Trump Paid Pennies on the Dollar to Atlantic City Employees but Rakes in Millions From Taxpayers for Golf Outings

It only took a moment, while driving into Atlantic City, that the legacy of Donald Trump is still a source of how his casino empire fell and almost took the city with him. The former Trump Plaza has been reduced to a fading tower of busted stucco and siding. The building will be torn down at some point but for some, it can’t happen soon enough.

Cab driver Joe, (didn’t want to give out his last name) said that there will be a big party for a lot of people whent he building comes tumbling down. “He stole from workers and reneged on contracts to pay workers. He is a disgrace and if it were up to me, he would be in a debtors prison somewhere, not in the damn White House.’

Joe wasn’t far off in his accusations of workers who were never paid. According to The Unite Here Local 54 casino workers union, they had negotiated a deal in 2009 with Trump Entertainment Resorts that required the company to pay certain employees in the event that Trump Plaza closed or sold and that happened when Trump Entertainment filed for bankruptcy in 2014 and shuttered operations at the 900-room hotel and gaming venue. Yet, it took until last week for the employees to receive their promised paychecks. One reason was the Trump property was aquired by Carl Icahn. Icahn still owns the Trump Plaza which is slated for demolition at the cost of $13 million.

At the time when Trump was buying up Atlantic City properties and becoming what he predicted, a savior for Atlantic City, local contractors were hired to complete the Trump theme in his casinos and hotels. Yet, within 2 years of Trump’s so called successful business skills, 235 contractors were in the midsts of leveling contractor legal suits against Trump.

One of the hardest hit was marble supplier John Millar, who was owed $3.9 million for the work done at the Trump Plaza. Another contractor Mario Paone, president of Hastings Pavement, only received $100,000 for $1.3 million for the work his company provided to Trump. One of the hardest hit was marble supplier John Millar, who was owed $3.9 million for the importer marble that Trump had installed throughout the casino hotel.

For Millar, Trump caused the destruction of his own business. Millar had to lay off workers, shut down his business Avalon Commercial, close many of his retail stores and borrow from friends to make ends meet, according to court documents and Millar’s lawyers and former employees. In 1996, he filed for personal bankruptcy. All because Trump did not pay what was owned to the company.

In Atlantic City, the mention of Trump causes a furor and it would appear with good reason. According to Trump, while campaigning in 2016 for President, “I have a tremendous amount of cash”, yet his own accountants showed that in 1990 Trump had been burning through cash in his personal accounts so fast that it would take less than a year for all of this capital to be exhusted. Trump declared bankruptcy in 1991 with vendors and contractors only receiving about 30 cents on the dollar, if they were lucky. Some never saw a paycheck.

In contrast to Trump not paying for the labor that created the hotels and casinos in Atlantic City, Trump is billing the naion for his golf course, cart fees, food and lodging for not only himself but his family and even the Secret Service who are protecting this President. Since taking office in January 2017, President Trump has reportedly spent more than 150 days at his company’s properties. His trips also often include White House staff and other executive branch officials.

Trump has reportedly been on the grounds of his golf courses or played golf 159 times since becoming President as of October 7th, 2018. Golf News reports that “Trump has spent nearly 25 percent of his days in office at one of his golf properties for some portion of the day. There have been days where Trump has visited one of his golf clubs and not played golf. He made a 40-minute visit to his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., and he has made a three-day visit to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., to watch the 2017 US Women’s Open, unfolding at that club. Trump spent a 17-day “working vacation” at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., in August, which meant all of those days count as days on his golf courses, even though he didn’t necessarily play golf on all of those days.” https://thegolfnewsnet.com/golfnewsnetteam/2018/10/07/how-many-times-president-donald-trump-played-golf-in-office-103836/

Trump's secret service entourage while he golfs

What is the cost to the taxpayers for these days away from the White House. The precise number is not known yet but according to estimates for the cost of security, rental fees to his clubs and food, the cost will total about $78 million. (https://trumpgolfcount.com/#costModal) Will the Trump organization take 30 cents on the dollar like the contractors in Atlantic City had to take? We are not quite 2 years into the administration of Donald Trump which begs the question how much more money will he make on the back of taxpayers?

IT’S OURS, THE EAGLES ARE SUPER BOWL CHAMPS!

FINALLY, That’s all we can say, FINALLY

The Philadelphia Eagles, the UnderDogs once again, took on the favored New England Patriots, the 5 Times Super Bowl Champs, and it happened, FINALLY! The team that did not get the respect due a NFC Champ, the team that this blue-collared, loyal, in your face devotion, and most disrepected fan base in the NFL, took on those those seemingly perfect Patriots, showing no fear, are now THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS. FINALLY!

This was a Super Bowl for the ages. The never quit Eagles, who had lost star quarterback, Caron Wentz in week 14, found their faith restored with the come back king, quarterback Nick Foles. Foles had been with the Eagles in 2012, where he shattered passing records and he became the second quarterback to post a perfect passer rating (158.3) while passing for more than 400 yards, and also the first quarterback in NFL history to post a perfect passer rating and throw seven touchdowns in a single game. Only to be traded by Chip Kelly, Foles played with the Rams and KC Chiefs. Foles even speculated  that he should retire but then the call came, the Eagles wanted him back. Now he can add Super Bowl MVP to his achievements. So much for retirement.

This team, this year, was meant to be for all of the fans who always believed. This team was considered DOA after Carson Wentz went down. Wentz told us no, Coach Pederson said nope, we aren’t giving up and the fans they never stopped believing.

There will be plenty of columns written about the plays that were called, the defense that stopped another Brady miracle and the yards gained. No, that is not this column. This is a love letter of sorts. You are the hard knocks life fans but we never, ever gave up. Year after year, week after week, even coach after coach, You never gave up. The Eagles will tell you, they knew that, they believed in you, too. They shared with you their admiration for your truth telling, for your football knowledge, and for always believing it could happen. Most importantly, every day of the week, not just Sunday, that energy became the bloodline that drove this team.

So for all of you, all you crazy in love with your Philadelphia Eagles, THEY DID IT! FINALLY

Trump Will Resign if No Deal is Made

Friday night, as members of Congress and the Senate make their way to private meetings to try and stop the United States government from shutting down, muliple sources have confirmed that they have heard that President Trump, frustrated by the lack of support, will resign if a deal is not made by midnight Friday night.

Proof of the statment can be found on President Trump’s own Twitter feed where he has stated “In 25 years, in 50 years, 100 years from now, when  they talk about the government shutdown, they’re going to be talking about the president of the United States,” he added. “They’re not going to be talking who the head of the House was, the head of the Senate. … I really think the pressure is on the president.”

Earlier, Trump told radio personality host Hugh Hewitt that “If they, (The GOP) had stuck together they would have won that battle, I think you have to in this case also, yes.” President Trump again stated that if there is a government shut down it has to lay on the President’s shoulders.

A source close to President Trump, ‘Paul’ stated that Trump is angry and taking it out on everyone knowing he will be a laughing stock. As ‘Paul” stated, “Trump feels he can communicate better with concrete and buiding guys, not these guys in the swamp.”