Ben Carson

Trump and Carson have their say on AFFH

Featured image In this Wall Street Journal op-ed, President Trump and HUD Secretary Carson defend their decision to deep six the Obama administration’s Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing rule (AFFH). They write: The crime and chaos in Democrat-run cities have gotten so bad that liberals are even getting out of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Rather than rethink their destructive policies, the left wants to make sure there is no escape. The plan is »

Trump ends AFFH

Featured image The Trump administration has ditched the Obama administration’s “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” rule (AFFH). As we have often reported, AFFH is a vast social engineering project that enables the federal government to order more than 1,200 cities and counties that accept any part of annual community development block grants to rezone neighborhoods along income and racial criteria. It thus allows unaccountable federal bureaucrats to dictate who lives where, in order »

Trump hasn’t ended Obama’s war on the suburbs

Featured image We have often written about AFFH, which stands for “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.” AFFH gives the federal government a way to re-engineer nearly every American neighborhood. It enables the feds to impose a preferred racial and ethnic composition; densify housing, transportation, and business development in suburb and city alike; and weaken or cast aside the authority of local governments over core responsibilities from zoning to transportation to education. Another way »

Dr. Carson’s misguided alternative to Obama’s AFFH rule

Featured image For the most part, Ben Carson has maintained a low profile as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Early on in the Trump administration, he announced that HUD will “reinterpret” the ultra-instrusive Obama housing rule known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). AFFH is an abomination. It enables HUD to order more than 1,200 cities and counties that accepted any part of annual community development block grants to rezone neighborhoods »

The horror! Trump HUD backs away from radical Obama concepts

Featured image Glenn Thrush — remember him? — attacks Ben Carson and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for abandoning certain suits and others actions undertaken by the Obama administration in the name of “fair housing.” It does not seem to have occurred to Thrush that there are two visions of what fair housing law requires and that Secretary Carson isn’t bound to follow the more radical of the two. Or »

Moore continues to lead Strange, gains Ben Carson’s endorsement

Featured image The latest survey of the Alabama Republican Senate primary has Judge Roy Moore leading Sen. Luther Strange, 54-46. The poll was conducted for Fox 10 News by Strategy Research on Wednesday. It surveyed by telephone 2,000 Republicans who have voted at least once in the last 4 elections and said they planned to vote next week. This result means that Moore has led Strange in all ten of the independent »

HUD to “reinterpret” AFFH; it should rescind the rule

Featured image I’ve been critical of President Trump today. But few days go by without me being happy he defeated Hillary Clinton. Here’s a reminder of why. Yesterday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced that his agency will “reinterpret” the ultra-instrusive Obama housing rule known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). The rule was designed by the Obama administration to seize federal control over local zoning for the purpose of »

Trump selects Ben Carson to head HUD

Featured image In a move that’s been expected for some time, president-elect Trump has nominated Dr. Ben Carson to be his Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs. I see pluses and minuses to this selection. On the plus side, I’m confident that Dr. Carson will act decisively against the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) regulation promulgated by the Obama HUD. If he does, this “plus” will likely outweigh any »

Ben’s descent

Featured image Donald Trump’s treatment of Ben Carson presents as a kind of case study in his technique. He first treated Caron respectfully. Then he turned on him, drawing on autobiographical passages in Carson’s books to question his veracity and mental balance. When Carson dropped out and endorsed Trump, however, the good times rolled again. Trump speaks kindly of his friend Ben. But all has not been smooth sailing. Carson has had »

The Art of the Deal, ego stroking edition

Featured image When he endorsed Donald Trump, Ben Carson said “there’s two Donald Trumps.” The first is “the Donald Trump that you see on television and who gets out in front of big audiences.” The second is “the Donald Trump behind the scenes.” The two “are not the same person,” Carson explained. “One’s very much an entertainer, and one is actually a thinking individual.” At the time, I wrote: The folks who »

Carson endorses Trump

Featured image Dr. Ben Carson has endorsed Donald Trump for president. Many conservatives will be disappointed by the doctor’s decision, but it makes sense to me. In effect, one candidate whose quest for the presidency was founded on a cult of personality, not on any demonstrated ability in the realm of public policy or even demonstrated ability to discuss policy in any depth, is endorsing another such candidate. Carson fits the profile »

There’s no evidence that Trump opposed invading Iraq

Featured image Last night, Donald Trump repeated his claim that “I’m the only one on the stage that said we should not go into Iraq.” As I’ve pointed out before, however, there is no credible evidence that Trump said any such thing. Trump had plenty to say about the Iraq invasion after it had taken place. In the early days, when it wasn’t going well, he called the invasion a mess. But »

Live from Council Bluffs, it’s Ben Carson

Featured image Nebraska attorney David Begley must be nearing the end of his series of reports on appearances of the presidential candidates in Iowa for us; the Iowa caucuses will be held on February 1. Yesterday Dave attended the appearance of Ben Carson Council Bluffs, Iowa. Dave’s report is below: On a cold night less than a week before Christmas, Dr. Ben Carson returned to Council Bluffs. Since is he is now »

Last night’s debate: some lowlights

Featured image The quality of last night’s debate was good overall, I thought. This is a talented field when it comes to debating. Even most of the candidates who were assigned to the undercard are fine debaters. There were, however, several low moments. I’ve already discussed the lowest — Donald Trump saying that the most important component of the (nuclear) triad is the nuclear part. Trump, though, is bullet-proof for the time »

Discipline in the 2016 race

Featured image John Sears, Ronald Reagan’s one-time campaign manager, once said “discipline is nine-tenths of politics.” And, as Tevi Troy reminds us: Candidate Reagan put Sears’ dictum into action, running a relentlessly focused communication operation that kept to its message of the day, often to the consternation of the reporters following the campaign. This approach continued into Reagan’s presidency. As the authors of All the President’s Spin put it: “Ronald Reagan’s administration »

Ted Cruz surges in Iowa

Featured image A new Quinnipiac poll of likely Iowa caucus-goer shows Ted Cruz surging into a virtual tie for first place with Donald Trump. Cruz comes in at 23 percent, just two points behind Trump. Ben Carson has slipped to 18 percent (from 28 percent in the previous Quinnipiac poll). Marco Rubio is in fourth place at 13 percent. The margin of error is +/-4 points. Cruz is the natural beneficiary of »

Is Carson fading in Iowa?

Featured image Politico claims that Ben Carson is “los[ing] his hold on Iowa’s conservatives: Across the state and at a major gathering of politically active evangelicals on Friday night, foreign policy was top-of-mind for the voters and state lawmakers once considered natural constituents for Carson. But after a week of confused comments from the former neurosurgeon and a dismissive critique by his own advisors, Iowans are now consistently voicing doubt about Carson’s »