Dr. Stabby Cancels Order For $31K Dining Set

Talking Points Memo reports:

A spokesperson for the Department of Housing and Urban Development told TPM Thursday that Secretary Ben Carson had ordered the agency to rescind an order for $31,561 worth of dining room furniture.

“At the request of the Secretary, the agency is working to rescind the order for the dining room set,” HUD spokesperson Raffi Williams told TPM in an email.

In a statement reported by CNN, Carson said that after trying unsuccessfully to fix his office’s aging dining room furniture, he was told it “was beyond repair and needed to be replaced.”

Carson had earlier claimed the he didn’t find the purchase excessive and wouldn’t return the items. Earlier this week a HUD official claimed she had been demoted for refusing to break federal law by exceeding the limits for Carson’s new office furniture.

  • Cipher

    Uncle Ben’s rice got sticky.

  • Macbill

    I don”t know if I could stomach shaking his hand.

    • Friday’s_cat

      Latex

      • The_Wretched

        I don”t know if I could stomach shaking his latex hand.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Double gloved of course.

  • Friday’s_cat

    So, how much are taxpayers on the hook for the cancellation fee?

    • Lars Littlefield

      Usually 15%.

  • Uncle Mark

    But without his $31,000 dining room table, how will he have his last supper? What would Black Klingon Jesus do?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Hopefully in a prison cell.

  • Nic Peterson

    Ted Liu for the score!

  • The_Wretched

    yeah. Was there a Trump admin memo that said to go nuts with redecorating and trips? It sure seems like they all showed up for work and immediately did both on the tax payer dime. I mean, a 31K table isn’t a cone of silence but maybe Carson could use it to make a fort.

  • clay

    His wife told him to buy it, that he deserved it.
    His administrator said he could/should do it for less.
    Dr. Stabby doesn’t have a moral compass for what the American people deserve.

    Now, his wife’s advice his being publicly rejected,
    But the former official is still out of a job (by illegal retaliation), and
    Dr. Stabby still doesn’t know what the American people deserve.

  • Rex

    I’m sure Ben was looking for his luggage and doing his laundry when all this was happening and it just got past him.

    • Uncle Mark

      Well working for Trump, I’m sure he was “laundering” something.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • But what about the 100k+ lounge set?

    • The_Wretched

      Armstrong WIlliams, like Carson’s wife (and his son i think) are there to shore up Dr.Stabby. Dr. Stabby is in late stages Alzheimers and forgets where he is more often than not.

      • Rod Steely

        And his LUGGAGE! Remember that one in the middle of an on-camera interview?

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          lol, yeah

    • clay

      Interesting– maybe it wasn’t his female wife who wanted it for him, or maybe it wasn’t a government worker who said it had to be replaced, rather than repaired?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I’d ask on what planet Carson lived, but that would require me to believe he’s alive to begin with and that is not a concept I am willing to accept.

  • Cuberly Deux
    • Lars Littlefield

      That is fab u lous.

    • Treant

      Needs more Hello Kitty embroidery.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen
      • The Milkman

        I am immediately transported to my campus apartment at Ohio State circa 1992.

        • Tatonka

          I am transported to my 35-year old leather sofa, circa 2018.

      • Cuberly Deux

        Ha! As a kid we had a few old vinyl covered chairs from a set my parents had bought when they got married. Yep, there was a good year or two of duct tape repairs before dad finally broke down and recovered them.

    • The Milkman

      That’s actually pretty suave. I wouldn’t support the Downton Abbey theme, but a mid-century decor concept would be delightful. And hopefully cheaper.

      • killreligion

        THE mid century fad now needs ti end. Mass produced crap

    • Paula

      Hey, functional is functional.

      • Cuberly Deux

        lol….it is.

        Actually I love vintage stuff like that. I see an old set like that and I squeeee with glee…lol…

    • 🐾vorpal🐾
      • Cuberly Deux

        Oooooooooo…Vorpy!….lol….

        • 🐾vorpal🐾
          • billbear1961

            I hope his eye is okay, minou!

