Comey’s Testimony vs.Trump’s Infrastructure Speech:
Process vs. Concrete Outcomes!
We live in an imperfect universe. From my perspective, the people I know are divided into two basic groups: those who enjoy process and those who prefer to create/construct tangible outcomes.
Are these two differences irreconcilable?
I forced myself to watch yesterday’s testimony by former FBI Director James Comey. I realized that Comey & Co including Robert S. Mueller [Former FBI Director and now Special Prosecutor] as well as the new FBI Director Christopher A. Wray are all intertwined in their unique association of legal high-achievers and political shrewdness.
In contrast, Donald Trump, a novitiate to the wily ways of Washington DC, was eager to introduce two formidable contractors/builders who would oversee a Trillion Dollar Infrastructure project. Very few people have ever heard of Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth. Both are New York-based real estate developers and builders. These experts will oversee the council of 15 to 20 builders/engineers who will be the team to construct this massive infrastructure project to Make America Great Again.
I don’t personally know either man. However, I grew up beneath the penumbra of their huge developments/buildings in NYC. Richard LeFrak is one of America’s wealthiest real estate developers. He built the Newport, a 400-acre project on the New Jersey waterfront opposite Manhattan’s west side where I grew up. Currently, his projects include a mixed-use development in North Miami along with the Soffer family of Florida [Fountainbleau Hotel Miami]. Richard’s father, Samuel LeFrak, often clashed with Trump over several projects. He was President of LeFrak Organization which developed such major projects as Battery Park City, LeFrak City in Queens and Newport, New Jersey.
The other gentleman whom Trump introduced is Stephen Roth. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Tuck School of Business. He is the founder of Vornado Realty Trust. This is a multibillion dollar entity of strip malls, bankrupt companies [Alexander’s] and midtown office buildings.
What we have is a contrast between the once elite WASPS of Yale and Princeton pitted against Jewish boys who grew up in the Bronx or Brooklyn. All of these men are successful by any standards. However, Comey and company invested their time, talent and energies into the legal profession and politics, both heavily embedded in process and paperwork. No building or creative work of art/music will arise out of their collective endeavors. All three lawyers are the product of the Bush Crime Family juggernaut.
Trump and company are the scions and players in a drama that entails massive construction of buildings, parks and other entities which allowed the middle class of America to enjoy a reasonably priced habitat. As time went on, each of these men became extremely wealthy and began to cater to the entitled denizens of the wealthy class.
Is one more moral than the other? Is one group better for the rest of us?
Comey’s cross questioning is truly a classical performance of an individual whose true calling should have been the theater rather than the law. Comey has made sure that he literally stood out in each administration in which he had served.Both LeFrak and Roth are quiet men whose bark is apparent if a development project is behind schedule or above cost. They, like Trump, are only interested in concrete results.
Criminal law is a field where palaver and persuasion meet at the Happy Corner of the jury or congressional hearings. Real estate development either succeeds or it falls apart from its own internal problems, just like the Trump Casinos in NJ.
I am by nature, product oriented. Be it a novel, a TV movie, or a nutraceutical; I have to know that something will arise after a concerted effort to sit alone and think, create, and implement. That is my bias in life. It happens that like LeFrak and Roth, I enjoyed a certain involvement in real estate but not at their level of accomplishment nor intensity.
On the other hand, I had to rely on my lawyers [different types] for any outcome that I wanted to attain. In the book and movie industry, the lawyers became the adjunct financial instrument in order to create the final product.
So citizens can watch the Comey interrogations as a process which will culminate in much discussion signifying very little, a distraction. Or, you can write to your legislative representatives to encourage them to support an intelligent, creative, efficient infrastructure bill which will not bankrupt this country.
The choice is yours!
POTUS Donald Trump said the following:
“The golf facet of my life doesn’t go with the rest of my life which is a rough-and-tumble life. I work in real estate development which is the toughest business, and I do it in the toughest city. I deal with ruthless people.”
That’s MY POTUS!