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Money, government, the Inauguration and spin
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, January 15, 2009

Have you finally figured out that if government wants to use your money for pretty much whatever, it will find a way to do it? And that includes George W Bush and company. For example, here is his contribution to what is, by far, the most expensive inauguration in history:
President Bush on Tuesday declared the District a federal emergency area, clearing the way for the city to receive federal money to help cover the overwhelming cost of providing security for official inauguration events.
That brings the total tab to about $150 million in an era of trillion dollar deficits.


And before the leftists get in an uproar, hit the wayback machine and tell me if we'll see the same questions asked of Obama that were asked of Bush:
President Bush’s second inauguration will cost tens of millions of dollars — $40 million alone in private donations for the balls, parade and other invitation-only parties. With that kind of money, what could you buy?

¦ 200 armored Humvees with the best armor for troops in Iraq.

¦ Vaccinations and preventive health care for 22 million children in regions devastated by the tsunami.

¦ A down payment on the nation’s deficit, which hit a record-breaking $412 billion last year....

The questions have come from Bush supporters and opponents: Do we need to spend this money on what seems so extravagant?
So here's a chance for the media to redeem itself.

Oh, and a little reminder to Mark Cuban:
"As a country, we face huge deficits. We face a declining economy. We have service people dying. We face responsibilities to help those suffering from the...devastation of the tsunamis," he wrote on his blog, a Web journal.

Cuban challenged Bush to set an example: "Start by canceling your inauguration parties and festivities."
The same demand of Obama coming to a Cuban blog post soon, right?
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Bush is hardly an example of conservative restraint. That’s the huge colossal cosmic joke of it all. Conservatism or Small government, or fiscal restraint if you will, gets blamed for all the problems caused by profligate spending and endless government meddling.
Written By: kyleN
Lightworker can’t cancel his party!

He’s due to be coronated , or to ascend Oylmpus or whatever it is his supporters imagine will happen
Written By: shark
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John Cole when he was saner.
If I hear one more Democrat say this inauguration is costing too much, I am going to blow a gasket. Eight years after Bill Clinton’s 33 million dollar inaugural, 40 million is apparently too much.
Written By: Paul L
One caveat, Obama is the first black president. Its a bit different.

That’s why I also give a pass to mainly black schools forming images of him on their playgrounds, etc.

It is an historic event.

Besides, the stimulus is probably good. Let’s not be like the Romans who though the rich should not spend money in bad times out of pity.
Written By: Harun
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"One caveat, Obama is the first black president. Its a bit different."

Good heavens! You are not insinuating that more security is needed because he is black, are you?
Written By: timactual
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Bill Clinton begs to differ
Written By: shark
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One caveat, Obama is the first black president. Its a bit different.
Yes, but the financial situation is also different.
Besides, the stimulus is probably good.
Good? Well for some, but it is also a market distortion. I’d rather minimize the market distortion by letting the more productive people keep their money (via less taxes), so they can decide how to spend it. Rather than having the government decide where it should go.
Written By: Don
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Its probably just me, but with pictures of Obama everywhere I turn, its starting to feel a little like a third world country with the dictators picture everywhere.

On the bright side, I don’t have to see that slack jawed, blank stare picture of Bush every time the local rag had a picture of him.
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