ELDER PATRIOT – When Donald Trump entered the Republican race over ten months ago he promised a government that would begin delivering completed projects before deadline and under budget. He turned to the Wollman Ice Rink in New York’s Central Park as an example of the incompetency and wastefulness of government.
Beginning in 1980, then Mayor Ed Koch undertook the reconstruction of the rink that had fallen into disrepair during the preceding financial crisis. Six years and thirteen million dollars later the rink was no closer to reopening. That’s when Trump entered the scene.
In May of 1986 Trump promised Koch that he would finish the rink for three million dollars within six months. Koch did everything in his power to keep him from getting the contract but Trump’s political contacts eventually helped him prevail. Trump completed the reconstruction of Wollman Rink in four months and 25% under budget on time for the holiday season.
Trump has brought the same business acumen to his campaign. Before deciding to run for president Trump met with Newt Gingrich to go over a wide range of subjects. During the lengthy meeting he asked Newt how much he should be prepared to spend to secure the Republican nomination. Newt told him that eighty million dollars should be sufficient.
Trump secured the nomination ahead of schedule (almost a full month ahead of Mitt Romney who had the blessing of the party’s elites) and under budget having spent forty-six million dollars, barely half of Newt’s projection, despite having to contend with the party’s establishment that lined up against him. The entrenched politicians who don’t give a second thought to spending other people’s money expended over four hundred million dollars in their efforts to stop him.
In Trump’s world this would be akin to finishing a construction project in ten months, ahead of schedule despite severe rain everyday and with consistent vandalism occurring at the construction site.
If this is any indication of how Trump will govern America, the gravy train that excessive spending provides for the financial benefit of politicians will end. Contracts and contractors are among the political set’s favorite ways of laundering money for their personal enrichment. Trump appears to, both, know this and to possess the desire to put an end to it.
His Democrat opponent will most likely be Hillary Clinton. Under Clinton six billion dollars vanished from the State Department. This was reported by Judicial Watch, an organization that has been at the forefront of getting the courts to finally issue subpoenas on her email scandal.
According to Judicial Watch’s website: “The cash was supposed to be used to pay contractors but it just disappeared and documents that could help track the dough cannot be located. How convenient! The paper trail, which federal law says must be maintained in the case of government contracts, has been destroyed or was never created to begin with.”
We cannot know for certain if Trump will fulfill his promise to reorganize the federal government into a more efficient and less corrupt enterprise. The only thing we know for certain is that no career politican that runs against him will.
So far he has at least proven that he knows how to deliver ahead of schedule and under budget in an arena in which he had no prior experience.