Trump’s Tariffs Makes the Price of a Coke Go Up. So What Does GDP Growth Mean for Most Americans?

If GDP growth was spread out evenly across the population, every person in your family should have had $4300 more to spend in the last year. Did that happen for you? 

Dear Trump supporter:

From now until the November midterms, you are going to hear Trump and the GOP selling you that everything is getting better for you and all Americans citing the GDP, the Gross Domestic Product, as proof. In theory, GDP is the sum of the dollar value of everything made in the US for any given year. In theory, if that GDP number goes up, it should means things are getting better for Americans. The second quarter’s GDP growth was 4.1%. It’s a good number. But does it really mean things are getting better for you?

Let’s take a look at the recent history of published GDP figures.  ( Google GDP and GDP per capita. ) The numbers are in trillions of dollars, which is 1,000 billion.

I also show a line graph which breaks the GDP numbers down to GDP per person. That should be the only important graph to average Americans because it shows how the GDP growth is helping the average American. And it’s not!

You can see that our ability to buy things with this GDP “growth” has been slowly sinking. That’s because our annual inflation usually outruns our GDP growth. Note: Trump’s tariffs are going to accelerate the cost of living and inflation way beyond the 4.1 % reported GDP growth.

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What Do These Graphs Mean?

Though GDP goes up nearly every year since 2000 from 1% to 4%, when you adjust for inflation, cost of living and population growth, the per capita spending power of the average American is on a slow 40 year slide – going back to Reagan. The Clinton economy started very badly, but made a valiant recovery in its last few years resulting in an almost even situation for most Americans. Bush’ s presidency was the worst for most Americans and ended with a depression. Obama’s term made up the slight loss of the Clinton presidency, but what was lost in the Bush years and the years before has not been recovered. And Trump’s presidency has really just begun, so it’s hard to tell if GDP growth is helping most Americans so far. With tariffs and oil prices up, it feels like another economic wash. So let’s look closer.

In Trump’s first two years you can see GDP is up 1.13 trillion dollars. But how does that help you? Divide the GDP growth by the number of people ( man, woman and children)  in the USA. That is 1.13 trillion divided by 300 million. That number is $4300 per person. That means that if GDP growth was spread out evenly across the population, every person in your family should have had $4300 more to spend in the last year. Did that happen for you and yours?

What happens if that $4300 per person money only goes to CEO’s and people like Trump who are already super-rich? The answer is – it does not help you. An increase in GDP only helps the average American if the money is shared with the average American. It’s the degree of GDP profit sharing that measures how economic growth helps the average American. And if the standard of living keeps sinking, clearly that GDP growth still means very little to the average American. And yet, you are going to hear Trump and the GOP going on and on about how wonderful they are making things for average Americans.

Dear Trump supporters, your GOP and president are lying to you. They are pulling the wool over your eyes. Trump has said “They only know what we tell them” and “How stupid are the people of Iowa”. That tells you how much respect he has for you. He still has that casino owner mentality. Everyone is a sucker to Trump, except people richer and more crooked than he is. That’s why he speaks well of dictators like Putin Kim Jong-un.

Trump thinks you are a sucker if you …

  • work for a living and pay your share of taxes
  • enroll your kids in the Armed Forces ( Neither Trump nor his kids enlisted in any form of public service)
  • don’t take advantage of your power and get as much sex and money as you can
  • really care about others. That ” I really don’t care” jacket was a reflection of Trump’s mentality – not Melania’s. She was trolling him. She seems almost decent.
  • respect rules and laws
  • pay people who work for you fairly when you don’t have to
  • go to church and/or pray of be spiritual

Trump does none of  the above and never has. I think even his supporters know that.

The Folly of Deregulation

Another talking point is that Trump is smart for deregulating industry. While I can agree that some regulations are overdone, when regulations force large profit-oriented corporations to keep our common environment clean and safely remove their own wastes – that’s a good thing. Of course, company profits will go up when they can just dump their wastes in a river. But who pays for that clean-up and the resultant health damages to us all? We all do! Future waste clean-up and health costs to humans are not factored into the GDP number.

So the GDP growth number is simply not a true or full measure of the state of health of our economy. It’s just one of many measuring tools. But you will hear the GOP tout GDP growth as something that is good for you. I am just pointing out that when things are really good for you – you will know. We don’t have to be told that X or Y is or will be good for us. We will know in our hearts, minds, spirits and pockets when things get better.

