Trumped: Donald’s Failures Tell the Real Stroy

One thing I have not heard anyone talk about this election season is how Donald Trump’s corporations have filed bankruptcy 4 times. Everybody does realize that there is no reset button when you’re the President, right?

His businesses, like his political theories, are over the top, lavish and rarely successful. His ego makes him believe that he can take someone else’s success and do it better. But it never works. Ever hear of Trump Airlines, Trump Vodka, or Trump Mortgage?  Me either.

Donald Trump has failed as a leader time and time again.  Electing him President, or even to your local town council, would be a devastating mistake.

Just a short list of his egotistical failures.

On Trump Mortgage, Trump said “Who knows more about financing than me?” Apparently the question should have been “who knows less about financing than me?” because his mortgage company lasted about a year and a half before being shut down.

When he decided that he would take over the vodka market from his friends at Grey Goose, Trump predicted that the T&T (Trump and Tonic) would become the most requested drink in America.  The sad thing is, he really believes his egotistical dreams. I’m a vodka drinker and never knew this existed.  That should tell you something.  Hell, even Diddy could make a vodka company work.

In 1988, Trump purchased Eastern Air Shuttle, a successful no-fuss airline (the Southwest of its time) that offered flights between Boston, New York and Washington D.C.  Of course, the Donald had to put his lavish touches on the business, adding maple floors and gold fixtures to the planes.  Within a couple of years, the airline was taken over by his creditors because shockingly enough, his over the top ideas were a bust.

Trump lives in his own egotistical world. All he cares about is his ego being stroked and his name being on everything.  Unfortunately, putting his name on things more times than not puts an end to them.

Being able to over-leverage yourself and “build” a business does not make you a successful business man.  Trump has never successfully built a business.  He purchases businesses and he starts businesses, but they never succeed.

If we are dumb enough to elect him President, he will try to run our country like one of his businesses and we’ll all pay the price.  At best, he will set us back decades and then run back to his penthouse at Trump Towers and live happily ever after.  But unfortunately I don’t think that will be the outcome.

I fear instead that his ego and hair brain ideas will get us involved in wars that our nation can ill afford right now.  He will destroy any shred of a relationship we still have with China, Russia, or Middle Eastern nations with his bullying tactics.

Trump has a long list of failures as a leader. Let’s not add our country to his list.

You want $15 for what?

The big debate right now is whether or not every American worker deserves $15/hr minimum wage. I have to say, I don’t think so.

Let me start by saying I do agree that the minimum wage should be increased, but I’m more in line with Hillary on this and a $12 minimum wage, not $15. I’ve been taking notice of the people I come across in my daily life that would be affect by this and asking the question “Would I pay this person $15 to do what they’re doing right now?” I have to say that the overwhelming majority of the time, the answer is NO.

I watch a kid at McDonald’s, literally taking my money and handing me food, and that’s it! There is a person taking my order, a person preparing the food, and a person packing it in a bag and handing it to the first guy. All he does is collect my money and hand me my order. He’s doing nothing wrong. He has a great attitude, exchanges pleasantries as he waits on my food, but really does minimal work. The only skill required for his job is counting change. I’m not trying to belittle him or anything, but this is a skill that we learn in 2nd grade.

I compare this to my first job after college. Did you catch that part….AFTER COLLEGE? I worked at a law firm as a bankruptcy legal assistant. I was working in a professional business service environment, working 60-70 hour weeks working with clients and preparing legal documents that literally helped families going through hard times keep a roof over their heads. Care to guess how much I made? You got it…$15/hr.
Was it tough? Absolutely. Did I struggle? Absolutely. But do you know how I made ends meet? I worked a second job. Yeah, a strange concept I know. I worked 60-70 hours at a law firm, then at night I worked a bar tending job to make enough to get by.

And guess what else, I didn’t have an I-phone. I didn’t have nice clothes other than what I had to wear to work. I drove a busted up Saturn that was a complete embarrassment.

So when I see someone protesting for $15/hr while they have an $800 phone in their hand or a Michael Kors purse by their side, excuse me if I don’t feel sorry for them. Both of these examples can be seen in the photo below.

My next question for those that think solving this problem is as simple as a politician waving a magic wand and saying “Poof! Now you all make $15/hr” is what about the guy that makes $15/hr right now? The guy, like myself after college, who worked his way through school and got a degree to get to that $15/hr. What about him? Is he going to get an $8 bump in pay as well? The answer is no. He’s going to stay at $15 while the guy with 2nd grade counting skills at McDonald’s gets bumped up to the same. So all of his hard work is now devalued and he’s put in all that work just to be pulled back and make the same as a high-school kid working at a fast food restaurant.

Now does that make any sense?

Doubling the minimum wage is not the answer. The answer to people being able to make a living on minimum wage is changing their priorities and making them understand that having an I-phone 6 and unlimited data is not a right, but a privilege and a luxury; a privilege and luxury that may not be afforded to a minimum wage worker.

People can survive on $7/hr if they really want to. They just have to be willing to make sacrifices like my parents did all of their lives. Doubling a person’s pay rate without increasing their workload or responsibility is a ridiculous plan of action and is essentially a welfare handout.

The one thing this will do is increase the business efficiency of companies as they find ways to turn two jobs into one to make up for the increase in pay. Wages will go up right alongside the unemployment rate.

So for those of you out there protesting, keep in mind that 50% of you will get paid more, and the other 50% will be eliminated to make up for it.