While the mainstream media goes insane criticizing President Donald Trump’s every move, he and his cabinet are quietly getting things done.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary (HUD) Ben Carson announced this week that private businesses have committed $25 billion in poor inner city areas, with a specified goal of building businesses in underdeveloped areas.
“We already have over 25 billion dollars committed to ‘opportunity zones,’” Carson said in an interview in the Fox Business Network. “I’ve had the opportunity to visit several of them and just last Friday, I was in St. Louis where an old, abandoned foundry is serving as the nidus [bacterial infection] for the entire area and the opportunity zone.”
“They’re going to have entertainment. They’re going to have grocery stores. They’re going to have apartments. They’re going to have businesses for employment, training.”
No wonder the media has steered clear of reporting the major win — it’s good news for once.
The phenomenal announcement comes a little over two years in the Trump presidency; two years after Ben Carson’s nomination to the position was attacked by many political pundits.
There was an expectation in Washington D.C. that Trump would use the appointment – which at the time may have seemed nepotistic, as he and Carson have a good relationship – to offload the work on the HUD office and let a four-year term pass without creating any policy.
But the entire White House administration is proving doubters to be incredibly wrong.
When the 2019 White House fiscal budget released, it contained plans to cut an estimated $8.8bn worth of funding from the HUD office, which the media criticized. But what many pundits ignored was that this administration is operating a little differently than the status quo. The cabinet is getting more done with less money — and it just happens that most of Trump’s moves are paying off dividends.
Trump’s proposed “opportunity zones” plan is working where Democratic policies have failed for the past fifty years.
Trump is using pro-business policies to get the private sector to invest in the rotting areas of America because the “opportunity zones” initiative offered businesses tax breaks if they would agree to open up shop in poor areas around the country.
Like anything great, it’s going to take some time and work.
But unlike the expensive socialist promises and entitlements paraded around by Democrats, it’s a real, long-term solution.
“The real difference with these opportunity zones is that the investment doesn’t really pay off until [the business] has been there for five years,” explained Carson.
“You’re going to be very interested in your return on investment so you’re not just going to walk away,” Carson explained. “That’s really going to make a big difference. That’s never been done before.”
You can watch Carson’s segment on Stuart Varney below:
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