Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson reprimanded House Financial Services President Maxine Moore Waters (D-Calif.) for being more concerned with getting “cheap headlines at the expense of the president” than addressing homelessness in her district. “Basic manners elude you,” the official added.
“My mother always taught me that people shouldn’t throw rocks, especially while they live in a glass house,” wrote the famous neurosurgeon, recognized as one of the most prestigious doctors and scientists in the country, according to Politico.
“Because of that wise lesson, I was a little surprised to read your hostile letter to President Trump regarding the record number of homeless Americans in California, particularly in your district,” he emphasized in his letter on Monday, Nov. 18.
Carson’s criticism was in response to a letter Waters sent to President Donald aTrump last month, which began by saying: “Your shamelessness knows no bounds,” and ended by demanding from the president details of plans to tackle the homeless crisis in California, because she had heard that consideration was being given to getting people off the streets.
“I have sent multiple letters to your office and requested numerous meetings, but each time you’ve refused,” Carson continued. “Basic manners elude you and it seems that instead of producing results, you’re more interested in producing cheap headlines at the President’s expense,” stated the psychologist, writer, and trade specialist.
“Shamelessness is a career politician of 30 years laying blame,” he said. “Shamelessness is allowing more than 55,000 Americans to live on the very streets they represent,” Carson said, referring to the crisis hitting Los Angeles city and county.
“To me, the most compassionate, obvious, and logical solution would be to get as many homeless Americans off the streets—with a roof over their heads—as soon as humanly possible,” he concluded, endorsing President Donald Trump’s plans.
In late September, Carson issued a first letter in response to California’s Democratic leaders on behalf of President Donald Trump urging state authorities to collaborate and change their policies because, he argued, they are responsible for so many people living on the streets.
In their letter they ask for more “federal dollars” for California from the “hardworking” American taxpayers but “but fails to admit that your State and local policies have played a major role in creating the current crisis,” he explained, pointing to overregulation of housing, lack of assistance to people with mental problems, weak enforcement of the law, border security, and drug trafficking.
“It’s a severe crisis in L.A. and in many parts of California because it’s not just a fact that people are out on the street, but you know there’s feces on the street, there are all kinds of health hazards there. And this could really blow up into a major epidemic. So we need to do something,” the secretary said at the time.
Within this framework, a survey by the Institute of Government Studies at the University of California at Berkeley was released in mid-October, reflecting that just over half of Californians (52%) would have considered leaving the state due to high house prices, high taxes, and political polarization.