GDP is like a baseball team’s batting average. Higher is generally better.  But without good pitching, defense, and coaching – the team with the most hits does not always win, does it? It’s the final score that matters. GDP does not inform us on how Americans are doing as individuals.

Trump’s Tariffs

Coca-Cola just announced the price of  a Coke is going up because the aluminum cans will cost more due to Trump’s tariffs. The government could have stipulated that the billionaire Coca-Cola Company could not pass the tariff ( a tax ) on to American consumers, but that is not how the GOP or the Trump government operates. They freely let the manufacturers pass their cost increases on to consumers with no oversight. – And that means you and I are paying the tariffs – not the big companies. Further, the tariff money goes directly into Trump’s treasury and does not help the average American at all unless it is shared with them. And that is not being done. What a scam! And then he tries to get his supporters to like the idea of getting no bang for their buck.

We all end up paying for Trump’s tariffs. Further, any self-dealing politician (Trump is not the only one ) with foreign bank accounts can favor this or that industry or company, after they are secretly paid in those accounts. It’s called picking winners. It’s also called graft. I know our American farmers are figuring that out right now. If I had the ability to make one rule to save democracy, it would be to stop the ability of politicians to have secret banks accounts. That’s how the crimes get done.

One thought that occurs to me these days is maybe Russia will be allowed to hack the US Treasury and the banking sector this cycle. It’s certainly do-able. No one is looking that closely. Trump certainly has done nothing to stop Russian hacking. We hear talk about hacking the grid. Is this how Trump will pay Putin back for the election help? Who really knows? We let them have private meetings. How stupid is that? We’d never know from Trump. And you cannot deny he has done little to nothing to stop Russia’s cyber-war efforts.

Dear Trump supporter,

Do not be fooled by the GOP’s GDP victory lap. Unless you experienced a $4300 per person increase in your family’s income, your share of that gain was heavily diluted. The entire GOP effort has been to lower standards for average Americans to benefit the super rich, like the Koch’s and Trump’s. That’s why you see them trying to break up affordable healthcare and lower taxes more on the rich than the poor. Those two efforts should tell you all you need to know.

Trump has been at war with the world since he was a kid. – And he has not outgrown that child within himself. That is his personal struggle. Dear Americans, Trump’s struggle does not have to be ours.

 

 

 

 

America Needs a National Leader to Get Vocal Before the Midterms

In 2016, the statesman lost to the salesman. And that salesman now has the full power of the US government behind him and is already campaigning for 2018 midterms!  

But who is the resistance’s man in this fight to save democracy? Who holds the reins for the opposition party? Who is its father figure?

The truth is, right now there is no one!

And that’s a huge problem for democracy’s survival …

America needs a national leader to get vocal and do rallies before the midterms because the midterms are going to be a referendum on whom should be president*.

Like it or not, pro- or anti-Trump is the essence of the midterms. It should be pro-Trump vs pro-X-person, because when selling, anti-unknown is disadvantaged to pro-Trump! That’s the ahha moment that people in selling – like Donald Trump – know cold. 

The opposition party needs a concrete platform and a presidential figurehead, not a dozen competing hopefuls. A dozen hopefuls cannot credibly have identical messages. So what does that say? It says: we really don’t know what we want yet.  It screams, “we are undecided”. And that will be a severely disadvantaged strategy in November, especially with a decent economy.

The leader of the resistance party can’t be Obama or Hillary.  Those days are over. Nor should it be Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Shumer. They just don’t track well with Trump’s base, and we are going to have to sway that base a bit. And myself, I think it shouldn’t be a female or person of color this cycle. I love Booker’s youth, message and attitude most of all, but not this cycle. Too much of Trump’s support is rooted in blacklash and misogyny. Let’s be realistic this cycle – not purely idealistic.

Whomever emerges as our figurehead, we do have the right messages for that leader to promote. We just don’t have that salesman,​ do we? And that’s also because the opposition party or the resistance does not yet have its leader. And with the midterms coming up, that’s going to work to Trump’s benefit.

As of now, logic dictates our ideal resistance leader can only be Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders. They can both come off as street fighters. That’s important too. I favor Joe Biden because I am sure he can reach Trump’s base. But Joe Biden should immediately form an alignment with Bernie Sanders and vice-versa – and that union should be clear to us all. Biden should say that he and Sanders will be working together for our platform.

