|Vol. 14 No. 10
May 20, 2019
|Taxation, But No Representation
Columns & Features
by Heidi M. Pascual
by Jamala Rogers
by Jonathan Gramling
|The Crowning of King Trump
|And then, of course, we have had America’s brand of royalty, the Kennedys. A large segment of the American populace idolized the Kennedys. Being a Kennedy
gave one special privileges not accorded to every day citizens. And how people idolized Jackie Kennedy, who set fashion trends almost singlehandedly.
Now I would venture that an endearing quality of royalty is the perception of being rich. While the British royalty do many charitable works, I bet even they don’t
remember the last time a member of the family had to hold down a 9 to 5 job. And when is the last time you’ve encountered a poor person who was a member of
royalty outside of Mark Twain’s The Prince and The Pauper. Whoops, the pauper was a stand-in for the prince.
I mention all of this because I do believe that President Donald Trump really wants to be King of the United States. I really do believe that.
And, of course, one of the requirements of being king is being rich. Rich before you become royalty. After all, Trump has gotten rich off of his real estate holdings
since being elected, perhaps backdoor bribes being disguised as wholesale rental of Trump hotels and properties. But you have to be rich before you get the crown.
Now for the past four years, Trump has refused to release his tax returns claiming that he is being audited — that’s the longest audit in the history of the United
States — and various other excuses to not divulge how much money he has made. I think there are two reasons. One, it would reveal his business and other ties
with Russia and the last thing that he wanted to do was contribute facts to the collusion case. I probably wouldn’t give it up either.
Secondly — and this has been verified by some New York Times articles — is that Trump has continuously lost money, well over $1 billion. Whether it is
universities, casinos or other enterprises outside of selling his name for building naming purposes, Trump has failed at business and probably has a lot less money
than people perceive him to have. Like Kim Kardashian, Trump has gotten rich being famous and not because he has really done anything. -- READ MORE
And headlines were made when Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle recently had a baby. Well I guess I have to admit that there was
some connection to the United States since Meghan was an American citizen before she and Harry got married. But if I remember correctly,
this same level of fanfare has been accorded to all royal births.
For all of its professed democratic and egalitarian ideals, the United States populace has also, deep-
down, been in awe of royalty. You can see it in the hub-bub that happens every time the British royalty
sneezes. England’s royal weddings cause a significant part of the American public to get up in the
middle of the night to watch a wedding.