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Opportunity Zones Don’t Work

This article points out an analysis that those of us in the field already knew; Opportunity Zones Don’t Work. This program initiated by the Trump Administration provided deferral of capital gains taxes for businesses investing in underserved areas. Research has shown the investments were only made for projects which would have been built anyway. The Biden Administration is trying to change it which is a good idea. Written by Paul Dribin


Georgia on my Mind

As I write this Reverend Warnock has won and Mr. Ossoff is on the verge of winning, giving the Democrats control of the Senate. It remains to be seen if this will be a lesson for the radical Republicans who seem hellbent on subverting the constitution. we shall see. Written by Paul Dribin

A Great Day Politically

Yesterday was a great day politically. The Michigan Board of Elections voted to affirm Biden as their presidential representative. Biden announced some great cabinet picks, and the world is moving on. What is scary is that if the election was closer and the candidate who raised opposition was more skilled than Trump, we would be in deep shit. The electoral college has to go, it is a relic that has outlasted its’ usefulness. Think how different the world would be if Gore and Hillary would have been President. Written by Paul Dribin

Help for Coronavirus Affected People will End

Secretary Secretary Steve Manuchin has announced that he will not request an extension of coronavirus funds intended to help small businesses and individuals. These funds by statute run out the end of this year and will be returned to the treasury. The failure to extend will deepen the recession and hurt small businesses. It is again an example of the Trump administration’s scorched earth policy. Written by Paul Dribin

Coup in the US

What Donald Trump and his minions are supporting by trying to overturn the election results is nothing short of a coup. Attempting to undo an election that is not even close is nothing short of treason. I am scared for our country; concerned that even if Trump is unsuccessful, more people may try to do the same thing. Nothing in American history compares to this. Written by Paul Dribin

Disappointing Missouri Senators

Both Missouri Senators, Josh Hawley and Roy Blount have acted irresponsibly with regard to the Presidential election results which Joe Biden won. Hawley directly stated there may be fraud in the election results even though there is not the slightest evidence of such fraud. Blount who does not need Trump’s support stated that Trump may have won. Nothing is worse than destroying the legitimacy of our elections and governmental processes and such statements are a huge insult to the various Secretary’s of State and the millions of everyday people who work the elections. I am worried about our future. Legitimacy is a hard thing to get back. Written by Paul Dribin

Election Takes 2

While it seems certain that Biden will win the Presidency, many friends of mine are disappointed that he didn’t win in a landslide. I too shared that disappointment. What is difficult to come to grips with is that virtually half the country thought enough of Trump, a lunatic, incompetent, crooked man. But we know that even if Biden won in a landslide there would be around 45% of the country voting for Tump. We need to try to understand the psyche of Trump voters and try to bring the country back together. Joe Biden is a great man for that. Written by Paul Dribin

Election Takes

As I write this several states need to be called in the general election. I feel pretty confident that Biden will win. I am thrilled to see Trump out of there but I am somewhat disappointed in the results. It is amazing to me that almost half the country would vote for this madman, crook, and incompetent. I am concerned about how we move ahead. I am also disappointed that the Democrats will not be able to flip the Senate, and that local congressional candidate Jill Schupp lost. Also the passage of Amendment 3 which overrides the Missouri Clean Initiative is a major step backward for our state and locks in Republican gerrymandering for the future. Written by Paul Dribin

Election Prediction

Here are my election predictions:

Biden for President-350 electoral votes

Parsons over Galloway

Schupp over Wagner

Amendment 3 is voted down.

Let’s hope I am right. We cannot take 4 more years of Trump

Trump’s Illness

The kind and proper thing to do is wish the President well. I do rationally but can’t emotionally. His carelessness has caused the unnecessary deaths of thousands of people. His behavior with the virus has been even more irresponsible. There is a debate whether it is ever proper to rejoice at someone else’s suffering. We will see. Written by Paul Dribin

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