Trump has promised to “bring back American jobs” to gain the White House. Yesterday, he raised the hopes of people in Indiana claiming he has been talking to Carrier about not sending all of their jobs to Mexico. The company said they did talk to Trump, but no decision has been made.
I still haven’t seen any tweets from Trump saying he was bringing all of his manufacturing jobs to America. As everyone knows his manufacturing jobs for all of his family’s products are overseas. If he wants to give a perfect example of “bringing back Americans jobs” he could start with his own product lines.
But, if you really want to know just how Trump works, look to Scotland. Believe it or not, Trump actually built a wall, or more precisely more than one wall, and then sent the bill for these walls to his neighbors. None of the have paid the bill.
This all took place in Balmedie in northeast Scotland when Trump built his new golf course. There was trouble from the beginning for Trump even getting permission to build his golf course. The local government turned down his request. It was built on property that contained 4,000 year-old sand dunes. The local government said that ecology was more important than money.
The head of the Scottish government overruled the turn-down and allowed the project to go ahead. The reason was that Trump promised 6,000 jobs for Scotland and over 1400 local permanent jobs. The project was to include a 450 room luxury hotel, two golf courses, and 950 time-share units.
The two golf courses turned out to be one. The 450 room luxury hotel never was built nor was the 950 time-share units. The 1400 jobs turned out to be about 95 although a spokesperson for Trump said it was more like 150.
To top things off, the government refused to use eminent domain to take property away from local residents for his project. That means a few homes he wanted to tear down are still there. So, he took revenge on the homeowners.
Trump decided to build walls to block the resident’s view of the ocean. David and Moira Milne had already been threatened with legal action by Mr. Trump’s lawyers, who claimed a corner of their garage belonged to him, when they came home from work one day to find his staff building a fence around their garden. Two rows of grown trees went up next, blocking the view. Their water and electricity lines were temporarily cut. And then a bill for about $3,500 arrived in the mail, which, Mr. Milne said, went straight into the trash.
Then Trump went after another resident. Susan and John Munro, who also refused to sell up now face an almost 15-foot-high earthen wall built by Mr. Trump’s people on two sides of their property. Needless to say, these are the two residents who fly Mexican Flags every time Trump visits his property. The Milne property overlooks Trump’s clubhouse from an old Coast Guard station.
A third flag appeared from another resident who refused to sell up too. Michael Forbes, a quarry worker whose home sits on the opposite side of the Trump property, added a second flag — “Hillary for President” — perhaps because Mr. Trump publicly accused him of living “like a pig” and called him a “disgrace” for not selling his “disgusting” and “slumlike” home.
Alex Salmond, a former first minister of Scotland whose government granted Mr. Trump planning permission in 2008, overruling local officials, now concedes that the project was probably a mistake, saying: “Balmedie got 10 cents on the dollar.”
But, apparently Balmedie isn’t the only place in Scotland being hurt by Trump. Mr. Salmond said that Mr. Trump’s impact on business in Scotland might actually be a net negative because his xenophobic comments have so appalled the Scottish establishment that the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, known simply as the R&A, is unlikely to award his other Scottish golf course, the world-renowned Trump Turnberry, another prestigious golf tournament like the Open anytime soon.
“I don’t see the R&A going back to Turnberry, which is a tragedy in itself,” Mr. Salmond said. “But it’s also a huge economic blow: Several hundred million pounds lost — or, in Trump terms, billions.”
Mr. Salmond has expressed “second thoughts” about the whole project. “If knowing what I know now I had the ability to go back, I would rewrite that page,” Mr. Salmond said in an interview this week. “Most developments balance economic against environmental issues. The problem, and it’s a big problem, is that Donald Trump didn’t do what he promised.”
His fallout is complete. Trump is now calling him “mad Alex” and a “has-been” first because he refused to evict residents by eminent domain and then over his plans to install offshore wind turbines a couple of miles from Mr. Trump’s golf course.
These are the same wind turbines that Trump asked Farage to help him stop from being built since he became the President-elect. Trump himself testified against the wind turbines. At a parliamentary inquiry about renewable energy in 2012, Mr. Trump warned that Scotland would get into “serious trouble” if it continued to build wind turbines. Asked what evidence he had, he said: “I am the evidence.”
So, he promised to invest $1.25 billion to the project and 6000 jobs at least 1400 permanent jobs in Balmedie. The project has so far spend about $50 million and produced no more than 150 jobs. Plus, he has pissed off the Scotts so much it is unlikely that the most prestigious tournament, the British Open, will probably not be held at Turnberry in the foreseeable future costing millions of pounds lost to the economy.
To me, the only good news about this story is that the golf course reportedly lost $1.36 million last year. I say that because this is what we just elected to be our next president. All of the horrible temperament issues we discussed during the campaign are on full display in Balmedie Scotland.
Broken promises. Lies. Name calling. Revenge. Self-absorbance.
Are you really surprised that he has already started his corruption of the office of the President before he actually takes office? There are a lot of things that will be bad about the Trump presidency. Corruption is probably the most worrisome when it comes to how he handles the office.
Especially when you consider Trump believes that “the President cannot have a conflict of interest”. Meaning whatever he does as President means it is legal just because he is President.
So, let the money roll in. Only we the people won’t see any of it.