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DREAM TEAM SCOUTING REPORT Ben Carson, Secretary of US Department of Housing & Urban Development

December 15, 2016


Born: September 18, 1951 (age 65), Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Spouse: Candy Carson (m. 1975-present)
Parents: Sonya Carson
Children: Rhoeyce Carson, Murray Carson, B.J. ‘Ben Jr.’ Carson
Party affiliation: Republican, Democratic (before 1981), Independent (1999–2014), Republican (1981–1999;2014–present)

He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013.

  • As a pioneer in neurosurgery, Carson’s achievements include performing the first and only successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head
  • Pioneered the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb
  • Performed the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins
  • Developed new methods to treat brain-stem tumors and reviving hemispherectomy techniques for controlling seizures.
  • Carson became the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country at age 33.
  • He has received more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees, dozens of national merit citations, and written over 100 neurosurgical publications.
  • In 2008, he was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

Carson’s widely publicized speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast catapulted him to conservative fame for his views on social and political issues.

  • On May 4, 2015, Carson announced he was running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election at a rally in his hometown of Detroit.
  • In March 2016, following the Super Tuesday primaries, he suspended his campaign and announced he would be the new national chairman of My Faith Votes, a group that encourages Christians to exercise their civic duty to vote.
  • Carson then endorsed the candidacy of Donald Trump.

After Donald Trump’s win in the 2016 election, Ben Carson joined Trump’s transition team as Vice Chairman. Carson was also offered a cabinet position in the administration. He declined, in part because of his lack of experience, with an aide stating, “The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.”Although it was reported that the position was for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Carson’s business manager has disputed this, stating, “Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him.”He was eventually offered the position of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, which he did not decline.

On December 5, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Carson to the position of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Dr. Carson on Federal Spending: 
We must ask ourselves: has federal spending created more value than what individuals and families could have achieved if they had the same funds at their disposal? The answer is a resounding, “No.” While the American people are perfectly capable of making decisions for themselves, for decades the federal government has robbed them of their choices – and their dignity – by dictating their behavior and engaging in reckless spending on their behalf.

Just as troubling, government expenditures will continue to exceed government revenues in the coming decades. When the federal budget deficit increases, it has to be financed with more government debt. Interest payments on that debt in turn impose an even higher burden on the budget, and the vicious cycle continues.

Not surprisingly, our national debt has ballooned at a rapid pace and now exceeds $19 trillion. This is a burden that all Americans must bear. In fact, a child born today is immediately saddled with $58,000 of our national debt.

The fiscal irresponsibility of our federal government must stop. We cannot go on mortgaging our future to wasteful spending and pretend that nothing is wrong. The federal government has been living beyond its means, and it is time to tighten the belt – and make wholesale reforms.

I will drastically cut federal spending and return to the American people the power and resources to make decisions about their lives. Even more important, I will institute fiscal discipline in order to restore a bright future for our children and grandchildren.

Plan to cut inefficient government spending will do the following:

  • Streamline our government;
    Scale back or eliminate wasteful and inefficient programs;
  • Reform means-tested welfare programs;
  • Reform entitlement programs;
  • Divest federal assets; and
  • Achieve a balanced budget and pursue a constitutional amendment for long-term fiscal stability.

Treatment Plan: Five Principles to Restore Government’s Ability to Serve

  1. Public Reporting – Treat taxpayers as citizen-owners of their government by readily and visibly communicating our progress in making government more efficient and cost-effective.
  2. Taxpayer Feedback – Solicit and utilize feedback from citizens on government services and agency policies.
  3. Reforms – Encourage bold experimentation to create efficiencies that eliminate waste and duplication and improve service delivery and remove the existing departmental silos to encourage sharing of what we learn across agency lines.
  4. Analysis – Define each program’s performance objectives, identify and evaluate the resources available to meet them and establish objective metrics to measure the cost and value of operations.
  5. Accountability – Establish a government-wide culture that holds managers and employees accountable for their success or failure in meeting performance objectives — with real consequences in either case.