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Malkin: Donald Trump's Eminent-Domain Empire

By Michelle Malkin

Don't be fooled by The Donald. Take it from one who knows: I'm a South Jersey gal who was raised on the outskirts of Atlantic City in the looming shadow of Trump's towers. All through my childhood, casino developers and government bureaucrats joined hands, raised taxes and made dazzling promises of urban renewal. Then we wised up to the eminent-domain thievery championed by our hometown faux free-marketeers.

America, it's time you wised up to Donald Trump's property redistribution racket, too.

Trump has been wooing conservative activists for months and flirting with a GOP presidential run -- first at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington and most recently at a tea party event in South Florida. He touts his business experience, "high aptitude" and "bragadocious" deal-making abilities. But he's no more a standard-bearer of conservative values, limited government and constitutional principles than the cast of "Jersey Shore."

Too many mega-developers like Trump have achieved success by using and abusing the government's ability to commandeer private property for purported "public use." Invoking the Fifth Amendment takings clause, real estate moguls, parking garage builders, mall developers and sports palace architects have colluded with elected officials to pull off legalized theft in the name of reducing "blight." Under eminent domain, the definition of "public purpose" has been stretched like Silly Putty to cover everything from roads and bridges to high-end retail stores, baseball stadiums and casinos.

While casting himself as America's new constitutional savior, Trump has shown reckless disregard for fundamental private property rights. In the 1990s, he waged a notorious war on elderly homeowner Vera Coking, who owned a little home in Atlantic City that stood in the way of Trump's manifest land development. The real estate mogul was determined to expand his Trump Plaza and build a limo parking lot -- Coking's private property be damned. The nonprofit Institute for Justice, which successfully saved Coking's home, explained the confiscatory scheme:

"Unlike most developers, Donald Trump doesn't have to negotiate with a private owner when he wants to buy a piece of property, because a governmental agency -- the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority or CRDA -- will get it for him at a fraction of the market value, even if the current owner refuses to sell. Here is how the process works.

"After a developer identifies the parcels of land he wants to acquire and a city planning board approves a casino project, CRDA attempts to confiscate these properties using a process called 'eminent domain,' which allows the government to condemn properties 'for public use.' Increasingly, though, CRDA and other government entities exercise the power of eminent domain to take property from one private person and give it to another. At the same time, governments give less and less consideration to the necessity of taking property and also ignore the personal loss to the individuals being evicted."

Trump has attempted to use the same tactics in Connecticut and has championed the reviled Kelo vs. City of New London Supreme Court ruling upholding expansive use of eminent domain. He told Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto that he agreed with the ruling "100 percent" and defended the chilling power of government to kick people out of their homes and businesses based on arbitrary determinations:

"The fact is, if you have a person living in an area that's not even necessarily a good area, and government, whether it's local or whatever, government wants to build a tremendous economic development, where a lot of people are going to be put to work and make (an) area that's not good into a good area, and move the person that's living there into a better place -- now, I know it might not be their choice -- but move the person to a better place and yet create thousands upon thousands of jobs and beautification and lots of other things, I think it happens to be good."

Like most statist promises of bountiful job creation, government-engineered redevelopment math rarely adds up. Trump's corporations have backed casino industry bailouts and wealth-redistributing "tax-increment financing" schemes -- the very kind of taxpayer-subsidized interventions we've seen on a grand scale under the Obama administration.

Championing liberty begins at the local level. There is nothing more fundamental than the principle that a man's home is his castle. Donald Trump's career-long willingness to trample this right tells you everything you need to know about his bogus tea party sideshow.

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Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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  1. wilbertComment by wilbert
    April 22, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    Thank you Michelle for exposing the guy for what he is.  I never have really trusted him but now you have given plenty of reason why.

    Thanks again!

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  2. Kevin in KansasComment by Kevin in Kansas
    April 22, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    Careful…this sounds a little like sour grapes.  The eminent domain principles are often viewed as harsh, but then again…it is the law.  If you don’t like the law, lobby to change it – don’t lambast those that work within that law.  Perhaps the sudden popularity of Donald as a potential candidate says more about the Republican Party and our nation as a whole that most of us would like to admit.  This country is literally starving for leadership and, like him or hate him, Trump is a strong leader.  He’s saying things that people want to hear…but is that not true of most politicians? 

    Which is worse: a few people and businesses relocated due to eminent domain, or millions put out of work due to the destructive economic vendetta of the current administration? 

    You may not like Trump’s tactics, but what Congress is doing makes his antics seem insignificant by comparison.  Let’s focus of the real problems.  If Trump is not the guy, then let’s FIND someone with the guts to speak the truth about what is going on and get behind him/her.  The GOP is starting to revert to it’s wimpy-boy ways.

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    • Jack ReacherComment by Jack Reacher
      April 22, 2011 @ 9:18 am

      Wow, Kevin, could you be any more LAME in your comment?  “If you don’t like the law, lobby to change it?”  Well, “DUH!”.  And how long should that take to occur?  Years?  Decades?  You live in Kansas therefore you probably subscribe to the yellow brick road theory that trusts the intentions of every politician that is elected to do the right thing.  I cannot believe you would waste even your own time writing something so innocuous.
       

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    • cynicalobserverComment by cynicalobserver
      April 22, 2011 @ 10:07 am

      You are so right Kevin. Trump is smart and gets things done. We need someone as a president who will pull us out of this chaos brought on by previous and present administrations and do it legally, according to the law.

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    • HisStoryUnComment by HisStoryUn
      April 22, 2011 @ 10:57 am

      Actually the current application of the “eminent domain law” is against the law and the constitution.  Just because some people have managed to twist and distort it into what it is today hardly makes it OK because “it is the law”.  You are WAY off-base and ignorant too in describing this as an acceptable behavior just because it’s legal.  Just because you CAN do a thing does not make it right or OK!

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    • politicoComment by politico
      April 22, 2011 @ 11:20 am

      I am with you, Kevin.
      Michelle, I have always listened to you whenever you appear at FOX News.  Needless to say that my admiration of your tenacity in making news is now diminised!  Who do you think would be a better contender for the WH at this point in time, other than Donald Trump?  Besides, I see no fault on the part of Trump if he is able to develop properties acquired by the government under the “eminent domain”.  Does he not create jobs by doing this?  Does he not create improvement on the particilar site where the development takes place?  Why complain about his good works!

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    • weltangstComment by weltangst
      April 22, 2011 @ 11:27 am

      last I heard the Supreme Court upheld the Eminent Domain law.

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    • map2010Comment by map2010
      April 22, 2011 @ 11:52 am

      Kevin,
      I agree with what you are saying, Mr Trump is by far the best person to run. There are others who I would like to run but I don’t think they would win, Obama like him or not is not going to be easy. I like and Voted for John McCain and would like Mike Huckabee to win, but they sad to say would not win, Mitt Romney would be just as bad as Obama just like Rudy Giuliani both would be bad for the GOP. The GOP needs to wake up there is no one other then Trump that has a chance at winning, maybe if we play our cards right the other guys who we would like to be President can be pick by Mr Trump once hes in office. I just hope he don’t pick a Palin as VP or Obama will walk right back in to The White House.