          • 🐾vorpal🐾

            That one is not mine :-). That’s just a random pic online.

            My two black boys are both healthy and happy and responding hilariously to our kitten.

            She has latched on to our younger black boy, Felix, and seldom leaves his side. She is constantly sleeping draped on top of him, eating out of the same bowl that he is, pouncing on his tail, and following him wherever he goes. He is tolerating it amazingly well.

            Our older black boy, Duncan, is clearly too old for this kind of vigorousness, so he has taken to hiding away in my study with me. I am obligated to let him lay in the crook of my arm for a minimum of 20 minutes in the morning, 30 minutes at lunch, and an hour at night or he goes around yowling with unhappiness!

            I hope all is well with you and the husband, mon ourson! I love hearing from both of you.

          • greenmanTN

            One of my newbies, Groucho, has latched onto Petey, but Petey ain’t having it. The problem is that Groucho seems to think Petey is his mother, is constantly trying to knead on him and get at his nipples. Groucho and his litter mates were well past weaning age when I brought them in, and were eating solid food, and the other 2 aren’t trying to nurse on anyone, so I guess Groucho is just a tit man.

          • 🐾vorpal🐾

            We have the same situation with Felix and Kali. She has latched onto him – quite literally. He has very prominent nipples (no fur around them) and on multiple occasions, we’ve caught her trying to nurse from him.

            Hubby thinks it’s cute. I think it’s rather gross.

            So how is Tibbster doing? I haven’t been on JMG that much lately because discussing US politics is just misery inducing, and I’m choosing to reduce the misery in my life.

          • greenmanTN

            Tibbsey is doing fine. Puck, Petey, and Tibbs all like to come in for rubs when I’m on the toilet so now I have to leave the door a little open so they’ll stop scratching the door and putting marks on it. Puck is the alpha of my little pride so he gets first dibs, then when he walks away, Petey and Tibbs can have their turn. 🙄

          • 🐾vorpal🐾

            Ha! I’ve never had cats scratch the door when I’m in the bathroom, but I have definitely experienced the whole “paw under the bathroom door with plaintive mewing” many, many times. And yet, if you go look at them when they’re attempting to do their business, they seem horrified.

            So how many do you have now? I’m not sure I’ve kept track or if the number has changed! Do you suspect that any of them know their names?

            Our Fatty Tabby MAX knows he gets fed at some point (depending on how obnoxious he is, that point can move further into the future rather than earlier) when he wakes up. We keep the “steady supply” of nibble kibble on a counter that he can’t reach, since none of the other cats have a weight issue.

            I swear he sits outside my door ALL. NIGHT. LONG. and the second he hears my feet touch the floor, he starts screaming and squawking (there are no appropriate words to describe the horrors of his noises) and galloping down the hall towards the feeding area.

            I think we’ll have to get him blood tested for hypothyroidism because despite his diet, he is still a ridiculously tubby tabby.

          • greenmanTN

            Indoor and outdoor I have 12 (all of them are fixed now) and several do know their names. Puck, Petey, Tibbs, and Girlene (who is male) all come when you call them. For the rest I use the sound of a can of cat food opening. It’s hard to tell with Elvis. He’s my tubby titty, and he’s always there just in case you, you know, want to give him something.

            The bathroom door is old and has a wood veneer finish and they were going to ruin it if I didn’t give in!

    • It Takes a Village, People

      We had a set like that too in 1971 and we could not wait to get rid of it and replace it with a white faux wood table with orange vinyl chairs to coordinate with the floral wallpaper.

    • Scott MB

      I just inherited a dining room set complete with table, chairs, china cabinet and buffet that is almost 200 years old. While it does need some refinishing, it is still as sturdy as the day it was made. I am sure the furniture that “needs replacing” isn’t as old and can most definately be repaired. There is ZERO need for its replacement, he just wants to spend OPM. OPM is the best kind of money becuse it doesn’t effect him in anyway. If he wants new furniture then it should come out of his pocket or tRUMP can spring for it. If tRUMP pays they better get cash up front or wait for the check to clear before delivery, we know how he hates to pay other people money he owes them

    • ladycat713

      I’d use it!

