Even as a Trump supporter I was willing to give Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz a look if they were to become the GOP nominee eventually, but not after the debate on Thursday February 25th, 2016 on CNN. Cruz and Rubio showed a vast amount of ignorance when they tried to pin down Trump on hiring illegal aliens to build Trump Tower back in the 70s. Cruz and Rubio both of Cuban decent supposedly representing Tea Party type values tried to attribute Trump to committing to hiring only “American” workers on his many projects. Specifically they brought up Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach where he tends to hire foreign workers there for the seasonal social events that take place about four months out of a year. Reports are that over 300 people have applied, but they weren’t qualified because as Trump says, most American help doesn’t want the part-time work—and those that do—(and I’ll add this for him so he doesn’t have to say it) don’t bring the kind of energy for the job that such a resort requires. So he fills the vacancies with foreign workers with the right attitude who will do the seasonal work of one of the most exclusive resorts in the world. I understand completely and I am one of the most patriotic people on earth. But apparently, Rubio, Cruz and the entire media doesn’t understand the problem. So let me illustrate it for everyone on behalf of people like Trump who find themselves unfairly ridiculed for elements beyond their control.
Of course such a controversial piece requires context, so let me provide it from my perspective. If anybody does currently or ever has worked harder than I do, I’ve never met them—and I have met many thousands of people all around the world. I’m far from a hermit living under a rock or writing articles from my mother’s basement. Those descriptions do not apply to me in any way, shape or form. I know a lot about people and different countries, their religions, their histories, and their philosophic elements. I am very good at seeing what is in people’s hearts because over time I have learned to read them by the kind of work they produce. You can tell a lot about people by what they make in life—and work is something that most people reveal about themselves. If they don’t like to work, they are typically very lazy people who can’t be trusted. If they work hard they tend to be good people in all aspects of their lives. Hard workers therefore are good people, bad workers are not. I have spent thirty years working every odd job that I think exists at every level of society. I’ve at many times worked two full-time jobs at separate places for years on end, with only one car in our household. During those periods I rode a bicycle to work all year-long in every possible weather condition. Additionally I am seldom late or miss work, and I always give at least 100% to whatever I’m doing whether it’s flipping burgers or arranging multi-million dollar deals. I like to work, I like to make things, and I love outperforming the people around me. And I never let anything stop me from an objective—death, sickness—anything. I’ve actually been in fistfights with people who felt so guilty by my work ethic that they’ve wanted to fight me to bully me into not making them look so bad. This has actually happened a lot, and I’ve worked in some of the toughest types of places that there are—machine shops, union driven assembly plants, down-and-out fast food workers, janitors, tree trimmers, I actually did car repos for a time and have performed work as a body guard—so we’re not talking about powder puff golf club types or weekend warriors. I’ve hauled around popular sports figures and helped them through tough times at late night parking lot brawls when they ran their mouths too much—I’ve been there and seen it all. Saying all that, nobody from my past can come forward to say that they got the better of me in any way. Nobody was able to bully me into some sort of compromise—on any topic large or small, and nobody can say that they worked harder at anything than me. That may sound bold, and arrogant to people, but it’s a fact of life. At 47 years old there are no demons in my closet anywhere in the world who can say otherwise. That makes me uniquely position to say what I will next.
Just because some slob from a local trailer park who would rather watch Jerry Springer all day while on welfare applies for a job to keep their checks coming as a minimum requirement to receive their government money applies to a job like Mar-a-Lago it doesn’t mean they are qualified. A warm body does not constitute a good hard worker. Often you have to interview hundreds of people just to find one good worker. It is very tricky business and it takes a lot of discretion and personal honesty. Government people, and Rubio and Cruz certainly fall into that category now in my mind—assume that if an applicant applies for a job and they are American citizens that they are automatically qualified as a warm body for that position. Not so. Let me tell you. All workers are not equal, in spite of what the government and the laws they write try to pretend. Some are great, some are terrible, some workers are just flat-out lazy and want to collect a pay check for doing the absolute minimum. When you are at Mar-a-Lago, if you are Donald Trump you want someone who says, “yes sir,” “no sir,” holds the door open for people, is generally of good hygiene and competent. You expect quality. If all 300 of those reported applicants are not of good quality—they will not be good for the job. A lot of times these deficiencies force big employers like Donald Trump to look outside of the country for good help.