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    • Rich MoneyComment by Rich Money
      April 22, 2011 @ 11:56 am

      While Trump has been something of a breath of fresh air because of his willingness to take on issues the media would rather gloss over, I must agree with Michelle that he is not really any better from a government intrusion standpoint than Obama. I mean what could possibly be more government intrusive than the government (local, state or federal, doesn’t matter) coming to your home and telling you that you have to vacate your home whether you choose to or not due to “eminent domain?” The founding fathers NEVER intended that the government should have the right to unilaterally take property from private citizens. That was exactly the type of tyranny they fled when they left England. Lands and property were being siezed due to their unwillingness to recognize the Anglican church’s claim of the king being god. I assure you that they never intended the fifth amendment to be used for unprincipled government land-grabs. Unfortunately, Trump is like a lot of our RINO’s in place today. They’re conservatives when they’re playing to the cameras, but when the rubber meets the road their conservative “values” don’t bear close inspection. We don’t need more cheap Democrat-lites in office; we need a solid principled conservative who is going to back up what he/she says with solid conservative actions. Donald Trump is not this man, and frankly I believe he would struggle to win anyway. He is the new kid on the block, politically speaking, and he lacks both the instincts and the savvy to make a serious dent in Obama. In point of fact, it is difficult right now to find a true conservative among those who are planning on running for president among the Republicans. I hope this changes, but as it is now, our presidential vote in 2012 may come down to the lesser of two evils, a sad situation indeed.

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    • Liberty4310Comment by Liberty4310
      April 22, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

      Up until the last two decades, eminent-domain was reserved for public needs.  It allowed governments to build roads and put infrastructure in place.  Until that time, it was not intended for the purpose of taking one persons land to essentially give it to another.  In fact, Amendment IV to the Constitution was written to prevent unreasonable searches and seizures of persons, houses, papers and effects.

      I suppose it comes down to the argument as to what constitutes “unreasonable.”  I believe the founding fathers would consider confiscation of land and the houses of people to build casino facilities to be a violation of the fourth amendment and therefore unreasonable.

      If the Supreme Court has ruled otherwise, consider that the court has not always been right and sometimes a current court will (though rarely) reverse rulings of a prior court.

      I can’t control what the court does or how it goes about making it’s decisions.  But if I see a situation that I’m convinced is clearly wrong and/or immoral, then I have to take a stand.  My stand, in this case, is to applaud Michelle for pointing out the type of person Donald Trump really is and to say he would never get my vote in a primary election and in a general election it would depend greatly on who his opponent is.

      Sour grapes?  No.  There are many laws that have been distorted by politicians being in bed with the people who make large contributions.  This is one of them.  If you say this is alright, then how can you say some other lobbying activities are not alright.  All of them are designed to garner some favor for some individual or group.  There are literally thousands of examples of the big guys getting something at the expense of the rest of us.  Trump is one of the big guys in question.

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    • map2010Comment by map2010
      April 22, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

      I don’t like the idea that Big Powerful people get away with whatever they want, but I will say there are sometimes its for the best of every one in that area. Not always and most likely not most of the time but in Trumps case he is a Business man and plays by the rules as all other Businesses do, if they believed at that time it was for the best by the law it was ok. But they still have to pay for that land and most likely a lot of money, he would have to file paper work and pay fees and follow the laws and then if all was right he would be able get the land.
      But Now lets look at what we have to pick from:
      John McCain: Great Guy I voted for him and would again if he could win.
      Mike Huckabee: Great Guy I would have voted for him.
      Mitt Romney: Hes not a Republican would just not vote.
      Rudy Giuliani: Just as bad as Mitt Romney, why not vote for Obama it would be easier hes already in there.
      VS
      Donald Trump
      Very Smart and Smooth hard working Business man who knows how to make money not take your money and give it away or make unfunded programs, I can’t tell you who I would want as a VP and I don’t care right now. All I know is that half of the Reps I am talking about are not even Reps at all and are just as bad as Obama.
      Rev.Mark Alan Pendergraft
       
       
       

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    • AmericaFirstComment by AmericaFirst
      April 22, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

      Kevin, what you said makes a lot of sense.  Trump followed the Laws and did nothing illegal.  He had a lot of money on the line and did what the law allowed him to do to finish his project.. 

      People should realize that when Laws are passed, good or bad, people will use them to their advantage.

      I am against the government being involved in ”stealing” private property from citizens for commercial projects like Trumps.  The problem is that government has NO business being involved and the politicians that passed these laws are to blame. Those politicians should be fired!

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    • angelsmommaComment by angelsmomma
      April 22, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

      What makes you think everyone in Kansas follows ” the yellow brick”. Because WE live in Kansas does not make us any less informed than you are.

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    • HardcaseComment by Hardcase
      April 22, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

      I NORMALLY AGREE WITH MISS MALKIN BUT NOT ABOUT THE DONALD–KEVIN IN KANSAS IS RIGHT –THE DONALD WOULD HAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLES INTEREST AT HEART–NOT LIKE THE LUNATIC IN OFFICE NOW, WHAT A LOSER.TRUMP SEEMS RIGHT NOW TO BE A BRIGHT STAR UPON THE HORIZON–HE WOULD HAVE MY VOTE-OH AND BY THE WAY I AM 70+–

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    • toonupguyComment by toonupguy
      April 23, 2011 @ 5:50 am

      I think Michelle is right on but Trump is exactly what is needed right now to give backbone to the Republicans. He’s the only one I want to listen to when he talks.  Obama as bad as he is gave reason for the rise of conservative talk radio and the Tea Party too.  If McCain had won I doubt the Progressives, Liberals and Socialists would have been so obviously exposed by contrast…

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  3. Comment by LuLu
    April 22, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    “I won’t vote for him. I’m afraid he’ll leave us for a younger, prettier country.” – Chris Rock

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    • map2010Comment by map2010
      April 22, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

      LOL ;-) Thats a good one.

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  4. thedoveComment by thedove
    April 22, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    I don’t see how anyone could maintain the Eminent Domain clause has not been stretched well beyond the intention of the framers.  Take property because it’s in the way of an obviously-needed interstate highway, perhaps.  Take property from you and give it to me so I can make a profit?  Not even close.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      April 22, 2011 @ 10:35 am

      Eminent Domain has been abused for the profit of tax districts. They want the ability to confiscate your property and sell it to someone who will pay higher property taxes than you. A lot of these people who whine about “stealing” land from the nomadic American Indians in the past do not see any problem with taking it away from citizens today. Texas had a constitutional amendment on our last ballot that was supposed to help do away with a lot of Eminent Domain abuse. I wasn’t crazy about the wording in it, but at least it is a start.
       
      I enjoy Donald going after Obama on the birth certificate issue, but I certainly don’t have a lot of trust in him at this time. I think all the information that comes out about his previous business dealings should be given serious consideration. If his boast of qualification is that he has run a successful business, why wouldn’t we then take a hard look at HOW he runs his business?

