The problem with electing a CEO as president? The government isn’t a business –– and we shouldn’t run it like one. – in a video by Fusion.
So many Trump Voters say they picked their guy because he is a “great businessman.”  “He is worth so much, $9 billion”—-not realizing that this is debt and apparently at least one billion held by Russians (who are still our Cold War enemies).  “Someone who has run a multi-billion dollar empire is better than a Freshman Senator“–not realizing that those Senators have run smack into Senate Rules of Decorum, Committee hearings and the U.S. Constitution amongst other things (issues that may have helped in passing a TrumpCare bill).
Daddy rose from Fred Trump’s fortune in New York City.  A slumlord who overcharged people for poor living conditions.  Donnie received a $1 million loan from dad to start a company.  Then he received $13 million in a gift. Then another $330 million upon dad’s death in 2000. So receiving $344 million in 2000 at 10% interest he should have billions in cash.  He is unfortunately one of the worst businessmen in history.  His business acumen is probably one of the most cited qualifications by Trump voters.  But is it?
Trump also runs the business as a sole proprietor and not as a corporation where there is oversight of the CEO and periodic and continuous reporting to state and federal entities.  They sell no stock in Trump Industries and therefore do not have to report to stockholders like a President must report to taxpayers.  In Sum, no accountability.  
His business structure is with all his kids and their spouses, so that the business leadership can be deemed to be all ‘Yes Men.’  Who objectively is there to say: “this is a stupid idea.”  Or an illegal idea?  Maybe even an immoral idea; because we expect a lot from our presidents—not a little.
Because he is such a “great” businessman he has driven all his financing overseas: https://williamhenrymee.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/all-roads-lead-to-moscow/.  To the point that American banks are afraid of the “risk” he poises (this overseas encumbrances are illegal under federal government laws for officials).
His model of his business is also unfortunately how he has structured his government team.  Who objectively is there to say: “this is a stupid and illegal idea, daddy“?

Trump has mocked the Golden Rule: “Do unto others, as you would have them do onto you.”  He has shattered the conventional business model, which implores that it’s benefactors have some form of marginal business ethics.

His betrayals are against the norms and absolute limits of a just and reasonable society:

  • He has turned normal dating into a rape-a-rama.  He has redefined misogyny to be a goal for business and political leaders since he is lauded for it.
  • His cabinet picks are not only the most unqualified, they would be enough to void a probationer’s ability to stay out of prison.
  • He lies.
  • He deals in the abuse of immigrants like when he imported hundreds of Polish workers to work on his building in America, then got them deported.  He has even abused the legal status of his two immigrant wives.
  • He has made a “joke” of our legal system by the 3,500 lawsuits he is a party to.
  • In business, he threatened competitors with his “New York Mafia connections.”
  • He has no stake in our country with so many foreign investments it doesn’t matter if the country sinks.  He has failed to participate in local matters (like being appointed to a historic buildings advisory board) other than taking potshots and tweets from Trump Towers.  He pays no taxes and will not share this information with us; and does it with no guilt.  Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said the contract with the American people was to: “pay taxes to live in a civilized society.”
No Trump is neither a “Great Businessman” nor an effective one.  This has translated right into his governance style; he is neither GREAT nor effective.  It is time to LEARN the BASICS of government or RESIGN.  It is just the facts of our society.
Another person’s comment:
I think one silver lining of this “business man” in politics is it does shed some light about how we can redefine and restructure what “business” means , e.g. evolving to “triple bottom line ” models that hold people and planet on the same level of importance as profit — that way less “CEO’s” will have to retreat to the can with their constipation and hair die and twitter box and daddy issues as they begin to understand that teams work better when everyone is valued for their particular skills instead of “what have you done for me lately”.  It’s like going from the pyramid model to the circular one that orbits around common values and is carried out by individuals with different skills and experience — it’s a bit lofty and idealistic — but trump is doing us a favor by shattering the illusion that those at the top don’t still need shit like plumbing — shits getting stanky in Washington and I’m okay with that today !

Joe the Libertarian feels he spend too much for funding government.  He says:

“The question remains, what and how much should the government fund? Police, fire, roads…those are pretty easy to say yes to, but to what level? (The recent NMPolitics article on the Hobbs PD is a good example.). We obviously need functional roads, but do we need ART? [Albuquerque Rapid Transit project] To what function do art (sculptures) provide? “They’re pretty” may be true, but are far from a necessity. Dog parks? I like dog parks. I use dog parks. But I also have a backyard. Should those who don’t have a dog, or a dog that goes to a park, pay tax dollars so those that do have a place to take them?

