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    Shortly after Trump came back from France last year (where he witnessed a Bastille Day parade) he wanted one of his one.

    The initial cost estimate for the Veterans Day parade was $12 million, but the final cost estimate was $80 million higher! As a result, the military killed the parade, stating that "there are better ways to spend the funds to help active duty and veterans alike."

    https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-air-force/2018/08/16/trumps-military-parade-estimated-to-cost-80-million-more-than-previously-estimated/

    In another example of "you just can't fix stupid", Trump is now asking for military tanks on the Mall as part of his grandiose July 4 event this year. Officials are scrambling to finalize plans for the “Salute to America” celebration, which will also include jet flyovers, fireworks and a VIP section for the president’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

    The VIP seats are for friends, family and members of the military. Those tickets come at no cost, but the White House did not say how it would specifically be allocated. The White House added that the entire event is free for the general public with no ticket requirement.

    The Washington Post recently reported that the District of Columbia was forced to dip into its Emergency Planning and Security fund to cover the security costs for the President's July Fourth address, because the federal government has been lacking in funds due to its $7 million in debt for the 2017 inauguration.

    Washington, DC, mayor Muriel Bowser opposed Trump's changes to the July Fourth celebration format in an interview with the Post in May, telling the newspaper she prefers it remain the way it has been in years past.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/29/politics/4th-of-july-washington-dc-salute-to-america-trump-event/index.html

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    All of this is only to "honor" our own "dictator"; thus not for the "people" or "liberty" . Actually he does not wants the French like parade, but more like an Kim "parade". Yes , as I've said many times, he's working hard every day piece by piece to indeed become an real dictator ; but no one in this country seems to realize such.
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    Compensation. Sad.
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    There is sooo many stupid things we can imagine Trump wants and thinks should be no big deal since he is president

    Trump: "I want a 100 space shuttles all coming down from space at the same time and do sky writing that says 'Trump 2020' over the top 100 cities.'"

    WH Aid: "We don't have 100 space shuttles sir."

    Trump: "Then I issue an executive order that 100 space shuttles be built."

    WH Aid: "That's not possible sir."

    Trump: "Fuck it. I am Donald Trump, I can do anything, and I want 100 space shuttles right now! I bet Putin has 100 space shuttles. I bet the chinks have 100 space shuttles, and I bet Kimmie in NK has 100 space shuttles, so build me 100 space shuttles! And I want a 100 space stations too!"

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    I think he is going to be extremely disappointed, just like his inauguration, low turn out. Any high view photos\video from a drone or helicopter are likely to reveal a very empty parade route. This is not NK, where people are ordered to show up or be shot.
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    Like Arizona wrote; this 4th of July "outing" cost the tax payer $90 million; all his expenses for "nothing" (including all his "rally's) have cost the taxpayer by now around $750 million, just add the latest outing to the far east and the parade then we end up with about a "billion".

    Sorry to say Obama did not even spend that during his whole term of 8 years.

    The "outing" to the far east looked more like an vacation trip for the whole entourage ( Bolton, Pompeo, Ross, Navarro, the "new" promo bitch, Ivanka, Kussner etc.and security as well the diversion to S.Korea) which of course did not cost nothing. The estimate of the whole thing is at least $25 million. I can not understand that this government allows all of this total "waste"; what is Ivanka and Kussner doing there anyway; they have no clue whatsoever where the G20 is all about.

    Yes, it is the Romanov's on steroids.

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    It did not end well for the Romanov's.
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    Two sentences aptly sum up the absurdity of Trump's 4th of July event:

    "It's irresponsible to ask the National Park Service to absorb the costs of an additional and political event when there are so many unmet needs in the parks," Phil Francis, chair of the Coalition to Protect America's National Parks, which represents current, former and retired Park Service employees and volunteers, said in a statement to The Washington Post.

    Although the total cost of the Independence Day event is not yet known, it comes at a time when the National Park Service faces a backlog of some $11 billion in maintenance. The Trump administration has also repeatedly called for cutting the National Park Service's budget, while also moving to eliminate key environmental protections for the lands set aside for conservation.

    https://www.newsweek.com/irresponsible-cost-donald-trump-jul-4-military-parade-1446858

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    I hope you are right; but don't forget that the Romanov's lasted also for a while; the revolt came when the "poor" people got fed up. That is not the case in this country; don't forget "god" sent him. It gets more "sick" per day with this total idiot, but he still may win 2020 because the people have no notion what is going on. At least Arizona is trying very hard to give the total picture.

    Bring the barf bucket fast, please!

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    Where is Pelosi? where are the Democrats? to stop all this nonsense? Where is the "oversight" no one awake? How is all of this possible? Who pays the bill?
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    Mike Luckovich published a timely response to Trump's parade yesterday:

    https://www.gocomics.com/mikeluckovich/2019/07/03

    The inspiration for today's cartoon is this picture, which was taken 30 years ago:

    See the source image

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    The Washington Post this morning reported that the Park Service has diverted $2.5 million from park maintenance to fund Trump's 4th of July extravaganza.

    Here's what the late Erma Bombeck had to say:

    "You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."

    – Erma Bombeck

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    The Washington Post this morning reported that the Park Service has diverted $2.5 million from park maintenance to fund Trump's 4th of July extravaganza.

    Here's what the late Erma Bombeck had to say:

    "You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."

    – Erma Bombeck

    I've not seen any protest from the Dem's side; the $2.5 million would have been better spent in our National Parks.

    Only an sick country wants to waste such money to "elevate" Trump. The border kids could have gotten some clean clothes or toothpaste and an shower from that wasted money.

    Anyway it shows that there is absolutely no oversight or control over Trump. As I wrote in another thread, it is time that any President gets an "operating manual" which in detail describes the "limits" of an president; such manual should be dealt with as "law". I've never seen in any "normal" country that an president determines "tariffs" or can order "tanks" to enhance himself and get the money for it without any objection.

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    The gods have smiled on us.

    I just checked tomorrow's weather forecast for Washington, D.C.

    There is a 50% chance of rain.

    With a little luck, Trump's salute to his ego is going to get rained on.

    See the source image

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    The "baby" got some new toys: