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    @4: Het is ergerlijk om te zien hoe het verstandige deel van de natie alleen kan reageren vanuit de ratio i.p.v. emotie.
    Net als bij Wilders denken ze “nou, deze keer is hij écht te ver gegaan, nu zullen zijn supporters wel afhaken”. Nee. Nee. Nee.

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    Of jullie allemaal even mee willen doen aan deze enquête:


    Je vraagt je natuurlijk af waarom ze überhaupt de moeite doen om zo’n formulier online te zetten, want zo’n enquête-uitslag schudt je gewoon even ter plekke uit je mouw, zoals de laatste tijd met zoveel keiharde feiten gebeurt.

    Oh, ze willen wel even je naam, adres en ZIP-code erbij hebben. Voor het ‘administratie’.

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    Wilbur Ross past goed in The Curious World of Donald Trump’s Private Russian Connections waaruit een stukje:

    = The nine-lived Trump, in particular, had just suffered a string of six successive bankruptcies. So the massive illicit outflows from Russia and oil-rich FSU members like Kazahkstan and Azerbaijan from the mid-1990s provided precisely the kind of undiscriminating investors that he needed. These outflows arrived at just the right time to fund several of Trump’s post-2000 high-risk real estate and casino ventures—most of which failed. As Donald Trump, Jr., executive vice president of development and acquisitions for the Trump Organization, told the “Bridging U.S. and Emerging Markets Real Estate” conference in Manhattan in September 2008 (on the basis, he said, of his own “half dozen trips to Russia in 18 months”):

    [I]n terms of high-end product influx into the United States, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets; say in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.

    All this helps to explain one of the most intriguing puzzles about Donald Trump’s long, turbulent business career: how he managed to keep financing it, despite a dismal track record of failed projects.

    According to the “official story,” this was simply due to a combination of brilliant deal-making, Trump’s gold-plated brand, and raw animal spirits—with $916 million of creative tax dodging as a kicker. But this official story is hokum. The truth is that, since the late 1990s, Trump was also greatly assisted by these abundant new sources of global finance, especially from “submerging markets” like Russia

    This suggests that neither Trump nor Putin is an “uncaused cause.” They are not evil twins, exactly, but they are both byproducts of the same neoliberal policy scams that were peddled to Russia’s struggling new democracy. =

    Commentaar van William Black, ex markttoezichthouder over Ross:

    = This is the primary swamp denizen that Trump promised to drain the swamp; instead, he’s going to take all the creatures from the lagoon and put them in charge. Ross is the king of bankruptcy. He’s also the king of running mines — coal mines that killed people. So, you know, he’s actively anti-labor. He has no interest in protecting consumers. As you said, he is going to be charged with deregulating and we saw what that has done every time they’ve done it — in the savings and loan debacle, in the Enron and then in the most recent crisis. So, these are people — it’s wrong to say that they haven’t learned nothing. They’ve learned exactly that they made a fortune out of the deregulation. =

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