Trump’s experience is all in real estate and entertainment where he became a household name through is “reality” show “The Apprentice”. His experience with government has been as an applicant for licenses for casinos and permits for construction projects. He’s never held elected office or even an appointed one like Planning and Zoning Commissioner.
Last Sunday the New York Times ran a well researched and documented story on Donald Trump’s financial dealings in
Atlantic City. When Trump talks about it he
says he hit it big there brags about how much money he made. What he doesn’t
say and the story reveals is that he ventures in Atlantic City were an unmitigated disaster
for everyone but him. Whether they were an investor, supplier or construction
contractor almost everyone lost money by dealing with Donald Trump.
Whether it was one of four bankruptcies or self-dealing Trump always won and everyone else took a loss. After a couple of
Atlantic City bankruptcies and a downturn in New York, Trump used
shareholder money to pay his personal debts while receiving $450,000 a month
for personal and household expenses. He delayed paying for construction work on
his hotels for 3 years or more and then only paid 30 cents on the dollar yet he
walked away with millions personally. The Times quotes Sebastian Pignatello, a former
Trump investor, as saying: “He drove these companies into bankruptcy by his
mismanagement, the debt and his pillaging.”
In the end the choice is clear we can vote for someone prepared to be the commander-in-chief or someone prepared to be the pillager-in-chief.