Sunday, July 24, 2016


According to the Miami Herald, Trump National stiffs a small business by refusing payment for the full amount of the paint contract because it has “paid enough”.

In this instance, Donald Trump was penny wise and pound foolish.  Why not just pay the $34,863? Now he owes nearly 10 times the amount. Here's why: Trump has pulled the same stunt on other contractors, but not all small businesses have the funds to take him to court. In this instance the attorneys took the case with the agreement that they would not get paid if they lost.
Circuit Court Judge Jorge Cueto, presiding over a lawsuit related to unpaid bills brought by a local paint store against the Trump National Doral Miami golf resort, ordered the billionaire politician’s company to pay the Doral-based mom-and-pop shop nearly $300,000 in attorney’s fees.

All because, according to the lawsuit, Trump allegedly tried to stiff The Paint Spot on its last payment of $34,863 on a $200,000 contract for paint used in the renovation of the home of golf’s famed Blue Monster two years ago.
Note that the judge is Latino, but he is of Cuban descent, so perhaps Trump will not demand that he recuse himself from the case, as he did for Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is of Mexican descent.


Marthe said...

Got it ... not sure what changed, but all is well!
On the Trump business ... what I hear in the blue collar break room is an idea that what "we" need is a businessman, even if that means a dictator, to "fix" the economy and get back living wage jobs ... so many mistake the making of money for good business, and Trump certainly appears to make money, so he must be successful, according to my colleagues, so they want a piece of that success ... thinking it all through is not a factor. It rather frightens me that the gut reaction crowd may outnumber those who see smoke and mirrors for what they are: manipulation.

June Butler said...

That is so sad. Trump is not even a good businessman, having declared bankruptcy 4 times, and he is now heavily indebted for his various projects, with a lot of money owed to Russian investors.

He cares nothing for low income people. His policies on the minimum wage are a moving target. He has said $7.25 is too high, that he wants to get rid of it altogether, and stated other policies. No one knows what he will do if he is elected, but he has never concerned himself with the best interests of the poor and low income people.

Rmj said...

A businessman doesn't get awakened at 3 in the morning because Turkey just underwent another coup, or a naval ship was challenged, or a small boat of sailors was taken by a foreign power.

Nor does a President negotiate international trade deals (lower level people do that; it takes months, if not years). A businessman doesn't decide who is granted clemency from criminal laws, or who should be a judge or a Supreme Court justice.

In fact, there's almost nothing that government does which is even vaguely comparable to business. This idea that we need a "businessman" to straighten out the country is one of the dumbest around (No, I know no one here is advocating it. But it really is an excuse for not thinking at all.)

June Butler said...

Hi Rmj. It seems I'm just now back in the business of allowing comments, though I'm not sure how they were ever disallowed. Since Google absorbed Blogger, color me confused. Thanks to Marthe for letting me know.

Anyway, a businessperson is no more qualified to be president than a person you'd want to have a beer with, and I never wanted to have a beer with George W Bush. More than one person gave me that very reason for voting for him.

Trump is in an entirely different category than any nominee of a major party in my lifetime, and I'm old. I can't even imagine what a Trump presidency would be like, but I'm certain it would be disastrous.