Why Donald Trump’s Business Choices Make Him Unfit to be President
Set your political ideology aside for a moment and consider Donald Trump’s business choices. There are a lot of ways for a person to make a fortune. You could develop a medicine that helps sick people. You could invent an information technology that makes it easier for people to communicate. You could bring food to people who need it. You could be an engineer who develops an indispensable new tool.
Donald Trump didn’t choose those options. Rather, he made these kind of business choices:
- Casinos. Donald Trump invested large amounts of money in casinos, which generate profit by tricking credulous or obsessive people into gambling away what they’ve earned.
- Snapping up Foreclosures. Donald Trump bragged about hoping for people to lose their homes in a housing slump so he could buy real estate from them on the cheap in foreclosure sales and flip them quickly for a profit. Then Trump lured people into “Trump University” seminars with a multi-thousand-dollar price tag, selling the same get-rich-quick scheme to others, so he could…
- Sinking People into Credit Card Debt. Donald Trump’s “Trump University” seminars didn’t teach innovative new business techniques. The goal of the seminars was to get “students” to keep paying money for more seminars, convincing them that profit was just around the corner, or maybe the next corner, or maybe the corner after that, if they’d just attend another seminar. Donald Trump’s seminar staffers were instructed to push “students” to max out their credit cards to pay “tuition.” All Donald Trump’s students got out of this manipulative scheme was a headache and more debt.
Common to these three business moves by Donald Trump is the choice to make profit by tricking, fooling, manipulating and taking advantage of others. No new value was created. No greater good was pursued. In business, Donald Trump acted like a parasite.
The job of a president is to look out for other people, not to suck them dry. Donald Trump’s parasitic past makes him unfit to be our next president.