This week, Congress will avoid a disastrous government shutdown with an agreed upon budget compromise that will continue federal funding through the end of September. The spending agreement marks the only meaningful bipartisan piece of legislation passed during the Trump Administration to date. There are both big and small victories scattered throughout the negotiated budget agreement worth pausing to …