New Year’s Eve at Mar-a-Lago; Expensive for “Guests,” and Expensive for Taxpayers


Mick Mulvaney claims that Trump will not attend a New Year’s Eve party at his millionaires only south Florida club, Mar-a-Lago. Non-members will pay $1,000 each to be “guests,” and members will pay $650.

Trump’s family is already at the resort, and therefore so is the secret service. Taxpayers are not only paying for the salaries, food, and lodging, they are paying for additional security arrangements. These include special tents for secret service operations costing $54,000. We are also paying for lights and generators at the cost of $41,000.

Now here’s the worst scenario. If Trump decides to attend the cost to taxpayers will increase by 1,000 percent. More security, additional protections to secure airspace, the shoreline, and access roads are required. The cost of operating Air Force One is more than $200,000 per hour. All this while 800,000 government employees have been forced on furlough thanks to Trump’s Shutdown.

Mulvaney said Friday on “Fox & Friends” that Trump had “canceled his plans for New Year’s.”

Personally, I don’t believe that this is true. This would be tantamount to Trump cancelling one of his hate rallies. In attendance will be wealthy Trump supporters. His ego will receive a much-needed boost. He cannot resist being with white, wealthy men and women who will flatter him constantly.

Trump has labeled the White House as a ‘dump.’ He will be unable to resist spending New Years at his gawdy resort.

What do you think? Regardless, I’m betting that I’m right.

Finally, I wish a much happier 2019 for all furloughed government employees. The least Trump could have done is invite you to his party!

The Truth Lives Here

Op-ed by this “Wise Old Fart,” James Turnage


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