Obscene Paragraphs: Stairway to the Starrett Edition

While the Junior Don is digging himself deeper every time he opens his mouth, apparently believing he can deflect any problems by insisting it was just a casual meeting. It was set up by an “acquaintance,” and he invited Jared and Paul to “stop by.”  Besides, she didn’t have any good dirt on Hillary, so what’s the issue?

While the left hand’s getting slapped, the right one is still out there grifting. Today’s Times has a story about a conflict of interest arising out of Il Douché’s stake in Starrett City, a massive housing development in Brooklyn, and a reminder of a time when governments were actually interested in helping the middle class. As you might expect, the owners get Federal subsidies, to the tune of $490 million since May 2013.

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Tr**p’s stake in small, only 4%, but two Democratic Congressmen, Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Hakeem Jeffries of New York, have questions about it. They worry that Il Douché’s representatives, or his good friend Ben Carson, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary, could “put a thumb on the scales” regarding rent increases, a possible sale , or refinancing. But that’s not what’s truly obscene. It’s this:

The men added that they also worry that Mr. Trump’s proposed budget would make steep cuts to many housing programs but “would leave the type of federal aid that flows to the owners of Starrett City mostly intact.”

So if you live in Starrett City, you might have to dig deeper in your pocket to pay the rent, but rest assured,  the bank balance of Donald J. Tr**p, 45th President of the United States, and your landlord, will not be adversely affected.

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About Steven Mirkin

Steven Mirkin’s diverse career has taken him from politics to pop culture to high art, offering him a front row seat to some of the most fascinating events and personalities of our time: writing speeches, fundraising appeals and campaign materials for Ed Koch, John Heinz and independent presidential candidate John B. Anderson; chronicling the punk/new wave scenes in New York and London; interviewing musicians such as Elton John, John Lydon and Buck Owens; profiling modern masters Julian Schnabel, Paul Schrader and Jonathan Safran Foer; and writing for TV shows including 21, The Chamber, Let's Make A Deal, and Rock Star: INXS. He currently edits Obitmagazine.com. View all posts by Steven Mirkin

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