Searching for integrity in Trumplandia

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Courtesy of Jim Hightower

Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump bellowed to those greedheaded corporate executives who’ve hauled our middle-class jobs out of country, or I’ll slap you with a big tariff when you try to sell your foreign-made products here.

Great stuff, Donnie — and to prove you mean business, I know just the CEO you should target first: Her name is Ivanka. Yes, your daughter! Her multimillion-dollar line of clothing and accessories, sold through major national retailers, ranging from Macy’s to Amazon, are pitched to America’s working women. Yet, practically all of her products are made on the cheap in low-wage factories in China, Indonesia, Vietnam — anywhere except America. Imagine the message it would send to runaway corporations and the integrity it would establish for The Donald if he slapped his first tariffs on Ivanka’s goods!

But, neither Daddy Trump nor the daughter want to discuss the embarrassing conflict between his political bluster and her ethic of runaway capitalism. Instead, she’s tried to dodge the issue by saying it doesn’t matter, since she’ll “separate” herself from the business if she becomes a White House advisor.

Nice try, Ivanka, but the stench of hypocrisy will only grow nastier if you’re at your father’s side while he castigates and punishes other corporations that’ve absconded from America. The only way to salvage even an iota of moral virtue is to repatriate the manufacturing of your brand-name apparel. And bringing those middle-class jobs home to the Good Ol’ US of A would also make a powerful political statement.

But, no — showing that money trumps both political savvy and the morality of simply doing what’s right, Ivanka says her corporate brand will stay offshore. As a spokeswoman put it: “We want to make responsible business decisions.”

Really? How does that “Make America Great Again?”

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  • ernie_oertle

    1957 – JoeMcCarthy is something horrid to Dems & libs.

    2017 – JoeMcCarthy is the model for NewSocialistMan.

  • ernie_oertle

    embracing KruukHillary, & advocating the economic wreckage of thePeople via socialism, & practicing a snide fringe nihilism is the way to fairness. Honestly? A left wing McCarthyism. You are guilty of the same flip you Hated-on JoeMcCarthy for. Shame. You have no shame. Your ideology has washed your brain into an Ameriphobic extremism that has disconnected itself from reasonableness & fairness. Leftism is honorless.

  • ernie_oertle

    You are despicable! You are a plain-out McCarthyite. A left wing McCarthyite. You are guilty of the same thing you Hated-on JoeMcCarthy for. Shame. You have no shame. Your ideology has washed your brain into an Ameriphobic extremism that has disconnected itself from reasonableness. Leftism is honorless.