a reply to: Flatfish
Normally, I wouldn't respond to a Sanders supporter, in this case, as others read these posts, I will rebut you 'points' then explain my reasoning for
supporting Trump over the alternatives.
First is the playing field isn't even. Trump has been in 'business' a lot longer than he has been in politics. One enters business to succeed. To earn
profits. To compete with others with the same goals in the same fields, one plays by the same rules.
Altruistic? NOT. Pragmatic? Absolutely. His stated goal, and I believe him, is to level that 'playing field' for America. He's lived where the rubber
meets the road. I, for one, do not want a purely altruistic President. I want one that has ideals modified with pragmatic solutions.
Take your construction example. Construction contracts are awarded based on bids. The bidding company is responsible for who they hire as their
winning bid is usually the lowest bid. They, in turn, hire sub-contractors who specialize in specific services, electricians, plumbers, etc. They
also hired their own staff. Trump is so far removed from who hires whom as to put your talking point into a near joke category. Sorry, that
Even his tie production is in the hands of executives under him who are charged with the success of these ventures. Their job, their responsibility.
So he 'could' have been altruistic on these points....IF he had political designs at the time and would have failed in his business ventures, in all
likelihood. He wouldn't have a track record that puts him in the Presidential completion.
So I will take a candidate that combines some altruism with a healthy dose of pragmatism over a career politician with almost zero empirical economic
experience in the real world. That's the crowd the left has been feeding us for decades. The last decent one being JFK a long damn time ago.
If you think socialism is without vested interest, then you are blind. Virtually every social program entrenches the big Corporations even more at the
expense of the little ones. Locks them in their power position to put it simply.
Yes, Sanders is receiving his donations from the grass roots, from what I can see. Not unlike Trump who is largely self-financed. Therefore neither is
directly subsidized by vested interests. His freebies would bankrupt us. Period. I believe even TPTB know this fully well and it's the left that wants
Sanders there for no other reason than to 'position' Hillary as more moderate of the two even though she's fully bought and paid for.
As for socialism, itself? Again, on a state to state level, fine. Vote for it or not. Let each state decide. That is the real diversity. No federal
enforcement of those that don't want it. The is the real fascism.
Trump will change his business practices when gov't changes the rules of the game. He says his goal is to make those changes himself.
No contest. IMO.