Conclusion, Part 1
I can't remember exactly when I first became aware of Donald Trump. It could have been when he got into financial trouble years ago and lost a lot of
money. That made the papers internationally. He was never broke, but I think for a period he dropped below billionaire status and had to rebuild his
empire financially. There was some amusement when his fortunes plunged, a feeling that air was being let out of a big gas bag in a very public way.
A lot of people who don't have a fraction of Mr. Trump's dynamic energy get satisfaction out of the flame out of somebody they see as a vulgar
operator, but Trump had grit and worked his way back into the stratosphere of super wealth. To somebody like me a multi billionaire is super
Then of course, he would be on the David Letterman (Miss you Dave! "Do you want fries with that?") program from time to time and he was interesting,
always the promoter of his TV program and building projects. He seemed to talk sense. He was good humored about his hair style. He said some things on
politics that were thought provoking. I always enjoyed his appearances. He was entertaining, commenting from a distance, outside the political
I liked Ivana Trump. She was cute and glitzy, very glitzy, but I thought that there was something really charming about her. She referred to her
husband as, "The Donald", which, in the context of a relationship between a wheeler dealer like Trump and a woman who gave every appearance of being
concerned with nothing but appearances, was an almost sublime testimony to the mystery of what brings a man and a woman together.
When they split up, as far as I know, not a word of criticism of her passed through his lips and there seemed to be a satisfactory financial
settlement and they remained on good terms. I have a lot of respect for that and applaud Mr. Trump for his self discipline.
Mr. Trump's current wife, Melania, has not been in the public spotlight the way that Ivana was. She is a dream boat, I must say, and the one time I
heard her speak, in the media, I understood immediately how Mr. Trump could be attracted to her. She sounded very intelligent and classy.
A.J. Benza, a radio and television personality, was quite taken with her too, as I understand, from an episode of the Howard Stern radio show that I
happened to hear one day. From what I could gather, Mr. Trump, according to Mr. Benza, "stole" Melania from him, thanks largely to Trump's out sized
Mr. Benza, who did a stint as a regular on the Stern program, was quite bitter about it
One day Trump came into the Stern show to do an appearance and for the first time I got a glimpse of a side of Mr. Trump's personality that I wasn't
aware of. He's a very tough guy, who showed that he could easily handle a tough young hot head like Benza. By the time their conversation was finished
Benza was sputtering that he wished he had a baseball bat with him to deal with Trump.
It was an ugly scene that really gave me a window into the world that Mr. Trump inhabits in New York. I realized that it would not be possible for him
to move around casually, the way most people do, without bodyguards. I believe that this scene was only the tip of the iceberg of a side of the life
of Donald Trump that goes on in his business dealings, out of public view.
I looked at Trump differently after that.
I won't go into detail again about this, but in another thread I mentioned Donald Trump's involvement in a real estate development in Toronto, which
fell through. There is a Trump property in this city now, but I am referring to an earlier attempt by Mr. Trump to partner with local interests to put
up a condo/hotel development.
The Toronto Star
(if I remember correctly) published details of the contract entered into between Trump and the local developers and the
details were brutal. In a nutshell, Trump had drawn up the contract in such a way as to exempt himself from any risk or loss whatsoever, arising from
any and every conceivable happenstance. His partners assumed all risk in the venture.
In his interview with Alex Jones, Mr. Trump said "We have trillions of dollars in Afghanistan and we get nothing out of it."
That is the same lie that floated George W. Bush and the galaxy of criminals around him through the war in Iraq. It is true that some of those dollars
were shot into depleted uranium dust over the sands of Iraq and the rocks of Afghanistan, but the vast majority of that money never left the shores of
the United States and the bank accounts of the military industrial complex that makes its home there and on top of that, American oil companies got
sweetheart deals in the Iraqi oilfields, in the oil services industry, and in infrastructure rebuilding.
Wake up folks, Trump is giving you another snow job.
Trump says,"I'm the most militaristic person there is . . . "
I believe him. When Trump said that he would not raise the minimum wage in the United States, the handwriting was on the wall for me. I knew that he
had no confidence in his economic plan, the plan he waved around in front of the public, bringing back industry, jobs, etc. He knows he can't do
I believe his real idea is the old tried and false notion put forward by Ronald Reagan, trickle down economics. I think Trump is going to try to
create more easy profits for the "oners", believing that doing that will help the economy as a whole. It hasn't and it won't.
In fact Trump's real plan is to have the United States go back to robbery, to stick up more foreign countries. He wants to go back to Iraq and stick
the place up.
He wants to "take the oil"
He says, " . . . to the victor go the spoils."
I think he is going to put troops back into Iraq and squeeze it even harder. I think if he gets into office, he will cite the situation with ISIS in
Iraq as an 'obviously just' reason to reintroduce American ground troops into that country. ISIS is the American foreign policy gift that just keeps
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