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    well, I’ll be damned. I bought my Dinning set for 500. This entitled asshole really walks around thinking he is god’s gift to the world, doesn’t he?

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    I do not have a single piece of furniture worth $31,000.
    Is that bad?

    • MBear

      Not “bad”…more like normal

    • Gretchen

      All my furniture combined plus my car are not worth $31k.

      • Paula

        I didn’t pay that for my first house.

    • thatotherjean

      I do not have a two-bedroom house full of furniture worth $31,000. The whole house didn’t cost much more than that, but we bought it a long time ago.

    • billbear1961

      No, sweetie–no!

    • ZRAinSWVA

      Slacker! (But I’m sure whatever you DO have is fabulous!)

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “Everybody point at DV and laugh!”

    • My first HOUSE cost $30,000 (in 1978).

  • bkmn

    He should have gone to Jared.

  • Rex

    If it can’t be returned I hope they at least use coasters.

    • alc2018

      and don’t flop down on the new chairs!

      • Paula

        Hey shuddup! What are you my mom? 😀😀

  • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

    Can we make Ted Lieu an honorary homo? That is weapons-grade shade he’s throwing.

  • The Milkman

    Did it have a “Downton Abbey” theme?

    • Buford

      ‘Downton Stabbey’…?

      • The Milkman

        I bow before your brilliance, sir.

      • #DJTK5F

        Downton Shabby.

        • Buford

          Stabby’s Shabby Abbey

    • Bluto

      Yes. I added pics.

  • iambu

    I wanna see video of Ben Carson trying to fix furniture.

  • rcdcr

    He’s decided instead to purchase all of the Downton Abbey furniture from Aaron Schock’s office fire-sale.

  • Poor Dr. Stabby! We’ve spoiled his dinners!! Well, maybe he can invite the Romneys over. Like the Carsons, the Romneys know what privation is. As they discuss cuts to programs for the poor, he can pour his heart out about his aging dining set, and the Romneys can commiserate about that awful night they had to eat canned tuna.

  • Lars Littlefield

    What I find odd is how the purchase of such an expensive table was approved by the federal purchasing office that oversees the purchase of everything right down to pencils and paper clips allowed it to happen?

    • safari

      Yeah, what does he think he is, the Pentagon?

    • Charlie 2001

      I guess they thought they ought to approve the purchase since their predecessor was demoted for refusing to approve it.

    • Chris Baker

      I assume they weren’t going through the proper channels, and it was more of a “let me buy this and they can send the bill” kind of thing. If you haven’t worked for a large company, or government, you don’t understand how things work. As a surgeon, things he needed just magically appeared. He didn’t have to deal with budgets, and writing business cases, and the 4 levels of approvals needed to purchase things.

      • thatotherjean

        It is easier to ask forgiveness than permission. Unless you really go overboard, like the Carsons. What does his wife have to do with choosing furniture for his office? Are they planning to take it with them when Carson gets canned?

  • Paul_in_Dallas

    Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘Where shall we eat?’ or ‘Where shall we drink?’ Fear not, for Gawd will povide. 1st Book of Grifting 6:34-35

    • Moebym of the Returners

      Povide. Like Poverbs? XD

  • Uncle Mark

    “The aging dining room furniture was beyond repair and needed to be replaced.” Geez…Just throw a tablecloth over it and have Ivanka “architect” one of those oversized clam centerpieces for it.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Ivanka: Problem solved!

    • safari
      • safari
        • BostonBud

          for a moment I didn’t notice the two glasses off right center. It looked like the shell was drooling or oozing on the table.

          • JackFknTwist

            Humph…………….I thought something was nesting there.

        • 🐾vorpal🐾

          That’s kind of how I imagine her purses to look like.

