President Trump is providing positive action, not just more “hot air.”

If you weren’t watching Fox News at some point this last week, you probably missed it when President Trump announced a bold and historic plan to change the lives in America of some of our poorest citizens, those who live in the most distressed, and sometimes the most dangerous, neighborhoods.

With South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Bob Johnson flanking him, and CNN host Van Jones looking on, The President signed an executive order creating something called the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council along with additional directives for that council.

So what, you may ask?  We’ve all seen this kind of thing before, right?

All show, no go.

Well, this may be different.

Led by The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, it will coordinate efforts across the entire federal government to deliver jobs, investment, and growth in underprivileged areas.  This includes rural areas, too.  This means more private-sector money will flow into some of these high-risk or low development areas.

And what will this do?

It’s kind of like affirmative action, but on a larger socio-economic and community level, and for some reason I don’t have a problem with this at all.  I actually think this a great way to spread the wealth and lift people and communities up.

I believe a program like this is right up Secretary Carson’s alley.  I would expect him to do a great job with this.

Oddly enough, there were only a few reporters at the announcement, and they weren’t even interested in the announcement.  All they were interested in was shouting questions at The President about Michael Cohen.  That’s because Michael Cohen and the Mueller witch hunt fits the “biased, liberal, fake news media’s” narrative and President Trump delivering results to low income Americans doesn’t.

This White House event wasn’t broadcast on cable or on C-SPAN or any of the networks.  Why was that?

It’s called commission by omission.  If we don’t report it, then it didn’t really happen.  The “biased, liberal, fake news media” just refuses to give President Trump credit for anything that could be perceived as positive.

Also, it’s because President Trump is delivering some actual results for those people who the Democrats thought that they had in their back pocket, politically.  It all goes against the “biased, liberal, fake news media’s” never ending narrative about how the president is racist and how he just doesn’t care about minority citizens or low income citizens.

Bob Johnson, one of the most prominent and most successful African-Americans on the planet, would disagree with that sentiment.  He was on hand at Wednesday’s event to recognize the Trump administration’s drive and commitment to help low income Americans.

“Just recently, your Department of Labor signed a historic document that created something called “auto portability.”  Auto portability is designed to reduce retirement leakage among low income 401(k) account holders who tend to cash out,” he said. “And Mr. President, you should know this, 60 percent of African-American and Hispanic-Americans cash out of their 401(k) accounts.  This program will put close to $800 billion back in the retirement pockets of minority Americans.  So I just want to applaud you for that.”

Former President Barack Obama was good at offering up words that made it seem like he cared.  He was good at offering up words that made the intended audiences feel good and hopeful.  He, nor the democrats, were good at doing anything that actually helped the situation.

Laura Ingraham of Fox News commented, “Who cares more about America, particularly the working poor? The guy who delivers results, record low unemployment, opportunity zones and a decent chance for criminal justice reform?  Or a party that is all talk and no action?  I will take the former any day.”

“…talking about hope is beautiful, but it won’t bring business into your community.  People who can get jobs tend to have more hope.  Despair and crime in places like Chicago and Baltimore spiraled out of control during much of Obama’s eight years.”

With all of the potential positive outcomes as a result of the Opportunity and Revitalization Council and The President’s executive order, the “biased, liberal, fake news media” did manage to find one aspect they thought was worth mentioning.  They reported that President Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner are only pushing these inner-city investment incentives because they will make money off their own real estate holdings.

President Trump is completely correct and justified when he calls out the “fake news.”

It’s sad that there isn’t even an inkling of an effort by the “fake news” to report the news fairly and honestly anymore.  It has become an all-out propaganda war now, and fair minded people just have to be aware of it and treat it as such.

 

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“Why didn’t I think of that!? I did, I did think of that!”

We all get great ideas form time to time, and we may share them, but nothing happens, and then they fade away, and then a couple years later we see someone getting rich off of doing what we had the idea to do.

