STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Trump Proves Money Matters
By Philippe Gastonne - August 19, 2015

The GOP establishment has been plotting to consign Donald Trump to the electoral scrap heap ever since he entered the race. The question we should ask is why.

The GOP will say it's because he's a clown, he has no experience, he can't win, he's more a celebrity than a politician. This might all be true. But there's another big reason they'd rather not talk about.

At the debate and numerous public appearances, Trump has matter-of-factly stated that he is an equal opportunity donor to Republican and Democratic candidates—not for the purpose of civic duty or altruism, but in exchange for influence. He has openly deemed his gifts to politicians a business expense. He went so far as to declare, before 24 million viewers at the debate, that he uses his donations to obtain favors from legislators who are all too eager to bow to his requests.

[Trump] not-so-subtly implies that politicians are bought and paid for by him and other financial moguls. And he expects a fair return for those dollars, measured in policy rewards like zoning adjustments, subsidies for building projects and long-term tax relief.

In short, he lets the cat out of the bag about something the political system has spent more than a century to disguise. – Talking Points Memo, Aug. 13, 2015

Donald Trump's persistent poll lead puzzles both journalists and political operatives. Despite breaking all the normal rules of electoral politics, he obviously appeals to a sizable voter segment.

Yet another paradox is that, in the course of pursuing public office, Trump is highlighting the fact that representative democracy is a façade over a much uglier reality. Voters are simply objects that powerful individuals and groups manipulate as necessary to achieve their goals.

GOP leaders can say, correctly, that Trump's Republican credentials are weak, but doing so simply exposes the mendacity of the other primary candidates. All prove, in various ways, that money is the route to power. Democracy will remain an illusion as long as money can buy votes.

Trump is a problem for the GOP (and will become one for the Democrats) because with every word he exposes the hypocrisy of American politics. Other politicians pretend money doesn't matter; Trump proves from his own experience that they are wrong.

While the problem is clear, is electing Trump the solution? I think not. Trump's honesty about money-driven politics does not mean he would stop it. Quite the opposite; he gives every indication the game will go on unchanged if by some miracle he reaches the White House. Hence, a vote for Trump will not be a vote for change. It will be a vote for more of the same, with slightly less camouflage.

The bigger danger for both parties is that Trump reminds people how little their votes really mean. This can only add to the widespread frustration that is beginning to boil over. Trump is accelerating a process that was already underway. We may not like the consequences.

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  • Rob Calvert

    Our votes for President mean nothing when both party’s candidates are controlled by the elites and will support their globalist aims. This has been the way it has been for decades now. Trump offers a way out of this treasonous morass and offers the possibility he will be a President who cannot be bought or controlled. Perhaps we will get the first President in a long while who will pursue America’s interests instead of those of the globalists who want to destroy our nation’s constitution, take away our nation’s power of independent action, destroy our currency, and control everything we say and do.

    • Me Again

      I think you misunderstand him. By stating what has been known for a long time i.e. that American politicians arrive in office with a pocket full of favours to satisfy, he comes across in an honest manner but DOES NOT say that he will change anything at all.

      • Philippe Gastonne

        Correct. As I said in the article, President Trump would be more of the same with less camouflage.

        To believe that Trump is in any way independent from the current ruling elites is wishful thinking. This is a man who admits spending good money so Hillary Clinton would attend his wedding. He craves elite approval. He will keep buying it once in office, using your money instead of his own.

        • Martin the American redux

          Well, the wedding was in 2005. At that time, near everyone figured Hillary as a safe bet. Therefore, an argument can be easily made that he was setting up for political favors over so called ‘elite approval’ which is bordering on laughable w/a guy like Trump.
          Regarding being independent from the ruling elite, if he wasn’t, why would a man like him be seeking office? Wouldn’t it be easier to pull strings from behind the scenes? Further, why put yourself at the helm at a time when economic ruin is pretty much a given?

      • Martin the American redux

        Sometimes actions/inactions speak louder than words, look at what the man is NOT doing.

    • sovereigndust

      I’d vote for Trump just to show the establishment powers that their straw men have been recognized for being just that, straw men. As someone posted, stopping another Bush from being President is the most important item on the agenda. Time to show that the “Skull & Bones” club can’t have everything they want everytime they want it.

