In a conversation with a United States District Attorney several years ago, my adversary pointed out that by not paying my taxes, I had shortchanged other citizens who do pay their fair share. And thus, I was up the creek. Fair enough. I lost 2/3rds of my stash – plus six figures in legal fees – and still face the possibility of prison. This is my reality.
Three decades ago, DONALD TRUMP decided he’d build Trump Tower at 56th Street and 5th Avenue. The Koch administration was at the time, offering tax exemptions to real estate moguls who would build low to middle income housing in underutilized areas. Trump applied for the abatement and was of course denied based on the obvious fact that Trump Tower would not be low to middle income housing – and that 56th and 5th was not exactly what anybody would call an underutilized area.
In response, Trump sued the city and with the help of ROY COHN (a shifty lawyer who represented JOE McCARTHY) and his buddy STANLEY FRIEDMAN (who went on to be sentenced to 12 years for corruption and kickbacks associated with the Parking Violations Bureau scandal), Trump got a $200 million abatement.
Of course, Trump had no business obtaining that abatement. It was all a fix with corrupt politicians and skillful lawyers. And as a result, the New York taxpayer was shorted 200 mil. That’s $200 million of his “fair share” Trump never paid. I wonder what my DA would have to say about that. Don’t know nor care.
But still…I ponder the comparative circumstances. I beat the federal government for $2 million and change and Trump swindles the state for $200 million. I pay up (in spades) – and Trump? Take a wild guess! So what happens? He becomes president and I’m looking at prison. Go figure!
Wanna read the sordid details of a supreme Trump hustle? Here ya go: https://www.salon.com/2018/05/12/donald-trumps-shady-80s-back-then-he-didnt-cry-about-fake-news-he-worked-it/