The Politics of Greed

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The New York Times ran a review of Ivanka Trump’s 2009 book. The review is titled “IVANKA TRUMP’S TERRIBLE BOOK HELPS EXPLAIN THE TRUMP-FAMILY ETHOS” and it says, in part:

When Ivanka was a kid, she got frustrated because she couldn’t set up a lemonade stand in Trump Tower. “We had no such advantages,” she writes, meaning, in this case, an ordinary home on an ordinary street. She and her brothers finally tried to sell lemonade at their summer place in Connecticut, but their neighborhood was so ritzy that there was no foot traffic. “As good fortune would have it, we had a bodyguard that summer,” she writes. They persuaded their bodyguard to buy lemonade, and then their driver, and then the maids, who “dug deep for their spare change.” The lesson, she says, is that the kids “made the best of a bad situation.” In another early business story, she and her brothers made fake Native American arrowheads, buried them in the woods, dug them up while playing with their friends, and sold the arrowheads to their friends for five dollars each.

Well, that paragraph says it all about Trump’s family and their ethos. It’s not complimentary, and it’s in Ivanka’s own words.

Complaining about not being able to have a lemonade stand? Seriously? So instead of trying to make money from strangers, they “persuaded” the family employees to shell out money so the kids could feel good. The maids — in her own words! — “dug deep for their spare change.” She should be ashamed that she forced the maids to part with their hard-earned money (because one thing is for certain — the Donald underpaid them and the work was not pleasant). In her words, that’s making the best of a bad situation? Fleecing the employees was a “bad situation”? Just for the employees, certainly not for the pampered, avaricious, grasping children of wealth.

Then there’s the story she shares about making fake arrowheads, burying them in the woods, and cheating their friends and selling them for five dollars each. This, apparently, is a story Ivanka is proud of. Again, who would be proud of cheating friends and making money? Apparently, anyone in the Trump family.

And now, Trump is cheating the nation by using his presidency to make Mar-A-Lago more visible (he doubled the membership fee when he was elected) and giving those who do belong a chance to meet heads of state. Only the extremely wealthy need apply.

Trump exploits his position to promote his golf courses by playing golf there often. This is the guy who excoriated Obama on Twitter for Obama’s golf games, but is shamelessly playing golf at a huge expense to taxpayers who must pay for his ridiculously high security costs.

Politifact reported that after the same number of days in Obama’s presidency, Obama had played golf once compared to Trump’s playing at least 14 rounds. The Independent reported that while Trump has spent 25 of the first 100 days (that’s one-quarter of his time as president) away from the White House, Obama only left the White House for one long weekend (four days).

This would not be notable except for the fact that in the past Trump has complained on Twitter, over and over, about any vacation Obama took and any golf he played.


The Trumpers certainly got what they asked for: Donald, Ivanka, Jared, and the rest of the hypocrites. Good luck, folks.