Slightly more than a week has passed since the inauguration, and already two huge vanity projects have been introduced. Say what you will about President Donald Trump, he wastes no time. Our money, however, is another matter.
His proposed investigation into the "massive voter fraud" that he believes deprived him of a popular vote victory could cost us millions and, just like Benghazi, uncover nothing.
Then, of course, there's the wall which, if built, will cost us billions (no way in el infierno is Mexico going to pay for it). Like any wall, it will inspire countless ways of getting over, under, around or through it. In other words, it will be a colossal boondoggle.
And where are our congressional deficit hawks when we need them? They are lying low, lest they alienate the true believers, and quietly going along for the ride, at least until President Trump begins to balk at signing everything they plan to put on his desk. As long as he proves useful, Republicans will be content to let Trump be Trump.
This is a high-risk game. As you watch it play out be prepared to open your wallet and try not to get sick.
Len Nosal, Madison