        • 🐾vorpal🐾

          That settles it: I’m never going over there for dinner.
          White decorative gourds aren’t amongst my favourite foods.

    • Jalapeño Business

      Sadly, Ivanka’s giant clam is more trouble than it’s worth.

    • The_Wretched

      Tell me more of Ivanka’s oversized clam.

    • CJAS

      Of course photos of the table in question while being used by the previous president’s secretary show it in pristine condition.

    • kareemachan

      Beyond repair means you touch it and a leg falls off. I doubt that was the case with the original one.

      ETA: And even so, I’m sure it could be fixed. Wood glue, gorilla glue, duct tape, hammer and nails, staple gun…. I’m sure it could be fixed.

  • ETownCanuck

    Why does an office even have a dining room???!!!

    • safari

      To provide sunshine.

      • ETownCanuck

        I think you’re referring to a “window” dear. 😉

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      For when he eats his Church’s Chicken and the Donald has KFC.

    • It Takes a Village, People

      This is getting old, but it’s for lunch with Jesus. You know how particular he is.

  • clay

    Uh, he appears to have TWO dining room sets in his house in Alexandria, VA. (Plus there’re the houses in Maryland and Florida) Couldn’t he just loan himself one?

  • JWC

    And so he should what a noble fellow …that translate to asshole

  • Paula

    I understand needing a new dining set but, $31,000 is crazy. Crazy Eddy’s Furniture Barn has a set with 8 chairs for $299.

    • Cuberly Deux

      …..as posted further down….heck, he should get some Ikea furniture and assemble it himself….lol…

      That’d be a real Lucy and Viv situation right there….

      • Paula

        The 3 Stooges and Dr. Stabby build a table.

        • David Walker

          Hilarity ensues.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          “Spread out….!”

    • Stubenville

      * some assembly required.

    • Chris Baker

      Even if you were going to argue that you need to buy something of quality that will remain in the HUD’s office for a decade or so, that’s still crazy.

  • Jalapeño Business

    OMG he can’t just to go Big Lots?

    • stevenj

      I was going to say Levitz but I don’t think they’re around to love anymore.

    • Cipher

      Salvation Army since he’s such a good Xtian?

      • Jalapeño Business

        Thrifty!

    • AaronD12

      Refurbish the old table using a belt sander and some stain from Home Depot. Show your people how you can do more with less. HUD is not a well-financed arm of the government. Lead, don’t follow.

  • alc2018

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8c86c4f3997f7e07f4dcc7fdc083575e9a2ab105711e6b5b2a2b11788349b61e.jpg as hideous as it was nothing came close to Marge’s set she got through the mail in catalogs

    • Jalapeño Business

      That’s vintage these days and probably will set you back 31k.

  • Larry Hankamer

    Ben Carson believes the pyramids were built to store grain! Building a solid stone structure, hundreds of feet tall, with a tiny chamber to store grain is not very efficient.

  • Bluto

    Tacky ass over priced shit. Crotch mahogany, snicker.

    “The table and two base pedestals cost more than $4,000. The pedestals are described as having “hand applied ebonized inlay with bell flowers topped by hand carved scrolls and a fluted column.”
    Eight Regent dining side chairs from the David Phoenix Collection total $7,920 ($990 a piece) and are described as “stately … with rich exposed wood detailing the back and a graciously sculpted leg.” Two additional armchairs are a bit more expensive — $1,050 each.
    But it’s the Jefferson sideboard, wood top and breakfront deck base from the Alexa Hampton Collection that really racked up the charges. The three pieces total $13,579. “Crafted of crotch mahogany, satin wood and quartered mahogany borders, carved teardrop and dentil molding on crown,” reads the description reviewed by CNN.
    Throw in another $2,500 for shipping and the total cost is $31,651.”
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/845150867f53c4626c9bb5e9127a261a9abcfab90fbd059d6a9e2873350e29f6.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/018aca6615441b4559baa8d5ba9f766ed7b0408227968973d3e9d2143917e355.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5075f8aefa46dbd30d1d448c8a22e328af9271ef802c66fbb7ebac14d1097c12.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cd67aac9fae7a26b83e3c0afe707de5accc462590a1362198458197f5626d3a7.jpg

  • Jim Maloney

    Gee thanks. It took exposing this to get him to rescind it. Imagine what hasn’t been exposed yet from all ‘these people’ working for Trump.

