Fred Trump, DJT’s father, made a large fortune when he figured out how to cheat.
Returning WWII soldiers were eligible for home loans under the new GI bill. There was thus a need for single family homes.
He rented himself equipment at inflated prices and billed the government for tacked on expenses that never occurred.
He submitted falsely high estimates, did the work for millions less, and pocketed the difference. When he was hauled before the Senate probe into public corruption . . .
So he got away with it because of a Constitutional protection against ex post facto laws. If there's no law against it, you can’t be convicted.
They were clever about making money in ways that were shady but not illegal.
A few facts about criminal law and Rule of Law: Not everything immoral is illegal.
For that matter . . .
Also not every lawbreaker can be brought to justice. It can’t happen—unless you want everyone constantly surveilled.
This is called prosecutorial discretion. In autocracies, the autocrat decides who should be investigated and prosecuted. A pillar of our system is that prosecutors decide.
There were times when many people believed that women who got abortions were a greater danger to society than people who cheated on their taxes.
There was no social security.
Factory workers who labored all their lives died in poverty without access to doctors.
Injured workers were left to starve.
There was no minimum wage or 40 hour workweek.
Now Trump and pals are trying hard to turn America into an oligarchy.
Prof. Richardson (see next tweet) argues that we’ve had 2 oligarchies in US history.
The same way we got out of the Great Depression and the age of robber barons.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt taught us how to do that.
So we follow his example.
1: Sometimes the wheels turn slowly: Susan B. Anthony
2. Sometimes the wheels turn fast: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Unless something big drops in the news, I’ll do those over the next week.