Saturday, December 10, 2016

The presidency: On time and under budget

For a fellow who lives in a luxurious penthouse overlooking Manhattan when he is not living in a Palm Beach resort, Donald Trump sure is a skinflint.

They told him he would need a billion bucks to win the presidency (when they were not telling him he had no chance in hell of winning).

“There’s no reason to raise that,” Trump said. “I just don’t think I need nearly as much money as other people need because I get so much publicity. I get so many invitations to be on television. I get so many interviews, if I want them.”

The final numbers are in.

President Trump was right.

From the New York Post:
Hillary Clinton and her supporters spent a record $1.2 billion for her losing presidential campaign — twice as much as the winner, Donald Trump, according to the latest records.
The president-elect, who confounded critics during the campaign by saying there was no need to raise or spend $1 billion or more, ended up making do with $600 million.
Clinton’s expensive machine tore through $131.8 million in just the final weeks, finishing with about $839,000 on hand as of Nov. 28.
Team Trump spent $94.5 million in the home stretch — from Oct. 20 to Nov. 28 — and had $7.6 million left.
The figures include all spending by the campaigns, PACs and party committees.
Trump contributed $66 million from his own pocket, $34 million less than he estimated he would shell out.
He was the right messenger with the right message: Make America Great Again.

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10 comments:

  1. We will expect him to help Congress be as careful with OUR money as he was with his.

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    1. President Trump strikes me as the kind of guy who is more careful with other people's money than he is with his own.

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  2. This is what happens when you have a guy who makes hisa living counting the cost.

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  3. New Yorkers will remember how, back in the 80s, Trump rebuilt Central Park's Wollman Skating Rink in a matter of months after the city itself had FUBAR'ed the project literally for years.

    He's an executive with a project manager's mind. He gets things done.

    The media ignores his many successes and focuses on his few failures, so people have no idea what kind of executive he really is.

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    1. Check it out. It's photo #38 of Trump in 1986, getting ready to show NYC how it's done:

      http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2016/04/30-years-ago-a-look-back-at-1986/478947/

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  4. The AF 1 drama will be interesting to see play out. The Pentagon is the World's Monument to Inefficiency. Realistically, war is wasteful and you don't want to fight one on a shoestring. But I can well believe that $125 Billion is waste and unfortunately, Mattis is not an outsider in that realm. How much he can reform it may be limited. Many government agencies are a problem because of the societal costs they impose. But in terms of pure bureaucratic waste, the Pentagon will be Trump's challenge.

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  5. You can't become wealthy by being irresponsible with money - yours or someone else's. I can imagine with President Trump and General "Mad Dog" Mattis at DoD there are some very nervous bean counters at the Pentagon these days. - Elric

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    1. Yes, Elric. And who else is nervous? About 300,000 federal employee toads who won't get to make their 100k salaries while watching porn all day. Get em out.

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    2. I would estimate that 300,000 is too low. I would like to see an across the board review of ALL employees. For example: When it snows and non-essential employees are told to stay home, who are these non-essential employees? That's a start, anyway. - Elric

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