HUD Secretary Ben Carson is really starting to shake things up.
Although he was born into extreme poverty in the mean streets of Detroit, Michigan, Carson was able to defy all the odds and create a better life for himself. He finished school with honors and went on to graduate from Yale University. He became a doctor, best selling author of medical & political books, he was able to pioneer many advancements in neurosurgery and he now holds one of the most prominent positions in President Trump’s cabinet. Not bad for a man who was taught how to read by his mother, who didn’t know how to read herself.
The man is a hero in his own time but of course, liberals just can’t help but to viciously attack him at every turn. Because we know the drill. It’s only racist if you attack a liberal black person, if they are conservative it’s open season and something to be celebrated.
The latest attack was because he bought some high-end furniture for his office to the tune of around $30k. But is this really a problem since he uncovered $500 billion in bookkeeping errors when he ordered an audit of HUD?
More on this via The Daily Wire:
“Ben Carson was the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins, so, he’s kind of a super hero.
But apparently, he’s also not a bad accountant.
President Trump picked Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, whose budget grew by leaps and bounds under Barack Obama.
In one of his first acts as HUD Secretary, Carson ordered an audit of the agency. What he found was staggering: $520 billion in bookkeeping errors.
“The total amounts of errors corrected in HUD’s notes and consolidated financial statements were $516.4 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively,” the auditors wrote.
But there were plenty of other problems, too. Here is an excerpt from the report:
There were several other unresolved audit matters, which restricted our ability to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to express an opinion. These unresolved audit matters relate to (1) the Office of General Counsel’s refusal to sign the management representation letter, (2) HUD’s improper use of cumulative and first-in, first-out budgetary accounting methods of disbursing community planning and development program funds, (3) the $4.2 billion in nonpooled loan assets from Ginnie Mae’s stand-alone financial statements that we could not audit due to inadequate support, (4) the improper accounting for certain HUD assets and liabilities, and (5) material differences between HUD’s subledger and general ledger accounts. This audit report contains 11 material weaknesses, 7 significant deficiencies, and 5 instances of noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations.
The same problems were detailed for each of the last three audits, and the auditors say the continued problems “were due to an inability to establish a compliant control environment, implement adequate financial accounting systems, retain key financial staff, and identify appropriate accounting principles and policies.”
So, look for Carson to get out his scalpel and start operating. Or perhaps he’ll use a machete.
Update: Snopes fact-checked the above claims and labeled them “mostly false,” citing the fact that Carson did not initiate the most recent audit and that he did not “recover” $500 billion in funds, which is not claimed above, only that the most recent audit reported that much “in bookkeeping errors.” Below is an excerpt from Snopes fact-check:
The audit was initiated before Ben Carson assumed his position at HUD, and it reckons an aggregate figure of accounting errors and not an actual recovery of $500 billion in funds. […]
The referenced audit was actually initiated by HUD’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), who originally issued an independent auditor’s report on 15 November 2016 (over two months before Dr. Carson was confirmed as the new HUD secretary), along with a disclaimer noting that many discrepancies and information gaps existed within HUD’s financial statements and notes. That report was subsequently replaced with a “reissued” version dated 1 March 2017.”
So isn’t this just classic? The man finds $500 billion dollars stashed away in HUD but Liberals can only see that he bought expensive furniture. But let us not forget the time in 2001 when the Clintons were ordered to return furniture which they stole from the White House which didn’t belong to them.
More on the White House Clinton theft via Los Angeles Times:
“President Clinton and his wife started shipping White House furniture to the Clintons’ newly purchased home in New York more than a year ago, despite questions at the time by the White House chief usher about whether they were entitled to remove the items.
The day before the items were shipped out, chief usher Gary Walters said he questioned whether the Clintons should be taking the furnishings because he believed they were government property donated as part of a White House redecoration project in 1993, during Clinton’s first year in office.
But Walters was told by the White House counsel’s office that the items he asked about–which included an iron-and-glass coffee table, a painted TV armoire, a custom wood gaming table and a wicker table with wood top–were “personal gifts received by the Clintons prior to President Clinton assuming office.”
Personal property brought to the White House by an incoming president does not have to be disclosed on financial reports. As a result of the counsel’s determination, the furnishings were sent on to the Clinton’s new home in Chappaqua, N.Y.
However, government records show that the gifts that concerned Walters did not arrive at the White House until after the Clintons moved in. At least one of these items, a Ficks-Reed wicker table, was logged in at the White House on Feb. 8, 1993. The widow of the manufacturer, Joy Ficks, said last week that it was meant for the White House, not the Clintons.
This week, the Clintons returned the four items to the White House, along with other furnishings, after questions were raised about whether they actually belonged to the Clintons. All the furnishings had been designated official White House property by the Park Service in 1993.
Julia Payne, a spokeswoman for the former president, said the Clintons wanted to be “over cautious” in light of the concerns that had been raised. Despite the questions posed by Walters, Payne said the Clintons or their interior decorator acquired the four items in Little Rock, Ark., before they came to Washington.
Kaki Hockersmith, the interior decorator, did not return repeated calls this week seeking comment.
The Clintons came under strong criticism after disclosing that they were taking with them $190,000 in gifts received over the last eight years. GOP lawmakers and others criticized Hillary Rodham Clinton in particular for accepting many presents just before she joined the Senate and became covered by strict ethics rules that prohibit accepting gifts worth more than $50.”
Yes, the Clinton’s have always been this crooked. Good thing the White House will never have to house them again.