Unfortunately for Ben Carson, creeping brain death is not a legal defense. Just because you could push him out onto a Walking Dead set with a leg o’ lamb and no formal zombie training and get a perfect performance out of him (even — or especially — if he doesn’t know cameras are rolling) doesn’t mean he shouldn’t know better. He does supposedly run a cabinet-level government agency, after all.

So, yeah, remember when Ben Carson spent gobs of money for fancy new furniture after becoming the head of an agency dedicated to helping poor people and then threw his wife under the bus after the press found out about it? Yeah, that was funny. It was also super illegal, apparently.


Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson broke the law when he failed to report an order for a $31,561 dining room table set for his office as well as the installation of an $8,000 dishwasher in the office kitchen, the Government Accountability Office found in a report published Thursday.

Agencies are required to notify Congress of expenditures over $5,000 to furnish an executive's office.

Carson canceled the table order after it surfaced in news reports in early 2018, and he appeared to blame the fiasco on his wife, Candy, in congressional testimony. HUD spokespeople offered conflicting accounts of what Carson knew about the order.

Yeah, they probably also offered conflicting accounts of whether Carson has been sleeping for the past two and a half years or merely resting his eyes. 

So more open corruption and lawlessness from the Trump administration. Must be Thursday.

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee in charge of HUD, called the debacle “another example of the Trump administration trying to cast aside the law if it doesn't suit them.”

“I am also disturbed by the pattern of false statements and attempts to conceal this incident, mislead the public, and prevent Congress and the American people from seeing how taxpayer dollars are being mismanaged,” Reed said in an e-mailed statement.

Well, do you expect him to live like an unwashed pleb? He needs a desk fit for a pharaoh. Do you want him to store his winter grain in his sock or something?


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  • May 17, 2019