    There is a very nice 7-piece dining set on sale at Costco right now for $650. Perhaps he could look there. It’s 1/48th of the price of the one he was going to get.

    • Tread

      How else did you think he was going to outright steal $30,350?

  • -M-

    Dr. Stabby Cancels illegal Order For $31K Dining Set

    • billbear1961

      Media: “What?”

    • billbear1961

      NY Times: “Let us not forget that despite his breaking of many silly little norms, dear Mr. Trump is pursuing perfectly normal GOP policies!!!!! It would be such a shame and so dreadfully UNFAIR for us to focus on his unconventional style and let such trivialities get in the way of our appreciating that!!!”

  • Stubenville

    IKEA has some nice looks at budget prices.

    Seriously, if these fools had spent 1/3 of the money and called it a conference room table and chairs, this would have been a nothingburger. Greed will get you every time.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b35e45f71a8d15aa1ab140090dae04783d892513327a62993faa043914133b8f.png

  • unclemike

    Go to IKEA, ya fucking moron.

    • CB

      And the stuff will last as long as your job!

  • billbear1961

    Oh, surprise, surprise!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • TimCA

      First they attempt to distort the circumstances around these text messages then it turns out they may have violated the law by obtaining and releasing them. Of course, with Ryan there will be no ramifications; he’ll do absolutely nothing about any of this! Just outrageous!!

      • billbear1961

        It is for the PEOPLE to DEMAND action if no one else will.

  • stevenj
  • alc2018
  • Jalapeño Business

    See HUD’s $31,000 mahogany dining set HERE

    • billbear1961

      JB!!

    • CB

      Oh, it’s Mahagony! That changes everything. /s

      • Jalapeño Business

        Crotch mahogany with inlaid whosie whatsits.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        “Do you know where you’re going to?
        Do you like the things that life is showing you?
        Where are you going to?
        Do you know?”

  • Halou

    Decadent folks living large on taxpayer money.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    Ordinarily, I would probably be understanding – maybe not to a $31,000 dinette set, but office furnishings do become outdated and worn, and these are the headquarters of a major government agency. I’m OK if it’s nice-looking. But Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Smith – pay attention to the optics. And also, STFU about government waste.

  • Gretchen

    I think this bothers me even more because he is the HUD Secretary. There are people living in such poverty, who receive benefits from HUD, yet they can barely put food on the table let alone purchase a new dining set.

    • Goodboy

      I can imagine his wife as Marie Antoinette. Let them eat cake.

  • MikeinATL

    I’m sure I’m going to take some flack for this but here it goes anyway… remember, I am friend and not foe. This morning I saw on TV the list of items that was included in the purchase. If I correctly understood, it wasn’t a $31,000 table… it was several pieces of furniture. One of the large hutches was around $7k which isn’t out of the ordinary for a decent piece of furniture. I’m sure this is not a small room and required several pieces. You’d be surprised what your office chair costs. Okay, now back to bashing Trump the d-bag.

    • stevenj

      Stabby could have saved the taxpayers $6K if he’d just gone for the Pruitt Giant Plastic Bubble that would fit right over his existing desk.

    • Tor

      I don’t have an $800 Aeron chair, but I did sit in one at a larger firm I worked for. Nice.

    • Gretchen

      Good furniture is absolutely expensive; however, this is a government office. More so it is an office dedicated to the purpose of providing housing for our most vulnerable citizens. Government offices do not need to have dining rooms let alone $31k worth of quality furniture.

    • billbear1961

      “You cannot buy a DECENT chair for a measly $5000!”

      Fuck THEM!

      THIS, while they’re cutting back on housing for the poor, the elderly, and the homeless.

