Thursday, December 8, 2016

Spending

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Donald Trump

In a speech delivered yesterday by Donald Trump in Arizona, the businessman turned politician lauded that he had only spent approximately $200,000 promoting his campaign.

In scouring the Trump campaign’s FEC reports, the candidate was referring to a $201,073 list rental to NewsMax Media.

That’s nothing outstanding for most candidates, but for Trump, the expenditure was an outlier.

Out of the 1,547 itemized expenditures through September 30th of of 2015, only 132 bills were paid to the typical consulting class that we see rampant with other campaigns.

Of the $5.4 million spent by Trump, only $1.2 million went to consultants, promotion and polling.

Of course that sounds like a lot of money, but let’s compare that to Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Not including SuperPACs, Cruz has spent $12.6 million in total, of which $6.5 million went to consultants, promotion and polling.

Cruz handed over 51% of his expenditures to the typical DC consultant class, while Trump handed over only 22% to them.

To people outside of the Beltway, the numbers above tell a story of efficiency and thriftiness on the part of Trump.

Inside the Beltway, the republican consultant class is fuming.

What Trump is doing is proving that the tens of millions of dollars spent on consultants in past presidential elections was essentially a waste. Especially in the cases of McCain and Romney where many beach homes were purchased by GOP consultants off of the backs of those failures.

Trump, using his unfiltered candor, has been able to energize the nation that has grown weary of Washington politicians.

Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign has spent more on flowers (over $1,000) than Trump has spent on survey research ($0).

While Trump boasts of his vast wealth and appears to have no problem spending money like a fat kid in a candy story, his habits prove that the rich don’t succeed by simply spending their profits – they succeed by spending their profits wisely.

Trump’s campaign expenditures, which look like a campaign from the 1970’s where most money is invested in travel and reaching the public directly, appear to prove his point that he would run the government with efficiency – assuming he would be as careful with the taxpayers’ money as he is with his own hard-earned dollars.

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John Boehner

Just weeks after winning sweeping victories in the 2014 elections that saw angry voters turn over control of the Senate to Republicans House Speaker John Boehner has decided to strike a sweeping bargain with lame duck Democrats over a huge omnibus-spending bill to fund government operations through September 2015 – the end of the current fiscal year.

The question is why.

Why would Speaker Boehner rush a 1,603-page $1.1 trillion spending bill through Congress now rather than wait for conservative Republicans elected on November 4 take over control of the Senate after the New Year – now just weeks away?

Speculation is that current House leaders – loyal to and controlled by the Republican establishment – want to cut a “moderate” spending deal with Senate Majority Harry Reid in time to head off the new and largely conservative class of Senators set to take over control of the chamber on January 2.

House conservatives have complained bitterly that voters soundly rejected “pass it before you can read it” government adding that the bill will deprive new Congress conservatives with the political leverage they will need to pry concessions from the Obama Administration on everything from defunding ObamaCare and out-of-control regulation to legislation repealing executive “amnesty” for illegal aliens.

The legislation will also “kick the can down the road” on government debt – now exceeding $18 trillion – by raising the debt limit to make way for more deficit spending while heading off any government shutdowns until at least late 2015.

The “compromise spending bill” will fully fund virtually all federal government activities through the end of the fiscal year next September except the Department of Homeland Security.

This includes full funding for ObamaCare… full funding for top down federal control over education… and full funding of “executive overreach” initiatives like amnesty, lack of government transparency and the selective enforcement of federal laws by Justice Department.

Apparently, conservatives should be content with modest cuts in the Internal Revenue Service and Environmental Protection Agency budgets with no concessions “greenhouse gas” emission standards based on the flawed science of “climate change”.

When reached for comment, the press spokesman for Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) said Sen. Lee is deeply disappointed that the process for the spending bill saying that it was set up to push Congress into a vote before the bill could be read by members – exactly the kind of legislative maneuvering that voters rejected on Election Day. Senator’s Ted Cruz and Rand Paul could not be reached by press time.

Please check back for updates.

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