Cheaters Never Prosper… If They Get Caught

While the kleptocrats in control of our political system have wielded their power to widen the wealth gap, the ultra rich have rigged the future for their underachieving offspring by gifting them Ivy League College admissions that likely come with matching ill gotten diplomas.

Let’s be honest, this shocking college admissions scandal is nothing new. The super rich have been buying their children admission to and diplomas for Ivy League schools forever.

Donald Trump is a perfect example. He was not a student of choice for Wharton School of Business. If anything, the school has lost much of it’s credibility because they allowed Donald Trump to slip through the cracks. He can’t form a simple sentence without making several simple mistakes.

Further proof that Trump didn’t earn his entry to Wharton was provided by his former attorney, Michael Cohen, who admitted during testimony to having threatened Trump’s former schools with lawsuits should any of his transcripts be released to the media.

The current college admissions scandal is only shocking in that it has created problems for least 50 people.

Those 50 people have much in common:

  1. They’re among the wealthiest Americans
  2. They received an unbelievable tax cut this year
  3. They all have children roughly the same age
  4. They all purchased the services of a man, Rick Singer, 58, who guaranteed their underachieving children admission into the school of their choice.
  5. They’ve all been arrested and charged with conspiracy related to racketeering, wire fraud, and more, as a result of #4👆🏼
  6. They used the fee they paid, to cheat, as a charitable tax deduction. (Tax fraud?)

Rick Singer, Admissions Fraudster

Among the newly felonious ultra rich parents are:

Hedge fund execs, doctor’s, some coaches bribed to play along, also…

  • Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, and his wife actress wife Laurie Laughlin, of “Full House”*Photo credit Jeffrey Hudson @ItsJeffHudson twitter

Mossimo is a Trump fan who has been heard complaining about there being “a lot of takers and entitled people out there.” (Oh, the irony.) Laughlin has been dropped from her contract with the Hallmark Channel, but I think they’ll survivor without her income. “Mossimo”, a target brand, was bought out in 2005 for $135 million. Target is currently phasing out the brand.

Their 19-year-old daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, freshman at USC, is a “YouTube star” with over 1.9 million subscribers, whose persona revolves around her college dorm life, her party life and of course her makeup line (cancelled) with Sephora. She’s on video making statements like:

“I do want the experience of game days, partying, I don’t really care about school, as you guys know.”

“I don’t know how much of school I’m going to attend.” ~Jade Giannulli

    • Actress Felicity Huffman, of “Desperate Housewives”

    • Gamal Abdelaziz, former president and CEO of Wynn Resorts Development,
    • Extremely arrogant and unapologetic attorney, Gordon Caplan, co-chairman of the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP,
      Jane Buckingham: president of a consulting firm whose clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies, she is also the author of 6 books, ironically, one is a guide to motherhood.
  • Jane Buckingham
  • “My child doesn’t test well.” ~ Jane Buckman
  • (Somebody tell Ms. Buckman, a lot of people’s children don’t test well.)
    • Gregory Abbot, CEO of the International Dispensing Company, and his wife Marcia.

    Gregg and Marcia Abbott’s daughter who benefitted from cheating has not commented, but her brother Malcolm Abbott — also known as rapper Billa B, who happened to be smoking a *blunt when approached outside of the family’s 5th Avenue Apartment in NY, shared his insight:

    “I believe everyone has a right to go to college, man.” ~Malcom Abbott

    I believe this guy doesn’t get it.

    *I’m not hemp to the jive; I had to google search “blunt”: It’s a hollowed out cigar filled with marijuana… you’re welcome. You’re never too old to learn something new, man.

    Ah… the entitled elite. The entitlement of their children should not come as a surprise.

    What is one entitled to, really? This is one of those existential questions like— What is life? The answer could be anything. It has been said that life is a novel.

    What are entitlements? – The dictionary says entitlements are a guaranteed right.

    As with everything we all have different answers to every question. Everything is subjective.

    Life might be what you make it, and entitlements might be…

    A. For the super rich they might be life changing unfair advantages- like buying admissions to Ivy League schools, buying politicians to create legislation that will grow your riches, buying immunity from the law, having connections who will employ you in a job you don’t deserve.

