GOP front-runner Donald Trump's call for an 18-month program of mass and absolute deportations would require the country to identify, find and then remove more than 20,000 people per day. And, barring some sort of change in the Constitution, this would still leave in place some of the American-born progeny of undocumented immigrants, as well as the fast-growing American-born Latino and Asian populations,
Sharing on Facebook, Diaz wrote:
Something almost never mentioned- the share of white Americans who actually vote in presidential elections has been shrinking since 2004. That's a choice white voters are making- The United States is a country that has for two centuries ultimately accepted a long list of policies and practices that reserve the bulk of its best schools and neighborhoods, health care and housing, jobs and wages for white Americans. This is the American way that will simply have to change in the face of a United States whose makeup is rapidly changing.
2) Trump has become an educator, if accidentally, on campaign finance.
Then came the debates, where Trump cleverly positioned satellite candidates around Planet Donald by recounting how he had purchased their fealty. “You know, most of the people on this stage I’ve given … a lot of money,” Trump said, adding, “I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And you know what? When I need something from them, two years later, three years later, I call them, and they are there for me. And that’s a broken system.”
“I was listening to the debate, and I’m saying—Trump is giving our message!” chuckled the left-leaning pollster Stan Greenberg. “Trump is essentially giving a big public education about how money corrupts the process.”
“In the course of explaining his many political contributions, he’s made the same points the reformers have made: that this is a pay-to-play system, that people put their money in and expect to get results,” said Trevor Potter, founding president of the Campaign Legal Center and former chairman of the Federal Election Commission during the Clinton administration. David Donnelly, president of the nonpartisan group Every Voice, a leading nonprofit that advocates for campaign finance laws, agreed. “What Trump is saying is the truth because he can afford to say it,” said Donnelly. “A lot of the other candidates don’t feel like they can afford to say it, because they’d bite the hand that feeds.”
3) Karl Rove is weak. I had always thought of him as an evil mastermind. I still think of him (but now I just remove the word "mastermind.") From Breitbart.com:
“Karl Rove spent $430 million dollars on various campaigns last cycle. Didn’t win one. Which is pretty hard to do,” Trump said. “But Karl Rove spent $430 million dollars and didn’t win one race, and I think that’s pretty sad, and I can’t imagine how anybody would listen to him.”
Rove's defense of Trump's claim is weak and leaves a lot of holes and unanswered questions:
When I raised questions about his seriousness, Mr. Trump tweeted that I had “spent $430 million in the last cycle and didn’t win one race.” (In 2010, he donated $50,000 to the Crossroads political-action organizations for which I volunteer.) In the 2014 cycle, Crossroads groups spent $103 million to help win 10 of 12 targeted U.S. Senate seats and 10 of 13 competitive House seats. Not that facts matter much to The Donald.
4) Apprentice Season One is great, filled with useful principles. I never thought much about seeing a reality show made by a wild playboy. But all this DonaldMania has him in my feed every five minutes. So I learned that:
"I teach from the Harvard Business School cases; they're not as exciting as what's on 'The Apprentice,' " said Beth Goldstein, an adjunct professor at Brandeis University's International Business School, who used the show in her consulting class. "If there (was) a lesson on (the Donald Trump show), it can become integrated in the whole learning opportunity."
There has been an entire management class at the University of Washington in Seattle that is devoted to 'The Apprentice,'. From Georgetown to Harvard Business school, the DVD from that first season is still discussed. The show also introduced the world to the proven success of Troy McClain, who came from a poor background but beat al lof the odds and demonstrated alternative paths to success including: "look beyond the obvious."
"Most people in business will tell you you've got to have your Ph.D., you've got to have an MBA. I tell everybody, I got my Ph.D. a long time ago. I was Poor, Hungry and Driven," Troy told the Idaho Press Tribune. "That's my Ph.D. Today, what I'm working on is my MBA. My Massive Bank Account. ... But I'm going to give back. Why Idaho vs. LA or New York? The answer is that Idaho took care of me. Idaho embraced me and my family." Troy is CEO of AXS. And here is a peek at the ALL AXS Facebook page page from Oct. 8:
We are so excited to be holding our first LIZ event, an Open Mastermind with Brett Labit. Join us for an evening of fun, inspiration, and networking. CEO, #TroyMcClain always says that your network is equal to your net-worth... so he has brought in the mountain-moving LIZ CEO, Brett Labit to add to our collective network. #ThankfulThursday
Some of the teaching gems include:
Winners ultimately rise above the treachery. The program would lead you to believe that it's better to be a jerk than to be jerked around. But notice the two finalists, says Paul Argenti, a professor at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. Trump has narrowed the field to educated, conscientious hard workers who invested the least effort in deceit. Gone are catty Omarosa and Heidi. The program has two opposing messages. The overt one is that treachery, displayed in episode after episode, is the way to get noticed. The more subtle one, which emerged late, is that treachery can be a turnoff and ultimately self-defeating: "You can't get ahead back-stabbing," Argenti says. That's the advice he delivers to his students.
Finally, it's back to the obvious:
To be sure, Trump is no reformer, and his contemptuous reminders that he deigns to buy off national pols is meant simply to emphasize how his acquisition of playthings—helicopters, women, and yes, politicians—is part of the Trumpian worldview of how ceaselessly cool it is to be rich. Yet like a roulette ball landing on their number, reformers can’t help but seize on how Trump’s irreverent approach to politics has coincidentally highlighted one small sliver of reality: theirs.
Some times good things come in ugly packages. Please share some of your favorite lessons from this wacky GOP scenario. Related Reading: New Fan Page Published for AXS CEO Troy McClain Lessons from AXS CEO Troy McClain Forum LINK: http://www.topix.com/forum/tv/the-celebrity-apprentice/lessons-from-axs-ceo-troy-mcclain-apprentice-season-1-finalist
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