Isn’t it sad how Democrats and their media only become so concerned about how taxpayer money is spent and only really care about the poor and homeless when a Republican is in the White House?
If Melania and Barron never move to Washington and if Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago for four out of every nine weekends, our estimates put the total cost at something like $526 million over the course of Trump’s presidency. Melania Trump is apparently planning to join her husband in Washington at the end of the school year, though, and Trump calls Mar-a-Lago the “winter White House,” implying that he won’t be there in the summer. In which case the overall spending plummets further.
To only, say, $130 million or so. Only enough to fund the homelessness agency until 10-year-old Barron Trump is 42.
— Washington Post, 3/17/17
Let’s be real here.
Had Barack Obama actually accomplished something in his life outside of activism and taxpayer-funded “service” and owned a lavish private property, do you really think he’d stay in an old house, built by slaves, with far fewer luxury amenities or take off when the week’s work was done and hang out somewhere nice? Especially in a setting the White House press corps would find much more enjoyable than boring old Washington, D.C. or Camp David with the bugs?
But since we’re talking about the Trumps, every penny is now being counted even though the media never seemed to hold President Obama personally accountable for the billions of dollars misspent and/or unaccounted for during his eight years in charge.
The following is a quick tally and is not meant to be an accurate, final list of taxpayer monies “lost”.
The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, a government watchdog group led by former Republican staffers, put out a report showing $6.4 billion in stimulus money had been spent in hundreds of nonexistent congressional districts.
— CBS News, 11/18/09
Recovery.gov promised transparency on how the government spends every dollar of stimulus money, but there’s $162 million the website doesn’t disclose. Recipients of 352 federal stimulus contracts, grants and loans have failed to report how they spent the money, the status of their projects or how many jobs were funded, according to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
— Washington Examiner, 10/4/10
A report published by the DOE Office of Inspector General says the agency has been unable to locate $500,000 worth of equipment purchased with stimulus money. But the report won’t say where the equipment was lost, or who lost it: “It would not be appropriate to release the name of stimulus-money recipient where the $500,000 worth of equipment could not be located.”
— National Review, 7/18/12
The IRS is unable to account for $67 million spent from a slush fund established for Obamacare implementation, according to a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report released today.
— Americans for Tax Reform, 9/25/13
The State Department misplaced and lost some $6 billion due to the improper filing of contracts during the past six years, mainly during the tenure of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, according to a newly released Inspector General report.
— Washington Free Beacon, 4/4/14
A government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found.
— USA Today, 8/5/14
Taxpayers are on the hook for more than $2.2 billion in expected costs from the federal government’s energy loan guarantee programs, according to a new audit Monday that suggests the controversial projects may not pay for themselves, as officials had promised.
— Washington Times, 4/27/15
The Obama administration cannot account for nearly $3 billion in subsidies paid to insurance companies in 2014, according to a government watchdog.
— The Hill, 6/17/15
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the behemoth Indianapolis-based agency that provides finance and accounting services for the Pentagon’s civilian and military members, could not provide adequate documentation for $6.5 trillion worth of year-end adjustments to Army general fund transactions and data.
— The Fiscal Times, 7/31/16
Judicial Watch announced today that it has received new documents from both the Secret Service and the Air Force relating to Obama travel expenses, bringing the known total over the past eight years to $96,938,882.51. The reports contain information regarding Obama’s Earth Day trip to the Florida Everglades, a political fundraising trip to San Diego, Michelle Obama’s annual Aspen ski trip, her trip to Morocco, a family vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, as well as Hillary’s ride with Obama on Air Force One to North Carolina.
— Judicial Watch, 12/29/16
Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) financial books are in such bad shape that HUD’s Inspector General (IG) can’t complete an audit even after HUD officials corrected $520 billion in bookkeeping errors, according to a new IG report.
— Daily Caller, 3/7/17
By informal count, the American taxpayer has been soaked for over $700 billion (which could be trillions depending on “adjustment” accounting) in lost cash and/or goods by a culture of entitled government employees and appointees that could care less about the citizen who has money confiscated from their paychecks before payday arrives. We have a media that looks the other way when the buck stops at a president they personally prefer, and in many cases, whose campaigns they financially supported.
But as always is the case, the Democrat left and their media have again discovered fiscal responsibility, perceived waste, and the very recently downtrodden who are now visible and could use the sacred taxpayer funds government (specifically Donald Trump) is not protecting as it should.