Inspection- I Know Trump Well
Getting rid of Trump won’t be as easy as say removing that shovel. Not only because of court packing and those willing to do violence in his name, but there has always been a certain amount of Trump mindset in America. And some of that is in the business community.
As a kid I lived near NYC and was in and out of the city because my father worked on Park. Back then I heard more about Fred, very little about Donald. Nothing good. After I moved away I heard stories about Donnie from old friends, both in the city and barely outside. But I mostly knew him as a guy who did cameos: bad ones. Honestly. The guy can’t act. He can lie, but he can’t act. Hell, he doesn’t even lie well. I tend to believe what a judge said about him: he doesn’t know truth from fiction. He just says whatever is convenient at the moment.
I’ve never met him. But still: I know him. Donald Trump is a combination of some of the worst businessmen I have ever known, like the radio station owner who kept his radio stations in bankruptcy. He’d bankrupt one then move on to the next one. Like clockwork he paid his staff for three weeks then stop paying them. The Tennessee agency that guided me through this had me find records that proved I had worked those hours. I found plenty I had written. You had to sign in. Some were kept in the drawer in the secretary’s desk where there was also a big checkbook; the secretary who had also quit because, wait for it… she wasn’t being paid. Every three weeks some employee would disappear off the rolls and eventually another name would appear: for three weeks. Of course every week the owner wrote a big old check for himself. The engineer (who also quit for not being paid) told me this was at least his seventh radio station. If you did get paid it would be like I did: by proving you worked all those hours to the bankruptcy court. I called the engineer and two other DJs I had worked with and they got paid too… each of us ¾’s of what we had been owed.
”Fair” deal, right?
I was told by the person helping me at that agency this was a common scam that there was no real legal recourse for.
In my opinion he was a conman and common thief posing as businessman, like the guy who hired vendors then refused to pay them, even after saying they had done good work. This really is no different than robbing a bank: IT’S STEALING.
There was a campground owner in Massachusetts who would fire anyone who spent money on things like emptying the dump station during busy weekends. Instead it was like a biblical story where this self appointed God decided, “No, not frogs this time, a plague of liquid poop, please.” The employees who lasted the longest were the ones who knew their job was to step over the line of legality and protect the Don, at least until they were caught.
Anyone see a long list of Trump pardons yet? Notice how they wait a while, then realize they’ve been scammed? Nobody is as clueless as a partisan who is part of a political cult, I suppose, or bullies who back up the head bully only to be tossed out the school bus door by the same head bully.
”The wheels of the Trump bus go round and round
Run over you, run over you”
One client kept avoiding paying me. She was in Niagara Falls, I was in Utica, NY, when over the phone she once again she promised to mail the check she “had already written.” She claimed to have it and would mail what she had failed to mail for 4 months. After promising to mail it each time I called. I took off down the Thruway and was at her door in record time. Looking mad she came back to the door I had knocked on… writing the check she supposedly had already written. Luckily it didn’t bounce. I was surprised it hadn’t.
I always got paid. 99% of my clients were honest, hard working, businessmen and businesswomen with small businesses who would hire me again and again. I respected and worked for them for many years. Over the years there was, at best, that 1% who were my Donald Trumps. Like that Niagara Falls client, you always have to be willing to go that extra mile and out excess their dogged determination to get something for free. Like the former one time client in Tallahassee at a really big school who I had to tell…
“I understand. The check is bouncing from department to department. But I can’t do this anymore. I will come to Tallahassee. I will take a motel room. The cost of that will be added in after my lawyer attaches that to your bank account, and court costs, and travel. Plenty of teachers saw me who can testify I was there.”
It took a few days to get the check after that, arriving in my Nashville mail box.
I have more examples than this: bullies who did whatever they could to escape responsibility for their behavior, to cling on to power and influence, to get their bully thug ‘base’ (friends, cohorts, fellow crime ‘family’ members) to beat up on those who displeased the King (or Queen), jerks who also had been born with a golden shovel up their wahoo. (A ‘technical’ term) They, like not so Dear Leader, would gleefully use that tool to shovel what normally comes out of the downward portal out their more upward one.
Which describes Donald Trump perfectly.
Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 40 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks, and into the unseen cracks and crevasses, that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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