I personally love people from other countries because they remind me of my grandparents. Both my grandparents had working farms and they were very hard workers. I grew up with great examples of people who weren’t afraid of hard work and they judged lazy people as worthless. It certainly made an impact on me—I took many of those lessons to heart at a very young age. I never liked my teachers in public school or in college—but I always found I got along well with employers. Teachers were people who often couldn’t do things in the real word and I knew that—so I fought with them incessantly because I deemed them too lazy to face the real world outside of the classroom. Employers made things happen and I always respected that. The only people who I find these days, after two generations of complete social destruction by our education system who think the way I do about work ethics often come from other countries. Immigrants from Europe (East Germany, Romania, Poland), Africa, India, Mexico and Asia generally work their asses off, and they actually enjoy it because they feel it reflects the quality of person they are. They work hard in America because for most of them unlike their country of origin they get to keep their money—so they have no trouble working 12 to 14 hour days because they actually enjoy amassing wealth. Many foreign-born Americans I know who have only been in America for a decade or so have their cars and houses paid off, and they still work a full-time job and a part-time job while they put their children through college with cash. I love and respect that approach—like I said it reminds me of how my grandparents used to think—which is how all Americans should think.
But many Americans who were born and raised within the United States and went through public education only to be trained to think incorrectly about most things don’t get it. When they apply for a job, they think they are entitled to something. My generation starting getting bad about that attitude in the 1990s and the Millennials have taken it to a whole new level. I am of a mind that I don’t even think we should have weekends. If I had things my way Americans would have their companies operating three shifts per day seven days per week all days of the year except for perhaps Christmas—because that is a productive way to live life. Work, play, and a healthy lifestyle all go hand in hand in my life and I expect that to be the case with everybody. But too many people American born have been taught that a job is some kind of entitlement, that weekends are entitlements—and that sitting on their ass doing little of nothing but watching television is a right. They forget that leisure time is not a reward for hard work performed, they assume that it’s a right to the essence of their very souls—and that attitude was adopted from the socialist trends in Europe that are just now catching up to Americans in the States.
These days you have to interview a lot of American born people to find one good hard worker. The best way to find them are people who were raised on farms because there is a good chance someone taught them early in life to work hard to some degree. The worst tend to come from areas swarming with welfare recipients—it doesn’t matter their skin color. There are always exceptions and it’s good to try to find them, but as a basic rule, that’s the way it is. Politicians like Cruz and Rubio over the years have made labor laws assuming equality and opportunity to all—so there are legal restrictions to what you can and can’t do with employees especially ones that turn out to be less than spectacular. But reality dictates flexibility and some method of recharging our education system into producing good workers who learn to live in an American economy instead of becoming socialist activists for a new generation—as they are today and have been for about three decades—at least.
So you are Donald Trump and you need to complete a project ahead of time and under budget—you need workers who won’t drag ass like some dog with an itch. You need people who will buckle down and get it done and then some. Good work is worth more than money—finances are just a form of compensation. Trump needs people who will reach deep and pour their souls into one of his projects—and if you limit yourself to some limits a knuckle-dragging, banana eating political loser has established as the law from the perspective of know-nothings, who have never done anything productive in their lives—he might as well do as most people have and throw their arms up in frustration—buy a condo in Florida and play golf the rest of their lives—because unless you love to work hard—the pain in the ass that it is to make ANYTHING in America these days is unbearably difficult. You almost have to be insanely hard-working to even try.
When Trump says he wants to bring back jobs there is a two-part strategy that is far too complicated for someone like Rubio or Cruz to understand. Nobody in government understands unless they have been in the trenches and actually done private sector work. First you have to bring back the jobs that were sent overseas through corporate inversions. Then you have to change the education system to produce workers who can actually perform those tasks. It’s not so much about giving someone a job in America that Trump is talking about—it’s the wealth that comes with the productivity of those jobs. Jobs in themselves don’t make anything. But people do, and not all people are equal—even though politicians want to believe it because their pandering statements make the toothless chain-smoking, trailer trash, casino addicts think they are equal to a worker who wakes up looking forward to a productive day and hesitates taking a break because it makes them feel they are wasting precious time. Any successful person understands this basic discrepancy. Trump certainly does and he has worked within the law to find the best possible workers for his various projects. But back in the Trump Tower days, there was no other option with the way labor unions try to bend you over backwards every five seconds. You have to have competitive labor to protect yourself from socialist union activism. Politicians created that limited labor aspect through their laws and policy which using the Department of Labor, heavily favors labor unions. So if you want to build something, you have to think outside the box within legal parameters of course to find the best people for a project—whether the job is big like Trump Tower or small like job Mar-a-Lago. Productive enterprise cannot be constrained by law and political short-sightedness to believe that a job of any kind can be filled by any ol’ warm body. It can’t. Jobs are opportunities for productivity, and that is a magical thing—and not everyone is capable of comprehending that magic and the wonder it often brings when it’s done well.
Rubio and Cruz clearly didn’t understand the definition of good labor at that debate—but then again, few people really do. But they do know big labor and how to make a pitch for their monopoly on productive work and the ability to shut down effort to drive up costs due to a lack of competition by the more ambitious.
Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman
CLIFFHANGER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
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