Isn’t it amazing what happens to expenses, when you go from having a Democrat or Socialist president in the White House to having a Republican? Republicans believe in ‘fiscal responsibility’. Democrats, like Obama, well, they like to spread the wealth. In addition, Democrats have no problem spending other people’s money.
While Obama was in office there were at least 50 czars and over 110 more employees than Trump has now working in the White House. That’s at least a four-year savings of $22 million for the American taxpayer. You gotta’ love that!
H/T Western Journalism:
A staff salary report released by the Trump administration Friday shows that the Trump White House is spending less on payroll than the Obama White House.
A report by government watchdog Open the Books found that President Donald Trump’s 2017 payroll is down $5.1 million in comparison to President Barack Obama’s 2015 payroll. The watchdog organization projects four-year savings on Trump’s White House payroll could exceed $22 million.
The savings are driven by Trump’s refusal to take a salary, as well as significant reductions in policy czars, expensive fellowship programs and staff for the first lady, according to the watchdog group.
In total, there are 110 fewer employees on White House payroll under Trump than under Obama at this point in their respective presidencies.
Michelle Obama’s staff of 24 in 2009 was the largest of any first lady, besting Hillary Clinton’s staff of 19 and Laura Bush’s 18 staffers.
First Lady Melania Trump, on the other hand, only has five staffers on hand, whose annual salaries range from $77,000 to $179,700.
President Obama came under fire starting in 2009 for his hiring of expensive special initiative czars. For example, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle earned $158,000 a year, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Carol Browner earned $172,000 a year, and White House Director of Urban Affairs Adolfo Carrion Jr. earned $158,500 a year.
Open the Books found no evidence of so-called “czars” on Trump’s White House payroll.
Obama’s White House Leadership Development fellowship program also came at a high cost. Fellowship candidate Elaine Ho earned a salary of $158,700 for her time working with the first lady’s office to implement Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative.
Two “directors” who were on the payroll for President Obama’s fellowship program earned salaries of $120,000 and $60,876.
Open the Books also found no evidence of expensive fellowship programs in the Trump White House.
Trump has refused to accept his constitutionally mandated presidential salary. He donated his paycheck to the Department of Interior for use at military cemeteries in the first quarter of 2017.
First daughter Ivanka Trump, a special adviser to the president, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, have also refused to take a salary.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer told NPR in an email that the lean staffing is proof the Trump administration is “trying to give taxpayers the best return,” adding that it’s a practice they wish to enact “throughout all government.”
That’s the real difference between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats don’t mind spending other people’s money, especially when it’s about taking the tax dollars from hard working Americans and spreading the wealth to others. They also are not about living within “reasonable means”.
Just cutting the crazy 50 Obama czars had to save Americans tons of money.
We can be thankful for a Republican president who is willing to finally show some ‘fiscal responsiblity’.