Notes from all over

by GDA gda@accessmn.com

9-21-2017

I have to admit that I agree with Gov "Goofy" Dayton in not paying the Legislature. There all sorts of reasons, but they had several months to accomplish things and they didn't do much. Why should we, the people who really pay the bills, have to pay inept people? If they worked for a real business, most would have received their pink slips already.
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There have been some very inaccurate stories in many of the mainstream dailies about the cost of Pres. Trump's travels.
Well, Judicial Watch sent out an e-mail where they say they received the costs for travel for Obama and Pres. Trump. Trump's travel costs came to $4,082,427.71, while Obama's were $105,662,975.27.
According to the records, Michelle's trip to Morocco cost $128,108.47 in hotels, $88,725.60 in car rentals, $1,476.07 in gas and oil, and $972.22 in cell phone charges for a total of $244,218.01. Her trip to Liberia cost $55,220 in hotels, $44,000 in car rentals, $2,500 in gas and oil, and $1,000 in cell phone charges for a total of $107,890. Her trip to Spain cost $79,764.49 in hotels, $81,750.99 in car rentals and $4,547 in staff overtime for a total of $166,062.48. Obama's November 2016 appearance at a Clinton campaign rally in Orlando, Fla., cost $150,530.99 in hotels, $103,526.96 in air/rail, $11,588.76 in car rentals and $5,829 in equipment for a total of $271,467.71. Obama's trip to Los Angeles in October 2016, which included two fundraisers and an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" cost $127,822 in hotels, $38,715 in air/rail, $24,326 in equipment, and $4,992.30 in car rentals for a total of $195,855. Michelle's October 2016 trip to a Clinton campaign rally in North Carolina cost $13,206 in hotels, $11,965 in air/rail and $1,331 in car rentals for a total of $26,502. The Obama family trip to Martha's Vineyard in August 2016 cost $2,512,380.88 in hotels, $89,586.82 in rental cars, $53,234.69 in air/rail and $29,068.97 in miscellaneous for a total of $2,684,271.36. The total for Obama is now $105,662,975.27.
In addition, providing protection for Hillary Clinton between April 11 and May 6, 2015, cost the Secret Service $23,323.14 in car rentals, $294,057.65 in air/rail and $32,856.80 in travel vouchers for a total of $350,237.59.
Now, what have the costs been for Pres. Trump between Nov. 9 and Dec. 12, 2016? Well, the cost was $330,260.86 in hotels, $112,314 in air/rail, $14,340 in equipment and $18,563.44 in car rentals for a total of $475,478.30. This was Trump's "Thank You Tour."
Trump visited Mar-a-Lago between Feb. 3 and March 27, 2017, for a cost of $1,474,726.03 in hotels including $19,760 at Mar-a-Lago, $284,581.63 in car rentals, $1,791,768.33 on air/rail, and $55,873.42 in supplies for a total of $3,606,949.41. The grand total of Pres. Trump and V.P. Pence's travel to date is $7,560,425.01. It cost the Secret Service $95,187.58 to secure Trump Tower from Nov. 9 through Dec. 5, 2016.
Now, are they worth it?
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, the loser in the 2016 election for president, is now blaming everyone, including her own party, the media, Russia, etc. for her loss. What she should realize is she had no real campaign, did little campaigning out of California and New York and the fact is, people don't like her when they meet her. She is making a fool of herself now and should sink back into one of her homes. By the way, why are no investigations being made of all the millions foreign governments donated to her campaign?
Just think, when this country was founded, our founding fathers felt that serving in the government as a legislator should be for free. They also didn't think it should be a lifelong job. Maybe they had something going there. These legislators, both state and federal, sure aren't earning their pay.
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Well, we voted for them. We can't complain, and if you didn't vote, you sure as h... can't complain.
Have a good week in the great North Woods


 


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