    B. For those among the working class they are benefits they paid into throughout their lifetimes, like Social Security and Medicare, affordable healthcare.

    The irony is that those in group A don’t believe those in group B are entitled to their entitlements.

    Wealth gap guy w/healthcare, Joe Walsh, doesn’t think healthcare is a right. The United States healthcare system ranks last on the list among developed nations for having accessible healthcare. We CAN afford to take care of our people, but the greedy super rich are not required to pay their fair share of taxes, as are the middle class, so there is no money for healthcare. That and the fact that too many people are making money off the backs of the sick.

    I may be a terrible person for deriving joy from the misfortune of others, but the timing of this story of indictments came as I was weighing options for medical bills I have that I simply can not afford to pay. (No need for indigence, I’ll find a way.) Even with “excellent health insurance,” healthcare in America is unaffordable. These newly felonious people have just posted millions of dollars in bond, after paying tens of thousands of dollars to cut in the college admissions line, and I can’t afford my portion of a bill charged by an in network, outpatient, facility where my daughter’s tonsils were removed.

    Anyway, how did the cheating commence?

    • Some kids claimed to have learning disabilities, and as such, were given unlimited time to take their college entrance exams, ACT & SAT.
    • Some tests were taken for the kids by “ringers” (a genetically gifted 38 year old Yale alumni).
    • Some kids test answers were changed prior to submission.
    • Essays were submitted that were not written by the student.
    • Some kids claimed to be athletes, photoshopping photos of them in action, and bribing coaches to concur.
  • Here is a picture of ME doing my cool down lap after winning the gold for the 400 meter backstroke in 2024 Summer Olympics… I don’t recall where it was held. (I’m so frugal that I still wear those glasses.)
  • With everything going on in the world today, it’s stupid to focus on this trivia, right?
  • Well, considering what just happened in New Zealand, of course this is a thoughtless post, and I’m sorry for it.

    I think these problems are all somehow connected though. Divide and conquer goes back to Roman times.

    My only defense in focusing on this today is my three college aged children. They are of the 99%— not rich. They have to work hard for everything they get. That’s fine if everyone is given the same opportunity to succeed.

    There is nothing wrong with working hard, but there is something wrong if we’re working hard toward an unattainable goal, then we’re all just fools, aren’t we?

    The rich and powerful are using their money to keep themselves rich and powerful and, in the process, stacking the deck against the rest of us, the 99%. They already have an unfair advantage. They have the money for private tutors, test prep courses, prep schools.

    Rich kids miraculously getting into schools that should be beyond their, scope due to a lack of intellect and impetus, it’s not new.

    I’ve been hearing first hand accounts from my own children. These kids cheat to get in, then they have to cheat to get through, then once they have their diplomas their family connections get them jobs they don’t deserve, eventually they’re on the Supreme Court, and they will never know what it is to have the weight of student loans bearing down on them.

    The struggles of the middle class are nearly insurmountable when rich people cheat.

    There are rules in life; it would help if we all followed them:

    • The golden rule— “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
    • The coach rule— “Quitters never win, winners never quit.”
    • The pirate coach rule— “There’s no aye in team.”
    • And the fairness rule— “Cheaters never prosper… if they get caught.”

    Every charge and accusation facing the parents in the college admissions scandal

    Hollywood actresses among dozens charged in college entrance exam cheating plot – NBC News

    Donald Trump Lied

    “I am the first and only GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.” ~Donald Trump 2015

    He was lying.

    Donald Trump and his administration do a lot of talking about cutting federal spending to reduce the deficit, but when they do, they never mention the reason the deficit has spiraled out of control— “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”.

    How does Trump intend to reduce the deficit? His budget proposal outlines the following cuts:

    • $1.5 trillion from Medicaid
    • $845 billion from Medicare
    • $84 billion from Disability
    • $25 billion from Social Security
    • $220 billion from SNAP food assistance program
    • $207 billion from the Student Loan Program
  • $1.3 trillion from other “discretionary programs”, such as:
    • Section 8 Housing
    • Head Start,
    • Welfare Institutions code (WIC)
    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA)
    • National Institute of Health, (NIH)
    • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA)
    • National Sanitation Foundation, (NSF)
    • Center for Disease Control, (CDC)
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families,(TANF)
  • And he’ll collect another $67.6 billion from tax credits targeting working families, taken by way of restricting the earned income tax credit, the child tax credit, and credit for other dependents.
  • To be fair, Trump has to cut something in order to pay for the additional $1.85 trillion to the federal deficit, caused by the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”. He’s essentially cutting everything to give himself and his wealthy friends and their corporations a free tax ride.