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      April 22, 2011 @ 10:46 am

      My rule of thumb is this when judging a politician;

      If a politician’s own wife cannot trust him why the hell should I. Integrity is what you do when nobody else is looking. When the do do hits the fan and the pressure is applied in any relationship, political or otherwise there are two types of people. One person clings the poker chips, the other person clings to the relationship and the needs of the other person.

      My inner voice tells me the Donald is more interested in the chips than the person who might just turn out to be me.

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  5. Think About ItComment by Think About It
    April 22, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    Good Article.  Sir Donald is not [I repeat not] a conservative.  He is a big money, skimp on the taxes progressive, and is in the ?race? strictly to muddy the waters.   In the past Sir Donald has willingly given money to Liberal Democrats that backed his own whatever-Donald-wants-Donald-gets agenda.  Beware the progressives trying to pose as true conservative Republicans [remember Arlen-the-spectacle].

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      April 22, 2011 @ 10:49 am

      You mean Benedict Arlen?

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  6. racVTComment by racVT
    April 22, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    Look into the role his brother, “the bagman” plays in paying off politicos.

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  7. rltComment by rltnspd
    April 22, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    This all sounds like sour grapes. Yes I too have seen eminent domain be misused, but this just sounds like GOP politics as usual. The GOP has gotten to be almost as bad as the Democratic Party who now have become Socialist Communist. The GOP has also gotten to be part of the “Good Ole Boy” network which I despise just as much!
    Either the GOP gets off it’s *** and nominates someone for the office of president of the United States who has a backbone and is willing to stand up and be counted for the values and standards that the American people value and want, or the GOP will lose election and election and this country will dwindle away into a socialistic communistic country that NONE of us wants.
    Donald Trump at least has a backbone and WILL stand up to China, the middle east and all of the rest of this world and he WILL put this country back to where it used to be as the most respected, loved and the greatest nation on the face of this earth. Right now as Trump has said, the are being laughed at on the world stage and the Chinese OWN this country!
    So get up off your High Horses and do something about it! Either nominate someone who will stand up to the rest of the world. Nominate someone who will keep socialism and communism out of this country, or SHUT UP!
     

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    • clessComment by cless
      April 22, 2011 @ 11:15 am

      DANG IT MICHELLE, you just couldn’t help yourself, could you? I have been supporting Trump for the Conservative Presidential candidate and you are messing that up. Everybody, pay attention to Kevin in Kansas and rtnspd, they know what they are talking about. Don’t listen to Michelle.

      Before long, she will be telling about Trump’s bankrupting four of his multi-million dollar, bad business decisions, to get out of them, without costing him the losses. If she does, don’t believe her. Just keep in mind that Trump told George on ABC Good Morning America that he would force OPEC into dropping oil prices. Now, that is what we need in a President, one willing to use our military to protect out interests.

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    • map2010Comment by map2010
      April 22, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

      I agree,
      GOP you have no one who can win, we want you to win so Trump is better then most. Like I said their two others who I like but they can’t win… Trump is the only one who can take on Obama and win.

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    • AmericaFirstComment by AmericaFirst
      April 22, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

      I wouldn’t want to vote for any Washington “insider” that runs for president!  There isn’t a “winner” among  the people that are talking about “throwing their hats in the ring.”  The GOP just hasn’t got anyone worth supporting.. Romney, Huckabee, Gingrich, are especially losers, in my opinion.. 

      It looks as if the Pubs just “put on a show” when it comes to ranting against the Dems.  Nothing ever seems to come of it and they always end up compromising and losing any leverage they had.  Do they throw away their leverage on purpose?  Sometimes it seems they do.  We might as well have only one party the way things have been..

      Trump is used to “winning” and getting his way.  He doesn’t mind verbalizing the obvious!  Most politicians are “mealy-mouthed,” and ride the fence because that is politics….it all about getting along and playing the game.  Most of us are extremely TIRED of this behavior!  Most of us want a “Leader” that is willing to take on the the “business as usual” in Washington.    So far, Trump is at least saying what most of us are thinking!

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  8. KrisComment by Kris
    April 22, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Well now you can thank the corrupt supreme court for eminent domain, Souter to be precise as the deciding vote, going against even the liberal judges!  And now you can thank corrupt cities and greedy politicians and greedy builders for using it in a way that was directly spelled out by the supreme court, not the constitution!  The constitution says that you cannot take land from one private citizen and give it to another!  But the supremes, in all their corrupt glory, decided that it was fine to do just that!  So it’s hard to really give the blame to those like Trump who take advantage of the NEW TRANSLATION of the law as decided by the supremes.  Maybe they take their group name to seriously, SUPREME COURT.  Contrary to what they think, they are NOT supreme! There are plenty of greedy, selfish, heartless, immoral azzholes in this country and world who will gladly take advantage!

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    • AmericaFirstComment by AmericaFirst
      April 22, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

      I agree Kris, it is all about corrupting the Constitution!  Our country would be great, once again, if the Constitution were still taken seriously by our lawmakers. I mean lawmakers on every level of government…

      Government should not interfere in private property sales! City politicians corrupted Eminent Domain when they saw they could increase taxes by getting rid of individuals in favor of commercial builders…It is all about the money, as are most things.

      Right now, it is any-one’s guess about Trump.. (or any of them.) But, he has tenacity, and has been successful getting what he wants! He is a negotiator, and tougher than any politician worried about being politically correct!  Personally, I want a “Fighter” in the White House, not an “Appeaser!”  

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  9. Srini VaradarajanComment by Srini Varadarajan
    April 22, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    On the nail Michelle.  Trading bh0 for Trump is like trading lung-cancer for emphysema.

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  10. bigal883Comment by bigal883
    April 22, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    ANY ONE WILL DO A BETTER JOB THAN THE MUSLIM WE HAVE IN THERE NOW….why dont you take a closer look at obumass?  OBUMMASS MUST BE IMPEACHED….he is a criminal on a lot of fronts and the government is in on it..we need a fresh start or we will end up in a civil war or worse a DICTATORSHIP….

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    • Liberty4310Comment by Liberty4310
      April 22, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

      biga1883.  If you’re inferring that Trump will be better, why yes, he will.  But so will so many others who aren’t yet, but soon will be, in the race.  We need to get rid of “the one”, “the messiah”, whatever term he goes by.  There are at least a dozen potential candidates that I would support over Trump.

      In terms of impeachment, I think Obama is vulnerable over a lot of issues and doesn’t have a great chance of winning reelection.  If he were impeached now, it would become a diversion from the many problems we are facing.  If it resulted in throwing him out, we’d end up with mealy mouthed Joe Biden as the Democrat candidate and he’d likely win simply based on sympathy.  No Democrat is more vulnerable than the current White House occupant.

