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Cash-Strapped Palm Beach Considers ‘Mar-a-Lago Tax’

April 20, 2017

Cash-Strapped Palm Beach Considers 'Mar-a-Lago Tax'

Palm Beach County gave Donald Trump tax breaks when he bought Mar-a-Lago, but his weekend trips to the “Winter White House” are breaking the county’s budget. A typical Donald Trump visit costs the county more than $60,000 a day for police overtime, and the county estimated its costs for Trump’s visit with Chinese President Xi Jinping at over $250,000. That’s why County Commissioner Dave Kerner is proposing a tax on Mar-a-Lago to cover the costs. It’s that or increased taxes for local residents, whose lives are already disrupted by the president’s weekend golf jaunts.

Of course the Trump Administration could reimburse the county and add that to the $3 million in federal tax dollars each Mar-a-Lago trip costs all of us.

More:

“‘He’s baaaack!’: Trump’s visits to Mar-a-Lago are stretching Palm Beach’s budget and locals’ patience,” Abby Phillip and Lori Rozsa, Washington Post

“Palm Beach official proposes Mar-a-Lago tax to pay for Trump visits,” Brooke Seipe, The Hill

Related:

“Trump has spent one out of every five minutes of his presidency in Palm Beach,” Philip Bump, Washington Post

“GOP Senator: ‘I Do Wish’ Trump Would Host State Visits In DC, Not Mar-A-Lago,” Esme Cribb, TPM Livewire

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Access to the President? Join the Club!

February 20, 2017

Access to the President? Join the Club!
Membership has it’s privileges, especially for those who shelled out $300,000 to join the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey.

Back in November, President elect Donald J. Trump paraded his prospective cabinet officers into the clubhouse of his Bedminster golf club for job interviews. Now it turns out he invited random club members to sit in. Politico just got the audio, recorded by someone who was in the room. Here’s a transcript:

“We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything. You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government.”

“We’re going to be interviewing everybody — Treasury, we’re going to be interviewing Secretary of State. We have everybody coming in — if you want to come around, it’s going to be unbelievable….so you might want to come along.”

The pattern continues now that Donald Trump is President and Golf-Cheat-In-Chief. While he was entertaining Japan’s Prime Minister Abe in the public dining room of his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida ($200,000 membership fee), aides alerted him about a North Korean ballistic missile test, and they discussed the US response in full view and earshot of the club’s members. One club member even got a selfie with the serviceman who carries the “nuclear football.” House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz was not amused.

Mr. Trump believes that only the rich should play golf, so if you have the bucks to pay and play, you can chat with him about the nation’s business as well as your own.

More:

“Leaked Trump tape: ‘You are the special people,'” Darren Samuelsohn and Anne Karni, Politico

“Trump ran a campaign based on intelligence security. That’s not how he’s governing.” Philip Bump, Washington Post

“Sun, Sand and Influence: For Mar-a-Lago Members, Proximity Is Power,” Nicholas Confessore, Maggie Haberman, and Eric Lipton, New York Times

“Trump’s Presidency ‘Enhances’ a $200,000 Mar-a-Lago Membership,” Chas Danner, New York Magazine

“Democrats demand Mar-a-Lago list of members, visitors,” Matthew Nussbaum, Politico

“Shouldn’t We Know Who Else Is at the ‘Winter White House’?” George Zornick, The Nation

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Trump’s Chip-Shot Charity

April 12, 2016

Trump's Chip-Shot Charity
Reality TV star, celebrity golf cheat, and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump claims he made 4,844 charitable donations with a value of $102 million of the past 10 years, but little of that largesse involved gifts of his own personal money. Mr. Trump gave away free rounds of golf at courses he owns or runs and called it charity. Most of the actual cash given to the Donald J. Trump Foundation was donated by pro wrestling promoters ($5 million), a “sports marketing” group’s ticket scalper ($1.9 million), “Apprentice” producer NBCUniversal Media ($500,000), and Comedy Central, which produced a Trump “roast” ($400,000).

The largest Trump “donation” was a total of real estate easements valued at $63.8 million, agreements not to do certain types of building on particular parcels of land. That’s a pretty good way to defray failed development deals by taking tax deductions in the name of ecology. For the rest, the Washington Post estimated that Mr. Trump claimed charitable credit for about 2,900 free rounds of golf, 175 free hotel stays, 165 free meals and 11 gift certificates to spas over the past decade.

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Trump: Golf is for the Rich. Get off my lawn!

August 12, 2015

Trump: Golf is for the Rich. Get off my lawn!

