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Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:25 AM

NY Times Ben Carson Defends Buying $31,000 Dining Set to Congress: I Left It to My Wife

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/20/us/ben-carson-hud-dining-room.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-4&action=click&contentCollection=U.S.®ion=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=article

WASHINGTON — Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development, told a House committee on Tuesday that he had “dismissed” himself from the decision to buy a $31,000 dining room set for his office last year, leaving the details to his wife and staff.

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The hearing, before the House Appropriations subcommittee that determines the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s budget, was supposed to center on the administration’s proposed budget cuts to the agency. Instead it was dominated by questions about Mr. Carson’s judgment, the conduct of his wife, Candy Carson, and son Ben Carson Jr., and Mr. Carson’s initial denial that he was aware of the expenditure, a position he has modified.

“I was not big into redecorating. If it were up to me, my office would look like a hospital waiting room,” said Mr. Carson, who repeatedly told committee members that he had no knowledge of the $5,000 limit imposed on cabinet secretaries for redecorating their offices — despite the release of emails between top aides discussing how to justify getting around the cap.

Mr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon with no prior government experience, said the decision to replace the furniture was made in the interest of safety rather than redecorating.

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"Safety, That's the ticket." Besides it was my wife's fault.



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Reply NY Times Ben Carson Defends Buying $31,000 Dining Set to Congress: I Left It to My Wife (Original post)
Botany Mar 2018 OP
Docreed2003 Mar 2018 #1
Botany Mar 2018 #16
Docreed2003 Mar 2018 #19
Botany Mar 2018 #20
Kirk Lover Mar 2018 #2
underpants Mar 2018 #7
malaise Mar 2018 #13
Anon-C Mar 2018 #3
dembotoz Mar 2018 #4
NastyRiffraff Mar 2018 #5
peggysue2 Mar 2018 #6
tanyev Mar 2018 #8
Turbineguy Mar 2018 #9
chuckstevens Mar 2018 #10
BSdetect Mar 2018 #11
tammywammy Mar 2018 #12
Grammy23 Mar 2018 #17
Squinch Mar 2018 #14
Mountain Mule Mar 2018 #15
Johonny Mar 2018 #18
Javaman Mar 2018 #21
spanone Mar 2018 #22
Angry Dragon Mar 2018 #23
TexasBushwhacker Mar 2018 #24

Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:27 AM

1. I mean...

"You guys know how crazy women can go on redecorating!"

WTF Ben! That bullshit smells as bad as your "the pyramids were for grain storage" comment!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:46 AM

16. Well you know once "those gals" start shopping ....

.... there is no stopping 'em. Besides, it was all about safety.

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Response to Botany (Reply #16)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 10:28 AM

19. Lol...we have to laugh to keep from crying I suppose

It's just astounding to me that in 2018 that type of statement is cool with some people.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #19)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 10:33 AM

20. Well, them lady-gals go crazy and don't understand money too once the shopping gene goes on

Just because you have a $5,000 budget and blow past it by $26,000 that's no
big problem like say Hillary's emails.

BTW why not just use the furniture that was left over by the previous officer
users?

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:28 AM

2. I'm sorry but was Mrs. Carson hired? This is a fire able offense and that is what should occur...

 

ESPECIALLY because there are emails showing how they circumvented the cap and they defrauded the United States. #Basta.

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Response to Kirk Lover (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:36 AM

7. Exactly- the procurement regs should be clear on this

Someone had to sign off on this and that someone has to be an employee

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Response to Kirk Lover (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:43 AM

13. Nepotism in the WH is the pattern set for everyone else in this

kakistocracy.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:29 AM

3. I lol'd!

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:31 AM

4. her wedding vow...love, honor and to be willingly thrown under the bus when needed

i should have negotiated mine better

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:32 AM

5. That's right Ben, throw your wife under the bus

This is what? His 3rd or 4th version of the story? What the hell was Candy Carson doing shopping for the office? (No doubt with Ben's full knowledge & approval)

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:36 AM

6. Left it with my wife

Love this Breakfast of Champions' statement. I'm sure Carson's wife is thrilled with his candor.

And he'd like his office to look like a hospital waiting room?

Go back to neurosurgery then. Leave the housing department to people who know what they're doing and actually care about policy results.

And stop blaming your wife. It's cheesy, not to mention ineffective.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:37 AM

8. The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she picked out that furniture.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:39 AM

9. Hospital waiting room?

Yeah, especially the moans and groans.

When you're in the trump administration, the first rule is "You're shopping with somebody else's credit card now!"

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:39 AM

10. BOOM, BOOM

 

Ms. Carson was just hit by the bus she was thrown under.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:41 AM

11. Did Carson accidentally give himself a lobotomy?

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:42 AM

12. Safety???

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Response to tammywammy (Reply #12)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:49 AM

17. Yea, because there are no good carpenters or upholsterers in DC

who could come in to repair the old furniture.

(Apparently there had been complaints about nails snagging people.)

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:45 AM

14. That's excuse # what? 12? My favorite: the last dining room table was DANGEROUS dammit!!!

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:46 AM

15. K&R! nt

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:55 AM

18. His mom still buys all his underwear too.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 10:36 AM

21. typical of a psychopath, throwing his wife under the bus. nt

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 10:38 AM

22. Honey, would you mind crawling under that bus for me?

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 11:35 AM

23. GRIFTER

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 12:13 PM

24. The thing that's odd to me is that they purchased a dining set

Granted, that's what they were replacing, but it seems to me that it would have been used mostly for business type meetings. A top of the line conference table that will seat 20 should cost $5K to $10K. Nice, durable office chairs should cost $400 each or less. Add a credenza or 2 for another $2K each. All that adds up to $20K or less.

It's always easy to spend other people's money.

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