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01-19-09, 12:29 PM #1
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
01-19-09, 12:34 PM #2
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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01-19-09, 02:05 PM #3
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!!
.The Swamp Mafia -"Heaven doesn't want us,and Hell's afraid we'll take over!!".
01-19-09, 02:17 PM #4
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.
01-19-09, 02:41 PM #5
......and don't forget to go to Gottschalk's and buy some clothes.
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01-19-09, 03:42 PM #6
(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
By BRIAN ROSS, RHONDA SCHWARTZ and JILL RACKMILL
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.
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