  • Gretchen

    Also, I consider it a life skill that I know how to re-upholster 6 dining chairs with a curtain panel and a staple gun.

  • Uncle Mark

    WAIT…the dining room table is but the top of the iceberg.
    https://twitter.com/Lillergrly/status/969054773499572224?s=20

    • MBear

      Fiscal responsibility is expensive

    • Halou

      Posted this on The Hill, re-posting here because it needs to be said:

      I would have to be on welfare payments for the next 31 years, never spending so much as a single penny throughout the entire time, just to afford Ben Carson’s “lounge furniture” at today’s prices.
      Considering inflation… and with rent, and food, and travel and other costs… I’d need to be on welfare for at least two whole centuries in order to get what Ben Carson buys on a whim.

      • Jalapeño Business

        This deserves to be top posted and stand on its own.

    • billbear1961

      RESIGN!!

  • Halou

    I found what Mr Carson is looking for, but I have some bad news.

    https://clippings.com/products/surface-dining-table-1138731

    It looks like shit, and certainly not worth the price tag.

    • David Gervais

      But it’s on SALE!

  • Ninja0980

    Doesn’t matter.
    This asshole who told folks who need HUD they didn’t need to be too comfortable needs to have his hypocrisy thrown in his face every time he opens his mouth.

  • Thorn Spike

    Huh, maybe he’s not brain-dead after all.

  • teeveedub

    Can’t we just cancel Ben Carson instead?

  • billbear1961

    You can eat out of paper bags on a fucking CARD TABLE now, you corrupt POS.

  • BeaverTales

    This is a textbook case of “grew up poor and insecure and developed wildly expensive taste” syndrome. Like many religious folk, Mammon is his god just as much as Jesus.

    • billbear1961

      I grew up in a frugal household where any kind of extravagance was considered SINFUL. We put money aside–saved it for a “rainy day”–and our grandparents put the fear of grinding poverty into us with stories of the Great Depression. Those stories took ROOT. I will NEVER forget them!

      These far-right “Christians” are two-faced FRAUDS, the overwhelming majority of them. They do precisely as they please and hope they won’t get caught. And their ONLY god is MAMMON–they SHIT on the Sermon on the Mount. Their eager support for the unbelievable and inexcusable cruelty of GOP policies proves that.

      The vomit-inducing hypocrisy of the evangelicals has never been clearer than it is NOW with their support for sexual predators like Trump and Roy Moore, with their support for a regime guilty of unparalleled CORRUPTION.

      • CB

        Exactly my experience growing up. Grateful that it took root. Thanks, BB!

      • Jalapeño Business

        We had TV trays and we still weren’t allowed to eat in the living room. When I pointed out the intended purpose of a TV tray, I recall I still wasn’t allowed to eat in the living room and I couldn’t sit comfortably for several days.

        • William

          You may understand my losing debate over pool furniture.

    • thatotherjean

      Piffle. Ben Carson didn’t grow up all that poor. His biography exaggerates his family’s poverty, although his parents did divorce. So did a lot of other people’s parents. See: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/12/06/ben-carson-didnt-grow-up-living-in-public-housing/?utm_term=.980dd446d859

  • Jay Silversmith

    It was McStabby’s wife who demanded the expenditures and told them to “find a way to get the money.” Besides, who the hell needs a diningroom set in their HUD office? Just who the hell is he entertaining instead of working?

  • EdA

    I’m not saying that HUD should necessarily get its furniture from Bob’s Discount Furniture. But I suspect that if Dr. Carson were to pay for furnishing his office in private practice out of his own earnings as a highly regarded surgeon, he probably would be a lot less lavish, even if it were all a tax-deductible business expense.

    Just saying. I’m sure that he and his wife will have had some discussion about this, although I suspect it would be one-sided.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    There’s been so much craziness emanating from the White House on a daily basis that we all kinda forgot about crazy ol’ Dr. Stabby. He almost seems quaint now next to all the fucked up shit coming out of the West Wing. He’s one of the original crazies who fell into the orbit of the Insane Clown Pu$$y Grabber and lucked out with a cushy job in D.C. All he had to do was keep his head down and he probably would be there for the full four years. But nope – he had to do something to draw attention back to himself. Crazy is as crazy does.

