Bush inaguration costs $40 Million!

Even if “most” of it comes from “private” resources,

**some random facts found online
********ChevronTexaco and 50 others donated $250,000 each, Qualcomm, Oracle and many others contributed $100,000 apiece… the $250,000 donors qualify as event “underwriters,” entitling the contributors to prime tickets to the inaugural ball as well as lunch with Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. those who donated $100,000 will be given “sponsor” status, which includes ball tickets and other privileges

…it’s still enough to give medical care for 22 million children worldwide (like in Asia after the tsunami…) So IMHO it would be fair that everyone who voted for this president donated $1 to unicef.org/ to even things out a little… :whistle:
Originally Posted By: GW Bush
The inauguration is a great festival of democracy. People are going to come from all over the country who are celebrating democracy and celebrating my victory, and I’m glad to celebrate with them.

Nonetheless, the District of Columbia is unhappy that it is not getting enough federal help to cover the city’s portion of the security costs, estimated at $17.3 million :eek:

Is it correct or the right thing to do to spend so much money on a celebration in a time of war and right after such a big disaster?

I know what the rest of the world thinks of this…And I wonder how US citizens can justify this for themselves…

Fat Teddy (who literally drowned a girl off Martha’s Vineyard and got away with it and who consistently supports the legalized murder of innocent preborn babies in America) and his sidekick, that Jane Fonda loving opportunist, John F-ing Kerry costs Massachusetts taxpayers, like myself, far more than Bush could ever dream of spending on an Inauguration.http://forums.catholic.com/images/icons/icon10.gif

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#1: That money that is going directly into the American economy: hotels, airlines, restaurants, police, fire, ambulance, armed forces, secret service, theaters, souveneirs, cabs etc.

#2: I wouldn’t give a dime to UNICEF under any circumstances because they openly advocate the destruction of unborn children. They have strayed so far left from their original charter that its sickening. Many of the countries where they are trying to shrink the population are already below replacement levels.

#3: Clinton spent a similar amount on his 1996 inauguration. Was a similar request made of his supporters or are those of us who see boundaries on behavior and self-sufficiency as the social ideal held to a different standard?

#4: The countries who house those 22 million children are responsible for providing health care. We help in the form of billions of foreign aid but direct care is the responsibility of their country.

#5: Indonesia has requested foreign assistance to stop and we will be reducing our presence in 60 days. Further, I am suspect as to where the money would end up since Indonesia and Sri Lanka are heavily Muslim countries and are breeding grounds for terrorists.

#6: Has a similar request been made of the Hollywood elite vis a vis the Oscars?

#7: America and Americans deserve a party once every four years. Lighten up!

Whoopde-stinking-doo.

You could sell your computer and cancel your internet service and help a vagrant.

They had almost all of that money spent right there. You bet they are happy about it. They are just wining to get even more to pay for the security. It is just rhetoric.

Did we ask anyone else to pay a dime. Don’t complain to us until you give us an accounting of all the lavish things that take place in every country. Do you realize what a good meal in France costs, if you get the best wine. So what’s your point?

Imagine that you know what everyone else in the world thinks! Please…

This years inaguration really was in line with other inaguration costs.

[quote=condan]#1: That money that is going directly into the American economy: hotels, airlines, restaurants, police, fire, ambulance, armed forces, secret service, theaters, souveneirs, cabs etc.

#2: I wouldn’t give a dime to UNICEF under any circumstances because they openly advocate the destruction of unborn children. They have strayed so far left from their original charter that its sickening. Many of the countries where they are trying to shrink the population are already below replacement levels.

#3: Clinton spent a similar amount on his 1996 inauguration. Was a similar request made of his supporters or are those of us who see boundaries on behavior and self-sufficiency as the social ideal held to a different standard?

#4: The countries who house those 22 million children are responsible for providing health care. We help in the form of billions of foreign aid but direct care is the responsibility of their country.

