Friday, June 16, 2017

Hail to the Thief

Trump dumped his financial disclosure forms today. Finally, we can see what he's stealing:

President Trump reported hundreds of millions of dollars in income Friday in financial disclosure forms that shed more light on his vast business holdings.

At his golf courses alone, Trump reported $288 million in income in the past year. That includes $19.8 million from his club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he has spent some weekends as president. 

Trump reported $37.2 million in income in the past year from Mar-a-Lago, the private Florida resort where Trump hosted the president of China and ordered missile strikes against Syria. The club has doubled its membership fee in the past year. 

The Mar-a-Lago income figure was $7.4 million higher than on his previous financial disclosure filing, in May 2016. 

Trump reported $19.7 million in income through mid-April at his luxury Washington hotel, which has been a center of concerns about conflict of interest because of the possibility that foreign government can curry favor with the president by booking rooms there. The hotel opened in September.

The real lede is this:

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics released President Donald Trump's most recent financial disclosure, and it shows that the former real estate mogul carries at least $315 million in liabilities — $130 million to Deutsche Bank alone.

So--no big deal. The President of the United States is up to his ass in debt. Some businessman, huh?

Trump is cashing in by playing golf as much as possible. That means he is using the office of the presidency and your taxes to market his properties. This is craven beyond comprehension and level of corruption not seen since, well, fucking when? The men Ulysses S. Grant allowed to loot the treasury at least spent that money in this country. For all we know, Trump's profits are being swished around in a big vat full of Russian money, Chinese government bonds, and someone's converted Swiss francs in a vault somewhere in Cyprus. If past generations could see this swindle, they'd marvel at how openly and brazenly this is being done in full view of every human being on the planet. It's right there, before your eyes. It's a scam, people. 

That extra cash at Mar-a-Lago was earned by doubling the membership fee and by visiting it on the taxpayer's dime. Much of the income from his Washington D.C. hotel is from foreign governments buying access. And, if you read through this thing, you see that Trump has hundreds and hundreds of holding companies and LLCs designed to hamper analysis of his business empire and skip out on paying his taxes.

This is the shit show. Grab a front row seat. Everything that has happened up till now is just a primer for when it really turns ugly. There's not enough money to cram into the hole in this man's soul. He's stealing everything. When they drag his crooked ass out of the White House, he's going to hold onto the door frame with his fingernails. Trucks will come and haul away everything that isn't bolted down. 

Radiohead said it before anyone else, and Trump didn't just steal an election. He's stealing everything. Hail to the Thief.

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