  • Nikolai Lee

    Shakespeare once wrote about something being rotten in the state of Denmark, but the present state of the USA seems to be far worse. Not only does money talk in the USA, it screams its head off. It is a thoroughly corrupt situation, and until democracy returns to what was once held as being the primary democratic country in the world, we will face the increasing danger of world war as the American oligarchs have a free hand to do as they want in their own interests and nobody else’s. However, I cannot see this situation changing for the better in the foreseeable future.

    • Me Again

      I would add to your sage comment “…danger of world war as the American oligarchs have a free hand to do as they want…”
      … including being ‘bought’ by richer foreign oligarchs.

  • metaOne

    it was not founded as a demoncracy, that was transmuted out of a republic…why does everyone seem to only discuss the demon in the room?

  • Ron Watson

    If Trump got the preidentcy and tried to work it right, the elite would kill him.

    • Martin the American redux

      Assuming they don’t try that beforehand. Good point, didn’t see it until you wrote it.

  • Seeking_Truth

    Who was the first president of the USA to be controlled by the money elites? Who was the last president who was not controlled by these elites? When did the money elites take over the government? I don’t know for sure.
    I believe that the “Civil War” debt was the vehicle that gave the elites the power to completely take over. After the Civil War President Andrew Johnson was left with a mess; war debt, and reconstruction, among other problems. I believe he was the first president that was controlled by the money powers. I believe that Lincoln’s assassination was because he refused to let the money controllers have control. (Andrew Jackson was shot for the same reason.) In about 1872, the United States was incorporated into a business. I believe that was the beginning of the democracy, and the end of the republic. In the decades that followed, we wound up with the Federal Reserve system, and income tax, among other pernicious government acts. Little by little, and bit by bit, the elites have taken over the business of government, till now they have it all.

    • Martin the American redux

      My best answer for your 1st question is Pres. McKinley. Your second, remains to be seen. Andrew Johnson may be a contender though. By 1872, were we still using ‘greenbacks’?

      • Seeking_Truth

        Martin
        Thanks for the reply.
        I find it hard to figure out the answers to those questions. I have my opinions; and when last I checked, I still had a right to have an opinion. My opinion doesn’t really matter. The fact that matters is that the elites now control it all. I don’t know how that could be changed.

        • Martin the American redux

          Seeking the Truth, your opinion matters! Just keep laying ’em on!

  • Sam

    Trump is a confidence man, a con man, a salesman who tells people what they want to hear so they’ll invest in his schemes. When they do, he takes a big chunk of that money for himself so he can live large, shelters it from his corporation so it can’t be recovered when the corporation declares bankruptcy, and uses the rest to build boondoggles that are perpetually in debt. Then his corporation declares bankruptcy and he starts the process all over again with new and repeat suckers.

    He’s spent his life practicing and perfecting the art of the con, and the only difference between him and any other lying politician is that he’s done it more openly. Now he has his sights on being the figurehead of the biggest con of all–the government–and if people are foolish enough to vote him into office I expect he’ll be laughing hysterically at what incredibly stupid suckers we all are. His election would signal that politicians don’t even need to pretend to be honest anymore, and that government of, by and for the most corrupt and self-serving elements is society is now willingly accepted by the majority.

    • Samarami

      Sam: “…what incredibly stupid suckers we all are…”

      Your use of the word “we” is stepping out of bounds.

      https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FPE/conversations/messages/61165

      Obviously “you” are not a sucker (well, your comment indicates you see through politics and politicians, so I’ll grant you that accolade; and “I” am not a sucker — it’s a good likelihood that I’m more a sucker than I’m willing to admit — but last time I voted was 1964, over 50 years ago). I’ll agree there are perhaps some “…stupid suckers…” out there. Many are dangerously armed, wearing state costumes and carrying tin badges. Others are smiling, waving gangsters. And hordes of suckers are cheering them all on.

      The Donald Trump’s and the Ross Perot’s and the Ronald Regan’s have all been excellent candidates for grand wizard of the Klan. The first two admitted pretty much that their wealth was attributed to their connection with Leviathan. The latter was an admitted clown (“Hollywood star”). What better credentials could one have — other than perhaps having become a “super star” in the comedy called spectator sports?

      My only comment to this piece is that we all abstain from beans.

      http://www.anarchism.net/anarchism_abstainfrombeans.htm

      Sam (the “other Sam”)

      • Sam

        Point taken. But to quote David Hannum (P. T. Barnum’s rival), “There’s a sucker born every minute”. Starting out that way is a universal fact of human life, and I don’t know anyone, including myself, who has managed to exit that condition completely and in all respects. All I can say is that I’m trying, and I applaud you and everyone else who’s making that effort.