    Don’t let it be said that Donald Trump isn’t giving to the rest of us too.

    Just a couple of the new programs that have been added:

    • Betsy Devos gets her $45.5 billion in tax credits to fund private schools
    • Kleptocrat Barbie, Ivanka, gets $100 million- for some nonexistent program.

    Trump did not provide documentation to support his new budget. He tries to hide his tax cut gift to the wealthy in the baseline of the budget.

    This budget will not pass in Congress, but it will act as a scapegoat. Trump will blame the Democratic majority congress for the federal deficit, saying his budget would have eliminated it.

    Donald Trump is a liar.

    Trump 2020 budget request includes $1bn childcare fund

    Policy Basics: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

    TANF Reaching Few Poor Families

    Life on this President’s Day… a poem

    Manafort’s maudlin

    Perceptive he’ll perish in prison

    Gates and Flynn comply…

    Consider what else has arisen

    Roger Stone arrested

    In relation to GRU

    Michael Cohen has been indicted

    No that’s nothing new

    Papadapolous ignored

    Coffee’s inconsequential

    Trumpsters pay taxes

    NOW they’re no longer reverential

    Who funded the GOP,

    Rich guys pay nothing, tax bill?

    Middle class workers, never win,

    Trump’s base blind… until:

    “I almost fell out of my chair. I could not believe it, I voted for Trump. I thought he was going to be good for this country, but when I got that phone call [about the taxes I owed], that’s it, I’m done.” ~Beth Callori of Long Island. “

    Beth blind before to the bad

    Donald Trump had committed

    Treason, caged kids,

    Climate deregulation permitted

    The 3 richest Americans,

    3, now have more money

    Than the poorest half

    Laughable, but not at all funny

    Despite “trickle down” tax cuts,

    They never worked in the past

    46% of all new income

    Has been amassed

    By the greedy, wealthiest,

    1% of the U.S.

    It’s tax time. Trump’s own base

    Is paying thousands more, not less

    The rich warn of socialism…

    Sensibilities attacked

    Don’t admit you were fooled,

    Ignore every well proven fact

    The wealthy were taxed

    Under Kennedy and Johnson:

    70%— This year taxes:

    BEZOS paid: NONE

    Rich were taxed 91%

    By Eisenhower

    The funders of this GOP

    Majority power

    Penned tax laws, Koch, Adelson, Mercers

    Then offshore their spoils

    As Republicans profit

    From interests in Putin’s oil

    Tax Refund Fiasco Is Political Payback For Republicans

    ‘I trusted you!’ Trump voters seethe after realizing they’re getting screwed by the GOP’s tax plan

    Tax code changes leave Americans asking, ‘What happened to my refund?’

    The richest 0.00025 percent owns more wealth than bottom 150 million Americans: study

    Amazon Will Pay a Whopping $0 in Federal Taxes on $11.2 Billion Profits

    Many Thanks Donald, for the Women

    “No-one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women who filled 58% of the newly created jobs last year.…” ~Donald J Trump, during his last State of the Union Address

    In response, the group of newly appointed women of congress in the audience stood applauding and cheering each other chanting: “USA! USA!”

    “…And exactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before.” ~Donald J Trump, during his last State of the Union Address

    Our narcissist in chief thought the women in the crowd were applauding him, of course, and said “thank you.”

    You’ve got to give Donald Trump a pat on the back for taking credit for the record number of women and minorities elected in 2018.

    I’d say he’s got some big balls, but Speaker Pelosi was wearing them, fashioned as a necklace, and they’re just orange and shriveled. I personally would have made earrings, but I like the necklace.

    I’d like to thank Donald too. Thank’s for being the zenith of misogyny, a superlative racist among racists, a catalyst for women of all nationalities, religions and colors, impelling them to take control away from the lying old white men who are in politics for personal gain. Thank you for motivating enough women to see to the end of the GOP.

