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Inauguration costs too high

Why aren’t we protesting the huge costs of Bush’s inauguration? It is estimated at $40 million! At a time of war, when our troops go without needed armor, when the tsunami victims have lost everything, when the monstrous expenses and killings of this Iraqi war are escalating daily, when our national debt grows daily, when we cannot provide health care for millions here at home, how can anyone justify spending these millions on a second inauguration?

Laura Bush stated this week that the inauguration is “an important part of our history,” and is good for the Washington, D.C., economy. Maybe for the economy, but not for the residents who must spend about $17.3 million for expenses. The White House has told the Mayor of D.C. to take the expenses out of their Homeland Security budget. Even a Republican representative from Virginia, Thomas Davis, calls this “an unfunded mandate of the most odious kind.” In addition, federal employees of the District get the day off work; the Office of Personnel Management states this will cost $66 million more.

We need an inauguration, but wouldn’t it show great compassion to simplify the celebration? Have the swearing-in ceremony, eliminate the galas and fireworks.



Linda Post

Alta Sierra


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