Kudos to Rep. Al Green (D-TX) for pushing hard against HUD Secretary Ben Carson's filibustering.
Green wanted to know from Carson exactly how much the Trump budget cuts from housing and economic development programs that benefit the poor. Rep. Green said he has many constituents who need these programs to put a roof over their heads.
The Trump budget slashes these programs overall "in the neighborhood of" 2 to 3 billion dollars.
The congressman informed the secretary that he has constituents who use housing vouchers, and he needs to be able to alert them to what’s coming.
Carson remained silent as Green told him that there’s a belief in Carson’s circle that “the rich need more” and poor people “could do more with less.”
Green reminded Carson, who grew up in poverty, that “poor people are not poor because they choose to be poor,” noting the secretary’s state of mind comments earlier this year.
But Carson doesn't want to say out loud how much these budget cuts are. Saying so on camera would indicate his knowledge of and responsibility for the homelessness and sub-standard housing conditions that will inevitably come from these cuts, and provide opponents with a soundbite that proves Carson knows what's happening.
Instead, he tries to filibuster the questioning.
Green will have none of this.
"If you don't know the answer, I will accept 'I don't know' as an answer." Says Green.
So Carson can obstruct the question and look like an idiot or answer the question and take responsibility for Trump's tax cut for billionaire rip off of average Americans hoping to live in a community with jobs.
He chose "idiot."