  • universal healthcare
  • infrastructure investment
  • environmental protections to keep us safe
  • affordable education for our kids
  • border security that makes sense
  • a tax plan that favor the working and middle classes, not the billionaires
  • a defense that includes protections from cyber threats
  •  protecting the vote from Gerrymandering and discrimination and a verifiable voting system ( blockchain secured voting software exists already – ask me)
  • Mueller protections and the rule of law to apply to all citizens and representatives

Is that enough? Add one more and make it a biblical ten focus points on a concrete campaign platform.

 I hear on Fox News this meme lately: Do you know what Democrats stand for? When they are not peddling fear and hate, they ask that question because they know we are not one.

Of course, we can inwardly know that our midterm national voice leader can change after the 2018 election. We just can’t lose the midterms. So we must prepare to the max. It’s not a max effort without a national leader, a team and defined platform.

For now at least, there should be no struggle within our party or movement as to whom our leader is.  We immediately need a competent, experienced iconic figurehead and more importantly a lead strategist for the midterm elections of 2018, probably the most important election in our 240 year history.  Trump is, if nothing else, a strategist. We can’t afford any disadvantages. To be undecided is advantage Trump. 

I need a much bigger megaphone. Please help me get this message to Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and all our congressmen and the hopeful Democratic and Independent 2020 presidential candidates. We need someone to get on the road and counter Trump’s rallies in red areas. Trump sells hate and fear. Trump’s base needs to hear what a message of love, hope and caring sounds like. Joe Biden will do it best for Trump’s base. He’s also male, white and emotes empathy and love. Joe won’t miss the mark – if he makes the effort. Let’s convince him to do that. That is why I have written this. 

Trump was not so hard to beat in 2016. Even with help from Russia and a split in the Democratic party, he still lost the popular vote. Hillary was a decent statesman, but a terribly tone-deaf salesperson. We can’t be tone deaf this cycleShe should have listened to the majority of Americans and made Bernie vice-president and end party infighting. Her VP choice was tone-deaf too. Clinton/Sanders was an unbeatable ticket.

We must learn from our mistakes. So now the Democratic party immediately needs its best hope national statesman to emerge asap and get into the midterm fight. The resistance needs a leader before the midterms – not after when it could be too late.

If you agree, use your connections and social media to get this started. Petition the Democratic hopefuls you know best. Petition Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. They seem best suited for this job. They should organize a war room and announce it, the way Trump does. If you disagree and like this current dozen hopefuls strategy, get me a direct line to you, dear staffer. I will try to convince you of its importance. josepharonesty@gmail.com 

I went to Wharton School and was in a class with Trump in 1967. I know what he is doing. It’s just selling. Like selling soap. There is no heart behind it. And that is its flaw. You should not be able to sell politics the way you sell soap. But if no one runs counter to the salesman – he just may find a way to win again. 

Americans: Democracy is being challenged. 11/6 is D-Day.

Be there! VOTE THEM OUT.

Who is “them”? Anyone who would see democracy compromised for their own interests: the self-dealing politicians of the US Congress. We know who they are now: any politician who stands with Trump.

They all must go. We can do this. We can vote with our hearts and minds. 

11/6 is D-Day. But this time the “D” stands for Democracy. 

Do you know what the D stood for in the original 6/6 D-Day?

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-why-its-called-d-day-story.html

PS. I also think the midterms will be a referendum as to whether America will allow racism to be borderline legal (again) via first amendment rights. 

 

60daysC

 

Why Putin Hacked Our Elections and Why He Wanted Trump

The 2016 hack and publish act is the greatest theft ever committed against the United States. It will be remembered that way, – if we survive this.

Originally written April 2017, the logic of this post is now undeniable. Hurry up Mueller! The whole truth must come out before election day so Americans can make well-informed voting decisions on November 6th. 

Dear Trump Supporter:

Spy Logistics

Imagine you were a Russian tasked with the goal to hack into the 2016 elections to get dirt on Hillary Clinton and help Trump win.  Where would you start? You certainly would not start at the top with Trump, unless you already knew him and his answer. Assuming you did not know if Trump would be okay with foreign hacking help in an election, yospiesu would first have to find that much out.  Why would you expose yourself as a criminal hacker, if the person you are trying to help might not be interested and even possibly turn you in?  To get that permission, you’d have to find a way explain the risks and rewards to Donald Trump.

