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We are all Americans!

Sunday, November 01, 2020

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America is a great country and there is room for all Americans of every persuasion. We are all in it together. Let us live together in peace.

It is important to vote for the candidate who will lift up and strengthen all Americans, and while Biden promises to be that candidate. Although I voted for Trump since I felt he had the best qualities that are required for fulfilling that duty, I wish Biden well.

I am fine with Biden as President. I am a moderate conservative leaning Republican and feel that the country will do fine under Biden because the Congress and the Senate will listen to the American people, and so will Biden.

I love the USA. Bob
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  • OLDEROWL
    Although I voted for Trump, I am fine with Biden as President. I am a moderate conservative leaning Republican and feel that the country will do fine under Biden because the Congress and the Senate will listen to the American people, and so will Biden.
    74 days ago
  • OLDEROWL
    @OOLALA53 Thank you for your update re opportunity zones. Would you please admit that even if the program had the unintended results that you mentioned, that the minorities in these opportunity zones are better off than if nothing was done? For instance even if the incentives only spurred the development of Luxury Hotels and the like, the result would obviously benefit minorities in such communities by creating more jobs and side business. Also, Gonzalez did not dispute the fact that some pre-extablished minority businesses also benefited. And clearly more money obviously improves the ability of the cities to make improvements. I think the piece by Gonzalez was simply an anti-Trump hit piece.

    "Jorge González, a research analyst at the Urban Institute, said the tax benefits for investors incentivizes what he described as “economic development” over “community development,” the difference being that the former prioritizes profits while the latter is focused on improving the community.
    'Just because of the way it’s designed, you would expect that there’s more money flowing into luxury housing and hotels,' González said."
    78 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/3/2020 6:24:11 PM
  • OLDEROWL
    @ BROOKLYN_BORN, Sure. I said there is room in America for 'Americans of every persuasion' . That definitely includes those who disagree with me but 'Love America' but doesn't include those who 'hate America'. I agree that those who Love America, and even those who may "Hate" the America that they know, will be voting for both candidates. I agree that the divisiveness of claiming that "We are the patriots, you are not, we love America, you do not" is tearing us apart. Those promoting this attitude are the ones who are destroying America. When I said that I love America, I said it because I understand that the beauty of America is that the elections give all Americans the right to vote as they choose. I had no intent to claim that only Americans that vote as I do love America and I do not want to be part of that. I hope this reply answers the Spark mail we had together re my Blog and the comments under it, and is to your satisfaction. Thank you for the opportunity to clarify this.


    78 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/3/2020 5:19:35 PM
  • OOLALA53
    For Olderowl: I guess we have different sources of information regarding the reality of inner city incentive zones.

    Opportunity zones
    At a campaign stop Tuesday in Greensboro, North Carolina, Vice President Mike Pence credited the president for creating “more than 8,000 opportunities zones, bringing jobs and opportunities to our inner-city families.”

    Opportunity zones “are tax incentives to encourage those with capital gains to invest in low-income and undercapitalized communities,” according to the Tax Policy Center.

    Opportunity zones provide progressively bigger tax breaks to investors depending on how long they leave their investments in designated areas. Investors must stay for at least 10 years to receive the full benefits.

    A feature of the president’s $1.5 trillion tax cuts, the program was intended to benefit Black, Hispanic and low-income communities. But there’s very little data about what’s actually happening in opportunity zones. There isn’t a full accounting of the number of opportunity zone projects, let alone basic information such as what those projects are, why they’re being pursued and who is benefiting from them.



    A June Urban Institute report found that “although there are compelling examples of community benefit, the [opportunity zone] incentive as a whole is not living up to its economic and community development goals.”

    The report also found that the vast majority of opportunity zone capital appears to be going into real estate rather than operating businesses, meaning that the opportunity zones aren’t creating sustainable, long-term jobs.

    Jorge González, a research analyst at the Urban Institute, said the tax benefits for investors incentivizes what he described as “economic development” over “community development,” the difference being that the former prioritizes profits while the latter is focused on improving the community.

    “Just because of the way it’s designed, you would expect that there’s more money flowing into luxury housing and hotels,” González said.
    https://www.politico.com/news/2
    020/11/01/trump-black-americans
    -policies-433744

    But I agree that both sides use inferior communication tactics. I have some friends upset with me because I won't go along with their labeling and shaming tactics. This does not build the kind of rapport that's needed.




    79 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    I hope you accept that those who disagree with you also "LOVE the USA"

    They are not socialists, communists, anti Christian or going to hell if they do not vote for Trump.

    Many miss the old Republican party and are every bit as much concerned about Trump's state of mind as you may be about Biden.

    In any case it is unlikely anyone will change their mind at this point.

    Peace!




    79 days ago
  • OLDEROWL
    @ALEXSGIRL1 I support the right of all Americans to vote as they choose. My own wife chooses to support Joe Biden, of course you are my friend even though we may disagree on who would be the best President. Bob
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    80 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/1/2020 9:06:58 PM
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    sorry i feel the opposite as you, we can still be friends
    80 days ago
  • REGILIEH
    AMEN!!!
    80 days ago
  • BLITZEN44
    I agree with you! I also have serious concerns for Joe Biden's soundness of mind. In every recent speech/interview/ debate I've seen he either loses his train of thought, doesn't know what office he's running for, doesn't know where he is or doesn't know what day of the week it is. One would have to be beyond foolhardy to actually vote to give the toughest job in the country to a man who consistently demonstrates that he does not currently possess the soundness of mind to even be properly oriented to the reality of his person, place or time. That said, my concern is not only limited to the soundness of mind of Joe Biden, but absolutely extends to those who would actually vote for him. He introduced himself as Kamala's running mate on one occasion. And I do think, if elected, that's precisely what the democrats intend him to be. And the dirtiness and deception of that in itself is cringe worthy and certainly not something that anyone with integrity would support.
    80 days ago
  • OLDEROWL
    @ JOYNEW, I knew that not all Spark members are Americans, but my message is clearly directed to those that are and anyone else who is curious. No need to worry about my deleting your post. That is the tactic of the Left who are unwilling to accept the fact that others have the right to disagree. I disagree with your opinion that Trump has damaged America, Trump has improved the welfare of minorities by creating tax incentive economic zones in inner city depressed regions to spur investment and growth. Also he has reformed prisons so that inmates have a better chance of a good life when they are released.
    You have the right to your opinion, but I would have appreciated it more if you had given legitimate reasons and support for your opinion. Do get back to me if you still disagree.
    I wish you well too. Bob

    PS, My wife said she will not vote because she doesn't want to cancel my vote. I told her that was nonsense, that she should vote for whomever she wishes and I would still love her.

    80 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/1/2020 7:13:07 PM
  • JOYNEW
    Wow. I couldn't disagree more. Trump has done a lot of damage to this country in 4 years. Given 4 more years, well, I shudder to think what more damage he could do. You're entitled to your opinion and I'm entitled to mine. It's your page, and you can delete my comment if you don't like it.

    By the way, we are not all Americans on SparkPeople. There are lots of folks from all around the world. Just saying, in case you didn't know that.

    I wish you well.
    80 days ago
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