President Obama’s inauguration is estimated to have cost more than $150 million. This seems extravagant and contrary to today’s economic conditions. This money could have been used for medical care for poor children and the unemployed, for body armor for our troops, medical care for our wounded heroes and to help relieve the pain so many our elderly are suffering in this recession.
This extravagance sends the wrong message about fixing our financial woes. Obama could have set the tone of concern about the seriousness of our need to be fiscally responsible with the money.
Remember, George W. Bush’s last inauguration cost $40 to $50 million, and the do-gooders and left-wingers had apoplexy and called it extravagant. Is there a double standard? Seems like the answer is yes.
Why are these people who were so loud four years ago silent now?
I find it hard to believe the concern raised about the money being spent on President Obama’s inauguration activities. Where do people think the money being spent on such activities is going? It is not like we are sending the money out of the country or burying it in the backyard.
Security staffs get extra pay. National Guard soldiers get several days of duty pay. Carpenters get paid for building temporary facilities. Waiters and cooks are employed for the parties and events.
Local businesses provide a multitude of services and are well paid. Hotels are booked, and restaurants are busy.
Individuals who receive the money from the inauguration activities spend it. This spending greatly increases the economic impact of the original funding.
It was a great celebration to be enjoyed.