#5: Indonesia has requested foreign assistance to stop and we will be reducing our presence in 60 days. Further, I am suspect as to where the money would end up since Indonesia and Sri Lanka are heavily Muslim countries and are breeding grounds for terrorists.

#6: Has a similar request been made of the Hollywood elite vis a vis the Oscars?

#7: America and Americans deserve a party once every four years. Lighten up!
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[quote=FightingFat]Even if “most” of it comes from “private” resources,

some random facts found online
******ChevronTexaco and 50 others donated $250,000 each, Qualcomm, Oracle and many others contributed $100,000 apiece… the $250,000 donors qualify as event “underwriters,” entitling the contributors to prime tickets to the inaugural ball as well as lunch with Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. those who donated $100,000 will be given “sponsor” status, which includes ball tickets and other privileges

…it’s still enough to give medical care for 22 million children worldwide (like in Asia after the tsunami…) So IMHO it would be fair that everyone who voted for this president donated $1 to unicef.org/ to even things out a little… :whistle:
Originally Posted By: GW Bush
The inauguration is a great festival of democracy. People are going to come from all over the country who are celebrating democracy and celebrating my victory, and I’m glad to celebrate with them.

Nonetheless, the District of Columbia is unhappy that it is not getting enough federal help to cover the city’s portion of the security costs, estimated at $17.3 million :eek:

Is it correct or the right thing to do to spend so much money on a celebration in a time of war and right after such a big disaster?

I know what the rest of the world thinks of this…And I wonder how US citizens can justify this for themselves…
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What does your country spend on the royal family and it’s celebrations?..waiting for your new thread.

[quote=Michael C]What does your country spend on the royal family and it’s celebrations?..waiting for your new thread.
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Say this thread is quite similar to one posted by Norwich, also a resident of the British Isle. I wonder why the Brits are so concerned about what we spend on the inauguration? Inquiring minds want to know.

It’s quite funny to hear these objections, yet every fringe protest group ALSO costs the taxpayers money and they don’t seem to worry about it when the funds protect THEIR cause. Protests have costs our city tens of thousans for extra police, riot squads, and even the bomb squad yesterday. That doesn’t count the cost to businesses that are disrupted because people can’t get in the door or even avoid our entire downtown area because they don’t want to get in the middle of “Critical Mass.”

Here in the land of nuts and flakes we had protests that included a group of masked individuals storming a TV station to ‘start a dialogue’ and another group who chained themselves to gas pumps after a downtown march. They wanted to protest people ‘dying for oil and SUVs’ Good grief! I consider dealing with these folks rather a waste of taxpayer money as well. YMMV.

Lisa N

I would pay more attention to those who murmur about “the poor”, if they put their money where their mouth is.

IOW, where are the counter demonstrations? Where are the people lining up saying, “I could use this $500 to go to the inauguration, but I’m giving it to. . .Catholic Charities, United Way, my local or national Red Cross, etc. etc.”

Talk is SOOOOOOOO cheap. It’s always somebody else’s money, talent and time that some people are concerned with. . .never their own.

Makes one wonder, doesn’t it?

[quote=Lisa N]Say this thread is quite similar to one posted by Norwich, also a resident of the British Isle. I wonder why the Brits are so concerned about what we spend on the inauguration? Inquiring minds want to know.

It’s quite funny to hear these objections, yet every fringe protest group ALSO costs the taxpayers money and they don’t seem to worry about it when the funds protect THEIR cause. Protests have costs our city tens of thousans for extra police, riot squads, and even the bomb squad yesterday. That doesn’t count the cost to businesses that are disrupted because people can’t get in the door or even avoid our entire downtown area because they don’t want to get in the middle of “Critical Mass.”

Here in the land of nuts and flakes we had protests that included a group of masked individuals storming a TV station to ‘start a dialogue’ and another group who chained themselves to gas pumps after a downtown march. They wanted to protest people ‘dying for oil and SUVs’ Good grief! I consider dealing with these folks rather a waste of taxpayer money as well. YMMV.

