Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Gives an Eye-Popping Price Tag for Trump's Military Parade

Just add it to the tab American taxpayers are so anxious to pick up for Trump’s mystical southern border wall.

Speaking before the House Budget Committee on Wednesday, budget director Mick Mulvaney estimated a price tag for Trump’s military parade ranging anywhere from $10 million to $30 million, depending on the length.


They’ve put a Veteran’s Day target date out there, but they don’t know how they’ll be paying for it. It wasn’t included in this most recent budget proposal, because, as Mulvaney pointed out, it came up at the last minute.

The cost of a possible parade isn’t included in the fiscal 2019 budget plan so Mulvaney said the White House would have to work with Congress on the funding if “we decide to push forward with that initiative.”

“We’d have to appropriate funds for it, we’d have to find funds for it,” he said.

All the figures are preliminary, he said.

“We’ve not done much research on it yet,” Mulvaney said.

And that is what happens when your boss is the kind of guy that throws things against the wall, on a whim, and expects everybody around him to make it stick.

Seriously. Trump sees a Bastille Day parade in France and thinks, “I want one.”

It’s not the first time he’s suggested it, however. He also spoke about having a show of our military might in a parade, before being elected.

It was a bad idea then. It’s a bad idea now.


We already have parades to honor our military, but anybody who thinks this is meant to be for the military and not for Trump hasn’t been paying attention to how the man operates.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that he would be in favor of a parade that honors military personnel, but that a “Soviet-style” demonstration of military hardware would show “weakness.”

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) also expressed opposition to a parade, saying, “America is the most powerful country in all of human history; you don’t need to show it off.”

They’re both right.

And we’re a nation in a lot of debt. At what point do we demand fiscal responsibility (and mean it) from our politicians?


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