They dress nice and probably smell good and most of them don’t even muss the furniture. Wealth gives them the patina of respectability — the American reflex of deference to the rich. But make no mistake: The Trump family and assorted cronies are using the highest office in the land to stuff their pockets.
That’s how a column by Timothy Egan I read today in the New York Times begins. The column, entitled White House of Grifters, made me laugh because it makes many of the same arguments I did in this post, but probably in a somewhat more thoughtful way.
In any event, I thought I would pass it along. It’s well worth reading; and since I’m back here posting today, I thought I would toss in this Tom Toles cartoon from the Washington Post as well. I thought it sums things up pretty well.
April 27, 2017 Original Posting
As a rule, Republican presidents like offering tax cuts, and President Trump is no different. But the skimpy one-page tax proposal his administration released on Wednesday is, by any historical standard, a laughable stunt by a gang of plutocrats looking to enrich themselves at the expense of the country’s future.
You can read more of this New York Times editorial here.
In their infinite wisdom, enough people in enough states put Donald Trump in the White House last year. And because the man has no shame, no ethical standards, and is perfectly fine with nepotism, he brought his daughter and son-in-law along as well.
Without a doubt, the Trumps are the most shameless and corrupt family to ever occupy the White House. Unlike the Clintons or Obama, who waited until they had left office to cash in, Trump and his family are determined to extract every filthy dime they can from their time in office.
Ivanka Trump wins three new trademark rights for her line of handbags, jewelry and spa services from China on April 6, the very day she and her husband, Jared Kushner, sat next to Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife at dinner at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Just coincidence? Only an idiot would believe that.
Scores of other trademarks from which she will personally benefit are pending for her company in at least 23 other countries, including China, Canada, Mexico, Russia and Australia. Want to take a bet on how many will be approved? And this is a woman who goes around pretending to be a public servant? She’s a greedy joke.
Jared Kushner reportedly owns or has a stake in nearly 300 different assets or companies collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars that classify as pass-through businesses; businesses that would benefit greatly from the tax reductions the Administration outlined yesterday. Another coincidence? Give me a break!
And what about the Donald himself?
We won’t know for sure because the man refuses to release his tax returns and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, another Goldman Sachs plutocrat, now says he never will. So much for the pretense that withholding his returns had something to do with being audited; apparently it doesn’t.
Like I said, without seeing those returns, we may never know the full extent of the personal greed and rapaciousness that will be served by the tax bill he plans to send to Congress.
But we know the man is already profiting from the Presidency as foreign potentates line up to visit his hotel in Washington, his resort in Florida, and the many other properties he should have divested himself from completely before taking office.
We know his tax plan would eliminate one provision without which Trump would have paid less than 4 percent in taxes in 2005. With it, he paid 25 percent.
And we also know that he will benefit personally a lot more than you will from his tax plan because that plan is an irresponsible, shameless, budget-busting gift to plutocrats like himself.
Is any of this illegal? Who knows? But don’t expect the Justice Department to go after Donald, Ivanka, and Jared any time soon. They work for the man, not for you. For what it’s worth, however, the man they work for and his spawn are pigs in my opinion; pigs who deserve the contempt of the American people.
But instead it’s likely Americans will stand by like the sheep they are while Trump, his family, and other plutocrats rape the U.S. Treasury and the American taxpayer for every dime they can extract. That may be all well and good for them.
But it doesn’t change the fact that the Trumps are a family of grifters and you’re the people they’re raping.