  • billbear1961
    • billbear1961

      THIS country is supposed to be a REPUBLIC.

      • Tomcat

        If by Republic, you mean screwed up,,, it is.

  • Jalapeño Business

    All of this becomes even more obscene when you dig deeper and find out that Mrs. Dr Stabby, Candy Carson was the one redecorating the offices.

    • jimbo65

      Typical surgeon’s wife entitlement. Not all are like that, but the ones who are ….Oh lordy

    • Jefe5084

      He’s probably dozing off or in a mental fog all the time, so wtf does he need fancier shit that his predecessor had.?

  • Natty Enquirer
  • I know that $30k in the scheme of things is not a whole lot of money for the government, but tell me once again how people living in poverty and needing government assistance are the problem.

  • stuckinthewoods

    I question why Carson needs a private dining room. HUD’s Robert C. Weaver Federal Building by Marcel Breuer….has a cafeteria.

    • David Walker

      Yes, but that’s for, you know, mere people. We’re talkin’ Big Government Official here. Plus, you never know when guests will drop by.

      • jmax

        When Donnie visits, you don’t expect him to eat his Big Mac at a desk, do you?

  • Harveyrabbit
    • It Takes a Village, People

      OMG I just smelled tuna salad and Youthdew, the most horrible perfume ever made beloved by old ladies of a certain generation.

  • Bambino

    You think being a bestie of Jesus, he would learn the hovering power to keep the dinner setting in place without a table.

  • killreligion

    Unless it’s an antique they’ve been swindled.

  • Jefe5084

    These GOP folks are so entitled, clueless, and narcissistic they can not come to even the slightest reasonable decision between needs and wants. They have no common sense.

  • kareemachan

    Apparently it is/was custom-built. Good luck returning it….

    • Jalapeño Business

      I wondered that too. Did they screw over a small business in the process as well?

      • Tomcat

        You can be sure a loyal donor got the profits there.

  • sdnative1958

    The only table I’d even consider plunking down that much cash for:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mKEOYfYQO08

    • BobSF_94117

      That’s pretty cool.

    • Stubenville

      The contemporary version is from Skovby in Denmark. Here’s the small table in action:

      https://youtu.be/XlsptTNMAP8

  • KevInPDX

    Hey Stabby! I eat at my DESK and get some work done. Why don’t you try it?!

  • Tomcat

    Busted by the press again. And if the table cannot be canceled he is willing to just keep it in his private residence.

    • ChrisInKansas

      I’m sure it will look lovely alongside his Jesus portrait

  • ChrisInKansas

    So..his office has a dining room?

    • ChrisInKansas

      Ok.. I see this question has been posed. Is this common in Washington offices? Multiple rooms for multiple purposes? I must be too sheltered.

  • Tomcat

    How many school lunches could be bought with that money????

    • Ben in Oakland

      too many

    • Lumpy Gaga

      But where are ya gonna eat them? GOTCHA!

  • Jalapeño Business

    Christ on a cracker.. how did I miss this? The Carson’s official Twitter. Because Jesus.

    https://twitter.com/RealBenCarson/status/969040189099298817

    https://twitter.com/RealBenCarson/status/969040252177403906

    • thatotherjean

      “Under His wings you will find refuge.”

      Personally, I hope He poops on your heads.

    • Jefe5084

      Ben is a nut case. He has many logic-tight compartments in his brain. Logic can not get in. His god is a winged creature, I guess. I’m concerned that the wings are black and not white. Doesn’t fit with his Uncle Tom history. His brain might explode.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Save time. Ask your lawyers.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Supposedly this is the furniture he wants to return. Uh, I know I may get slapped for this but…bleh! I mean, yes it’s Federalist inspired but it’s all out of balance. Look at those chair arms. Yes they’re federalist but they’re WAY to low, and the stye is so different from the legs. Ok, I could go on but I’ll stop…..lol…

    https://twitter.com/calebecarma/status/969221125409472513

  • Jefe5084

    Gotta Love Ted Lieu. Some classic sarcasm goin’ there.

