Trump a conman, not a genius

Donald Trump 's surrogates call their boss a "genius" because he took a $916 million tax loss and so did not have to pay taxes for maybe a couple of decades. This loophole strategy reminds me of the machinations of another business "giant," Max Bialystock, the aging, fraudulent, greedy Broadway conman made famous in the 1968 hit movie The Producers.

In the film, Bialystock devises a scheme to produce a show that will be a flop, which will enable him to keep his investor's money. Trump also made dough on his failed ventures, screwing his shareholders, contractors, and employees big time along the way. But that was chump change, or should we say Trump change. Think of what Trump will be able to do if he becomes president. With apologies to Mel Brooks: Springtime for billionaires in America. Winter for the rest of us.


— Martin H. Levinson and Katherine Liepe-Levinson Forest Hills, N.Y.