Ben Carson saying stupid things has to be considered an involuntary reflex action. Despite his renowned medical brilliance, his propensity for saying stupid things can be linked to conservatism. That, coupled with the fact that his blackness is drenched in the blood of White Jesus, is a recipe for stupid. Waking up one day to realize that there’s no way you were made in God’s image because you’re black, will surely have a profound effect on you.

That’s why Carson could say that poverty is a “state of mind.”

 Carson is the current Secretary of Housing and Urban Development which oversees housing for low-income Americans. Nothing proves that he’s unqualified for the job better than his recent comments on poverty. Speaking with Armstrong Williams on Sirius XM, Carson said that some people are poor because of their outlook on life.

“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind,” he said. “You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there.”

Carson also added that helping poor people may not benefit their lives.

“You take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world — they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom,” Carson said.

According to Carson, “If everybody had a mother like mine, nobody would be in poverty.” He continued, “She was a person who absolutely would not accept the status of victim.”

Yes, because poor people wake up every day saying, “Yeah, I love not having money or being able to get a job to feed my family.” You know because, capitalism, income inequality and the distribution of wealth that favors the wealthy, is as imaginary as Mr. Snuffleupagus.

Ben Carson is a typical Conservative

Listen, poverty is no more a “state of mind,” than wealth is. Someone needs to tell Ben Carson that nobody uses their “Wonder Twin Power” to create shitty living conditions.

If you overlook the fact that wealth is handed down generationally. Or, that the racial wealth gap is a function of discriminatory government policies – as the book “The Color Of Law” by Richard Rothstein illustrates. If you do, like Carson, you’re bound to say something stupid like poverty is a state of mind. Because, of course, people are poor because of their own doing.

Yes, to a conservative, it’s all about personal responsibility.

Because, what would Jesus do, right?

I’m sorry, but it’s patently obvious that shitty circumstances born out of poverty are largely systemic. This isn’t even debatable and is supported by empirical evidence. And if you really wanna keep it real, 51% of American workers make less than $30,000 per year.

But hey, who needs a $15 per hour federal minimum wage. Why, when you can imagine yourself making more than $7.25 an hour and be happy. Just think, if we all thought like Ben Carson we’d all be brain surgeons. Unqualified to run the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, but nonetheless, still stupid brain surgeons.