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Post by inmyopinion on Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:45 am

First topic message reminder :

"When There's an Unarmed Person Coming at Them with a Knife or Something, You Shoot Them in the Leg"
Advice from Vice-President Biden.

yep words of wisdom from a political never was.


It's only a mistake if you never learnt by it.

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Post by Original Quill on Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:49 pm

It's true that all famous people have long ladders in the game of 'chutes and ladders' to wealth.  Presidents have impressive retirement funds, and their opinions are sought after by publishers, institutions and big business.

But I don't think that's innate to Presidents.  We see it in Representatives, Senators, actors, sports figures, former NASA pilots, business leaders, and high-ranking military, to name a few.  The most you can say is that fame yields opportunity for money-making.

But Trump did more.  He has on-going businesses, and he refused to let go of them to trusts, as all other presidents have done.  The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from engaging in most political activity inside federal buildings or while on duty. Though the president and vice president are exempt from the civil provisions of the Hatch Act, Trump's sons and daughter are effectively doing the same in his name.

For example, Trump has a hotel just down the street from the White House, and every country wanting favors from the US maintains suites in that hotel.  How many dignitaries maintain suites in Trump Towers, or Golf Clubs owned by Trump?

And Mar-a-Lago Club members reportedly used to pay a $100,000 initiation fee and annual dues of $14,000 (along with taxes and an annual food minimum of $2,000) for the privilege of using the facilities. Following Trump's victory, the inauguration fee went up to $200,000.  It is, by most accounts, a profitable business. Trump made $15.6 million from the club in 2014. His first year in office, he made $25.1 million.

“Little thieves are hanged, but great thieves are praised.” — Old Russian proverb, offered by Vladimir Putin to Donald Trump, Helsinki, July, 2018.

"What's yours is mine, and what's mine is mine." ― Old Republican proverb.

"I don't stand by anything."  ― Donald Trump, interview with John Dickerson, 5.1.17...

“That's libertarians for you — anarchists who want police protection from their slaves.” ― Kim Stanley Robinson, Green Mars (1993).

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