Well here are some business ideas I’ve had knocking around in my head.  I know I won’t execute these ideas, but at least now I’ll be able to point back to this blog and take some credit for the idea!:

I know all of the Toys R Us stores have closed, and the company has filed for bankruptcy, but I believe there’s still a niche out there for Toys R Us.

I have heard that a group of investors is considering raising Toys R Us from the dead.  If they do, here are my suggestions for them:

The new Toys R Us should consolidate the number of stores, down from the original 800+ stores, to half of that number, or even less.

The new Toys R Us does not need to be open every day.  Besides Christmas time, people primarily shop for birthday presents throughout the year.  I would recommend that stores be open only two weekends a month, January through November, and open from Black Friday through Christmas in December.

The new Toys R Us would only carry toys and entertainment items for kids.  Diapers, clothing, etc. would no longer be sold there.

A new emphasis would be put on the Toys R Us “on-line” store as well. On-line orders would be shipped from the regional stocking centers, consolidating stock orders and saving on shipping costs to the stores and to the on-line customers.

In these ways the company would become “the king” of toys again,  save money on physical locations, save money on labor costs, and turn going to Toys R Us into more of an event rather than just another shopping trip.

Another idea I had was to bring back “full service” at some gas stations.

At some stations it would only be certain designated pumps, while other gas stations could be exclusively “full service.”

So what do I mean by “full service?”

Well, the base level could mean just pumping the gas and accepting payment from you so you don’t have to get out of your car.

The next level up could include cleaning the windows.

Another level up could include checking and filling washer fluid.

Another level up could include getting items from the store inside for you.

Of course, the more you ask for the more you pay.

I can also envision a NASCAR type pit crew station that runs out to your car and gives it the once over, including all of the other services.   This would be kind of a novelty, but I think people would get a kick out of it.

I believe there is a “high end” niche for everyday items and services, ala Starbucks, mail order food services, dog walking, etc.

Another idea I’ve had is that of incorporating slot machines into assisted living communities and centers.

Most of these places already get together for bingo and other games, so why not take it to the next level?

Unless some laws change in most areas, the residents couldn’t gamble for money, but I’m sure the credits they win could be exchanged for other items and services within the community.

NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, lights up the spirits of people this age like the excitement offered by a trip to a casino, and this would be the next best thing.

Believe me, there would be long, long waiting lists for people trying to get into these “slot machine friendly” facilities.  They’d be able to charge considerably more on a monthly basis for living there as well.

Another option might be for existing casinos to get into the assisted living business.

Most casinos already have an attached hotel.  How much of a stretch would it be for these casinos to construct attached assisted living facilities?

Talk about a self-sustaining operation and investment!

Lastly, I have an idea for a delivery company.  You could call it “Fetch,” Go Get it!” or something like that.

This service would operate similarly to Uber.

Users would have pre-registered accounts.

Instead of requesting a ride somewhere, customers would request something be picked up or purchased for them and then delivered to them.

Potential “Go-getters” would respond to requests with bids, from which the requestor would select.

The innate laziness of Americans these days would fuel this business.

For example: You’re watching a movie with your girlfriend, your boyfriend or your crew, and someone mentions Taco Bell and everyone is dying to get some, but it’s pouring out and nobody wants to fly.

No problem!

You get on your “Fetch” app, and request 10 Doritos Locos tacos.

The cost of the tacos alone is $19.  A “Fetch” “Go-getter” in the area bids $35 to go to Taco Bell, buy the tacos, and deliver them to you in about 20 minutes.

You agree to their bid, you credit card is charged, and in no time you’re enjoying your tacos and finishing up your movie.

This service would also come in handy when you’re having a party, you can’t leave, but you’re running out of ice, beer, etc.

What if you show up at your in-laws, but forget it was you mother-in-law’s birthday!?  No problem.  Call “Fetch” and have some flowers brought over!

These are just four business ideas I’ve had.  Please feel free to make them your reality if you can!  I really like these ideas, but I would never have the resources, or the capacity to put them in motion myself.

Stay tuned for more amazing ideas in the near future!

 

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