    • davidnrobyn

      “…he’ll be laughing hysterically at what incredibly stupid suckers we all are.”
      We’ve already proven that, probably to gales of laughter, in electing Barack HUSSEIN OBAMA as POTUS only a short while after our encounters with Saddam HUSSEIN and OSAMA bin Laden. I mean, it’s probably just a coincidence, right? Right?? And then we ratified our suckerhood by doing it again in 2012. I can just see tptb (the ones whose names you don’t know) rolling on the floor, saying, I can’t believe they went for it! We pulled it off! We can pull anything on these dopes!!
      Sorry, Samarami (below) for using the collective “we”. As in, What’ya mean “we”, paleface?

      • James Clander

        Electing Obama was NOT nearly as bad as electing TWO Bushes and now there’s a 3rd lined up thinking he’s a chance!
        Until Americans give up the idea that you’re born to rule the World & bomb the $hit out of anyone who dares to differ -you’re going to stay the most hated Nation in the World. End of story.

  • The bigger danger for both parties is that Trump reminds people how little their votes really mean. This can only add to the widespread frustration that is beginning to boil over. Trump is accelerating a process that was already underway. We may not like the consequences. ….. Philippe Gastonne

    Surely the much bigger worry and unfolding opportunity, Philippe, is that they, rather than we, will not like the consequences and thus they think to terrorise with media and with all sorts of news which seeks to show chaos everywhere else but in their neck of the woods. It isn’t working though any more, and now they are desperately seeking safe harbour in a world with worlds which present nowhere to hide and no immunity and protection from increasingly better informed and super active mobs/bots/clones/drones, both real and virtualised.

  • The US political system has a number of problems that can be solved as most countries do better. Because of winner-takes-all elections in the United States, elections have become a high stakes game. This can elicit elections fraud and voter suppression. It can lead to larger amounts of money spent on campaigns as small differences matter more. The use of districts combined with winner-takes-all elections provide an incentive for the manipulation of district borders.

    Another consequence of winner-takes-all elections is that two political parties dominate the field. This reduces the number of options for voters compared to a system of proportional representation where there is room for more political parties. A two party system can discourage cooperation as one party is often in power. In the United States voters have to be registered. This may lead to fraud during registration as well as voter suppression under the guise of combatting fraud.

    Corruption is legal and even institutionalised in the United States political system. Politicians need large sums of money to fund their political campaigns. Most political campaigns in the United States depend on the money of corporations and oligarchs so that politicians are inclined to represent their interests.That is mainly because US political campaigns centre around people, not political parties. In many other democracies, you vote for a political party, although you can upvote a specific person on their list.

    The US could copy the political model of Switzerland and most problems will be solved in no time: proportional representation, referendums, limited campaign spending, and no people politics. Sadly, the US political system will not be able to solve its own problems, so that it needs an outsider and a revolution to make this happen.

    • sovereigndust

      This is a great idea. We need proportional representation, not winner take all contests, where we have to choose between Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.

  • Huddy1955

    Donald Trump is shaking up not just the GOP, but the main stream media and the Democrats. His message, as blunt and crude as it comes out of his mouth, is one that resonates with a couple hundred million Americans. America First, and that means American’s first. No more losing a job to an illegal alien, or some H1B visa holder who will work for a 1/3rd of what the labor should be paid. No more giving away money, jobs, technology, property, dignity and just about everything else that America is losing at now.

    I started out as saying that Trump would be good to shake things up, but that he would not be able to jump all the hurdles necessary to be President, nor did I think he was right for the job. But, that was dumb on my part. The level of the high jump for the competent President has been set in inches, not feet or meters. What do we have now? There are probably dozens of high school class presidents that are more competent and knowledgeable than Obama.

    I’m changing my tune….and the more vitriolic the media gets, the more I like the man, and the more I intend to support him. Is he going to make mistakes, probably, but NO ONE can do worse than what we have now.

    • Dioletian

      Trump is a sociopathic, statist demagogue, a crony “capitalist”, just like his father.

      Trump wants Snowden to be forcibly retuned to the US and incarcerated and executed for “treason”, thereby revealing his support of Orwellian surveillance and control of people by the State.

      Trump is expressly opposed to the right of ALL human beings to freedom of movement to anyplace on earth by his desire to forcibly remove illegal immigrants from the US.

