Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is getting slammed for his recent remarks wherein he said poverty is a "state of mind," reported the Washington Post.
"I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind. You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they'll be right back up there," Carson said during an interview on SiriusXM Radio with Armstrong Williams. "And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they'll work their way right back down to the bottom."
While speaking at a town hall, recorded by Sirius XM, Carson also said he thinks government can provide a "helping hand" to those who are living in poverty; however, he does not believe in programs that are "sustaining them in a position of poverty."
"I think the majority of people don’t have that defeatist attitude, but they sometimes just don’t see the way, and that’s where government can come in and be very helpful," Carson said. "It can provide the ladder of opportunity, it can provide the mechanism that will demonstrate to them what can be done."
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