Clearly and obviously there’s going to be some arguing about exactly why this proposed military parade was cancelled. It might be that that’s just not the way America does things, could be that the Pentagon didn’t want to do it. Or the reason that Trump actually claims, that the bureaucracy was all over it and forcing costs up, might even be true. And the thing is, if the bureaucracy does swarm all over something then it does indeed become very expensive.
What would be nice, of course, is having a bureaucracy which didn’t make things expensive. Something that could happen if we cannot have nice things because of the expense of the current one:
The Department of Defense says the military parade originally scheduled for Veterans Day will be postponed.
“The Department of Defense and White House have been planning a parade to honor America’s military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I,” Defense Department spokesman Col. Rob Manning said in a statement Thursday. “We originally targeted November 10, 2018 for this event but have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019.”
That does produce a little giggle among us Europeans, for America was three years late in WWI nd might only be one this time around. But as to the why, well, that’ll be politics, obviously. But who are we going to believe?
President Donald Trump said Friday that he had canceled a planned military parade this fall in the nation’s capital because of the “ridiculously high” price tag given by D.C. officials.
“The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it,” Trump tweeted.
It would appear that that cost was just what DC wanted for holding it. That’s maybe including the costs of getting the military there or their time.
Earlier this year, the White House budget director told Congress that the cost to taxpayers could be $10 million to $30 million. Those estimates were likely based on the cost of previous military parades, such as the one in the nation’s capital in 1991 celebrating the end of the first Gulf War, and factored in some additional increase for inflation.
So, it used to be possible to hold a parade for much less, it now costs this much more. So, hose costs of the bureaucracy are going up or own?
And to the really important point, something military parades aren’t. If this is the cost of doing something so simple then how much are those multitudinous layers of bureaucrats costing the economy a a whole? How much poorer are they making us? Now that this cost is revealed to us who is going to do something about it and when?