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  11. johnapComment by johnap
    April 22, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    With all due respect to Michelle. New Jersey is probably the most crooked, underhanded state in the country! While Trump may have pulled some underhanded stunts himself, he had plenty of help from the machine that has controlled the state since before my time. One of the worst experiences in my life occurred in Atlantic City. My wife and I took a vacation there 4 years ago, her last one. She was very ill with stage 4 lung cancer, taking medications prescribed by her doctor. A bad reaction to one of the drugs caused her to act totally abnormally. The Ventnor City police couldn’t quite grasp that and instead of helping her (protect and serve???) handled her extremely roughly and placed her under arrest. I explained the situation to the female officer when asked to no avail. She was grandstanding, perhaps for a promotion, who knows?  Even the hospital staff was rude and nasty! The doctor in charge of her care refused for one week to speak to me even though I was her caregiver. Following that and spending many dollars to hire an attorney to defend her, she passed away before the case went to court. In my humble opinion, the best thing that could happen to New Jersey is if it were to sink into the ocean and disappear along with all the morons I encountered there. The state is the way it is because the people who live there choose for it to be. After all they elect these lawmakers who seem to endorse this behavior and make deals with men like Donald Trump. I wish the good people there much luck. They surely need it.

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    • Liberty4310Comment by Liberty4310
      April 22, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

      John, I rated you a “3″ simply because of your use of the term ni**er.  True or not, it’s a pejorative.  Otherwise, I would have given you a “5″.

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    • AmericaFirstComment by AmericaFirst
      April 22, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

      Johnap, I am so very sorry to hear how your wife was treated!  It must have been a horrible experience for you and your sick wife!  Just remember that there is such a thing as “Karma.”  People who mistreated her will pay, in the end.
      You may not know about it, and they may not realize why they are suffering, but it will happen….  The world has a way of taking care of these kind of people….

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    • AmericaFirstComment by AmericaFirst
      April 22, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

      Liberty4310!  Oh PLease, give it a rest!

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    • eliza1Comment by eliza1
      April 22, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

      What a humiliating experience – I am so sorry you had to go through that with your wife so ill. 

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    • edstraComment by edstra
      April 23, 2011 @ 9:20 am

      Jon, I’m sorry that you had such a bad experience in NJ, and deeply sorry for the pain you must have dealt with in losing your wife through cancer.  I hope you have found comfort through friends and family…  and though things in this life don’t always seem fair, the one comfort I find true is that God does truly care for us.  In the end he will bring justice where there has been wrong, he will bring peace to where there has been chaos, and he will bring everlasting hope to where there has been doubt, fear, and mistrust.  We are always going to be let down by people in this life, in every realm of our existence…  only God can make good on his promises, man will always fall short.  Hold on to what has eternal value and you will not be disappointed…  God bless you my friend…

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  12. LindaComment by Linda
    April 22, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    We need to pray and ask God to show us who to vote for. This is a serious matter to vote for a president for our Great Nation;ask the lord to lead us in our decision and maybe we can do the right thing and elect someone whom God would want to lead our nation!

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  13. TaheriComment by Rang Terry
    April 22, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    Michele:
    You have called a spade a spade. All these flamboyant Magnets use their money to exercise power, power of convenience. Trump, Palin, Rubio are all opportunitist. They do not care about conservatism. They care about their personal dogma. If these so called conservatives really want to do something for the country then get the congress to stop giving alms in terms of foreign aid to other nations. Use that aid to create opportunities within US with more R&D to get rid of dependence on Foreign Oil. Stop fighting wars for other countries and their people. Fight one for our own. Establish policies that Ronald Regan did to enable every American to own a Home and conserve the rights of seniors in this country who in the past have defended this economy. Provide them health care and social security. Eliminate multiple retirement for all Politicians who have held multiple offices during their life time. Only one pension. Freeze salaries of Politician. They make enough outside of politics through their corruptive activities and speaking engagements

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      April 22, 2011 @ 10:52 am

      At least this spade is better than that corrupt Spade in the Whitehouse along with his queen offffffarts who keeps dealing us Jokers from the bottom of his earmarked deck.

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    • AmericaFirstComment by AmericaFirst
      April 22, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

      You are so Right Inluminatuo!

      Trump doesn’t NEED the Presidency!  He is doing just fine!

      We do need to start making “Cuts at the Top!”  Get rid of the lavish benefits, perks, and retirements for thw Washington politicians! 

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  14. ibuyusmadeComment by ibuyusmade
    April 22, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    Great article Michelle.  The issue is not about being a leader, but a leader with right values that are constitutional.  We don’t need another Dealmaker-in-Chief.  Donald Trump has some good ideas about China, but if he’s really concerned, why doesn’t he start a glass company or other companies that manufacture right here in the USA, instead of buying his glass or other products from China? 

    As a number of people have pointed out, Donald Trump will run over a little old lady’s home in Atlantic City or whoever to get his casino or parking lot.  A guy who can contribute to Senator Chuck Schumer, D., NY, and to the new Mayor of Chicago’s Democrat campaign, Rahm Emanuel, and others so he can get his buildings built, is not a good conservative or Republican.  These men stand for everything that is opposite to any conservative, Repbulican, Tea Party or constitutional person’s beliefs.

    Let’s don’t be fooled again by strong speech.  Let’s look at their record and consistency.  By the way, what have casinos done for people anyway, except increase bankrupcy, break-up families, increase crime and prostitution.

    Please, let’s don’t vote for a guy because he has backbone and will “get things done”, unless they are the right things that he wants to get done. Let’s pray and look for a candidate with a constitutional conservative history that does have a backbone to stand-up to the forces that are destroying this country, and who will help us get back on track to being the best country in the world.

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  15. RWComment by RW
    April 22, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    So, is the problem that he is rich, using the law to get this way (capitalism) OR that he is rich and greedy (class and money envy)? Maybe if he wasn’t quite so rich, it would be more palatable?
     
    It is a fine line we tread in this case, People.

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    • Rich MoneyComment by Rich Money
      April 22, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

      RW:
      There are thousands of people throughout American history that managed to get rich without having to trample on other people’s rights and properties to do it. I am reminded of something that the Apostle Paul said in the bible. “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are expedient.” Essentially what he was saying is that while he had rights as a Roman citizen to do just about whatever pleased him, he recognized that exercising some of these rights would cast his lord and savior Jesus in a bad light. Capitalism is not good or evil, any more than money is good or evil. It is how it is obtained and how it is used that is good or evil. It is a slippery slope indeed when we begin to look at candidates based solely on success or popularity rather than examining the core principles that they use to operate in life. If Mr. Trump sees no problem with trampling on one person’s rights for his own gain, what makes you think he’ll lose a wink of sleep trampling over yours, if he can convince somebody that it’s for the “greater good?” See, the whole problem with the “greater good” is that its definition changes based on the context of the conversation and who is the primary engine of the change. We must remember that America was founded on individual freedom first. It was the true driving force behind this great republic. It is found in virtually every writing of the time period. We need to evaluate our candidates not just on their economic or social positions, but on their moral character and how they view individual freedoms. If we ever needed an example of what happens when we don’t follow that advice, just look in the current day White House. The man occupying that great home has an aversion to the truth worse than I’ve ever seen out of any politician anywhere. Trump’s moral character does not bear close inspection, whether it be in his personal life or his business dealings, and I would have a great deal of trouble trusting him to “do the right thing” when his whole life has been an example of disregarding the right thing for the most expedient thing.  