Lisa N
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I am willing to bet the same people who are slamming americans,that had John Kerry won you would NOT be hearing about the money spent:mad: Why because Kerry opposed the war after he was for the war;)

Pres. Jimmy Carter, bless his heart, tried to cut the cost of his inauguration. He walked instead of riding in a limo, and Rosalyn apparently wore an off-the-shelf gown.

It didn’t work. Went over like a lead balloon. All he got was criticism. Same thing happened when he didn’t light the White House Christmas tree, and when he wore sweaters and told people to turn their thermostats down. People said he wasn’t “dignifying the office,” and that he was just admitting that we the U.S. was in a fuel crisis instead of actually fixing it.

Strangely, in the U.S., we are not impressed with this kind of stuff. We want our leaders to act like leaders and do what is expected of them–lead an inaugural parade and party. It’s kind of weird, almost like denial. But it’s the way we are. We would rather watch Donald Trump spend millions to marry a third super model than watch Donald Trump give away millions to charity.

I think if there were a reality show to see who could outgive someone else, it would be a dud compared to the reality shows where people want to TAKE as much as they can.

And although I kind of agree about Hollywood cutting back on its lavishness, I also know that many of the stars do give, not necessarily until it hurts, but they do give vast amounts of money to charitable causes. (I don’t give until it hurts, so why should I expect them to do so?)

It’s weird. But we’re the same way about our Church. When I see our Bishop march in with his fantastic vestment and high hat and jewelry (and he’s kind of overweight), I don’t think, “How ostentatious! Why doesn’t he wear a pair of sweats and a t-shirt from Wal-Mart and give all the money those vestments cost to the poor?”

And when I see a dazzling Catholic Church, I don’t think, “What a waste of money! Why didn’t they just move into an abandoned storefront and revitalize it?” Instead, I fall down on my knees and praise the Lord for the glimpse of heaven.

fighting fat,
Don’t tell us how to spend our money. Not one penny of it came from you, and as far as donating to the tsunami my parish of about 2800 families donated $34,000 (cash not pledges) how much did yours donate? No other people in the world are as generous as Americans.

[quote=FightingFat]Even if “most” of it comes from “private” resources,

some random facts found online
******ChevronTexaco and 50 others donated $250,000 each, Qualcomm, Oracle and many others contributed $100,000 apiece… the $250,000 donors qualify as event “underwriters,” entitling the contributors to prime tickets to the inaugural ball as well as lunch with Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. those who donated $100,000 will be given “sponsor” status, which includes ball tickets and other privileges

…it’s still enough to give medical care for 22 million children worldwide (like in Asia after the tsunami…) So IMHO it would be fair that everyone who voted for this president donated $1 to unicef.org/ to even things out a little… :whistle:
Originally Posted By: GW Bush
The inauguration is a great festival of democracy. People are going to come from all over the country who are celebrating democracy and celebrating my victory, and I’m glad to celebrate with them.

Nonetheless, the District of Columbia is unhappy that it is not getting enough federal help to cover the city’s portion of the security costs, estimated at $17.3 million :eek:

Is it correct or the right thing to do to spend so much money on a celebration in a time of war and right after such a big disaster?

I know what the rest of the world thinks of this…And I wonder how US citizens can justify this for themselves…
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You’re joking, right? How much did clinton’s weeklong inauguration party cost? Did anyone in the MSM have a problem with that? Have you considered buying a cheaper computer and giving the savings to the homeless tsunami victims?

[quote=FightingFat]Even if “most” of it comes from “private” resources,
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1)This a a duplicate thread of one which we had already (yesterday ).

  1. What’s the cost of a royal funeral, coronation or wedding?

  2. Drudge pointed out if the top 5-6 talking media heads chipped in they could pay for the entire thing and have change.

  3. We in America can chew gum and walk at the same time: we do both. the amount of aid pouring out of this nation is a waterfall of mercy in just about every part of the globe.

