Opinion: Glitz can’t disguise these 100 days of ineptitude

(AP)

Back in 1982, Donald Trump was trying to seduce Holiday Inn into a partnership in a hotel/casino that he wanted to build in Atlantic City. In truth, the project was more dream than reality — Trump had acquired a two-acre parcel on the boardwalk, but nothing much had been done with it.

So when the board of directors of Holiday Inn wanted to visit the site, Trump needed to put on a show, and do so in a hurry. He called up his construction supervisor. “I told him that I wanted him to round up every bulldozer and dump truck that he could possibly find,” Trump brags in an oft-told story in “The Art of the Deal.” “What the bulldozers and dump trucks did wasn’t important, I said, so long as they did a lot of it.”

Trump then describes the scene during the Holiday Inn site visit:

“It looked as if we were in the midst of building the Grand Coulee Dam. There were so many pieces of equipment on the scene that they could barely move around each other. These distinguished corporate leaders looked on, some of them visibly awed….”

“A few minutes later, another of the board members walked over to me. His question was very simple: ‘How come,’ he said, ‘that guy over there is filling up that hole, which he just dug?’ This was difficult for me to answer, but fortunately this board member was more curious than skeptical.”

As we close in on the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, the bulldozers and dump trucks are at it again, so to speak. There’s a flurry of renewed activity on health care, as Republicans try to flog life back into the cadaver of their Obamacare replacement plan. The “broad principles” of a slapdash, hastily drafted tax-reform plan are also being announced, with the major “broad principle” apparently being huge tax cuts for corporations and the rich in general, and for Trump in particular, without regard to the deficit.  The first “villain” of the coming trade wars was also announced this week, and it’s that dastardly Canada.

Meanwhile, the Oval Office remains dysfunctional. The First Daughter and First Son-in-Law are helping to run the government as if it were a family business. The Iran nuclear deal hasn’t been ripped up; in fact, the administration has been forced to acknowledge that it’s working well. Mexico isn’t going to pay to build the wall, and as it turns out, neither is Congress. The administration’s badly drafted executive order on sanctuary cities has been put on hold by the federal courts, as was its earlier effort — twice — to ban immigration from several Muslim countries. Its executive order mandating U.S. steel in pipeline projects has also been exposed as unenforceable.

Of the more than 500 key government vacancies requiring Senate confirmation, Trump has nominated someone to fill 66. (Barack Obama had nominated 190 by now.) No replacements have been nominated, let alone confirmed, for the 93 U.S. attorneys whom they fired two months ago. Of some 80 ambassador posts now vacant, only one — to Israel — has been nominated and confirmed; just two others have even been nominated. We have no nominee as ambassador to Canada, with serious trade issues at stake; to South Korea, which faces a potential nuclear attack; to Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the European Union….

You can debate ideology, you can debate policy. There’s no debating the fact that the basic managerial competence that Trump promised is nowhere in sight. Instead we get what the guys at Holiday Inn got, a show stage-managed to produce the illusion of action where none actually exists.

Oh, and that project in Atlantic City? Holiday Inn did enter a partnership with Trump, but almost immediately came to regret it. Within a year of the casino’s opening, Trump and Holiday Inn were deep in legal battles over Trump’s refusal to keep promises. Within two years, Holiday Inn had broken its ties to Trump. And today, Trump Plaza sits empty, bankrupt and abandoned.

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Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

 For those who are unfamiliar with VOICE, this new Trumpian program is a purely political waste of taxpayer money to establish a hotline where people can report criminal activity by those they suspect are illegal aliens. 

I encourage those so inclined to call and report your most recent flying saucer probing incident, or encounter with a Reptilian disguised as an obviously white American citizen...

I encourage those so inclined to call in using your best movie-Nazi voice and say "I haff found a nest of JEWS in mein vicinity!

Peachs
Peachs

We have got to move around more as a country.  With that in mind, state's right would be like Las Vegas, or Salt Lake City, you gamble and prostitute in one American city, you have your version of religion in another, both untouched by feds..  


You go where you think you fit in, and if that doesn't work you go again.  NY or Mass, if you are Ivy League, Texas if you are a cowboy. 


