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    This says it all

    In celebration, I'm taking my wife to McDonalds for dinner.

    What Recession? The $170 Million Inauguration

    Obama's Inauguration Has Been Financed Partially by Bailed-Out Wall Street Executives . http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Inaug...6665946&page=1

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    Here comes the "change" everyone wanted
    "An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper

    Some people are meant to be the police......Some people are meant to call the police!!!

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    Think I'll take my significant other to Mickey'D's too.

    But I'll go in uniform. That way I can get my discount. (And be able to AFFORD the meal.)

    After all we ARE in a recession, aren't we?

    Well, us normal folks are. Not the big wigs we are FREAKIN' BAILING OUT!!

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    and Hell's afraid we'll take over!!"

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    Drop in and buy a Chrysler car and a tv @ Circuit City on your way to dinner.
    I'm not ruining your life, you are, and I'm just going to write a short story about it.

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    ......and don't forget to go to Gottschalk's and buy some clothes.

    Choose The Right. When you're doing whats right, then you have nothing to worry about.

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    In memory of Robert N. Panos 1955 - 2008 Ceres Police Dept.

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    CHANGE!! (?)

    (Yes, going from decency to despotism is, in fact... CHANGE).

    Tab for Bush bash hits record $40 million
    Corporate donors step in to foot some of the bills

    By Diana Olick and Rob Reynolds

    updated 4:00 p.m. CT, Tues., Jan. 18, 2005

    President Bush and wealthy donors are sparing no expense for his second inauguration. Besides the ceremony itself, there will a parade with 11,000 people, floats, vehicles and horses. There will be nine fancy dress balls and assorted receptions, rock concerts and candle-light dinners.

    The inaugural committee plans to spend $40 million -- the most ever. President Clinton's 1993 festivities cost $33 million. So who’s picking up the tab for the Bush bash?
    "There are a wide variety of companies that are giving; some people were former supporters,” said Larry Noble, executive director at the Center for Responsive Politics. “We’re seeing some Pioneers and Rangers -- the big fundraisers for Bush. Among the companies we are seeing are Texas companies and energy companies."
    Loophole Allows Inaugural Spending Binge

    Washington's Revolving Door on Display

    WASHINGTON Jan. 19, 2005 --

    With a price tag of roughly $40 million, boasting a huge fireworks display over the city as well as lavish balls and star-studded concerts, President Bush's inauguration will be a pricey, no-expense-spared event paid for by the country's biggest companies seeking favors and breaks in Washington.

    Such corporate wining and dining of public officials and large cash contributions are normally prohibited under ethics laws, but as with the Democratic and Republican conventions, there is an exemption for inaugural week.

    "This is one of the last places where you can put up a huge contribution to directly benefit the interests of the president of the United States," said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, a government watchdog group...
    Police State Inaguration for King Bush
    Unprecedented Security & Cost for Bush's Second Inauguration
    The Guardian | January 14, 2005
    By Julian Borger

    ...The cost of the event has also provoked controversy.

    Washington's mayor, Anthony Williams, has complained that the city will have to spend $17.3m to help pay for security. The federal government normally reimburses the city for such costs, but this year it has told Mr Williams to take most of the money from Washington's homeland security budget, draining its defences for the rest of the year.
    Democrats have criticised the $40m celebrations as a tasteless display of excess, saying tradition dictates that wartime inaugurations are restrained affairs. The Republicans' response has been that the whole event is dedicated to US soldiers serving abroad.
    The inauguration has been officially subtitled "Celebrating Freedom and Honouring Service". The party also pointed out that the bill would be paid entirely by private contributions.

    That sponsorship has, in its turn, attracted scrutiny. Election rules do not allow firms to make direct campaign donations to candidates, and they place strict limits on individual contributions.

    These restrictions do not apply to inaugurations, and a host of corporations have lined up to demonstrate their support. They are permitted to give up to $250,000.

    "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
    - Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

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