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Inaugural price tag in line with history

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Inaugural price tag in line with history

Reuters news agency this week headlined a story, "Critics Say Bush Inaugural Too Lavish for Wartime," then quoted one "critic," Rep. Anthony Weiner, New York Democrat, who complained that the estimated $40 million for the Bush-Cheney inauguration is extravagant. ...

But a review of the cost for past inaugurations shows Mr. Bush's will cost less than President Clinton's second inauguration in 1997, which cost about $42 million. When the cost is adjusted for inflation, Mr. Clinton's second-term celebration exceeds Mr. Bush's by about 25 percent.

According to the Consumer Price Index, $42 million in 1997 is the equivalent of $49.5 in 2004.

The significant majority of funding for this year's festivities, including nine officials balls, are from private donations and tickets for events held by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, a similar setup to fund raising Mr. Clinton used to underwrite his inauguration. Mr. Clinton had a record 12 balls in 1997.

Multiple snaky things could -and probably should- be said about the people propagating this nonsense, but I'm feeling charitable on inauguration day.

I'll call them idiots tomorrow.

Update: Right Wing Duck has a surprisingly interesting accounting of the Inaugural expenses.


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Comments (47)

They will get what is comin... (Below threshold)
Rob Hackney:

They will get what is coming to them don't worry. Now that we are in powerr it surely is only a matter of time before investigators turn up documents which chow just how much the liberal media is on the payrol of the liberals and the dems. And then we can thankfully get rid of the lot of them and have some truth and clarity in the media again.

What would they have him do... (Below threshold)

What would they have him do for inauguration? Breakfast at Shoney's, $2.99?

PK,There is no mak... (Below threshold)
andre3000:

PK,

There is no making "them" happy. So how about we stop trying? It'll be better if we just ram through some of Bush's better policy ideas, such as Soc Sec reform. Several of them are still reeling from the welfare reform passed after Clinton vetoed it twice in the mid-90's.

Their dire predictions were all shown to be false as will these new ones. And as the ownership society is created, the changes will spread beyond to the borders of the US.

FYI, Weiner is widely expec... (Below threshold)

FYI, Weiner is widely expected to run for NYC Mayor, so some grandstanding (no pun intended) is to be expected from him.

Kevin,I posted on ... (Below threshold)

Kevin,

I posted on this on my blog. Many of those expenses were Goodwill Gestures.

Clinton had 12 balls? No wonder the interns loved him!!

I'm sure W's balls are bigg... (Below threshold)
jmaster:

I'm sure W's balls are bigger.

- RWD - If Clinton had any ... (Below threshold)

- RWD - If Clinton had any balls what-so-ever there would probably be 4500 of us still alive today....

I am all for my president t... (Below threshold)
Rob Hackney:

I am all for my president to celebrate his re-election, but I would rather these people show their support by donating much of this money to the troops. I know what it is like to fight for your country and i think it would have been a great show of support. Very uplifting. This is the only thing I would tell Bush off for, not supporting our troops tooth and nail. It is war time and we should not be partying by letting animals walk all over our flags as in the blog article below. As a veteran I find that sort of thing DISGUSTING.

I would expect the Democrats and Liberals who despise our great land to do that, not those who are meant to fight the good fight!

The private donors always h... (Below threshold)
Elisa:

The private donors always had the option and the right to donate their money elsewhere. In fact many of them donated much more to tsunami aid. Now that they have given their money for the inaugural it would be unethical to divert that money elsewhere.

Actually, according to the ... (Below threshold)
Curtis:

Actually, according to the posts inauguration coverage, there are 19 inaugural balls this year. I read somewhere that Bush is planning on making appearances at 9 of them.

Also, a big complaint down here in DC about the funding for the inauguration isn't so much the 40 million in private party funds, as it is the estimated 17 million dollars in security funds that the DC gov't has to pay. This is a significant break from precedent.

Congress payed both Boston and NYC for security expenses for the Party Conventions. Why should the administration expect DC to foot the bill for the inauguration?

Also, a big complaint do... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Also, a big complaint down here in DC about the funding for the inauguration isn't so much the 40 million in private party funds, as it is the estimated 17 million dollars in security funds that the DC gov't has to pay. This is a significant break from precedent.

Congratulations Curtis, You've officially said the stupidest thing I've ever seen in a blog comment.

How do you figure that Paul... (Below threshold)
Curtis:

How do you figure that Paul?

Here is the quote from the ... (Below threshold)
Curtis:

Here is the quote from the article linked by this post:

"A Jan. 20, 1997, story by USA Today estimated about $12.7 million of Mr. Clinton's inauguration was financed by U.S. taxpayers. Initial estimates indicate the District will foot about $17 million in security costs this year. "

Previously US taxpayers paid for some these security expenses. Now the District is expected to foot the bill.

