“Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas ... with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.” Hunter S. Thompson
Yeah, it's been that kind of month, a month in which the Crazy Man beat the Cook, the moonbats beat the wombats, the last place finisher demanded a recount in the hope of reducing her losing margin from infinity to the circumference of the universe squared, and the old adage "Man plans; God laughs" took on a whole new meaning. It has closed with the nomination of a famous neurosurgeon not as the US Surgeon General, but as the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. I'd say things are getting sufficiently squirrely to give life to my hope of finally seducing Jennifer Lopez.
Housing Wire's Brena Swanson thinks that Ben Carson as HUD Secretary has a bright side.
One thing I do know for sure is that Ben Carson brought housing to the forefront of the conversation, a change that is needed and often asked for.
In the run-up to the election, HousingWire continuously noted that presidential candidates never discussed housing despite the need for it.
This isn’t anything new though. Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros noted in an interview with HousingWire that housing is never a main topic during the election despite it being a universal good, meaning everybody needs to have a place to live.
Ben Carson holds the potential to change this.
Ben Carson recently became a household name given his rise to prominence in the run-up to the election.
Not to demean current HUD Secretary Julián Castro, but how many people outside of the housing bubble actually know who he is?
I'm not sure that I live in any bubble outside of one blown by a half-stoned circus clown, but I do know who Julián Castro is. The guy's qualification to be Secretary of HUD consisted solely of his stint as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas. Yeah, that sure gave him a ton of housing policy expertise! In fact, as we noted last year, Housing Wire's Trey Garrison beat the stuffing (verbally) out of Castro for his lack of knowledge on even basic housing policy matters during an appearance on The Daily Show with John Stewart. Carson can't possibly be more inept than Castro has been, but I suppose, that could hardly be called a glowing recommendation.
One of Carson's predecessors, Alphonso Jackson, a George W. Bush appointee, had solid credentials in housing policy when he took office. On the other hand, he was hounded from his perch when the Dallas Business Journal unleashed an investigative reporting team that alleged that Jackson had politicized the HUD contracting process, awarding friends, and punishing enemies, of this boss, "W." Knowledgeable bullies and ignorant smooth dogs have managed to man the helm of HUD without totally running it aground, so why not try a guy who is obviously intelligent, and the youngest physician (33) to ever head a major division at Johns Hopkins , and who performed groundbreaking neurosurgery on conjoined twins? None of his medical experience makes him qualified, but, he's got the intellectual capacity to be a quick study and doesn't (yet) have the reputation for being a political thug, so maybe he won't be half bad.
Given HUD's track record over the past 16 years, "half bad" would be a step in the right direction. As a start, he could rescind HUD's "disparate impact" regulations. That, indeed, wouldn't be half bad.
Finally, let's face it: he's got better qualifications for his post at HUD than the guy who appointed him has for his post at the White House. The next four years are a roll of the dice, and Dr. Carson at HUD should be the least of anyone's worries.