      My position has always been that immigrants “legal” or not, have the right to enter any country and the responsibility to comport themselves peacefully and productively, fending for themselves and their families entirely at their own expense–no government welfare schemes at all–which shouldn’t be available to citizens or “legal” immigrants, either !–and compete for jobs with all other prospective employees, including unionized employees, on the basis of their rights to freedom of association and freedom of contract. They also have the same individual right that other human beings have to keep ALL of their earnings, in accordance with their private property rights, whether they earn them “under the table” (i.e. the underground economy) or within the “legal” economy, not paying a cent in local, state, or federal income taxes.

      As for jobs, no one’s job is his/her private property to which he/she has a “right”. It arises from consumer demand and is filled by a mutually voluntary agreement between an individual prospective employee and his/her employer, with the pay determined solely by the market demand for the particular labor/experience that the job requires, NOT by government (e.g.minimum wage laws) or government-backed union dictats (e.g. coercive collective bargaining and other government-protected thug tactics).

      As for high school class presidents being “more competent and knowledgeable”–at what, exactly, are they so ?? At political pull-peddling ? At regarding others as the means to their and their followers’ ends ? High school and college class presidents are, in reality, fledgling sociopaths and aspiring tyrants who, with their glib talk and oleaginous, manipulative tactics and character, seek to channel their desire, and their sense of entitlement, to rule others in the socially-accepted form of occupying a political office at the local, state, or federal level of government. They are nothing more than aspiring legalized thugs-in-training, no less deserving of assassination than their adult counterparts–like Trump and his statist allies among his fellow Republicans and in the Democratic and Independent (e.g. Sanders) parties.

      So, to support Trump is to support the statist status-quo, a situation that has been operant in the US for over a century, making everyone worse off in the process, and guaranteeing, by its nature, more of the same in greater degrees as so-called “Americans” stupidly continue to support it !

  • typodrive

    Donald Trump inherited $300,000,000 in about 1980 from his old man. By just following a safe course of investing at that level of wealth most people could easily make 10% a year on the dollar. In 35 years that amounts to a 28 fold increase making him worth $8.5 billion today. However, there are estimates that he might be worth only $2.5 billion even when he could always buy favors for his investments that we could only dream of. So who is the great deal maker here? And he even went bankrupt a few times. He’s just a rich blowhard dope that has never done anything spectacular other than becoming famous, Kardashian style, and putting his name on a few buildings. We, of course, live in a society that for the most part doesn’t have a pot to piss in but we adore the rich and famous anyway. I guess we are all dopes.
    By the way, if he is elected president, isn’t he supposed to back away from controlling his financial holdings and making investments? Ouch! That would be painful to such a great and mighty man.

    • Arnold 1

      Trump’s minions would know exactly what to do during the four or eight years he might be president. When he’s done doing the White House thing, he will have doubled of tripled his government contracts. He might even do some good for the country if he isn’t assassinated while in office. Could it possibly be worse than Obama?

      • typodrive

        So your saying that Trump, as President, will double or triple his own income from government contracts while maybe doing a little good for this country and this would be a better Presidency than Obama? Get real Arnold.

    • Dale Holmgren

      Wrong. Fred Trump’s estate was worth between $100M and $300M, and he left it to his four children, so Donald would have received between $25-$75M. When you don’t have your facts straight, we get an idea why you never made a success of yourself. http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/trumps-bitter-battle-nephew-ailing-baby-caught-middle-article-1.888562

      • This is ridiculously harsh and nasty. If you two have a feud from some other forum, please take it back there. Otherwise, knock it off! Make your points without the ad hominems. Thank you.

  • Martin the American redux

    I don’t understand what’s meant regarding money driven politics and Trump indicating that it’ll go on unchanged. The man stated that he is not accepting donations for his bid. Exactly what more do you want?
    Am I missing something here?

  • Praetor

    The DON has a trump card called, I know who I’ve bought. The DON also doesn’t care one squirt about his own past. The DON has also not promised anyone anything. The DON is everything everyone is saying about him good and bad and the DON doesn’t care. The Don says, the Chinese are thief’s, the Iran’s and IS-OF-IS should die, the great wall of Mexico be built, the politicos are stupid, their all stupid, the world is ripping us off. So, will the DON of Trump’s make things Better, will the DON change the system to one of where free and liberated people rule and free markets rain and the military corporate monopoly of no competition be abolished, NO. Will the DON of Trump’s do the right thing, I doubt it. Will the Don get richer, most defiantly, either way it goes!!!

