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You have stated again and again that you are a savvy businessman. I suggest you take a look at what it actually means to be a savvy businessman. If the business of the President is to support the American people your practices are not creating results for most Americans. I have been reading many articles that have experts analyzing your proposed policies, who those policies will ultimately affect and alternative options to better use funds for better outcomes for the American people. I’ve shared a few ideas below.
Your military parade
It is clear from your tweets, your demeanor and your showmanship that you want to be seen as the big dog. You were awed by the military parade in France and want to do that here. But at what cost?
Newsweek recently wrote an article that for the proposed cost of the military parade you insist on having, you could feed every homeless vet three meals per day for two weeks.
Your border wall
We all know this was a big part of your campaign. It is becoming clear that this is what you will fight to achieve, not because it is the best option for border security, but because you want the win.
The New York Daily News has calculated what else the estimated $15 Billion dollars that would be spent building a border wall could also be spent on and they are some worthy things.
According to the article, the U.S. could build 7,500 miles of rural, two-lane roads with the wall budget, according to estimates by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. That’s enough asphalt to go from New York to Seattle two and a half times. Another option is 1,360 miles of six-lane highways in urban areas. That means that the U.S. could build a super highway between Washington D.C and Miami and still have cash left over to construct one between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
2. Access to college
$15 billion could cover four years of in-state university tuition for 388,600 students, according to tuition estimates from the College Board.
3. Investing in urban police forces
The $15 billion wall estimate would cover the Chicago Police Department’s annual $1.4 billion expenses for a decade. The money could also cover the costs of the New York Police Department, which is the largest force in the nation and operates with an annual $5.1 billion budget, for almost three years.
4. Hospitals for veterans
Even though the most expensive, and controversial, VA hospital being built in Aurora, CO is way over budget and costing an estimated $1 billion dollars, the average cost is only about $600 million, which would allow for at least 25 VA hospitals to be built.
It is a fact and not fake news that 43 percent of top-level positions in your administration have seen turnover. That is not normal. In fact, your administration has had more turnover among senior aides in the first 13 1/2 months than your four most recent predecessors had after two years. There are real costs associated with staff turnover. A paper from the Center for American Progress, citing 11 research papers published over a 15-year period, determined that the average economic cost to a company of turning over a highly skilled job is 213% of the cost of one year’s compensation for that role. If the range of senior level staff is between $80K and $180K, a conservative cost of all your staff turnover so far would be huge. As mentioned above, there are many better ways to spend that money for the American people.
Your trips to Mar-a-Lago
You were extremely vocal about former President Obama’s time spent on the golf course and the cost of their family vacations, but you have exceeded that number. At this point, the total cost of your personal travel expenses — including trips to Mar-a-Lago in Florida, and your Bedminster, N.J. golf club — has now surpassed $13.5 million, according to a report by Judicial Watch (a conservative watchdog group). That money could feed and house a lot of veterans.
I suggest that before you next pick up your golf clubs or tweet a policy, take a good look at what alternative uses that money could go towards and put your money where your mouth is.