The Trump Bloat

October 9, 2020

Contact: Steven Nekhaila,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
844-FLA-FREE (352-3733)


KEY WEST, Fla. – Far from reducing the federal Swamp as promised during his 2016 campaign, a new study finds Donald Trump actually expanded it by 25 percent.

The study[i], prepared by New York University professor Paul C. Light for the Brookings Institute, found President Trump increased the Federal workforce by 25 percent since he became president nearly four years ago. This was done largely by increasing the number of federal contract employees from postal workers and soldiers to bridge and road builders[ii].

Perhaps more alarming, Light also noted the Trump Administration expanded the layers and the numbers of higher-paid management positions, many without Congressional approval. The Administration did submit an extensive reorganization plan to cut staffing and overhead in 2018, but the Democratic-led House refused to take it up. It appears the Trump response was to increase federal “bloat” the report found.

That’s just federal employment. During his term in office, Trump increased the federal deficit–the difference between income and spending–by $8.3 trillion. Our national debt now stands at $27 trillion. That’s a debt of nearly $82,000 for every adult in the county, and about $217,000 per taxpayer[iii].


There Is A Better Way

The Libertarian Party of Florida abhors Big Government. We condemn the tax-and-spend society we find ourselves in. Our solution is simple. First, free our society to support itself and each other without a third-party Big Government weighing us down. Next, reduce government to the barest minimum needed to protect and maintain our society. The individual will be free to own their lives, free of Big Government shackles.

The Libertarian Presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen has a plan to do just that. Jorgensen’s first step would be to freeze federal spending and borrowing at current levels. Next, she would work to cut federal regulations that restrain free trade and limit job creation. That will bring on more government reduction and more freedom for all of us. Through a vibrant, self-sufficient economy, the demand for Big Government fades away to bare minimums.

There is an alternative to the Republican and Democratic solution of spend more, the Libertarian Party solution: spend less.

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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[i] Federal bloat is at a 60-year high

[ii] “The Marketplace,” Minnesota Public Radio, Oct. 7, 2020, “Trump administration increasing number of government workers, report finds”

[iii] US Debt Clock

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bring on the surprised pikachu

Is there any need for Congress at this point

How much are taxes going to increase to pay for all this "free" money

🤦🏻‍♀️ abuse of power is abuse of power. Dems would condemn this and Reps would celebrate this if he were an R.

Make career politicians and bureaucrats richer in the backs of the taxpayer.

While he is destroying our jobs and driving the price of gas thru the roof (stay tuned) he is giving everyone a pittance that he would NEVER consider living on.

I’m so happy I don’t pay taxes... y’all are just getting fucked.

Just like the last 40 years have been. If Congress would do their jobs things would flow better

"Mr. Biden has proposed a $1.9 trillion relief plan"125 million tax payers. So each tax payer should be getting $15k each?

Madness at large

He actually signed blank pages.

"Free" money...

Emperor Biden?

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Amazing the left hates executive orders when it comes from the right but they are cheering right now. Like do they have whiplash from changing their stance so fast?


Biden is the anti-Libertarian.

A. This is a shit show. B. Is this saying he’s only moving toward changing the minimum wage for federal employees? Or just in general?

I'm old enough to remember when laws were legislated by the bicameral legislature.

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