a reply to: Dem0nc1eaner
You pose a question in your OP, which I would like to respond to...
If it's so easy to become a billionaire, wouldn't everyone be doing it?
I would say no. Not everyone would. It is hard to become a billionaire when relying on ones inherent wit, genius, inventiveness, technical
qualification, and hard, physical and mental work. But that is not how Mr Trump got where he is today. He became a billionaire the easy way.
First, any sociopath with no particular skills and the IQ of a turnip can become a billionaire if they start out with 2 million dollars. But in order
to do that, one has to be a sociopath, a chameleon, a liar, a bastard and a thief, and have no ability to feel the slightest twinge of guilt about any
of the things they do to get ahead, or any of the people they destroy in order to make it happen. People who deserve to be paid well, like the
labourers and engineers who put his projects together, were often underpaid or simply brushed off when the bills came in, and I am telling you now, if
I simply refused to pay every second person who has supplied my business with goods and services, I would be better off too. Fortunately for those who
do business with me, I am not a mercenary bastard who cares not how many people lose their livelihood as a result of my actions. I am a decent human
Trump is not. Trump is a billionaire because he has no qualms whatsoever, about acting immorally, about getting a large amount of something, and
refusing to pay for it, and ensuring that his lawyers are capable of destroying the reputations and the businesses of anyone who crosses him. Trump is
dirt, which is why he can brush these things off, call them fake news, and keep smiling. He simply does not care that his success is built on the
total devastation of the lives of others.
Think for a moment, if you will, about Mr Elon Musk. He started out from relatively humble beginnings, and had to borrow $28,000 from his father to
start his first business venture. This man is also a billionaire. However, he is a billionaire because he came up with products that everyone seemed
to want to use, at a time where everyone was looking to do, what his product did. He made money, then he used that money to fund projects more
inventive and exciting than the one he started out with. He is also an inventor, an engineer, and a visionary, the Swiss Army Knife of genius
billionaires, a real world version of Iron Man, lacking only the suit and the drinking problem to finish the look. He works on products, real, actual
products and initiatives, which he believes will be integral parts of the future of the species. He has ideas no one has ever had, first thing he
opens his eyes in the morning, and works like a dog, even with his already vast wealth, to make sure that if he has an idea for an invention which
might prove useful to the human race, he gets it as far as it can go under his care. The man is quite literally building the future of the human race,
from an infrastructural standpoint.
However, Mr Trump? Property magnate. Have some architect draw up a plan for a posh building, slap your name on it, refuse to pay the people who built
it, or contractors working on your projects, save yourself the largest share of your seed money, and you too can be a leech who produces nothing of
any actual value or originality, and screws people in the process, to aid your bottom line in remaining viable. This individual, far from adding any
benefit to the human race in the least, by operating his businesses, simply exists to peddle as many dollars out of as many people, for nothing, as
possible. He puts his name on products he has no confidence in, condo complexes which were never going to be built, but he was willing to endorse on
behalf of some rapidly collapsible shell corporation, which would be wound up once investors had sunk money into the nonexistent or built to fail
project. People lost their retirements to these projects, on the basis that they trusted that Mr Trump, the most successful person they could name off
the top of their heads, had endorsed the thing, even appearing in promotional materials for these things, and allowing the team heading the scam to
use his name, but without his owning the project at all. They pay him a percentage of what they get for use of his name, and he washes his hands of
it. What a champion, what a forward thinking visionary.... Oh wait, no, that would be cowardly, backward, blinkered fool. He has never come up with a
single product which has even the slightest potential to change the world, he has never come up with anything which benefits the human race or even
has the potential to do so, he has never laid a brick in his life or worked hard, from a position of the bottom rung on the ladder, in his entire
life. He is a bloviating sack of utter futility, at best, and a corrupt shackle around the ankles of this species at worst, an example of everything
wrong with the greed is good attitude. Sharks like him are successful because they do not care about anything other than themselves and their comfort,
and that is not something which anyone ought to aspire to.