Ben Carson says poverty is a 'state of mind'

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Ben Carson, the man in charge of Housing and Urban Development - the federal agency responsible for helping America's poor- believes that poverty is not a socioeconomic condition but merely a "state of mind".

"You take somebody that has the right mindset, you take everything from them and put them on the street and I guarantee in a little while they'll be right back up there", he said.

Mr Carson also suggested there was a "poverty of spirit" and bad parenting could result in "the wrong mindset" and "defeatist attitude". "It can provide a ladder of opportunity, it can provide the mechanism that we demonstrate to them what can be done".

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Carson made the comments during a town hall recorded Tuesday that will air in full late Wednesday.

In March 2014, in an interview with conservative news outlet Breitbart, Carson compared the modern American government to Nazi Germany.

His remarks come the same week the Trump administration released its 2018 budget blueprint that cuts $3.6 trillion from benefit programs. Now, in his role as the secretary of HUD, he oversees federal public housing programs and helps formulate policy on homelessness and housing discrimination.

Carson grew up in abject poverty in Detroit, rising out of it to become a world-renowned surgeon. "They were able-bodied people, and they were not working".

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In an interview with The Post Wednesday evening, Williams defended Carson, saying his views are based not on politics, but on what is just.

Republicans want to slash the nation's social safety net, but that's apparently okay by some top Republicans because the source of poverty is really just in the minds of the nation's poor.

"He's a man of faith, not a man of politics", Williams said.

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