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    • edstraComment by edstra
      April 23, 2011 @ 10:08 am

      This is a comment on RM’s post to RW…  well said Rich, the right to do something, and the reasons behind that right are sometimes worlds apart.  We all have many rights, protected by our constitution, but exercising those rights can effect people in ways that may not be so desirable…
      I feel like we have gotten to be so self-serving in our country.  I believe that our “Independence” and “Individuality” have made us to be so ME oriented that we overlook being kind, polite, and generous.  This has flowed into our politics, as most politicians seem to be in office for what it can do for them, rather than what it can do for “the people”.
      So how do we alter our course?  How does a nation turn its proverbial rudder and steer the ship into calmer seas?  We have an elite group of people making decisions based on mostly “self-centered” goals/values.  Who has gotten our nation into this massive recession?  Is it the government, partly yes…  Is it Corporate America, partly yes…  Is it the people, partly yes…  but in the end who is it that can solve the problem???
      It is the governments role to manage commerce, trade, and the general protection and safety of the citizenry… Government needs to govern fairly, which means that those governing need to be without personal agenda.  Rather, the good of the people needs to be the objective…  so how do we decide what that good is?
      I believe that one of the main driving forces in “man” is that of greed, or call it self-preservation if you like?  It is basically greed, want for one’s own good.  Multiply that by 300 million and you’ve got a handful.  Multiply that by the diversity in culture that we share as a nation and you’ve got a bucket full!  Multiply that by the complexity brought about by Globalism and you’ve got a wheelbarrow full!
      How do we even begin to have a consensus with so much in flux?  I would like to suggest a simple few things; 1) Civility…  like what we were taught in Kindergarten, being polite, letting others go first, raising our hands to speak, keeping our voices calm, and in general thinking of others!  How is it we have gotten so rude and brash as a culture?  It would do us well to have less banter, and more grace.
      2) Serving…  what happened to the term “public servant?”  Have we forgotten that “serving” in office is an act “for the people” who are part of a nation that was formed on a Constitution that is supposed to be “by the people, and for the people?”  We need our officials to enter office wanting to serve the people, not their self interest.  Which means that maybe we need to change the incentives for office?  Do we need to provide life long pensions for those who serve?  Should we have term limits?  Do we need to restructure the way we govern?  Those that govern should do so with humility, and try to keep the game rules fair, and flag those that foul.
      3) Volunteerism…  I think that it is easy to complain about what “others” are doing, and not do something ourselves.  How many of us know people at work, in our church, or in our communities, who like to complain about this or that but are not willing themselves to make a fresh pot of coffee, serve in the nursery, or coach a little league team?  We have been gradually becoming less active in the public realm, less generous in our giving, and in general less public oriented as a culture/society…  so how can we blame it all on government, when we are all culpable?
      Perhaps we need to rally around YOU!, not ME, but YOU!  GO YOU!  I know this sounds stupid, but I’m actually serious.  Let’s start in our own world… I make a mess, I clean it up, I don’t expect YOU to clean up my mess.  I see a need, I try to meet it, instead of leaving it for YOU.  I know someone who who needs comfort, then I should do it, instead of waiting for YOU to do it…  I try to serve YOU, instead of waiting for YOU to serve me…  I want YOU to be happy, so that I can be at peace with myself…  how about YOU be the recipient of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control!?!
      Maybe our world would/could/should be a better place, if only we all were more benevolent toward others???  Just a thought…

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    • clessComment by cless
      April 23, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

      OMG edstra, I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS, BUT I think you made a blog misclick and wrongfully ended up on this site? In other words, after reading your comment, I really think you are on the wrong blog. This is a conservative HATE SITE. These are people who think they are physic, who can read the minds of all politicians from thousands of miles away.

      They make up their own facts and avidly accept any statement their party leaders or candidates throw at them as the word of saints or God himself, to be used for their hate and bigotry.
       
      They have no solutions or suggestions, just hate and condemnation. If you present them with facts, they will call you a liar without any facts to support that. All they fantasize and write about is impeaching Obama and completely wiping out Liberals.

      Other than that, they don’t give 2 seconds of thought of what they would do with their Conservative dictatorship. They cannot visualize what the world they want to create would actually be like. Since God was dumb enough to give us free will, they think they should step in and fix that, because they know better than God what people should do.
       
      They know for a fact what goes on in major corporate boardrooms, unions and foreign countries. They are oilfield drilling and refinery experts. They know everything there is to know about our environment, especially global warming. They personally know everything to know about Islam and what it believes. For sure, they do not believe all men were created equal or that every race is human.

      According to them, everyone who has a different opinion has been dumbed down by liberal teachers and are therefore ignorant. Dumb down, liar and ignorant are the words they use to replace facts and reasonable explanations. Therefore, when you use words like civility, serving, volunteerism, fairly, polite, joy, peace, patience, goodness, etc., you are using words that do not exist in their language.

      JUST GO BACK AND READ EVERY COMMENT FROM THE TOP DOWN TO HERE AND TELL ME, IF I AM WRONG NOST OF THE TIME. GO OVER TO ARTICLES ABOUT WELFARE, GUNS, GLOBAL WARMING, TAXES, DEFICIT, OBAMA, REID, PELOSIE, AND ANY OTHER ONES AND READ THE COMMENTS OF THE STAFF WRITERS AND THE COMMENTS OF THE MEMBERS, TO SEE THE SAME.

      I KEEP COMING BACK FROM MY EMAIL COPIES OF THEIR COMMENTS AND TRY SOME FACTS OR JUST THOUGHTS IN AREAS I KNOW ABOUT. BUT, ACCORDING TO THEM, I HAVE BEEN DUMBED DOWN AND THEREFORE AN IGNORANT, LIBERAL LIAR.

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    • Rich MoneyComment by Rich Money
      April 25, 2011 @ 6:41 am

      Cless, Cless, Cless…put down the crack pipe and back away…it’s no good for you. As always, I am amazed at your duplicity. You continue to try to “paint” yourself an independent, but your speech and tactics come right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook. Let me put it another way…why is it that when you disagree with me, you are simply exercising your first amendment rights, yet when I disagree with you, I’m a racist, bigot hater? As for your “facts”, I’ve seen nothing from you yet that could even remotely be called a “fact.” All I’ve seen from you are the same old liberal talking points that have been regurgitated ad nauseum for decades. If you expect me to apologize for my conservative beliefs, don’t hold your breath. You won’t look good in that shade of blue. I support an anti-abortion platform because killing innocent children is wrong, whether they are in utero or not. I support killing global warming legislation because global warming is a farce, and more and more ethical scientists are calling it such. Speaking of your “facts”, I didn’t notice any mention of the fact that unethical scientists had been “cooking the books” with global warming “data” to make it look far worse than the data actually showed. Surely an “independent” thinker would take such facts into account before making decisions, but you do not. Why? Do I support gun control? No. It is a fact that the vast majority of gun crimes, well over 95%, are committed with guns that were NOT obtained legally. Therefore, all you will accomplish by controlling legal access to guns is to put the criminals at a greater advantage, since they do not get their guns legally anyway. Do I support raisng taxes? No. It has shown throughout the history of America that when you raise taxes, you lower revenue for the government. This will not help the deficit. The only way we can restore fiscal sanity is to tighten the belts and stop spending trillions we don’t have on entitlement programs we don’t need. I could go on and on, but I think the point is made. Just because I do not agree with your socialist utopia vision (which has failed in every circumstance it has ever been employed, by the way) doesn’t make me a hater. It makes me someone who is willing to objectively review fact and come to the conclusion that your way will not work, and I therefore reject it for the vision the founding fathers created. Their way created a nation of prosperity and strength for over 200 years; your way led to the Soviet Union and North Korea. I think it’s obvious to most anyone reading this which way worked out better.