Those actual inquiring communications from the Russians and the consequent permissions to proceed are the two main elements in the conspiracy to hack the 2016 United States electoral system.  The principles of the theft are clearly Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, as they are the two prime beneficiaries of the theft. They are for whom the stealing was done. 

And what allies did the Russian hackers find here in America?  Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, Jared Kushner top the list but there are many others. This is exactly what and whom ex-marine Bob Mueller is investigating. He is doing it to save America from being taken over by Russia – not with bullets ( they know they can’t do that) but with words. 

Trump knows zero about hacking, but said ( April 30, 2017) “It’s very hard to know who did a hack, once it’s done.” Who told him that?  He certainly did not read it somewhere. Someone told  him this as part of the attempt to get his permission. But, it backfired. Mueller’s team did indeed figure out who the hackers were. Maybe that’s what Trump will say to Putin privately in Helsinki “Hey Vlad, you said it could never be traced. Now what do I do?”  

It’s well-known that Donald Trump does not handle details. He never could. In college, he paid for his homework. ( I was in a class with him at Wharton and know this first-hand. ) Trump doesn’t “study”. He views preparation as beneath him. ( He has said that too, in his roundabout ways.) Trump pays people to do everything for him – even his reading and thinking. So it took detail-oriented Americans like Bannon, Stone, Flynn and Kushner to set this complex entanglement in motion. But even if Trump did not want to know the details of the 2016 hack and publish cyber-operation, the physical actors needed the permission of Donald Trump (or a nod from Donald Jr.) to actually go through with it all. This compares to a Mafia don ordering a hit. The don does not do the crime so he can claim “it wasn’t me”, but he still must approve it. 

Re: Ads in Facebook, Twitter and Google. Russians could not possibly know enough about the nuances of our complex country to time ads and precisely target the right audiences – like they did in places as remote as Ferguson, Mo. They needed American help. And that is espionage. The 2016 hack and publish act is the greatest theft ever committed against the United States. It will be remembered that way, – if we survive this.

Why the Russians Wanted Donald Trump

Trump has had Russian holdings and business arrangements for a long time. These arrangement started in the 80’s, when he started washing his casino cash in foreign banks, like so many corporate crooks and money launderers do. That’s when he first crossed paths with Russian Mafia plaers. These international players don’t want to pay less tax, they want to pay no tax! Why support American infrastructure if you don’t have to is Trump’s MO. Guilt? Not Trump! “I really don’t care”. That, I think, is why Melania selected that infamous jacket. It’s something she probably hears at home a lot.  

Putin knows Trump has had undeclared cash bank accounts overseas. Thats’ the main reason he was an ideal candidate for a rogue nation to support: Trump can easily be blackmailed for his past financial crimes. That’s also why he does not show his taxes. And rest assured Putin does not care about Americans. The democracy that America represents works against dictators who want to steal. And Trump won’t do anything to stop Putin because he is compromised or suborned, as the Russians call it. Trump also kind of likes what he is doing. It’s an ego trip that’s making him richer – so far at least. 

We all know there are many sold-out politicians who just don’t care about average Americans.  It’s a shame, but true. But only a self-centered egomaniac like Donald Trump would stoop to espionage and selling out his country to Russia for a buck. We have not had a traitor like Donald Trump since Benedict Arnold. 

Vladimir Putin is the biggest thief in the history of the world. He has stolen about 200 billion dollars from the existing businesses in Russia in the last 10 years. To carry his plan further and not get caught for what has been stolen, Putin needs the powerful democratic countries of the world to wither away. Weakened, they won’t have the means or resolve to stop his aggressive stealing and land grabs. ( i.e., Ukraine.)

Putin and Trump both supported Le Pen in France and the Russians tried to hack that election too. The French resisted successfully. And Boris Johnson, the Brexit candidate in the UK, was touted by Trump as being a fine candidate for prime minister. The truth is, democracy is just not good for dictators. It gets in the way of their stealing. What thief wants justice? Dictator’s United is the new Citizens United – and its game on, if we don’t stop it. 

