President Calvin Coolidge once said, “The chief business of the American people is business.” This oft-misquoted quote has often been used as a yardstick for “Presidential Timber” in which to build a Commander-in-Chief. Business acumen, knowing the ins and outs of the economy and supporting the countries various businesses, as well as criticizing some of those practices, gives the country some idea of how well a Presidential Candidate can handle the job.
This is why this smug, arrogant call from “The Donald” to boycott Starbucks should scream “NO” to every sane voter.
In the past, Presidents and Presidential candidates have given their 2 cents on how business can and should work in our country.
FDR spoke on the “Living Wage:” “By living wages, I mean more than a bare subsistence level — I mean the wages of a decent living.”
Eisenhower, a Republican, on Labor Unions: “Today in America, unions have a secure place in our industrial life. Only a handful of reactionaries harbor the ugly thought of breaking unions and depriving working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice. I have no use for those — regardless of their political party — who hold some vain and foolish dream of spinning the clock back to days when organized labor was huddled, almost as a hapless mass. Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice.”
JFK on education, which, in turn, creates greater job growth: “Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.”
Trump? “Let’s boycott Starbucks.”
Stopping a business just because a few people went nuts over a lack of snowflakes, reindeer or Santa just seems to be so anti-Business acumen. The idea behind a POTUS working with business is to see to greater growth, see that more jobs are created, that workers have a living wage, that they are insured and able to save for the future and that we educate our young to create further markets, further job growth.
Donald Trumps loves to trash his competition. He’s seemed to keep his sharpest barbs for Ben Carson, but he could easily turn on Carly Fiorina for her lack of business acumen and for tanking Hewlett Packard.
Instead, he’s taken the “populist” route and decided to play on Twitter and social media, taking up causes that mean squat when running a country.
And people want him behind the Oval Office desk.
Lost out Trump is true, angry boycotting of his properties for his views on Latinos.
Boycotting does work, but the negative resonance of a boycott is felt by employees just as badly as the CEO or Company Owner’s bottom line.
Trump swill shrug off Latino boycott and say, “Latinos love me.” Meanwhile, the combined efforts of several Latino groups continues to push boycotts against Trump.
Of course, Trump always has his one eye in the mirror. His vanity is such that he believes “negative publicity is still publicity.”
Speaking up for faux Christians seems to be a new thing for Donald, and he’s done a poor job of it.
Taking everything into consideration, one wonders if the new “Presidential Timber” is “wormwood.”
Yet he is just a few points behind Ben Carson, a relatively insane candidate, in the polls.
The nation has to shake its collective head and think on the prospects of a Presidential candidate so willing to tank someone’s business.
This is not a “Presidential moment” for Mr. Trump. It is another embarrassment and clown act in a whole parade of failures Trump has managed to pile up.
“The War on Christmas” is fake. There is no persecution of Christians in this country.
Trump, however, never let a sleeping dog lie.
One hopes he has the presence of mind to keep his hand away from this particular dogs jaws. This one could take a finger.