    Later, one of Trump’s employees tweeted the following, comparing these women to the KKK:

    A lesson in history might help her understand the message behind the new representatives decision to wear white to the State of the Union Address.

    The Woman Suffrage Movement

    I have to admit I did not watch Trump as he lied about: the border, immigration, crime, jobs, wages, the economy, unemployment, estate tax, energy, tariffs, NAFTA, etc. I won’t apologize, I can not watch him, or listen to his voice without wrenching. I’ve read transcripts.

    “An economic miracle is taking place in the United States — & the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations. If there is going to be peace & legislation, there cannot be war & investigation.” ~Same Asshole

    The above quote was one his first statements. A not so subtle threat that unless the Russia investigation ends, he will not sign any legislation. One can imagine he means another government shutdown.

    Nancy just laughed… she’ll be a great POTUS 46.

    “Let’s be clear: voter suppression is real. From making it harder to register and stay on the rolls to moving and closing polling places to rejecting lawful ballots, we can no longer ignore these threats to democracy.” ~Stacy Abrams

    The Democratic response to Trump’s speech, was a breath of fresh air. Stacy Edwards acts as a reminder that change is coming, and the blind greed among the GOP and Trump’s White House will be their demise.

    Tax Day for Trump: February 7th

    One failed promise of Trump’s will be clear

    A hearing for disclosure draws near

    Transparent taxes,

    Secret finances

    Pelosi’s House will persevere

    Democrats Announce Hearing On Trump’s Tax Returns

    What’s the GOP Up To?

    Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell: His Senate Head emerged from it’s protective shell yesterday long enough to give a snarky speech on the Senate floor during which he accusing Democrats of attempting a “power grab” to win elections.

    Okay, what are those tricky democrats up to now… gerrymandering?

    No, that’s a GOP manipulation of district borders, rendering the popular vote irrelevant. Democrats want Election Day declared a federal holiday, in order to make voting easier for working Americans.

    Why is the Turtle Majority Leader pushing back against a bill making it easier for federal workers to vote, thereby increasing voter turnout?

    Hmm. Didn’t those federal workers just endure 33 days without pay, thanks to McConnell? Is he promoting voter suppression because he’s afraid federal employees would use their time off to work to elect Democrats?

    Speaking of the shutdown, McConnell and his GOP comrades rejected a bill that would give back pay to federal contractors. The Turd wants to use those earned wages to repeal an estate tax for the rich.

    Kentucky, what the Hell is going on?

    The only way he can survive is by disenfranchising the working class and gerrymandering, and perhaps pulling a Ted Cruz by using touchscreen voting machines with “glitches.”

    The GOP, a party of millionaires, doesn’t want to pay federal workers, nor do they want them to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

    This brings another reprehensible news story to my mind:

    Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, and Montana Republican Jon Tester, are millionaires who collect government bailout funds meant to offset agricultural losses caused by Trump’s tariffs.

    Grassley, who played a part in penning the bill, is taking full advantage for his his Iowa farm.

    Again, millionaire Chuck Grassley created a bill that allows him to collect hundreds of thousands of our tax dollars.

    There is a pervasive greed that links these stories. I’m not complaining for the sake of complaining. I have solutions:

    1. We need a bill to prevent politicians from collecting bailout funds they designate.
    2. Because millionaire politician Mitch McConnell is personally responsible for perpetuating 35 days of closed government, during which workers incurred a 10% loss of their annual pay, and since he doesn’t want to sign a bill to give them back pay, Mitch should pay them out of his own pocket.

    GOP rejects bill to give back pay to federal contractors, wants to repeal estate tax instead

    McConnell Mocks Idea Of Making Election Day A Paid Holiday For Fed Employees

    Chuck Grassley plans to take Trump’s federal farm bailout cash, calls it ‘equal treatment’

    Grassley netted nearly $370,000 in farm subsidies, environmental group says

    Millionaire Sen. Chuck Grassley Applying For Trump’s Farm Bailout Funds

    Millionaire Sens. Chuck Grassley and Jon Tester want Farm Bailout Cash