Destroying the NATO alliance and democracies like the USA are major goals for dictators like Vladimir Putin. Because Trump is not happy with the few billion he has stolen so far, Trump is a complicit ally in Putin’s global domination projects. Like so many with greed disease, he wants more. Those who do not oppose Trump will eventually realize they have been duped in an effort to make fascism the dominant political force on the planet. Dictator’s United now has its sites on the USA – not just 3rd world countries. What they can’t conquer by force, they will attempt to temp conquer via puppet regimes. That’s pretty much what they have here with Trump. So far, the GOP senators are silent, so Russia is winning. But we can all do something about this soon. 

November 6th 2018 is the new American Independence Day. Be there. Raise your voice.

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You know who THEM is.

You Supported Trump. But Does Trump Support You?

The GOP Congress is not going to stop eroding the American standard of living to benefit the rich. They are not listening to you. It’s been going on for 40 years. Make sure they know that you will not support them in November unless you start hearing different messages from them and seeing things change now. Make sure they know you will not wait until after November to see if things get better.

Dear 2016 Trump supporter:

The election of 2016 was a real mess. There is no doubt that there was a huge percentage of hard-working middle-class Americans that have long felt ignored by both aisles of the political establishment. Bernie Sanders was unethically upended by the Clinton machine and there was a sense that you would get nothing really new from her. I get it. 

Still, it’s nearly two years into the Trump administration and what have you really got from him and the GOP machine? I think you would agree  – not much. And by now, you must have a sneaking suspicion that his real motive has been self-dealing and self-preservation – and that Trump does not care about you personally. 

Today we found out that Trump exempted the goods of Ivanka Trump from the Chinese tariffs he is personally promoting. Really? Tariffs are a tax on all os us. It’s OK for Trump to hurt American workers and farmers by taxing steel, cars, electronics, livestock, textiles, but Ivanka’s lines are exempt? That’s the essence of self-dealing. That’s not caring about Americans. To me, that should be the straw that breaks the Trump supporters’ backs, because there is no possible reason for the Ivanka exemption except self-dealing. 

And it’s not only Americans that Trump is ignoring. He is ignoring our long-standing allies in Europe. Don’t you have a relative that fought in WW11? My father did. He upended and risked his young life to go and fight a dictator that threatened the world. Vladimir Putin is a dictator and a known killer. And yet, Trump has nicer words for Putin than the leaders of our allies and even well-regarded Americans citizens who happen to not be his political allies. He has kinder words for Vladimir Putin than John McCain. How does that sit with you? He likes Putin more than you, rest assured. And why is that?

Is it at least possible in your mind that Trump indeed did collaborate with Putin to sway American minds and fix the election of 2016? Maybe he thought “nothing matters if you don’t win”. ( That’s a Trump quote – and one of his most basic MO’s. ) But if you thought Hillary was wrong for fixing things against Bernie, can you see that it is even more wrong, more un-American to employ foreign enemy states to fix elections? Is this what our relatives fought and died for in WW11? No. Not at all. 

Don’t forget that so far there have been more than 100 criminal indictments issued in the Russian election probe, 5 have pled guilty and the guilty already list includes Trump’s campaign and national security advisors, 16 actual Russians and 7 Americans close to Trump. He could show his taxes and speed the path to truth, but he won’t even do that. 

And now Trump is at NATO trying to undo 70 years of peace that NATO was created in 1949 to defend. There are only two logical reasons for this.

  • Putin has stated he does not like NATO. Russia is not part of NATO. Putin has Trump compromised for collusion*. So Trump is taking orders.  Trump must attempt to destroy NATO or the truth about the collusion will be released.
  • Trump really does not care. (Melania’s jacket said that. Maybe she did hear it first from Donald.)

Your Personal GOP Problem

What is Trump’s GOP party doing for you anyway? So far they have made their intentions very clear.

  • American females should not have the final say about their own bodies. We see that in countries like Iran and don’t like it. 
  • Poorer Americans do not deserve health-care. If they can’t pay, it’s their fault and loss. The poor are dispensable.
  • However, the rich deserve bigger tax breaks than the poor – percentage-wise!
  • Our environment should not be protected from pollution, if there is money to be made in exploiting it. 
  • The books to educate our kids should largely be paid for by teachers and citizens even though they already pay taxes designated for public education. ( They like their supporters to be uneducated.  Trump even said this on the campaign trail. “How stupid are the people of Iowa?”)