Have strong state rights, get all the abortions you want, drugs, bibles and children, just let the whole population vote for the president, so rural influence does not influence a life style the majority of this country does not want.  You can go to Georgia and do anything you want, eat fat stuff, hate who ever, just don't make the rest of us do what you love so much and we don't even like.



HDB0329
HDB0329

@YouLibs ...Democrats are calling for the SPECIAL PROSECUTOR to investigate Flynn.......but the GOP is blocking them.......


....if the Republicans are participating in the coverup, they ALL should be arrested.....

gotalife
gotalife

I say shut it down until broken government is fixed.

gotalife
gotalife

Like Goldman bankers care if your taxes go up.

Peachs
Peachs

@gotalife Goldman bankers make money when the world has a financial crisis.  No one else, just them, and if they don't pay taxes, it doesn't get paid, since they have all the money.

gotalife
gotalife

Who will be the new speaker after ryan is thrown under the bus.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@rimsky it is a system failure.  Their system should've never allowed the passengers on the plane because of limited seating.

rimsky
rimsky

Fox is screeming the Democrats are shutting down the government.  WTF.  Who has the majority?

Peachs
Peachs

@rimsky I hope they do shut it down!  Nothing good comes out of that place, and we can do nothing a lot cheaper!!

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@PaulinNH @rimsky


Unfortunately we are at a point where Trump supporters do not get the news through a somewhat streamline fact checking outlet. 


They now get it from twitter where anyone can say anything and they take it in as fact. Sad times we are living in.

gotalife
gotalife

Two more troops killed in Afghanistan.

Peachs
Peachs

@gotalife Trump has got to start a war, it is his 9/11 moment, he has already bought an orange fireman hat.

Peachs
Peachs

@_GodlessHeathen_ @Peachs @gotalife if we hold our breath they will die off, and they have gotten far more attention than they deserve. The country doesn't think like this, but since we give leper colonies more electoral votes, than the economically, mentally, healthier America, this is all we hear about.

gotalife
gotalife

Pentagon warned flynn on taking russian bribes.


Lock them up.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

This one page bullet point tax plan is a joke. Like Trumps healthcare plan, high on ideas short on details. In the end, he just borrow Ryans plan and now wants congress to huddle together and coordinate on tax reform in the next few months. Bookmans going to have field day with this one.

Peachs
Peachs

The drug problem at FOX is viagra!

Peachs
Peachs

@StraightNoChaser @Peachs without it we would still have FOX, it is like a secret weapon, just sent some viagra laced in a chocolate cake to the White House...

TBS
TBS

He is kidding, right?

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday said the administration is committed to ensuring that the middle class doesn't pay more under tax reform, but added that he can't "make any guarantees."

"I can't make any guarantees until this thing is done and on the president's desk," Mnuchin said during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America." "But I can tell you, that's our No. 1 objective in this."

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/330836-mnuchin-were-tired-of-in-this-country-having-the-highest-business-tax-rates

Peachs
Peachs

@TBS he did a interview with PBS, lecturing Judy W. with bullying lies.  She is so good at not losing her composure.

Peachs
Peachs

@TBS this is the left behind, and they wonder why they have been left behind...

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@TBS  If by No. 1 objective he meant massive tax reductions for the billionaire class, he was correct.

TBS
TBS

Exactly. The two right foot clod hop isn't just being done on the Bookman blog. The craze goes goes right to the WH.

TBS
TBS

And it's just talking points and liberal media when it is said these proposed cuts are being catered mostly to and for the wealthy.

You can't make this up. Why wouldn't you have assurances that it was going to include the middle class? Well unless it wasn't the main objective in the first place.

TBS
TBS

They are MAGA'n away. Not even trying to hide the bs.

Peachs
Peachs

@TBS another hair cut guy, looks like Captain Kangaroo. 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@TBS 

Boy, when Mnuchin lies, he doesn't care who knows it, does he?

TBS
TBS

Not ready for prime time.

NOT READY!!!

Paul42
Paul42

@TBS So it's his version of "we have to pass the tax reform bill to see what's in the tax reform bill"?