The people who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 did so based on certain things that they believed in, that they believed would make their lives better, and he promised to fulfill their wishes. One of those things was a smaller government that provided fewer services. The reasoning was that if the government shrunk, had fewer employees and provided fewer services, money would be saved and taxes could be lowered, thus putting more money in the pockets of the working class.
However, theory and reality are often not quite the same, and the reality here is that Trump has cut services to the poor and disadvantaged, he has cut taxes for the wealthy, but the working class is no better off than they were before, and in fact have less now than they had before. Why? There are a number of reasons, including massive amounts of waste by Trump’s cabinet and by Trump himself, the tax cuts were only to the wealthy, Trump’s tariffs are causing prices to rise, and this …
Trump Military Parade To Cost Taxpayers Nearly $100M
What a colossal and foolish waste of our money!!!
This ego trip was initially, we were told, to cost a mere $12 million. That would have fed 2,307 average families for a full year, but hey … Trump’s ego is far more important than feeding hungry kids, right? But now, the estimated cost, $92 million, could have fed 17,692 average families for a full year! How do we justify this? What is the purpose of this ‘military parade’? The answers are that we cannot possibly justify it and the only purpose is to stroke the ego of the megalomaniac in the Oval Office.
The parade is scheduled for Saturday, November 10th, and is to start at the U.S. Capitol and end at the White House where, undoubtedly, the 5,000-7,000 troops who are marching will be expected to salute Trump. Now, not only is the parade costing an exorbitant amount of money up front, but there is a likelihood that there will be ‘after-the-fact’ costs to repair Pennsylvania Avenue. Initially, General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that no tanks would be included in the parade, for they would cause “damage to local infrastructure”. But now, because Trump wants them, eight tanks will make their way to the White House on a street that taxpayers will then be required to repair.
Now, how did this all come about? Well, remember last July when Trump happened to be in France during their annual Bastille Day celebration? As a part of the festivities, there was a military parade, and Trump, exactly like the child who, upon seeing his friends new toy, then insists that his parents buy the same toy for him, decided that he must also have a military parade. And so, during a meeting at the Pentagon on January 18th, Trump ordered just such a parade for himself. The Washington Post got wind of it and published the story, after which the White House issued a statement that said Trump “has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.” Hello? First, very few, if any Americans will travel to DC to watch this costly display of foolishness. Second … show our appreciation to whom and for what??? Are we supposed to be appreciative to Trump for destroying our environment, our schools, our reputation, and our very nation? I think not.
Trump originally intended the parade to be on July 4th, Independence Day, but apparently it couldn’t be pulled together quite that soon, so he settled for the November date, which is one day before Veteran’s Day and also marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. What Trump fails to realize … or simply doesn’t care … is that the Bastille Day parade in France is a long-standing tradition, dating back to 1880! And, France’s Bastille Day parade is a celebration of citizen’s rights, not military might. The U.S. has no such tradition, nor do we need one.
The U.S. has not held a major military parade in Washington since 1991 to mark the end of Operation Desert Storm. That parade reportedly cost approximately $8 million and was paid for with about $3 million in government funds and the rest with private donations. Trump’s parade, all $92 million, would be paid for with taxpayer dollars.
Our economy is on the verge of a downturn, due largely to some very poor decisions on the part of Donald Trump and his minions. The average wage earner has not seen an increase in his or her real wages in years, and in fact, today’s real wages have dropped to 1974 levels (more about this in a future post). Trump takes credit for a lot that is not his due, and is spending our money willy-nilly on such foolishness as a parade to show American’s gratitude to him, when we should be showing him the back door! This is nothing but yet another ego trip for Donald Trump at a huge cost to We The People.
Note to Readers: This evening, a couple of hours after this post was published, it was announced that the parade has been postponed until 2019! Perhaps sometimes our voices are heard?