Being rich is more pleasant than not being rich for many reasons, one of which is that the more money you have, the less society´s rules and obligations weigh on you. You slide through life using your wealth and connections to avoid the hassles and complications that occupy ordinary people, seldom having your choices impeded by what others or even the government demand of you. In theory the rules apply to everyone, but in practice there are almost always ways around them that are only available to a few. A wealthy person with a powerful conscience and moral foundation can avoid
Pretty pathetic boilerplate screed against wealthy people. "They do whatever they want" "They break the rules"
The author claims that Trump os against following "the rules" but what rules? There has been a multitude of investigations going on for a year. NONE OF THEM HAVE ANY EVIDENCE OF SIGNIFICANT CRIMES OR EVEN IMPROPRIETIES! What Trump is against is the perpetual investigation of him and his administration that has NO basis. No "rules" have been broken.
Further, politicians are worse abusers of power than rich people. Why? Because rich people can hire lawyers to find ways to get things done and make it happen. That´s not "breaking" rules but finding your way through government red tape. Politicians, like Hillary, have to sneak their way around DO break rules. Her Pay for Play Foundation is egregious. Her email server distributed classified info to A. Weiner. What has been done about those things?
Mueller is supposed to be unbiased but his assignment was due to Comey´s manipulations and he has staffed up with Clintoon lawyers.
It must be nice to live in Trump Derangement Land, like this author, where you can rail against anything and everything without reason.
In my experience as a general rule, wealthy people follow the rules much more obediently simply because they have so much more to lose. The real scofflaws are those who never made anything of themselves and, therefore, have nothing to lose. Prisons aren´t full of poor people simply because they couldn´t afford a better lawyer, its because they live in a mindset that says, what have I got to lose? Nothing.
But the other general class of scofflaws are the politically powerful. Your Clintons, Weiners, Pelosi´s, Obamas, Harry Reids, Maxine Watters, etc. of the world who know that, because of their party affiliation and it the pary´s relationship with the media and deep state, they can get away with murder (literally and figuratively).
Trump is a self-made wealthy non-Dimocrat non-politician. If he ever skirted the rules/laws, it was when he was donating the most to Dimocrats and so felt protected by the system they have going. Now he´s the opposite. He knows (or probably learned quite quickly) there´s no free ride for him.
"Who is the "they" of whom he speaks in the first tweet?"
"They" are people just like you, Paul, sitting around in your striped pajamas, drinking your hot latte-frappe-crappochino and reading the New York Times and the Washington Post so you can fry up your brain enough to repeat their fake news in snowflake-friendly language. Most of them don´t look like a genuine nerd like you do, Paul, but trust me, "they" are.
I expected the president to go through a period of adjustment from being the CEO of a business empire to the restrictions and very different requirements of the Oval Office. They are different worlds and he needed some time. But time is up. Now he must remember and concentrate on his presidential agenda.
Trump has not broken any rules. And I do not see any evidence here that Trump is "used to breaking the rules with impunity". On the contrary, Mr. Waldman, if you have ever been in business, which I doubt you ever have, there are hundreds of thousands of rules you have to follow, and the administrative offices are filled with compliance employees and professional advisers to get through it all. So this article is more fake news.
Poor lefty, searching searching for a way Trump will be defeated. That ray of hope that if all else fails, he will be his own undoing. No guy, you´re gonna have eight years of whatever Trump has to offer. I don´t envy your angst.
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