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Trump Has Spent $115 Million On Golf Trips ― Or 287 Years Of Presidential Salary

“Trump often boasts of donating his White House pay, but taxpayers are shelling out much larger sums for his hobby. Trump’s golf hobby has now cost Americans an estimated $115 million in travel and security expenses ― the equivalent of 287 years of the presidential salary he frequently boasts about not taking.”

Trump Has Spent $115 Million On Golf Trips ― Or 287 Years Of Presidential Salary

With his Thanksgiving vacation, President Donald Trump ‘s golf hobby has now cost Americans an estimated $115 million in travel and security expenses ― the equivalent of 287 years of the presidential salary he frequently boasts about not taking.

Back in December of 2011 in criticizing Barak Obama Trump tweeted,..

“I play golf to relax. My company is in great shape. Barack Obama plays golf to escape work while America goes down the drain.”

And back in August of 2016 Trump campaigned saying

“I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”

Now we even have a website dedicated to tracking just how much time and money Trump’s playing golf is costing us…

Trump Golf Count

Days Trump has spent at Mar a Lago: 117 Cost of flights to Mar a Lago (27 so far):* ~$53,456,000 Days Trump has spent at Bedminster: 75 Cost of flights to Bedminster (23 so far):* ~$18,375,500 Trump has visited his clubs once every this many days since his inauguration: 4.5 Projected visits to golf clubs in four years: 323 Projected visits in eight years: 645 Total times Obama played golf during his eight year Presidency: 306 *Cost estimates for Trump’s travel to Mar a Lago and Bedminster are from The Washington Post.

The Truth About the Trump Economy by Joseph E. Stiglitz – Project Syndicate

It is becoming conventional wisdom that US President Donald Trump will be tough to beat in November, because, whatever reservations about him voters may have, he has been good for the American economy. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Truth About the Trump Economy | by Joseph E. Stiglitz

It is becoming conventional wisdom that US President Donald Trump will be tough to beat in November, because, whatever reservations about him voters may have, he has been good for the American economy. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

Neoliberal Economics Destroyed the Economy and the Middle Class

The 2nd paragraph here is just amazing when you think about it… [the emphasis is mine.

“It is aggregate demand that drives the economy. Payments made on a rise in interest rates on credit card balances from 19% to a 29% penalty rate reduce consumers’ ability to contribute to aggregate demand by purchasing goods and the services of doctors, lawyers, plumbers, electricians, and carpenters. Contrary to logic, the fee is magically counted in the “financial services” category as a contributor to GDP growth. The extortion of a fee that reduces aggregate demand lowers GDP, but builds paper wealth in the financial services sector.”

Neoliberal Economics Destroyed the Economy and the Middle Class

Perhaps economists will also come to the realization that they owe us accurate GDP accounting and not fanciful accounts that serve elite wealth in the financialized economy. According to official US government economic data, the US economy has been growing for 10.5 years since June of 2009.

The Facts on the ‘Green New Deal’ – FactCheck.org

The Facts on the ‘Green New Deal’

The text of the legislation, which is a nonbinding resolution , lays out a broad vision for how the country might tackle climate change over the next decade, while creating high-paying jobs and protecting vulnerable communities. Unlike a bill, this type of legislation is not presented to the president and cannot become law.

What an Elizabeth Warren Presidency Would Look Like | In These Times

What an Elizabeth Warren Presidency Would Look Like

While the wealth tax is popular with voters, it’s unclear whether Democrats will command a big enough majority in Congress to pass it, or if centrist Democrats would support it. But legislation won’t be her only tool. The president controls an enormous bureaucracy and has a vast array of administrative, regulatory and enforcement powers at her disposal.

What a Bernie Sanders Presidency Would Look Like | In These Times

What a Bernie Sanders Presidency Would Look Like

It’s clear that a radical president can shift a party’s center of gravity: Republican public opinion- on immigration, Russia, the FBI -has rapidly moved to align with Trump’s views, and Republican politicians have largely done the same. A Sanders presidency would polarize the national debate in a similar way, pressuring Democratic legislators to side with their leader over the inevitably fanatical Republican opposition.

Low unemployment isn’t worth much if the jobs barely pay

Low unemployment isn’t worth much if the jobs barely pay

Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its Employment Situation report (better known as the “jobs report”) to outline latest state of the nation’s economy. And with it, of late, have been plenty of positive headlines-with unemployment hovering around 3.5%, a decade of job growth, and recent upticks in wages, the report’s numbers have mostly been good news.

Half of active-duty service members are unhappy with Trump, new Military Times poll shows

Half of active-duty service members are unhappy with Trump, new Military Times poll shows

President Donald Trump received a loud ovation when he participated in the coin toss ahead of Saturday’s Army-Navy football rivalry game in Philadelphia. But troops’ actual feelings about the commander in chief appear much more ambivalent in the latest Military Times survey.

 

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