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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Things Trump Said He Never Said

Did You Watch the Debate?
On Monday, September 26, 2016 two American candidates met on stage to debate their worthiness to be President of the United States. It was the first of three head to head match ups scheduled for the contenders this election cycle. News outlets are reporting about 84 million people watched it on television and countless more watched online, so it was big deal.

For those paying close attention to this particular season of all things POTUS, we can tell you blood pressures were raised on both sides of the aisle, stress levels went up nationally, and certainly - for many of those watching - an enormous amount of alcohol was consumed throughout the evening around debate watching campfires worldwide.

Once the dust had settled, the fact-checkers started reporting their findings. Trump had interrupted Hillary Clinton a total of 51 times - mostly interjecting with one word statements like, "wrong" and "not," but sometimes he splurged on extra words giving us a full sentence of interruption, like when he said, "I never said that."

Here's a list of the things Trump said he never said:

1. Global Warming is a Hoax Invented by the Chinese

During the debate Trump said, "I did not - I do not say that."
Actually, Trump first tweeted it in 2012, and since then has repeated it on se
veral occasions, including on Dec. 30, 2015 to a crowd at a rally in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

2. Trump Would Negotiate Down the National Debt of the United States

During the debate Donald blurted out, "Wrong."

In May of 2016, Trump suggested he would try to persuade creditors to accept something less than full payment. Apparently, this is a special skill that Trump has mastered throughout his decades as a prominent businessman - paying less than he actually owes. For most people, that means a credit downgrade, which is probably why no U.S. bank is willing to loan him money anymore.

3. Donald Trump Supported the Invasion of Iraq

While Hillary was speaking Donald bellowed, "Wrong."
On multiple occasions Donald J. Trump said he was for invading Iraq before the war began. Donald expressed support in an interview with Howard Stern. The transcript of the Stern interview shows Stern asking Trump if he favored invading Iraq. Trump replied, “Yeah, I guess so. You know, I wish the first time it was done correctly.” Two years after the war started Trump gave an interview saying he thought we should make sure we grab all the oil while we are there.

4. Donald Trump Would Start a War with Iran

During the debate Donald interjected, "That would not start a war."
At a September campaign event in Florida just before the debate, Trump said, “When they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water, OK?”

5. Trump Said Pregnancy is an Inconvenience to Employers

Trump once again interrupted Clinton to say, "I never said that."
In an October 2004 interview with NBC's Dateline, Trump said pregnancy is "a wonderful thing for the woman, it's a wonderful thing for the husband, it's certainly an inconvenience for a business. And whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business."

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Is Trump Really Wealthy?

We all know that Trump was born rich. But did you know when his father died, he inherited so much money that he was superrich? Ok, so you probably knew that too. 

Born Rich and Incompetent
Yes, in 1978 Trump was worth $100 million. So he should have been able to bankroll any projects he was involved in all by himself, right? Of course that isn't the point, is it? Trump reminds his crowds regularly that using 'other people's money' is the way to go. So even though he had the money to start any kind of business he could ever dream of, or back up any loan he ever took to do just that, so far six of his hotels and casinos have filed for bankruptcy. 

Trump started a mortgage company once and that crashed 18 months later. It was called Trump Mortgage. He started an airline called Trump Airlines that defaulted on a $245 million loan forcing him to surrender ownership. Like ALL of Trump’s investment opportunities, people walk away burnt, while he gets money for putting his name on it. No seriously, every time you investigate, or ask, you hear the same thing. He even invented a board game called ‘Trump: The Game’ that is so stupid that it’s delivered 60% less sales than projected. He couldn’t even figure out how to market a kids’ game.

His Trump Steaks so underperformed that Newsweek reports the steaks were pulled 2 months after being put up for sale in Sharper Image catalogues. Donald started Trump Vodka, but production was stopped on Trump's vodka because they both lied about their kosher status and also failed to meet distribution requirements.

Trump Magazine was an actual thing and it FAILED in its 2nd year. Trump even had a Travel Website called gotrump.com and it was shut down in a year. How do you fail at a Travel Website??? He tried to go up against 'The Tour de France' with a little something he called 'The Tour de Trump' and he failed. After two years that event took his name off of all marketing materials completely. 

Whatever He Touches Fails
He tried to go up against the NFL with the USFL. He made so many blunders in that area, overpaying players, and insisting the league move their games from fall to spring, that he single-handedly destroyed that league and now they too are nonexistent. 

He created something called The Trump Network, it was a multi-level marketing scheme that he so mismanaged the project closed down after two years. He tried to go up against Pepsi and created Trump Ice (water in a bottle). The only place you can find his water is on his properties but he brags about it like it is somehow a real brand. 

$100 Million x 40 Years Equals
So what did he turn his $100 million into? I mean he started with a bundle, where exactly is he now? Well, we don’t know that yet because he is playing the dance of the seven veils with his tax returns. And depending on how things play out, we may never know. What we do know is this. He isn’t worth billions. We also know that if he had just left his money in mutual funds, and not lifted a finger his whole life, he would be worth billions. So instead, he seems to have spent a lifetime starting companies that have failed, offering investment opportunities where investors lost money, and starting huge projects that have repeatedly gone bankrupt…leaving the employees and subcontractors screwed.  There is nothing about this one man’s credentials that bears merit. Not one thing.

He is Comprised Financially
And worse, much worse, he is indebted to so many foreign based individuals, and hundreds of foreign based businesses, at this point in his businessman career that there is literally not ONE decision he could make in the White House that would not directly affect the amount of money in his pocket or in the pockets of his children. He has been blackballed by United States banks because of his incompetence and so for some time now has had to depend on the kindness of foreign nationals to pay for his lifestyle. And despite that very obvious fact, Donald J. Trump the GOP candidate has made no effort to diversify himself from this predicament at all. 

So, wow, GOP. Great job. We count on you to come up with worthy adversaries. We count on you to elevate the conversation and help run the country. But once again you disappoint. And this time you have let this man - who is financially incapable of leading a scout troop - be in charge of our national conversations of leadership. You let a convicted bigot and hate monger get to the microphone. Shame on you. You can't even use the excuse he is really good at business to justify it either.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Trump The Builder

Well, it's that time again. Talking heads talking about who is going to be President of the Free World 24/7. And it goes on for more than a year every four years. It's really unheard of and it's turned the business of running for office into a business in and of itself.

The length must have something to do with the continued celebration of independenting Americans practice once a year on July 4th. It must be in a continued effort to separate Church from State, to separate us from our British past, that we take so damn long to pick a President because the UK process typically lasts no longer than four weeks. Can you imagine?

In the United States, much the way Christmas has jellyfished over into neighboring months, the election of an American President siphons cash from the electorate through "campaign donations" more than 25% of their adult lives. Just sayin'.

This time around we have two frontrunners worth speaking of. Jill Stein thinks cell phones are killing our children, and Gary Johnson doesn't know what LPO is (Aleppo), so it's down to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald J. Trump. We don't have time to concentrate on fully vetting them both between now and November, and the world has had a microscope up Hillary's a** for over 25 years, so we figure that side's been well documented.

In an effort to help any friends out within the reach of this keyboard, we have, however, started to "extremely vet" the GOP candidate. And we've started with his only claim to the thrown, his business practices.

Bon appetite.

Donald Trump The Builder

Patriotically yours,

The Policy Geek

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What's Up With Hillary Clinton?

I have been paying attention to Hillary Clinton my whole adult life. No politician I have ever watched has ever gone through what I see her going through and yet she is still standing.