Trump supporter. This agenda is exactly what you wanted to go away when you voted for Trump. You wanted your everyday problems to not be ignored. But under Trump, it is all trending even worse for you and your kids. And that’s because the GOP and Trump do not care about you. And by now, 18 months in, it should all be very clear to you. 

So, dear Trump supporter, what can you do about it? Actually, there is a lot Trump supporters can do. They can do much more than the resistance crowd. You can raise your voices and tell Trump through his Twitter and through your representatives that this is not what you bargained for when you supported Trump and that you will not be voting for them again if you don’t start hearing and seeing a turn-around in American policies.

Things to Tell Trump and Your GOP Representatives.   

  • You want healthcare as a right for you and your family. 
  • You want our environmental protection agency to continue to do what it was created for: protect our air and water supplies
  • You want to roll back the tax breaks for the rich until the middle-class and poor have comfortably attained the basics of life.
  • You want to see Trump’s taxes before November or you will not support him or the GOP in November. It’s the least he can do to help us be sure he is not in bed with Russia. Americans need to know what happened in 2016 before we vote in 2018, not after. Showing his taxes would cut down on the expense of this investigation. The GOP can force Trump to show his taxes. Make them do it. In fact, the GOP can force Trump to do anything you want, if you raise your voices in unison. 
  • You want to stop the tariffs immediately. They are not helping your situation and you don’t want to wait and see how they work. History teaches us, tariffs do not help economies. Countries tariff back and then both sides lose. Trump knows this. But he does not care. There’s a way to make a buck with tariffs for high-ranking government officials who have undeclared foreign bank accounts. 
  • You want to be assured that Rowe v. Wade will not be overturned by his SCOTUS pick. You will not vote for the GOP at any level if this is not made 100% clear. 
  • You want Gerrymandering to end immediately. That should just feel un-American to you, I hope. 
  • Right now, you don’t really care about Hillary Clinton’s emails. HRC is just a retired grandmother in upstate NY these days. Make it clear to your reps that you care about your own family and how their policies affect them. Make it clear, you will not vote GOP this cycle if these things don’t change immediately. 

The GOP Congress is not going to stop eroding the American standard of living to benefit the rich. They are not listening to you. It’s been going on for 40 years. Make sure they know that you will not support them in November unless you start hearing different messages from them and seeing things change now. Make sure they know you will not wait until after November to see if things get better. After November is going to be way too late this cycle.

Right now, unified Trump supporters could have the most important voice in the entire political universe. And that means you! The GOP really has no choice to listen to you, if you raise collectively your voices. And believe it or not, we are all on the same team anyway. We are all suffering under this president and Congress. And we are all Americans. And we all want the same thing: a better life for us and our families. 

trump-supportersSo Trump supporters. You wanted to not be ignored. You wanted to change that affects your own lives. And so you came out to the polls and got about 48% of the total votes in the USA. it was impressive. But nothing much changed for the better for you. And by now you know it was never the GOP plan to benefit working Americans.

What George Bush said seems very on target right now. 

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice? You already fooled me once, you ain’t gonna fool me again. 

Don’t be fooled again. Let your voice be heard right away. That’s what I am doing. You do the same. Write something down on paper. Send it to a local paper. Call representatives. Assemble. Talk at lunch. Talk at dinner. Talk with friends. It’s like a snowball. It will gather momentum if you start now. 

Joseph Aronesty 7/11/18 josepharonesty@gmail.com any time

Dear Trump Supporter: Please share this post, or your thoughts on this post, in your social media and try to reach across the aisle. This is what it’s going to take to to save America.

About Joseph Aronesty.

He is a father of five, an e-commerce pioneer, author, linguist and songwriter. He is dedicated to his family and loves the ideals upon which America was founded. 

I knew Trump a bit growing up. I was in a class at Penn with him in 1967. He paid a classmate for his work to get done. He was a rich, spoiled playboy then, with no regard for anyone else but himself. And I knew him from AC, where I worked close to him and witnessed him stiffing the contractors that built his casinos.

And 50 years later, Trump does not seem to have evolved at all. I don’t care if he has more money than me. He has no empathy for others. Trump’s Golden Rule is He who has the most gold, rules, not what Jesus said: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.