So far, from this thread I have learned that:
Traditions are bad if they have religious aspects.
No other functions can be held on MLK day, because it means that he would have supported them.
Obama doing things other presidents have done is unacceptable because he's Obama.
Romney was the worst option, despite there being no better options.
Very enlightening, if I do say so myself.
Go and tell my baby sister
Not to do what I have done
Go and spurn that house down in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
Well, other than the price of gas for them to drive out to the gala. I'll concede that $5-10 bucks, assuming it's a fair distance and they have a bunch of vehicles.
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And it would be about how wealthy Romney and friends are, and how they secured that wealth, not that they're having a party. I have issues with vulture capitalism, and that's how Romney made his money. That's why I didn't like him.
That he'd be having a celebratory gala after winning? That's absolutely bog standard and to be expected. Because he'd be a head of state. That's part of the job.
I'd have the same issues with Romney sitting at home having a beer as I do with him attending a gala.
I guess I'm supposed to be inspired by this parade, but it just seems creepy to me. I fail at nationalism.
Nice to see all the millions of taxpayer dollars wasted on this inauguration. So much money wasted on building that huge structure for the man who thinks he is king, so he can watch all the festivities in a heated room instead of standing outside like all the other peons.
Then they waste money on parades, lavish meals, and top name celebrity concerts. All the while making it a night mare for people to travel by closing roads and causing gridlock.
They really need to discontinue inauguration celebrations just like Warren Harding did. He thought they were unnecessary and expensive and so do I. The point of an inauguration is simply to take the oath of office and offer a few words and that is all that should be done. Just another example of government just spending my money however they damn well please. And no, this isnt a bash Obama post. I dont think ANY president should get this kind of regalement. If I was ever elected to be president the only festivites would be me swearing in my office on the steps of the capitol, I would say a small speech, then go back to the white house and make hotdogs and burgers on the grill for my family and friends to celebrate
Being a sorta-kinda Obama supporter, I agree full-heartedly with your post. When our debt is where it's at, this is one of the last things our dollars should be put towards.
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Parties at your house must be the worst.
Relax. Enjoy yourself once in a while.
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
It's not like this money would not have been spent some other way.
At least this way, people see president. If president locks himself into white house for four years making hotdogs for family, I'm not sure why you think that would be better.
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The inauguration and everything that is part of it is paid by the donors and not by tax payers.
And people really need to look up how things where before WW2 when government only did provide defence and police (a hint it wasn't paradise for most of the people)