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    • clessComment by cless
      April 25, 2011 @ 11:35 am

      Rich Money, Rich Money, Rich Money, I did not single you out when I wrote of the SPIRIT OF THIS BLOG AND THE ONES MOSTLY COMMENTING ON IT, PLUS THE ARTICLES OF ITS STAFF WRITERS. AND, I did fail to say how much I agreed with and liked what you wrote just ahead of edstra. It was well thought out and very constructive, a very rare occurrence on this blog.
       
      I do not intend to attack any Conservative beliefs, any more than I would with Liberal beliefs. I am against how those beliefs are miss used in determining a political candidate to support. I believe that any political office of government is a very serious thing affecting the lives of all of the people of this nation, which includes my family and me. That is why I do not accept blank campaign statements of candidate’s seeking to get my vote, based upon my prejudices of beliefs or about my fellow human being.

      For example, I do not like anything about abortion, but a candidate will not get my independent vote, just because he says he is against it. Among the many qualifications I require of a candidate, is that he or she would have to impress me with their plan to help prevent abortions and how to assist the mother they are forcing, by law, to have the baby, and the baby itself. I do not like laws intended to solve a problem and then everyone walks away and puts it out of their minds, thinking the only thing necessary has been ACCOMPLISHED with that LAW. I also do not like hiring a politician to fix things we the citizens should be doing ourselves, through our churches and social networks.
       
      Every law ever passed, including the Ten Commands, were the results of the FAILURE, to obtain common consent among the population to resolve the problem, otherwise. Therefore, any law that does not gain the common consent of the people it applies to, will never succeed in fully accomplishing its purpose. We easily saw that, after experiencing the results of the Prohibition Law, but cannot even allow a little peek into that possibility connected to our illegal drug laws, gun laws, anti-smoking laws, anti-abortion laws, and all other morality based laws.
      BUT, politicians can get a lot of votes for just saying they are for those laws, WHILE MAKING PROMISES THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO PERFORM, WHEN IT COMES TO ISSUES THAT REALLY AFFECTS OUR SOCIETY AS A WHOLE.

      My state of Texas, a bastion of Christian Conservatives, red necks and bigots, with a lot of really good people thrown in, is a prime example of that. If you are handsome and tough looking, say you are against Obama, abortion, gay marriage, gun controls, big government spending, lower taxes and are for prayer in schools, you will not only get elected, you will also be given a legal license to steal and create a $30B budget deficit. You can get elected here, without being for much of anything or showing you have any real abilities or qualification for the office. You only have to say you are against the right things.
      This is what I feel is becoming the spirit of our nation fed by blogs like this one and other sources; wherein, my saying that Mr. Rich Money, must have hit a nerve with you, right? So, please prove me wrong. Go back through at least a majority of the comments under all of the topics on this site and post where I should go, to find the ones with constructive suggestions, ideas for uniting the country, not accusing liberals of being ignorant and corrupt, and THAT DON’T SAY THE WRITER KNOWS FOR SURE THE BAD THOUGHTS AND INTENTIONS OF EVERYONE THEY DON’T LIKE AND THE GOOD THOUGHTS AND INTENTIONS OF THE ONES THEY DO LIKE. IN OTHER WORDS, SHOW ME WHERE THEY SUBMITTED PROOF OF THEIR MIND READING OR PHYSIC ABILITIES.
       
      THEN POINT OUT WHERE MY FACTS WERE WRONG. While I am waiting on your prove up, I WILL GO THROUGH MY OLDER POSTS TO SEE WHERE I HAVE BEEN TOO NEGATIVE OR HATEFUL AND APPLY THAT INTO BEING MORE CONSTRUCTIVE AND POSITIVE. THEREFORE, I THANK YOU FOR POINTING THAT OUT ABOUT ME.

      BY THE WAY, I REALLY, REALLY DISLIKE IT, NOT HATE IT, WHEN A LIBERAL, CONSERVATIVE OR ANY OTHER PARTY’S CANDIDATE SAYS, “THIS IS WHAT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WANT.”

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    • Rich MoneyComment by Rich Money
      April 25, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

      Cless:
      I am impressed…that was probably the best thought out response I’ve seen from you. My concern is simple…I agree that character is a big issue in candidates today. However, in all of the blogs I have seen you post, I cannot recall even one that calls out a Democrat on character issues. This is a concern to me because they have given you ample opportunity to do so. Obama has fought tooth and nail (and money) to keep his birth certificate out of evidence when it would be a simple thing indeed to make the birther issue go away by producing it. Why have you not called on him to do so? Al Gore has been the biggest Chicken Little on global warming, but yet lives a lifestyle that clearly shows a complete and callous disregard for the “threat.” If you truly believe global warming to be an issue, why have you not called him (and other liberals) out for their hypocritical positions on this issue? The democrats are running around saying “tax the rich, they don’t pay their fair share.” All the while they are making sure they take every single deduction available to them and paying the lowest amount of taxes that they can. While this isn’t illegal, their position is certainly hypocritical. If you truly believe you aren’t paying enough, then arrange your tax affairs so you pay more. Not hard to do at all, but I see none of them lining up to do it. Again nary a peep has been uttered by you in print regarding this inconsistency of position. I could continue, but the point is made. I never believed you were singling me out in your post…when I spoke of my disagreement with you, I was speaking metaphorically as a conservative. If you truly wish to be an independent, then it only follows that you would fairly point out inconsistencies on both sides of the aisle. Unfortunately you seem to save all of your criticism for the right. Like the liberal media, you seem completely content to give the left a free pass, and from where I sit, that simply can’t be considered “independent.”

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  16. DougComment by Doug
    April 22, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    Wow – Michelle is HOT and Smart (in either order)! Eminent Domain has become a calling card for extortion and redistribution of assets in America. I have worked for AT&T and believe me, if you want to know another entity who has made a fine art of eminent domain, it is AT&T. Originally meant to pave the way for populace-based, beneficial projects, it has become a calling card for savy, lawyered-up corporations to simply steal real estate from ill-equipped, average, American landowners. Want a chilling story? Read about the Tennessee Valley Authority debachle that reeeealy exploited and revealed the process for what it is. Large corporations can now simply take property, using the weakest of reasoning while providing a paultry crumb to the poor pawn who is in the way of a profit-making venture. Donald Trump is sooo savvy and soooo connected, i fear that his most recent ploys to attract conservatives is no more than a stairway to heaven – and the noose for Americans. He IS a business man first. His drives are profit and power; not repairing national destruction following Commucrat rein. Where is our next Reagan?????