  • It Takes a Village, People

    “That’s right! Take that back to Levitz!”
    https://youtu.be/LmCQPAEvNTE

    • William

      “You’re not qualified to be a secretary.”

  • William

    I’ll sell him my grandmother’s 1950’s Formica dinette set for $15,000.

  • It Takes a Village, People
  • Jefe5084

    Nearly any piece of furniture can be repaired/refurbished. He just felt he deserved new cuz………………mystical something or other.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Democrat stank. (They’re like cats.)

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Stabby’s Malibu Dream House

  • Hank

    Cannot wait until the words: YOU’RE FIRED!!! echo in his office!!!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8dd6b7e7b885b42c1b6484e6dca5ba6855b11dfa088bf573dcbba1ab5fb8abdd.jpg

  • KnownDonorDad

    This illustrates why a free press is so important during this administration. Sometimes its members can actually be shamed into abandoning their most egregious plans.

  • #DJTK5F

    $5000 won’t even get “Poverbs” chiseled into your wall.

  • Kevin Andrews

    Another graphic example of the absolute contempt these Shitgibbon’s Minions hold We The People, the law and their pledges to destroy the departments they are assigned to by Herr Fuher Shitgibbon.

  • marshlc

    For the sake of argument, let’s grant they need a dining room at that office. I’m also perfectly willing to grant that they need something decent, not made of fibreboard and veneer. That still should be coming in at the thousand to fifteen hundred range. It’s office furniture for heaven’s sake.

  • Cackalaquiano

    Well how’s he gonna get any work done now?

  • Stogiebear

    Why cancel the order? I mean really, how many poors could $31,561 possibly house?

  • RJ Bone

    To be fair, that room was going to get A LOT of use after he had grain stored in most of the other rooms in the building…

  • customartist

    As a former worldwide furniture salesperson, a dining table at that level of expense was custom ordered, and when furniture is custom ordered, and then the order is cancelled, there is a forfeiture of a 30% restocking fee – because the seller then has to store custom furniture that likely will not sell anytime soon. Thanks Taxpayers!

    *And remember, THIS is the “fiscally responsible” Party.

    • ChrisMorley

      Well noted. Carson will surely have to pay for his profligacy.

  • JCF

    In favor of the $87 thousand dollar living room “suit”.

  • andrew

    Dr. Stabby got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and then lied about the awful condition of his “unfixable” dining room set.

  • KaBoomBOX

    IIRC, these bozos get to keep the furniture from their offices after their term, so yeah, grifters gonna try to get the most out of us they can.

  • Jon Doh
  • rednekokie

    Why, please someone tell me, why — is a dining room table and chairs needed in a secretary’s office? Are they throwing parties there? What’s wrong with the capitol dining room? Silliest thing I ever heard of — well one of the silliest — tRump still holds that honor.

  • Gianni

    This is the “Trickle Down Theory” in action. The idiocy and obnoxiousness of the President trickles down to the coterie of useless underlings and appointees. Hey, Donnie won’t know about it and even if he did, he wouldn’t complain. Dr. Carson complains that “31,000 wasn’t excessive – this coming from a former presidential candidate who repeatedly decried the wasteful spending in Washington. The infection in the country’s capitol is worse than ever, thanks to the impressive honesty, integrity, and unimpeachable character of our Dear Leader.

  • Boreal

    Thank you Ted Lieu for making me laugh.

    • medaka

      Moi aussi!

  • Rick Zajac

    Wattsamatta……Ikea not good enough for you?

  • EAP

    Can’t they just shop at IKEA like everyone else?

  • If a Democrat did this the right would be storming the capitol by now.

  • Why does he even have a dining room in his OFFICE?