Should a government fund Medicaid? Medicare? And to what level? Both were created in 1965, obviously we survived before then. Medicare at least we are forced into funding a part of our salary. Same for social security.

As for raising the minimum wage, want to earn $15 an hour, get a skill worth $15 an hour.”

Before 1965 we were also dying earlier; and working until the day we dropped. So now we have a lot of really old people not working, needing health care. Without Medicare you could probably kill 20-40 million Americans–good going Joe…..

Without Medicaid people will not be able to afford medical care so Joe C is more likely to be exposed to disease that have basically left the American scene and only third world countries have: Tuberculosis, Encephalitis, diseases from sewage like hookworm, etc.—good thinking Joe…..maybe we can kill another 50 million!  At some point the society ceases to function without these workers and consumers.  In fact, Health Care has been the leading growth industry since ObamaCare was passed.

So if you have 23,000 employees subject to furlough they are going to stop purchasing, then their spouses will also and the two children. Their parents might start saving a nest egg to help them make it thru. Suddenly, over 100,000 people are not buying—how does that affect the N.M. economy? Good going Guv!

Tourism is an industry that has been with us a while. It might to a solution to our financial woes. But under the Governor’s plans she wants to close State Parks, Museums, and rest stops. Things that attract tourists. All her plans are designed to force us into a depression. I am surprised she did not suggest that the State Highway Department stop clearing the snow on the state highways to the ski basins. After all she likes Utah skiing better anyway.  http://nmpolitics.net/index/2017/03/an-analysis-of-the-martinez-administrations-tax-cuts/ and boom and bust cycles.

“Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.” – Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.

As each day passes and more information comes out on Russia-Gate, we find that “All Roads Lead to Moscow.”

Jared Kushner under the greatest investigation of his life for Russian ties, has many roads leading to Moscow.

Jared Kushner, son-in–law, is only looking out for the family business, and must obtain loans for that business or funds to develop new hotels and properties.  The Trump Family has chosen to go abroad to look for funding and has in Russia found an untapped pool of over $10 trillion.

The need for foreign money comes from Donald John Trump’s extremely very poor business practices of: bankruptcy, filing 3,500 lawsuits, cheating workers out of pay, hiring Polish immigrants and then calling the INS on them on payday, breaking union contracts, violating other contracts, failing to fully pay suppliers, and in general bullying and bragging about how good of a businessman he is.  No American bank can afford the “risk” that a Trump loan carries with it, or the knock to their own reputation because the loan applicant is so corrupt.  The “Art of the Deal” (the title of his book) is in lying and cheating people—plain and simple.  A practice that continues in his governance style.

We need to remember where all this Russian money came from.  It was never made from honest work.  It is from the Russian mafia and it’s activities like: prostitution, numbers games, gambling, theft, fraud, extortion, money laundering, and murder for hire.  So the Trump family must to held to moral account and possible criminal account for those Russian crimes which generated these mass fortunes: when a business owner refused to let the mafia into its ownership and he was murdered; when a prostitute passes on a STD; when a father gambles way the family rent; when a shipment of goods is hijacked from the open market and the prices to average families must rise; things possibly too awful to mention here; etc.

People who profit from the sins of others are in the eyes of God guilty of those sins also.

People burn in hell for this type of behavior……

Good riddance Donnie……

The August 6th, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) was given at the Bush Ranch. “Obama likely to hit within U.S.” was title and referred to the old Sheik’s attack in New York as the likely target (World Trade Towers or financial district to cripple U.S. economy).  Planes might be used. Connect the dots—Bushy….but instead he said to the agents, “you’ve covered your butts now go back to Washington.”  Plus we owe him Katrina Hurricane response and 2008 Republican Great Recession.  We all knew Georgie wanted a war to make his legacy: https://www.amazon.com/Charge-Keep-Journey-White-House/dp/0060957921/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304363995&sr=1-1&tag=thomhartmann.

NOTE: Now the PDB is thrown onto a table by Trump at Mar del Largo and he offers it to any guest.

Herbert Hoover: 1929 Republican Great Depression.

Ronald Reagan: Trickle Down Economics was a fake concept admitted budget director David Stockdale in his book.  He had no idea if it could work.

But they all pale in comparison to Trump…..

