Thus motivated, Carson said he went from last in his class to first, and people who used to call him "dummy" started asking him for help with their schoolwork.
He also said people used to tell his mother she could receive welfare payments, but she refused them, believing she could make it on her own without the government.
Carson said people on welfare are not "bad people," they just don't know any other life. He said he wants to take a "listening tour" of America to find out from people how best government can serve them and by implication how much more they can do to help themselves.
Stories about overcoming adversity, discrimination and poverty should be at the heart of the incoming Trump administration. It isn't that government is all bad, as Carson stated, but that government is doing things it should not be doing. That is why it has become bloated, dysfunctional and detached from everyday Americans.
Carson spoke of the poor as "human capital." When was the last time anyone said something like that? Possibly it goes back to the days of HUD Secretary
The rap against Carson is that he has no government experience. That should be considered an asset, not a liability. Unlike many top government officials who have enjoyed a life of privilege, Carson knows what it is to grow up in poverty. That experience will count as he travels around the country telling people how they might overcome their circumstances today instead of someday.
Two quotes from Dr. Carson reflect an attitude that will serve him and the people who need decent housing well. One is: "It doesn't matter if you come from the inner city. People who fail in life are people who find lots of excuses. It's never too late for a person to recognize that they have potential in themselves."
The second is: "Our children need to see and hear about more black role models in many fields so they can make better choices."