“Golf should be something beautiful, elegant, something people aspire to play eventually.

It may be elitist, and perhaps that’s what golf needs. Let golf be elitist. When I say ‘aspire,’ that’s a positive word. Let people work hard and aspire to some day be able to play golf. To afford to play it. They’re trying to teach golf to people who will never be able to really play it. They’re trying too hard. Because of the expense of playing, and the land needed, golf is never going to be basketball, where all you need is a court.”

— “Donald Trump: Let golf be for the rich elite,” Daniel Roberts, Fortune

 The Trump Golf Portfolio includes 16 courses in operation. One of them is Perry Point, a municipal course in the Bronx, poorest borough of New York City.

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Big Vote in Scotland

September 19, 2014

Big Vote in Scotland

There was a big election in Scotland on September 18th, and the “Ayes” have it. For the first time since its founding in 1754, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews will admit women to its membership.

More:

“A 260-Year-Old Shrine Unlocks Its Doors to Women,” Karen Crouse, New York Times

“Royal and Ancient Golf Club finally allows women to become members,” Holly Watt, Daily Telegraph

“Scotland votes for union at golf’s ancient club as women win membership,” CNN

“Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews welcome women members with 85 per cent voting in favour landmark change,” Michael Gadd, Daily Mail

“The Royal And Ancient Golf Club Finally Admits Women. Where Else Can They Still Not Go?” Allison McCann, FiveThirtyEight

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Daddy, What’s ‘Golf’?

August 21, 2014

Daddy, What's 'Golf'?

Millennials make up 25% of the US population, and they aren’t playing golf. Golf is too time-consuming; the “Good walk spoiled” takes over four hours. It’s too exclusive, insufficiently diverse, too expensive, too complicated.

On the other hand, millennials do like Frisbee Golf. Almost as much as Co-Ed Kickball, skateboards, and fixie bikes.

More:

“A Game of Golf? Not for Many Millennials,” Sara Germano, Wall Street Journal

“Sneakernomics: How Golf Lost The Millennials,” Matt Powell, Forbes

“Golf’s youth problem: Millennials aren’t playing,” Jacob Pramuk, CNBC

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Tiger Swings Again

March 17, 2010

Tiger Swings Again

Tiger Woods is returning to professional golf at the Masters next month. The storied event is held at the genteel Augusta National Golf Club.

” The controlled environment of The Masters is … a perfect spot for Woods to return to the sport after a carefully orchestrated rehabilitation.”

“It’s the only tournament where the media is not allowed inside the ropes and members run the news conferences.” — “ Los Angeles Times.

Mr. Woods could not have found a safer place than the Augusta National Golf Club for his re-emergence after a messy sex scandal. The place doesn’t have any women members.

 

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Tiger Woods Gets a Rise Out of the Stock Market

February 19, 2010

Tiger Woods Get a Rise Out of the Stock Market

Disgraced golfer Tiger Woods danced his “heavily-choreographed apology” for adultery on TV and the stock market rose, notes the Wall Street Journal.

While correlation is not causation and past results do not guarantee future performance, this is The Year of the Tiger.

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Tiger Woods Named 2009 Man of the Year

December 21, 2009

Tiger Woods Named 2009 Man of the Year

Professional golfer Tiger Woods has been named 2009 Man of Year.

Okay, we say “Person of the Year” these days, but Mr. Woods has made a man-sized dent in the news lately.

And the title was not bestowed by Time Magazine but by New York Times columnist Frank Rich, who observes:

We keep being fooled by leaders in all sectors of American life, over and over. A decade that began with the “reality” television craze exemplified by “American Idol” and “Survivor” — both blissfully devoid of any reality whatsoever — spiraled into a wholesale flight from truth.

Read it. Mr. Rich makes a persuasive case for the golfer. Time‘s editorial rationale for their choice, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, is as weak as the economy he is alleged to have saved.

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Tiger Scores

December 10, 2009

Tiger Scores

The media are covering golf as never before, thanks to Tiger Woods. Suddenly a game played by pear-shaped men in gaudy duds on ecologically wasteful courses, where alcoholism and gambling are rampant, is sexy.

The connection to alcohol remains, of course — most of Mr. Woods’ extracurricular partners seem to be cocktail waitresses, and he sat out the Breathalyzer Invitational at his exclusive home course in Florida. Experts agree that he needs to work on his drive.

Sports fans should keep this in perspective, though. If he wants to match the record set by NBA champion Wilt Chamberlain, the PGA’s Tiger Woods has a long way to go.

 

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