Tomorrow President Elect Barack Obama will be sworn in officially as the 44th President of the United States of America. His inauguration is expected to be attended by a record two million people. By comparison, George W. Bush's inaugurations had an attendance of roughly three hundred thousand each.
Most importantly to you and I, is that it is expected to cost roughly 160 million dollars. That's right, 160,000,000 dollars. Obama's supporters are defending that number by saying that George W. Bush's inauguration in 2005 cost roughly 157 million dollars, so that makes it ok. Of course, even their own figures show that more than 40 million of that was privately funded, while the full 160,000,000 dollars for Obama's inauguration appears to be state funds.
But putting that aside, apparently in the world of the leftist statists, two wrongs make a right. Of course that kind of logic is to be expected. They have to justify their behavior somehow, and for all of history the refuge of the villain has been, “look what that guy's doing!” Sadly, the rightist statists think that they spending just 115 million dollars of taxpayer money on their guy was something to brag about.
So in the midst of a global financial crisis, which Obama himself claims “may have devastating long term effects,” he plans to throw himself a party costing 160,000,000 dollars. At a time when he claims “government at every level will have to tighten its belt.” Apparently he means every other level.
The average tax burden of an American family is roughly 23,000 dollars. This average includes the highest and lowest tax payers. Go grab a calculator and find out how many families it will take to pay for his inauguration. Here, I'll save you the trouble. It's nearly seven thousand families.
Seven thousand families. That's how many people are working, day in and day out, so that Barack Obama can have one party, for one day. While people all over the country are losing their homes. Losing their jobs. Losing their hope.
It's disgusting. Perhaps this is some heretofore undeclared aspect of Obama's “economic stimulus plan.” Perhaps he wants to entice us with all the jobs this will create. Perhaps he thinks we're all just too stupid, uninformed, or apathetic to notice or care.
Perhaps he's right.