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  17. memawComment by memaw
    April 22, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    I have never liked The Donald.  Back in my dinosaur days, I remember his hostile takeovers.  If anyone is a millionaire on the backs of others, he is.  I do not like his arrogance and narcissism, but I do like what he is unafraid to say that even the politicians I respect will not say.  Only if he won the primary, would I vote for him.  If that happens, I would not think twice about it.  I want the person who is elected to get the job done right and if he is the only one with the courage to do it, so be it.

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    • weltangstComment by weltangst
      April 22, 2011 @ 11:57 am

      …..but I do like what he is unafraid to say that even the politicians I respect will not say…..Yes they need to pay attention to see what resonates with voters and then use it. Not the birther thing of course.

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  18. joycecauthenComment by joycecauthen
    April 22, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    We must be very cautious with selecting the next GOP Presidential candidate.  It appears that the people now want “leadership” rather than the “change” touted by the Democrates in 2008.  We all know what leadership can mean, but most certainly, did not understand what “change” meant to this great nation and what effect within just six months after “change” supposedly was being administered by this new admininistration, did we understand what was meant by the Administration’s “change”.

    I am not sure about Trump, but if he turns out to be the man, or whom ever does, let me make a suggestion for the ticket -

    Trump/Jindal
    Romney/Jindal
    Huckabee/Jindal
    Ginrich/Jindal

    Got the picture -   Jindal is the real leader, administrator and has the executive ability to be the President – but his time is yet to come and there is no reason to not use his ability at the current time during this crisis – to be Vice President should he elect to be so.

    A man who goes about doing his job and although he may be carrying a huge burden, manages to get it done.   No he is not perfect, and I am sad to say that because they did not like the back drop he used following the State of Union Address, all of a sudden, he no longer appeared to be a contender for the Presidency -   

    I am asking the people to please seek out the man who will defnitely roll up his sleeves and one who  can work in a meaningful way with the next Republican President (should that be the case).  Knowing that he is at the helm, I do believe the people can then go about their lives knowing that the very best has been done for them and even when it may not be a popular choice, the people will come together and accept it.

    Thank you

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    • weltangstComment by weltangst
      April 22, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

      I would suggest Trump-Palin. Neither is afraid to speak their minds.

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    • map2010Comment by map2010
      April 22, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

      Palin reminds me of a female Larry The Cable Guy. “Getter Done” Too bad shes only one liners, last thing we need is a half term VP.

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    • Wlmitch1Comment by Wlmitch1
      April 22, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

      I admire Bobby Jindal, and believe that he would prove to be one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history, but there is just one issue. He IS a native-born U.S. Citizen, but NOT a natural-born U.S. Citizen. His parents were not U.S. Citizens at the time of his birth. Therefore, he is not Constitutionally eligible to run for president. That is why Governor Jindal will never run for President, and why he would never accept a Vice Presidential nomination. It’s a shame, but it’s true. If Jindal WAS Constitutionally eligible to run for President, he would already be in the race and I would vote for him in 2012. He is a true Patriot and would never violate the Constitution by running for President like Obama did.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      April 23, 2011 @ 10:12 am

      If Bobby Jinhal’s name was Barry Soreto a little thing like not being a natural born citizen would not stand in his way. See what happens when men of integrity who do the right thing run up against men of no integrity. The latter get their way with us everytime.

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    • clessComment by cless
      April 23, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110423/ap_on_re_us/us_obama_birth_certificate 
      I still don’t know why you folks think speaking your mind in an untruthful way is admirable. Its only purpose is to feed on your hatred and bigotry to get your support. I swear, thrown in campaign rhetoric of anti-abortion, band gay marriage, kill immigration, put Christian prayer back in schools, kill global warming legislation, Obamacare and you can buy Conservative support.

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  19. pypypypyComment by pypypypy
    April 22, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    Thanks for bringing this to light Ms Malkin. I too will not be voting for Mr Trump in the GOP primary. His donation to the liberals campaign is very troubling for me and threatening to run as an Independant, does not bode well with me. If he is calls himself a “republican” why is pandering to the left with campaign donations??

    Didnt he recently offered to build a building for the Obamas to entertain foreign dignitaries?? Hmm…, sounds like pandering to me.

    He also said that the Chinese has been, “sc*****g” us for years so why is he still doing business with them?? Why doesnt he offer some of his contracts to our All American firms??

    Why, because it is all about bottomline and $$$ for Mr Trump. Some of the things he has said is contradicting and dangerous.  Yes, Mr Trump we can just impose a 25% tax on the Chinese, you dont they are going to flexi their muscles since they own majority of our debt??

    Mr Trump seems to forget one important thing,  saving face is a big thing for the Chinese. They are already considering themselves the “new Super Power” this idea of Mr Trump wont work and the Chinese wont take it lying down! 

    The only way is to cut spending and pay the debt of so that we are not at anyone’s mercy!

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  20. BillComment by Bill1776
    April 22, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    BY THEIR FRUIT YOU SHALL KNOW THEM: MATTHEW 7:16

    According to electoral cycle donations via OpenSecrets.org, Trump has donated a net $744,033 to political candidates and committees since 1989 (the extent of the online database).
    Of this, $612,083 are to candidates or parties identifiable either as Republican or Democratic.
    “Of that amount, $320,300 of that have been to the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates; $291,783 to Republican committees and candidates. That’s 52% of his giving to identifiable political giving to Democrats.”
    Forbes’ list of some of Trump’s liberal recipients includes:

    $20,350 to Charles Rangel, the Harlem-based Congressman
    $9,900 to Chuck Schumer
    $9,400 to Harry Reid
    $9,000 to various Kennedys, mainly Ted.
    $5,500 to John Kerry

    Anyone that donates to Rangel, Schumer, Reid, Kennedy and Kerry is not to be trusted. The republicans he donated to are middle of the road republicans or liberals.
    Trump is not putting much of his money where his enormous mouth is.

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    • ibuyusmadeComment by ibuyusmade
      April 22, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

      Hey Bill 1776, this tells everyone a lot about Donald Trump.  To put $20,000 in Charlie Rangel’s campaigns and donate to Kennedy, Schumer, Emanuel, Kerry, Gore, and Harry Reid!, etc., wow!  This is not a conservative or a man of principle.  May we find a strong, younger experienced principled governor, a real conservative for this election and not a Newt or Romney or RINO.

      Let’s not forget trying to get independents to vote Republican with President Ford against Governor Jimmy Carter—very little difference; Senator Dole against Governor Clinton—same problem, and Senator McCain against Obama—again, the same problem. Hopefully, we can find a conservative Republican governor with experience and backbone to run in 2012. We need someone who is an administrator as well as one who inspires. Let’s keep looking.

