If there’s one thing Democrat’s are skilled at, it’s how to game the system. In the early 60”s it was LBJ’s “Great Society” scam, which siphoned off over $22-trillion dollars of taxpayer funds into a bottomless pit referenced as the “War on Poverty.” Then the poverty rate hovered at around 15%, today roughly 50-years later the poverty rate is still around 15%.

In short what former President Johnson did for poverty in the 1960’s Obama has done for both the welfare system and urban development.

Thankfully there’s someone finally “minding the store” and paying attention to how the people’s money is being spent, he’s HUD Secretary Doctor Ben Carson, and he’s ready to roll back Obama’s egregious policies of discouraging competitive bedding in favor of using grant style policies that were actually rebuked by both housing administrators and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court.

Supporters of the competitive bidding procurement process say the net result will increase efficiency in the program and save taxpayer money and more importantly avoid nepotism and fraud within the overall urban housing policy of waste, fraud and abuse, which plagues almost all social government policies.

Moreover, Republican lawmakers who’ve been critical of HUD’s actions in the past are now delighted that Carson, a known politician, is looking seriously at the entire scope of Urban Development, and perhaps recalling the ramifications of those failed social policies of the 60’s.

In a recent interview Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. said: "When dealing with performance-based Section 8 contract administrators, it's clear that full and open competition is the way to get the best value for the taxpayer."

He continued: “As Chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee I have repeatedly insisted both publicly and privately that HUD follow Congressional intent, the GAO, and the Supreme Court."

Remarkably the textbook scam of the 60’s seemed once again to be in play as Diaz-Balart and a small handful of elected officials confronted administrators within HUD, that their grant process was illegal. Under Section-8 Housing the government directly pays landlords for housing low-income so individuals acquire “affordable housing.”

Moreover to avoid the obvious fraud and abuse HUD in 1995 began to contract out the management of Section 8 housing units through a competitive bidding, until 2012 when the Obama Administration suddenly shifted away from competitive bidding in favor of a grant system which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled illegal.

However, despite the court ruling the Obama Administration didn’t change it’s illegal practice until the Trump Administration took over

Tell us in the comments below if you think the Obama Administration and those within HUD should be held accountable for ignoring the Supreme Court ruling?

Source: Washington Examiner

 
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