    • Martin the American redux

      Praetor, I disagree on nearly all points.Regarding the Trump card (no pun). “I know who I’ve bought”. Duh, the man freely admits toward ‘ buying any and everybody’. You write as if that were a surprise. Only surprise is that Trump has the guts to admit it. Still doesn’t mean he can be bought. And YES, in case you haven’t noticed, the Chinese’s ARE thieves ( maybe not quite to the level of American Companies, but, give ’em time). You talk like an effective wall on the southern border would be a bad thing, exactly why? Next you say that under a possible Trump administration (I think your saying) that military spending would increase. Did you ever consider that if elected, Trump just might make the world take a step back? If so, that would be avoiding war, wouldn’t it?

      • Praetor

        Duh, redo of American matron. So, lets all vote for a guy who admits to being a crook and that makes him better because he admits it. And what the heck will a wall do, when all they have to do is come in as students and fly over the wall. And, I’m not surprised by anything trump or you say. The only thing you have said here that makes sense is, ‘ I don’t understand’. Have I ever considered trump being elected, YA, Hitler Redux in America and that Strikes me as being very un-Lucky for the U.S., meaning more WAR.

        • Martin the American redux

          Yes , among my limited brain cells is a fear of power going to someone like Trumps head. If that pans out, he can be voted out of office after a term (thoughh the reelection of our present chief casts a doubt on that).
          As far as war goes, what do you think this proposed deal with Iran is, a peace deal? It is the most ridiculous agreement ever made (only from what we’ve seen so far) and I can only figure that it is meant to push Iran out of bounds and make an excuse to commence bombing. Trump on the other hand, is someone that will cause the international community step back and take a deep breath. Peace through strength is not a phony concept. With Trump at the helm the chances of ZERO shots being fired goes up exponentially.
          Regarding a wall. What in the world makes you think that will not work? History is full of examples of effective walls. I have nothing against legal aliens, in fact, if a wall is built, I think we should look closely at creating legal aliens from our current large inventory of illegal aliens.
          Trump a crook, exactly what law did he break? I guess honesty is so rare these days, that you have formed a skeptical view of it.

        • Dale Holmgren

          Praetor, buying influence does not make you a crook. If I donate to you in year one and ask you to do me a favor in year 4 that is not a felony. Trump may not be everything we want him to be, but he is everything the other politicians fail to be.

  • Impending Sky

    Trump deserves more coverage here. He openly admits that democracy is a farce, winks, looks into the camera, and keeps on selling like a champ. He is like a salesman who knows he is lying, knows he has been caught, but continues to bluster through his pitch regardless. He does not care about the issues, he will not improve the US.

    He admits that he has no policies. He recognizes that policies are irrelevant. Regardless of who is elected, the same policies will come down the pipe. In the next eight years the US will jump on board with carbon credits. More wars will be fought in the middle east. Inspectors in Iran will be used as a pretext for war. The only difference with The Donald, is that he admits it is a farce.

    Under a Trump presidency, nothing will be shook up or changed. The only difference is that your intelligence not be insulted in the same brash, absurd way. Trump’s performance contains self-irony. This is the main difference between Trump and the other candidates. Trump recognizes that the performance is just that, theatrical. He does not carry the idiotic (and insulting) expectation that you should believe or care what he says, or how he obtains the office of the president.

    With Trump democracy has truly jumped the shark. The farce is out in the open. The emperor admits he is naked and revels in his nudity. Yes, it is all a joke, but this time you are expected to laugh. The egg is on the face of the career politicians, and doesn’t that feel good? It is a subtle distinction and nearly meaningless change, because at the end of the show the tax payer still gets a pie in the face. However it is the best deal the establishment can give you.

    Once we have a self-ironic president, things will never be the same. The mindless bleating of partisans will loose its intensity. They will have to take it down a few notches, as being upset about a joke will exhibit their poor sportsmanship too explicitly. Where whole swaths of the population were once complacent about national politics, we will see a new half-interested ambivalence concerning the political circus; A circus that is explicitly presented as such, with no expectation that it should be treated seriously.

    In a sense, a self-ironic presidency recognizes that meaningful change is impossible because the institutions of democracy are beyond repair. It is to admit that the results we see are built into the design. Where this will lead, I do not know, but it is a minor evolution which could have a broad cultural and political impact. Perhaps the praetorian guard will give The Donald a roast on his way out of office….