  4. I will say to you what I said to someone else in the other thread: this is a party we hold in this nation every four years; it is obvious you are unable to ever come to these boards and celebrate with us or let us enjoy the peaceful transition of power which occurs. That being said - have the charity not to rain on the parade of others - since you never have a good thing to say about us or our nation, at least have the common sense not to keep raining on the parade. Take the cloud of your lament and go
    sudftw.com/grasscam.htm.

  5. I suspect you won’t be able to read this as I am sure by now you have sold your belongings, cancelled your internet access and have given it to the poor.

  1. I suspect you won’t be able to read this as I am sure by now you have sold your belongings, cancelled your internet access and have given it to the poor.

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Why does anyone care what the innaugaration cost? The funds were donately privately, and expenses the city were hit with were covered by all of the people who descended on Washington for the parties.

Why do we get so bunched-up about how people privately spend their money?

If we are going to be that way, then why don’t we pressure Bill Gates to give away all his billions? Or, why don’t we all stop going to baseball games until the players start making reasonable salaries again and the price to go to the games drop? Or, why don’t we shutdwon the Superbowl, considering billions are spent on that one single day each year…those billions could be better used, correct? Or, how about that billion dollars or more spent during the campaigns–what should be done with that?

For better or worse (mainly worse in many ways) we live in a capitalistic culture. If we are going to attack that, then we should do so equally across the board.

[quote=Lisa N]Say this thread is quite similar to one posted by Norwich, also a resident of the British Isle. I wonder why the Brits are so concerned about what we spend on the inauguration? Inquiring minds want to know.

It’s quite funny to hear these objections, yet every fringe protest group ALSO costs the taxpayers money and they don’t seem to worry about it when the funds protect THEIR cause. Protests have costs our city tens of thousans for extra police, riot squads, and even the bomb squad yesterday. That doesn’t count the cost to businesses that are disrupted because people can’t get in the door or even avoid our entire downtown area because they don’t want to get in the middle of “Critical Mass.”

Here in the land of nuts and flakes we had protests that included a group of masked individuals storming a TV station to ‘start a dialogue’ and another group who chained themselves to gas pumps after a downtown march. They wanted to protest people ‘dying for oil and SUVs’ Good grief! I consider dealing with these folks rather a waste of taxpayer money as well. YMMV.

Lisa N
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Good ‘ol Multnomah County!!! Land of high taxes, misspent funds, and time-wastin’-trust-fund-please-pay-attention-to-me protesters!!

[quote=jlw]Good ‘ol Multnomah County!!! Land of high taxes, misspent funds, and time-wastin’-trust-fund-please-pay-attention-to-me protesters!!
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Yep and still at the top of the unemployment lists. They can’t quite figure that one out! Yes let’s see, scare off all commerce with ridiculous regulations to protect slugs, over tax businesses and individuals, infest the downtown core with homeless people panhandling on every corner. We just don’t know why businesses don’t want to come here! It’s such a nice place.

Lisa N

[quote=Lisa N]Say this thread is quite similar to one posted by Norwich, also a resident of the British Isle. I wonder why the Brits are so concerned about what we spend on the inauguration? Inquiring minds want to know.

It’s quite funny to hear these objections, yet every fringe protest group ALSO costs the taxpayers money and they don’t seem to worry about it when the funds protect THEIR cause. Protests have costs our city tens of thousans for extra police, riot squads, and even the bomb squad yesterday. That doesn’t count the cost to businesses that are disrupted because people can’t get in the door or even avoid our entire downtown area because they don’t want to get in the middle of “Critical Mass.”

Here in the land of nuts and flakes we had protests that included a group of masked individuals storming a TV station to ‘start a dialogue’ and another group who chained themselves to gas pumps after a downtown march. They wanted to protest people ‘dying for oil and SUVs’ Good grief! I consider dealing with these folks rather a waste of taxpayer money as well. YMMV.

Lisa N
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I agree. :yup:

My answer to Norwich (who kept insisting “Im only asking a question”) And to the other wolves in sheeps clothing was:
No one buys the “I am just asking the question”. This is a question designed and intended to throw cold water and to try to smear.:tsktsk:

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