Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Nexus of P.T. Barnum and The Golden Boy Who Would Be King . . .

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The Gadfly truly, deeply, madly has made every attempt to warn his conservative friends about the supreme grifter named Drumpf.  No really - he has - just go back through the archives and see.

In the span of the last week or so the following has been revealed about the "yooogely" successful real estate "tycoon" who is going to run America like he does his business ventures:

Donald Trump casts himself as a protector of workers and jobs, but a USA TODAY NETWORK investigation found hundreds of people – carpenters, dishwashers, painters, even his own lawyers – who say he didn’t pay them for their work.
... Donald Trump often portrays himself as a savior of the working class who will "protect your job." But a USA TODAY NETWORK analysis found he has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades — and a large number of those involve ordinary Americans, like the Friels, who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them.

Ok -- so Drumpf stiffs the honest business people who do work for him and then dares them to sue him, knowing full well that most of these small business owners and workers can't afford to fight Herr Drumpf's legion of high priced attorneys and so they just take the loss and the Drumpfster walks away with that stupid smirk on his face knowing he just got something for free.  Gadfly surmises that is what Drumpf is talking about when he portrays himself as a "winner."

Next . . .

How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions
After narrowly escaping financial ruin in the early 1990s by delaying payments on his debts, Mr. Trump avoided a second potential crisis by taking his casinos public and shifting the risk to stockholders.
And he never was able to draw in enough gamblers to support all of the borrowing. During a decade when other casinos here thrived, Mr. Trump’s lagged, posting huge losses year after year. Stock and bondholders lost more than $1.5 billion.
All the while, Mr. Trump received copious amounts for himself, with the help of a compliant board. In one instance, The Times found, Mr. Trump pulled more than $1 million from his failing public company, describing the transaction in securities filings in ways that may have been illegal, according to legal experts.

Nice gig if you can get it.  You leverage your "famous" name to borrow money at high interest rates to finance your venture, and then after you've sucked the blood out of it, you leave the emaciated corpse of the whole enterprise to the investors and bondholders who were big enough suckers to put their faith and financial support up as collateral.  More like collateral damage while Herr Drumpf laughed his smarmy ass all the way to the bank.

And then this week we hear of this . . .

Donald Trump's Campaign Is Nearly Penniless
[The most recent filing for the presumptive Republican nominee shows just $1.3 million cash on hand and a measly $5.6 million in fundraising over the course of May.]
Donald Trump hates disclosure: He won’t release his tax returns, asks volunteers to sign non-disclosure agreements, and fights the release of depositions. And looking at his most recent Federal Election Commission disclosure, it’s not hard to see why. The report is brutal for the presumptive Republican nominee.
Trump closed May with just $1.3 million cash on hand. That’s down from $2.4 million at the start of the month. The campaign raised just $5.6 million, even though the Trump campaign signed a major fundraising agreement with the Republican National Committee in the middle of the month, and spent $6.7 million.

But you know what the best part of that sad-sack story is?  Like you didn't know this was coming dear readers . . .

One the most striking things about the report is how much money the campaign is paying to Trump-affiliated companies.
On occasions like this, it’s hard not to think of Trump’s comment in 2000: “It's very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.” Politico points out that Trump spent $208,000 on hats, while “by comparison, the campaign spent only $48,000 on data management and $115,000 on online advertising.” Those “Make America Great Again” hats are great merchandise, and useful for spreading the Trump brand. Data management? Not so much. But Trump has loaned himself more than $40 million now, and if he can’t ramp up his fundraising, he’ll never be able to pay himself back.

Oh my!  What will we tell the children??

Drumpf is actually taking the meager amount of campaign money he has received so far and has been generously funneling about a quarter of it back in to a bunch of his own shitty little companies! Dastardly genius!

And nearly a quarter of a $million spent just on on those completely asinine fucking "Make America Great Again" hats of his??  OMG-LOL!  Gadfly bets dollars-to-donuts that one of his offspring owns the hat making company.

Shall we review the academically accepted definition of the word grifter again dear readers?


  (grĭft) Slang
1. Money made dishonestly, as in a swindle.
2. swindle or confidence game.
v. grift·edgrift·inggrifts
To engage in swindling or cheating.
To obtain by swindling or cheating.

[Perhaps alteration of graft.]

grift′er n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


informal US a person who swindles another out of money

So  in summary -- it has come down to the simple, unadulterated reality that a sizable portion of the American electorate appears to have absolutely no reservations at all about electing a sure-as-shit phony bunco artist whose business acumen is about as astute as Wile E. Coyote's next best plan to catch the Road Runner, as the next leader of the free world? - and why?  Because they're mad  at the way the government that they them stupid selves have elected over and over again is corrupt and doesn't give a rat's fart in the wind about them and their economic circumstances ---- boo fucking hoo.  And so their solution is to elect the equivalent of this bozo as their next leader???:

Jeebus fucking kripes.  Sure -- and they're the ones who are always bleating the loudest about how much they love their country.

Sad, pathetic, heartless, and of course selfish --- and it goes without saying that those words are much, much too kind to accurately describe the Drumpf supporter's efforts to inflict an undeserved level of misery on their fellow Americans --- which is almost assured should the phony Orangutan realize his wet dream and ascend to the Napoleonic throne that he covets so much.

This country's future is in your hands America.  Don't fuck it up.


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