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Carson Op-Ed Lays Out the Trump Agenda for HUD

Ben Carson has penned an op-ed that lays out the ideology driving the Trump Administration's approach to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
September 22, 2017, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Secretary Ben Carson has contributed an opinion piece to The Hill, in which he lays out his agenda for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The headline of the opinion piece: "We're changing HUD from a bureaucracy to an efficient organization." That line alone would seem to frame the op-ed as a response and reframing of the "dismantling of the administrative state" narrative built by New York magazine reporter Alex McGillis in a scathing article published in August.

In the opinion piece, Secretary Carson begins by expressing his support for the mission of HUD, and that he and his team are working toward improvements that will better deliver on those goals. "I’ve spent the last seven months investigating which HUD initiatives work best, which ones need reform, and which could be putting taxpayer dollars to better use," writes Secretary Carson, and the results is a plan he boils down to "three Rs."

  1. Reimagine the way HUD works.
  2. Restore the American dream.
  3. Rethink American communities.

Although Secretary Carson elaborates on these Rs in concept, there are no mentions of dollar figures or specific programs.

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Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in The Hill
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