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    • AmericaFirstComment by AmericaFirst
      April 22, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

      Sorry, but that is the way business is done in this country!   Big business pays tribute to those in power or they don’t get anywhere…  I don’t agree with it, but it is naive to think it doesn’t happen..  Look at any big business and see where they contribute money…

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  21. ChewyBeesComment by ChewyBees
    April 22, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    I am amused by the excuses and pandering you die hard republicans are so fond of.  You will find a way to make a total snake look like the lamb of god(lessness).  The only people more deluded are the Democrats, and that’s not because they are fooling themselves, it’s because they know electing a snake is the only way to fool all of you.
    I’d like to know what candidate you plan on putting up against the Kenyan?  You purposely threw the last election with that incoherent fossil McCain.  Just like the Demorons threw the election with Gore and Kerry, two Frankensteins with no chance despite what the electronic voting machines may have sold you.  If you’re not going to pick Trump to make his own bank for himself and his morally decrepit friends, then you better have someone of looks and personality to put up against the alien.  That man will work your ugly gray skinned fools you keep pulling out of the coffin at election time with one birth certificate tied behind his back.
    Either way, just like the past 10 presidents, they will say one thing and do another.  Just like Donny Dearest pulled in every real estate eminent domain make himself rich then declare bankruptcy scheme he pulled at the public’s expense.  He is rich because you are not.  And if you are rich, and are reading this, is the matter with you?
    Rich people are rich on the backs of poor people.  With a complete economic meltdown on the horizon, it’s time for the rich to squeeze the middle class until they are poor class, and then grind the rest into powder and put it into their smoothie as a supplement of their power.
    4610: derrrrrr….

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    • weltangstComment by weltangst
      April 22, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

      …….Rich people are rich on the backs of poor people……
                            Class warfare
      The Heart and Soul of the Democratic Party.

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    • AmericaFirstComment by AmericaFirst
      April 22, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

      Weltangst, you are right!

      Class warfare has been launched by the Democratic party! 

      If someone poor thinks a “rich person” stole their money…that is just short of lunacy!

      What a trip!

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  22. FlaJimComment by FlaJim
    April 22, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    The more we learn of this man, the more distatseful he becomes.  At first, folks were excusing Trump for his lavish donations to various Dems as being the cost of doing business with them.  Now this revelation that goes a long way to painting him as a self serving creep with no real values whatsoever.

    Yeah, yeah, all the **** about him being a successful businessman.  The same can be said of of George Soros.  Anyone wanna vote for him?

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    • pypypypyComment by pypypypy
      April 22, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

      I agree FlaJim. I simply do not trust Trump. also some of the things he has said is ridiculous, like let us go and take the oil from Iraq. Now I am not saying the Iraqis dont owe us but this behaviour could start a Holy War??? which is what the muslim extremist are trying to start.

      Many of them are so ungrateful, when you try to help/liberal them, you are accuse of trying to occupy their country. So if we do as Mr Trump suggest, what do you think they will say?? Best thing is just not get involve and let them destroy each other.

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    • AmericaFirstComment by AmericaFirst
      April 22, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

      Where was all this criticism when “The Muslim” was a candidate!  He presented himself as an uneducated,  unaccomplished illegal Muslim foreigner, without a past, questionable parentage, and multiple identities!  Some of you Trump bashers never criticised him….People couldn’t vote for him fast enough! (Oh I remember he became president because he has black skin.  That was a great qualification!)

      I will take my chances with a Real American, that has been successful, and has fought to get what he wants….Just maybe he will want exactly what I want and we both will get it!

      At least I know he is an American businessman.  Seems like some on the board don’t know how business is done in this country by all… those you respect and those you don’t respect.  I think most of this stuff being said about Trump is just class envy!

      You know, I don’t care if I like his personality or don’t like some of his business deals.  What I care about is getting someone that can get the job done….

      George Washington was a pretty shady character, himself.  Many of our heroes have been scoundrels!  No one can be a “Saint” and do what is need!

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  23. clement2011Comment by clement2011
    April 22, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    I don’t know about any of you who don’t see where the country’s going.   I am tired of voting the same guys (career pols) who don’t do anything but make promises.  They say they are conservatives, but really?  Take this guy Boehner, who is selling our dreams for a pot of porridge.  Get these career pols out and get in new faces, fresh faces, who will set the country in the right direction.  But the most important thing is to get Obama out and the Donald will when he continues his rant on the “birther’s” issue.  I am sick of 90 of the GOP saying Obama is a natural born citizen, or even an American citizen, given that he has no shown any proof that he si and has spent tons of money hiding his past (including his birth). 

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    • AmericaFirstComment by AmericaFirst
      April 22, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

      I agree!  I am SICK of  Republicans and Fox News talking heads, swearing that “The Muslim” is a natural-born citizen!  There is an enormous amount of evidence to the contrary!  What is wrong with the picture..

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    • JimRedComment by JimRed
      April 25, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

      Term limits will help correct that problem, but good luck getting congress to set expiration dates upon the power over their own little fiefdoms.

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  24. TRUTHTELLERComment by TRUTHTELLER
    April 22, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    Michelle, I agree wholeheartedly with your opinion of “The Donald”.

    This being said, at this point in time, there is really no other Republican, Conservative candidate that has come to the forefront as far as leadership is concerned.  

    The present Republican leadership is almost exclusively from the old school, countryclub establishment variety, for which reaching across the isle compromise, (capitulation) is the normal way of doing business in Washington. 

    A perfect example of this is the paltry 38 billion reduction in the budget agreed upon, when trillions in reductions are needed.  The Democrats laughed all the way to the bank with that one.

    Trump’s despicable behavoir regarding the abuse of the emenent domain laws, for his own personal gains, combined with his lavish donations to Reed, Schumer, Pelosi and mayor Rom, tells me that he should not be trusted, as President, to do the right thing for the people, instead of for Donald Trump. 

    In spite of all that I have pointed out in the above, Trump is is opening his mouth and asking the right questions. Asking for Obummers birth certificate and school records is a good thing.  Questioning his deceision making dithering and delaying on every front, is a good thing.  Questioning Obummer’s China policy, is a good thing.  Bringing jobs home to America, that have been outsourced, is a really good thing.

    Trump is bringing all these great questions to the forefront. Which, I might add, has been avoided, ignored or derided, by the Republican establishment and RINOS.

    I say, Let him Trump talk.  It could eventually give the Republican leadership the cahones to speak up and maybe, it will also spirit some new strong Conservative candidates to step forward. 

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  25. IdylewyldeComment by Idylewylde
    April 22, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    In every case, no exceptions, the first American colonies were organized around economy, be it agricultural or other. Community planning, as such, was mainly people finding ways to be near work. The natural tension arising out of economic priorities and private property are inherent. That’s why we still have eminent domain laws.

    Private property, especially in this age, is a myth. You can be taxed off of your property. Tax assessors use what standard? The bank is the standard. If the bank wants your peoperty, your taxes go up. When they acquire your peoperty, the tax goes down. Inheritence rights? Yeah, sure … Inheritence tax.

    Trump is a product of this reality. Don’t like the reality? Change the laws. Make the banks and tax assessors accountable.

    Good luck.

    In the meantime, we need jobs, we need businesses, we need an economy that works. Without a strong economy, you can kiss off any hope of owning anything, or keeping what you already own.

    Guess which way Obama and the RINOs want it.

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