Donald Trump attracted a reputation over the years as a ruthless and unscrupulous businessman. He said on the campaign trail that having been "greedy all my life," he now wanted to be greedy on behalf of the American people — but nobody seriously believed him. Marco Rubio warned that Trump was a "con artist," and Ted Cruz labeled him "completely amoral." Liberals, needless to say, were not kinder in their judgments.
From the day Trump announced his candidacy until the day he took the Oval Office, the smart take on him was that he was running on a lark, as a publicity stunt, or to lay the groundwork for some business endeavor.
Yet since his ascension to the White House, conventional wisdom has developed an odd tendency to describe his inability to make major legislative changes as an indication that his presidency is failing. It's certainly true that Paul Ryan's speakership of the House is failing, arguable that Mitch McConnell's tenure as majority leader of the Senate is failing, and indisputably true that the Koch brothers' drive to infuse hardcore libertarian ideological zeal into the GOP is failing.
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But Trump isn't failing. He and his family appear to be making money hand over fist. It's a spectacle the likes of which we've never seen in the United States, and while it may end in disaster for the Trumps someday, for