Tough headline, right? But, why not? Why dance around the subject with wimp-out words or hints and innuendos. The former candidate, now president despises such practices. So, yeah, I’ll not shy to take the challenge. You want it? Fine, then call Trump what he is: a liar.
“I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time, either.”
The above quote, repeated in various forms during the election and his presidency, is from one Donald J. Trump. So don’t come after me now when I put aside the polite rhetoric and mealy-mouthed comments. I’m just taking a page from the “great one’s” book.
During the past 15 months in office (and before on campaign) we’ve seen these words:
– truth teller
– plain talker
– figurative, not literal
All of these have come into play when journalists, administration staff and just plain ordinary folks try to describe the many confusing positions of Trump. All of those words are politically correct. He wants straight talk, fine, then call Trump what he is: a liar.
Yeah, I’ve finally been pushed past my point of good manners. I always hoped I could withstand Trump’s assault on the better angels of our nature, but it’s too much to bear. He’s gone so far beyond the pale, I have to make my own stand.
I could write 10,000 words about Trump’s lies, but I’ll just tackle the most recent one, because it is in my wheelhouse of ability to discuss knowledgeably. Anyone can make claims or statements about anything. Most people do. The following subject I can talk about definitively (a lot more than, apparently, the current man holding the presidency).
Oh gosh, the wrongness of this “battle” is so rank, it creates a stench even through the computer monitor. Let’s explore a few lies (actual Trump quotes in bold italic):
“While we are on the subject, it is reported that the U.S. Post Office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon. That amounts to Billions of Dollars.”
LIE. The Post Office doesn’t “lose” $1.50 per package. It offers ALL shippers of large amounts of packages a discount over what you or I, with our few packages a year, would pay.
This is a standard marketing concept no different from Costco offering you cheaper prices if you buy in bulk. It is used to attract you away from alternates. In the case of Amazon (or any other bulk shipper), to get them to use the USPS instead of FedEx or UPS.
“They pay little or no taxes to state & local governments.”
LIE. Amazon once avoided collecting sales taxes (which are paid, by the way, by you, the purchaser, as you realize every time you go to Wal-Mart), as did most online retailers. After much wrangling with states, sales taxes have been showing up in most online retailers, Amazon included. Last year, Amazon collected sales taxes in every state that requires one (much to my chagrin, losing a nice 7% local discount).
Amazon also paid almost $1 billion in income tax last year – and that goes straight to the U.S. government (funny that we still don’t know how much, if anything, Trump has sent our country).
“If you look at the cost that we’re subsidizing, we’re giving a subsidy to Amazon.”
LIE. The USPS was privatized many years ago. They receive NO federal tax dollars. Not a penny of your hard-earned and sent away income tax payments goes to the USPS. Thus, it is impossible for Americans to be “subsidizing” Amazon.
You know what IS subsidized by your tax dollars? The 105 days Trump has spent at his golfing resorts since he took office. That’s right, in only 439 days in office, he has spent 105 of those at golf resorts.
Wouldn’t you like to have a work schedule like that? Wouldn’t you like to have some of that estimated $63 million of your tax dollars back that paid for those trips (hey, Air Force One and a full contingent of Secret Service ain’t cheap).
“Also, our fully tax paying retailers are closing stores all over the country…not a level playing field!,”
LIE. This is such an evil one as to be crowned. Because it’s so logical, right? Amazon is selling all these goods and that means they have to be coming from somewhere. Must be all those closed retailers. Wicked, wicked Amazon.
When I was young, I used to get my candy and comic books from Sandy’s Drugs. And then came Walgreen’s and CVS.
When I was young, we used to get our hammers and nails from the nearby hardware store. And then came Home Depot and Lowe’s.
When I was young, we used to get our pencils and paper from Jaffe’s Stationers. And then came Office Depot and Staples.
When I was young, we used to shop at Zayre and Jefferson’s. And then came K-Mart and Sears. And then came Wal-Mart and Costco.
Where is Trump’s outrage at all those “big box” retailers? Only Amazon is responsible for all those retail store closings? Watch him pull another bunny out the hat.
Who really knows. Educated guessing leads me to this:
Trump is an egotistical man, but not a confident one. Both are proud of their accomplishments, but a confident man is immune to criticism.
A confident man acknowledges negativity, because he knows there is no universal acceptance. But his sense of self-worth is defined by achievement, not appreciation.
An egotistical man is rankled by criticism. It strikes at the very core of his insecurity. Bemoaning not getting enough credit, an egotistical man must lash out to silence the negativity so that only positive voices remain.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, now owns the Washington Post. Trump hates the Washington Post. Hates it. I think Nixon was not their biggest fan, either.
Such is the venality and smallness of Trump that he uses the power of the most awesome office in the land to attack Bezos through Amazon to “get back at him” for the Post’s unflinching reporting.
Why this should concern you: well, Bezos doesn’t “own” Amazon. He owns, actually, only 17% of the shares. You know who owns the rest? Your 401(k). And your pension fund. Along with Credit Unions, investment funds and millions of individual investors (I have 100 shares!).
So, Trump may be attacking Bezos and the Post, but he’s really attacking your retirement. All because he’s a coward and a liar. He can’t honestly say he is mad at the Washington Post and that’s why he’s attacking Amazon. Nope, it’s all about our poor USPS and retailers.
Of course, he didn’t mention any of his concern for the Post Office during his campaign. Not much about retailers either. For a man all about cutting through the bull, he sure seems to be holding a big shovel.
By the way, my sister has worked for the Post Office for 30 years. In all the times she has railed against the USPS incompetence (and my cauliflower ears attest to the many long phone conversations), she has never once mentioned Amazon as a cause. Not. Once.
And this is just a single example of Trump lying. I didn’t touch about trade wars (easy) or DACA or hiring the best people ($139K doors and $31K dining sets). He lies constantly.
You don’t have to believe me. Hell, I dare you NOT to believe me. All I ask is you take an unbiased mind, a computer terminal and the search engine of your choice and look it up yourself.
Don’t trust the main news agencies? Cool beans, there are plenty of other sources out there. Heck, there are even the original legal documents. Good luck with those!
I’m willing to bet, after doing that research and skipping the political correctness, you’ll come back to me with a simple conclusion. “Fine, then call Trump what he is: a liar.”