Trump is Actually Useful: Proves Once and For All That Business Licensing is Corrupted by Politics

Business licensing and awarding of government contracts is supposed to be entirely viewpoint neutral and related only to factors explicitly listed in the licensing legislation (e.g. training attained, cleanliness, whatever).  Of course, I believe that licensing is generally total BS and is basically a way for incumbent businesses to restrict potential competitors and throttle supply.

Of course, defenders of licensing laws piously intone that they are only there to protect consumers and are enforced in a totally neutral way that has nothing to do with viewpoints or political pull (lol).

Trump is a complete loss as a candidate but he is at least proving once and for all what total BS this is.  Both of the following are via the definitely indispensable Overlawyered.

Boston mayor says Trump will never get any city permits because of his political views.

If Donald Trump ever wants to build a hotel in Boston, he’ll need to apologize for his comments about Mexican immigrants first, the Hub’s mayor said.

“I just don’t agree with him at all,” Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh told the Herald yesterday. “I think his comments are inappropriate. And if he wanted to build a hotel here, he’d have to make some apologies to people in this country.”

New York mayor says Trump will never get any city business because of his political views.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that his city may not be able to break its business contracts with Donald Trump but will avoid future deals with the 2016 GOP contender.

"My impression is that unless there has been some breaking of a contract or something that gives us a legal opportunity to act, I'm not sure we have a specific course of action," the Democratic mayor told reporters Monday, according to CNN and Capital New York.

"But we're certainly not looking to do any business with him going forward," de Blasio added.

De Blasio indicated Monday that he has yet to receive a final analysis on whether the city could get out of several contracts with Trump, a celebrity real estate developer turned presidential candidate.

New York City officials began reviewing the contracts, including a Central Park carousel, two rinks and a Bronx golf course, several weeks ago in light of Trump's controversial remarks on immigrants.

  • Onlooker from Troy

    And yet they've become so brazen and shameless that they don't even hide the fact anymore or couch it in nuanced language.

  • SamWah

    Trump, now joining Chik-Fil-A as "people we hate".

  • http://vikingvista.blogspot.com/ vikingvista

    One way to decrease dishonesty in politics--make corruption politically correct.

  • http://devilish-details.blogspot.com/ mesaeconoguy

    "But we're certainly not looking to do any business with him [Trump] going forward," de Blasio added.

    “To be truthful and non-discriminatory, we’re really not looking to do business with anyone, because capitalism BAD!” he continued.

    “Maybe Al Sharpton, but that’s about it.”

  • Fred_Z

    On the other hand, Trump may never be refused again for a license. If he is refused, he will sue and trot all of these idiots through a court room, get his license and hopefully treble damages. I have no doubt his army of lawyers is already collecting choice quotes from idiotic politicians.

  • genes

    "he’d have to make some apologies to people in this country.”"
    He doesn't owe any apology to the "people of this country". He may have insulted people in the country illegally, they are not "people of this country"

  • j p

    Marty, who do you have to blow to make a deal around here?