Trump announces new $500 billion Platinum Plan to uplift black communities
09/30/2020 // Cassie B. // Views

President Trump has proposed a second-term plan that aims to uplift black communities in a variety of ways, fueled by an investment of roughly $500 billion. Some of the highlights include bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. and using an immigration policy that is aimed at protecting American jobs. It also promises improved education and job training, along with homeownership opportunities. In addition, it seems to provide improved access to healthcare and lower healthcare costs.

Trump announced the plan at a speech during a Black Voices for Trump campaign rally in Atlanta, referring to it as a “contract with black Americans” for the upcoming four years should he be re-elected. He said that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been taking black voters for granted and has participated in most of the policies that have brought about pain and suffering to the black community over the last half a century.

His campaign said: “After years of neglect by Democrat politicians, black Americans have finally found a true advocate in President Trump, who is working tirelessly to deliver greater opportunity, security, prosperity, and fairness to their communities.”

Here is a closer look at the main aspects of the Platinum Plan. The full report can be viewed on his campaign’s official website.

Measures for increasing black economic empowerment and access to capital:

  • Providing 3 million new jobs for the black community
  • Tax cuts aimed at stimulating hiring and investment to help grow minority-owned businesses
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  • Increasing employment and wage growth for black communities so that all people who are seeking jobs can get one
  • An investment of nearly $20 billion in internet and broadband access to provide greater classroom connectivity, better access to tele-health services and more job opportunities
  • An exploration of alternative means of building credit, such as by paying rent, phone bills and utilities
  • More than $400 billion in lending to help grow small businesses and create opportunities for generational wealth
  • Creating half a million new black-owned businesses
  • An immigration policy that protects American jobs
  • Making the Minority Business Development Agency permanent and engaging with private sector advisors to create realistic solutions

Measures aimed at improving healthcare and making it more affordable:

  • Giving people more control over their healthcare and choices of doctors
  • Investments into causes and cures for problems that disproportionally affect black populations, such as diabetes, sickle cell disease, kidney disease, and maternal mortality
  • Offering better access to telemedicine and other technologies to improve health
  • Improving transparency so people know the costs before getting care
  • Lowering costs and expanding access to high-quality healthcare via the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Measures for creating greater educational opportunities:

  • Closing schools that are failing and replacing them with full school choice so parents have greater control over the futures of their children
  • Expanding childcare tax credits and improving access to high-quality preschool
  • Increasing Pell grants and allowing for vocational employment
  • Continuing to protect historically black colleges and universities
  • Increasing childcare tax credits
  • Advancing job training and targeted apprenticeship programs
  • Defending exemptions for religious freedom, respecting religious believers, and protecting life

Measures aimed at improving safety and the justice system:

  • Working with police, mental health experts, and community leaders to put in place responsive and accountable policing models, including diversity training
  • Setting up a national clemency program to invest in human potential and address wrongful prosecution
  • Improving the criminal justice system and focusing on drug rehabilitation over drug incarceration
  • Advancing “second chance” hiring to help rehabilitated people with criminal records get back to work

Making black communities more prosperous:

  • Advancing home ownership through federal policy reforms
  • Increasing financial literacy within the black community
  • On-shoring manufacturing to bring more jobs to the country
  • Providing federal support for revitalizing neighborhoods
  • Addressing food disparities and improving access to healthy foods
  • Defending religious freedom
  • Prosecuting Antifa and the KKK as terrorist organizations
  • Making lynching a national hate crime
  • Making Juneteenth a national holiday

The plan also draws attention to some of President Trump’s accomplishments so far that have benefited black Americans, such as achieving historical employment levels for blacks. It also points out that he was the first president to give historically black colleges long-term funding. It also mentions the First Step Act, which he says has brought about some common-sense criminal justice reform and made communities safer for families and businesses.

Black Voices for Trump Advisory Board Member K. Carl Smith said in a statement: “Though black Americans have traditionally been shut out of opportunities to grow our own businesses and create generational wealth, President Trump is working hard to give us access to the American Dream.”

He added: “President Trump is a businessman and understands that pride, community, and dedication are built through entrepreneurship.”

Democratic lawmaker Vernon K. Jones told Fox News’ Bret Baier that Trump’s commitment to the black community is "unparalleled to any other president, Democrat or Republican, in the past 50 years," adding that he has made good on promises he made four years ago, such as prison reform with the First Step Act, opportunity zone districts and supporting historically black colleges.

Although many of his detractors will view this as a last-ditch attempt by Trump to attract more black votes, the truth is that many of these steps make a lot of sense and could go a long way toward improving people’s lives. Isn’t it interesting that we haven’t seen any type of detailed plan aimed at truly helping black communities coming from the Black Lives Matter-loving Dems?

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