This is an important piece, David, and well thought out. Your friend (former employer) is guilty only of clear reasoning. She, and many of the small business owners across the United States, deserve better. Obviously these problems didn’t start with Obama. They were festering much earlier and few people saw the signs because of characters like Greenspan. It’s the Greenspans and the Polsons who should be in jail right now. The true shame of the political system is what the Democrats did to Sanders. Your friend is an example of the huge swing vote that would have come Sanders’ way if the Democrats weren’t so arrogantly sure Clinton was the one to beat Trump. They may be in for a surprise. People who vote for Trump want a “Big Daddy.” That’s how I heard two women talk the other night. “First there’ God, then there’s Trump.” These women were ready to accept salvation from either. If Trump is elected, they’ll discover “Big Daddy” isn’t kind, or generous, or even working in their best interests. This is the way politics works in Third World countries. They vote for a “Big Daddy” and get a Duvalier. Trump doesn’t even want the presidency, but if he gets it, he’ll be fighting for one thing — himself and his own little Rat Pack.

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