Sunday, June 05, 2016

Trump University. "Glengarry Glen Ross", and "100 Mile Rule": making it in the world by pimping other people's products (remember "Hustle and Flow")

The Washington Post has a front page story Sunday, showing the relationship between Trump University and the sales culture depicted in that comedy movie “100 Mile Rule”.  Remember the phrase, “Always Be Closing” (actually, in “Glengarry Glen Ross”).

Rosalind S. Hellman, Tom Hamburger, and Dalton Bennett title the story “Donald Tump said ‘university” was about education. Actually its goal was, ‘Sell, sell, sell’”.  So what if your customer maxes his credit cards;  he's supposed to become competitive enough with people to win all the money back by helping them, right?

Over the years, there have been a lot of these seminars in hotel ballrooms on a variety of buy-in businesses, like telephone card distributorships, cash flow, and various credit counseling and loan operations, and even financial operations like converting whole life insurance to term.  Some of them are “multi-level marketing” which really does work for some people. Trump's was not like Amway, but it still pushes the concept of being someone else’s spokesperson, which I am not willing to be.   I’ve been to some of these in my “retirement” (especially in 2002, right after the Big Layoff).

Remember that song, "It's hard out here for a pimp" in "Hustle and Flow"?  I wonder many times I can say "Donald Trump" in thirty seconds.