  • dave jr

    If Trump makes it to the Presidency, I’ll still find it hard to believe the money powers are somehow losing control. In the general scale of things, Trump is a spoiled teeny meany rent seeker. But…if he has been through several large corporate bankruptcies, then perhaps he is the right man to hire and preside over a FedGov bankruptcy and dollar reset. Trump is just the man to stick it to the creditors, help strip the corporate assets and move on. I can see why he needs no favors. He’ll be paid handsomely. It is all conjecture at this point, but the show is sure getting interesting. Geez, I’m halfway through my popcorn already!

  • Frankly, I doubt very seriously, that Trump would be out there saying what he’s saying, if it wasn’t all “approved” by those, who own or control just about everything. My guess is, he’s saying what he’s saying to stir up as many folks as possible to foment discontent and rebellion. I think we’re finally getting to the point, where the PTB feel the only way to maintain control is for things to get so out of control, they will feel justified in a real crackdown. I think they are creating an excuse to make use of those FEMA camps they say don’t exist. The PTB wouldn’t allow this to go on, if they didn’t plan on it.

  • Keepitsimple

    What I like about Trump
    is that he’s successful at getting things done. He is a global investor and
    knows what’s going on in all the markets. He is welcomed as one of the “boys”
    when it’s good for business, but an outsider when not. It’s a long way to polls
    yet, let’s see if his momentum can hold up.

  • DB: “While the problem is clear, is electing Trump the solution? I think not. Trump’s honesty about money-driven politics does not mean he would stop it. Quite the opposite; he gives every indication the game will go on unchanged if by some miracle he reaches the White House. Hence, a vote for Trump will not be a vote for change. It will be a vote for more of the same, with slightly less camouflage.”

    BISCHOFF: I think you are wrong. I think that Trump understands American history much better than you give him credit.
    I think he knows that the founders never wanted a quasi-Democracy, such as we have now. Before 1913, there were no lobbyists in Washington, DC. Trump plays the cards dealt to him. By making political contributions to federal politicians, he is able to get their ear. He cannot turn to his state government for help with Washington, DC, because it gave up any influence in the federal legislature when it ratified the 17th Amendment in 1913.

    Furthermore, Trump is often called a “real estate mogul”, suggesting that he speculates in real estate. Trump is no real estate speculator in the sense that he bundles up undeveloped land and waits for others to raise its value before he sells it off. To built, Trump needs to acquire title for use of land. Yes, he may have made use of law based on precedence set by the case of Kelso vs. City of New London, but with this said, he again played the cards he was dealt.

    Before the Kelso Decision, county assessors assessed land values for any land parcel within the county. Trump could easily acquire use title for land through this system. Instead, the Kelso Decision takes the right to exercise eminent domain reserved for exclusive use by an administrative sub-division of the state, and it hands it over to municipal corporations. There is no case in Supreme Court history which has so detrimentally effected the American political economy as has the Kelso case. Justice Souter entirely failed to understand the type of governmental and taxation system the framers installed with the U.S. Constitution. Rather than benefitting from the Kelso Decision, Trump actually suffers from it. However, he either goes along with it, or he goes out of business. The DB is of the opinion that Trump likes the system as it exists. I disagree…..

    I think Trump understands the Anglo-Saxon type governmental and Anglo-Saxon taxation system built into the original U.S. Constitution. I think Trump would like nothing more than to get rid of the 16th and 17th Amendments, which will bring back competition and individual opportunity to the American political economy.

    What Trump’s fellow millionaires and billionaires don’t like is that he loves competition, even if, or especially if, this competition takes place on an even playing field. Right now, an even playing field does not exist. Yet, Trump has to play by the present rules, if he wants to be in the game.

    To automatically judge that Trump can’t do without the rigged rules, and that he wants power to make sure these rigged rules are preserved and continued, is selling Trump short. I think his fellow millionaires and billionaires are worried that Trump might be successful in his run for the presidency, and once U.S. President that he just might turn the tables on them. I have no doubt that Trump can play and win on an even playing field. I am not so sure most of his millionaire and billionaire “pals” can do the same. Trump is smart enough not to show his cards. Some of the monetary elite is clearly worried about losing the advantages enjoyed under the present system. They would not like it, if Trump was to restore the political economy envisioned by the founding fathers.

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