As we live through the Fascist State of Donnie John Trump let’s remember their attack is on FDR’s New Deal; a complete dismantling of it for starters.  Then a hollowing out of the Great Society to a point that a new form of indentured servitude will be appealing to the food, shelter and security needs of most Americans.

The CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) program is now under the axe in the Trump Budget.   In fact, to eliminate the $3 billion CDBG Program, saying in a budget plan that the program has spent some $150 billion since it was launched in the 1970s and “is not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results.”

Yet, the resident of the White House ran on a theme of Populism, which would be better addressed by implementing second part of FDR’s New Deal, the Second Bill of Rights.

During Roosevelt’s January 11, 1944 message to the US Congress on the State of the Union, he said the following:*

“It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.”[3] People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens. For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.”

  • * = NOTE: Often called the “Second Bill of Rights” Speech.

On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos on March 26, 2017, he had Roger Stone and he asked him about the Russia-gate allegations.  He asked how he knew Paul Manafort.  Stone said that “their association goes back 50 years to College Republican days.”

So let’s review what “College Republican days” were like:

First, the leader was Ratfucker, Donald Segretti, who organized young Republicans like Karl Rove, Ralph Reed, Jack Abramhof, Grover Norquist and George W. Bush to go to airports and dress as Hippies and spit on soldiers returning from Vietnam.  This after two small protests incidents by the SDS and SNAC happened at an airport and the two organizations issued leadership letters that this activity was prohibited by the national organization.  10,000 incidents were investigated of people spitting on returning soldiers from Vietnam in the book The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory and the Legacy of Vietnam (1998), which is a book by Vietnam veteran and Sociology professor Jerry Lembcke.

In the 1976 film about Watergate, All the President’s Men, Segretti was played by Robert Walden, who downplayed the dirty tricks he had undertaken as “Nickel-and-dime stuff. Stuff. Stuff with a little wit attached to it.”  Segretti who was eager to get from under the weight of the Watergate investigation fingered C.R.E.E.P. as the burglars to Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.  The White House Plumbers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Plumbers) then started falling like dominoes.

 

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_Republicans:

Listed alphabetically by last name:

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff
Prominent Republican strategist Lee Atwater
Lobbyist and McCain advisor Charles R. Black, Jr.
Conservative activist Morton Blackwell
Former First Lady and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was elected president of her College Republican chapter at Wellesley College in her freshman year before switching parties due to the war in Vietnam.
President Calvin Coolidge, the only College Republican ever to be elected President of the United States
McCain Campaign Manager Rick Davis
Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore
North Carolina Congressman Patrick McHenry
Ohio Governor John Kasich (Ohio State Chapter)
California Republican State Chairman Ron Nehring, President of the College Republicans at Boston University
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist
Texas Republican Party Chairman Emeritus Tom Pauken
Christian Coalition executive director and political consultant Ralph E. Reed, Jr.
Karl Rove, a Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush and currently a contributor on Fox News Channel is probably one of the most famous College Republican leaders, having served as executive director, and then national chairman, of the CRNC during his time in the organization.[20]
Paul Ryan, 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum
New York political consultant Roger Stone
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker
Political consultant Joshua Workman

So maybe Russia-gate is indeed a deeper story than Watergate……..

My other Cousin (not the Tea Party one from the other side of the family) has supported the GOP all her adult life.   There have been times, she has been very proud to a GOP supporter but ultimately these highs descend into the lowest of political lows: Watergate, Iran-Contra Gate and now Russia-Gate.

From its humble beginnings in 1856 and the election of Lincoln in 1860, to Teddy Roosevelt and “I like Ike” in 1952—there have been good times.  But in reality, there has never been an American political party so corrupt as the Republicans.  But then the whole concept of turning over government to rich men to take care of the rest of us, is a flawed theory.

When she worked for Vice President Richard Milhouse Nixon’s election in 1968, it made the family proud, especially since those Democrats couldn’t control their convention in Chicago (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_Democratic_National_Convention).  Our mutual grandparents came from a long line of New York City Democrats who helped the immigrant populations.  But they had been voting Republican since Eisenhower.  Her parents, very religious, followers Billy Graham’s cues to back the GOP.  So when it came time to register to vote she registered Republican in 1970.

Then in 1972, my cousin again volunteered for President Nixon’s campaign.  The Watergate break-in made no sense to her because clearly the President was going to win re-election.  Then the depths of deceit set in.

So the latest round of Trump connections to the Russians is worrisome.   Sometimes my cousin seems very distraught; with her only hope being the installation of Mike Pence after the impeachment of Trump.