President Trump was in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, to celebrate the success of Opportunity Zones to create business success and thousands of new jobs in depressed minority neighborhoods.
This was a wonderful event, and is a preview of the president’s re-election campaign as he fulfills his promise to put government to work for “the forgotten men and women” of our great country. As more and more black people realize that President Trump is the real deal and not just an empty promise like Democrats, his popularity will rise among minorities.
Opportunity Zones encourage investment in poor and distressed communities by offering a zero percent tax rate. That has already resulted in thousands of new jobs for blacks and other minorities, and the president is also fighting to restore dignity to the homeless, ex-convicts and drug addicts.
President Trump has named Pastor Tony Lowden as the executive director of his Council on Crime Prevention and Re-entry. Lowden, who is the pastor of former President Jimmy Carter’s church in Plains, Georgia, appeared with Trump at the North Carolina session.
Trump has been smeared by Democrats for three years as a racist, but he is the only president actually doing something for black people.
As Lowden said, “With this legislation, now is the time to take this opportunity, rebuild our communities, and if you learn how to cut hair and cut grass and be an entrepreneur in prison, we’re going to give you a second chance … so you can get back on your feet and to be reunited with your family. Now is the time!”
One of the beneficiaries of the program is Tony Rankins of Cincinnati, who was a homeless Army veteran and drug addict when the president’s program helped him turn his life around.
Rankins was introduced at the State of the Union, but in North Carolina he got to thank President Trump personally for his second chance.
“First of all, I would like to thank the President for signing his bill, because without it, I wouldn’t be standing before you right now. It means a lot to me, and I know it means a lot to the people we’re gonna help. … With this bill, it’s gonna be an opportunity for a lot of people to not be homeless and to get back on their feet and to go back to their families.”
Much of the credit for the success of this program goes to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who was also present in North Carolina.
With the help of Lowden and Carson, homeless people and prisoners will be able to get jobs and become productive members of society again. “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” (Matthew 25:40)
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