I don't see the sense in this change. Nor do I see how pointing it out warrants being called 'stupid'.

Of course the 17 million "i... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Of course the 17 million "is a significant break from precedent." It's called 9/11

The story DOES NOT say that the breakdown of who pays for security changed in any way.

But let's pretend it does.<... (Below threshold)
Paul:

But let's pretend it does.

Let's pretend the district has to pay an extras 4.3 million this year.

DC has received millions of dollars in the name of Homeland security. They received that money mostly BECAUSE they were DC. Complaining that they have to spend that money now (do to things we do in DC) is just goofy.

And complaining that 17 million on security is unprecedented is a ludicrous comment. (in light of both 9/11 and inflation.)

I just heard what might be ... (Below threshold)
jmaster:

I just heard what might be the lamest comment I have ever heard. This is from a lefty co-worker, who is normally a pretty sharp guy. This was his response to the story about Bush’s deal actually costing less than Clinton’s after adjusting for inflation.

“ If Gore would have been in office the last 4 years, like he should have been, there wouldn’t have been any inflation. So Bush’s inauguration really would have cost more than Clinton’s. ”

WTF? Are these people in complete mental meltdown mode? Is their hatred of Bush so intense that it clouds their ability to reason? I just don’t get it. I’m actually starting to feel sorry for some of them.

- One of the problems endem... (Below threshold)

- One of the problems endemic to the whole AssHat socialist screed is they think small... It would never occur to them that each process is dealt with fairly and fully.... They seem to feel they live in a small table top fish bowl as minnows, when the world around them is more like oceans, with a great deal of resource that is available and idle most of the time... They act like mental midgets, they think like mental midgets, so there should be no surprise when they show their obsession with fly-poop in the commonwealth pepper... Sympathy is wasted on those that are unaware of their disabilities; all that can be done is education and a hope for long time eventual recovery.....

So as long as this vulgar d... (Below threshold)

So as long as this vulgar display of rich people whoopin' it up as they prepare to raid the federal treasury isn't any worse than the LAST vulgar display of rich people whoopin' it up as they prepare to raid the federal treasury, you're all fine with it---right?

- Myers I'm sure all those ... (Below threshold)

- Myers I'm sure all those "normal" hard working citizens that lined the parade route along Penn. avenue, taking the rare opportunity to see a celebration of what we all strive for would love your characterization of them as "rich people whooping it up".... Why don't you stop ponding smoke up everyones butts and just admit you'd do anything your peabrain cold think of to try to spoil the day....

...vulgar display of ric... (Below threshold)
Drew - Dallas, TX:

...vulgar display of rich people whoopin' it up...

As opposed to the party that John and Teh-re-za Heinz Kerry would have thrown?

Big Bang:I actuall... (Below threshold)
jmaster:

Big Bang:

I actually checked out Don’s blog. Cute, but uninspiring.

I think the phrase he used to describe the working class people you referred to is “hillbilly and hambone”.

- Drew - Don't even get me ... (Below threshold)

- Drew - Don't even get me started on the Ketchup slut and her boytoy "playtime" jr. Senator. Hell, if she had her way, eventually they'd have to rename the Democrap party "FrelimoUSA", and resurrect the communist party her daddy founded in Mozambique.....

Yeah, doesn't the mere thou... (Below threshold)
Drew - Dallas, TX:

Yeah, doesn't the mere thought of that scenario just make you sick? But it also makes today that much sweeter...

jmaster: Shh. Us peons are ... (Below threshold)
Patrick Chester:

jmaster: Shh. Us peons are not to question the prose of Don Myers lest we be labeled "Bush Thralls" or worse!

;-)

Well I am no thrall and I a... (Below threshold)
Rob Hackney:

Well I am no thrall and I am proud of MY president!

Let the left wing PC Nazi go back in his hole whence he came.

I do wish the celebrations were a more low key affair, since we are in war time and we have a job to do yet, but we definitely need security for proper govt business. Let the shrill commie sympathizerblather all he wants. Disgusting.

Rep. Weiner has got to be o... (Below threshold)

Rep. Weiner has got to be one of the most reactionary members of Congress. He's more or less a NIMBY crackpot, as I wrote here

The young congressman truly... (Below threshold)
jim:

The young congressman truly is a Weiner. This clown is planning on running for mayor of New York City and he thinks this stupid issue will help him by garnering all the attention he received. I'm telling you, these Dem Libs are like old, nagging housewives. The new symbol for the Democrat Party should be a rolling pin.

As opposed to the party ... (Below threshold)

As opposed to the party that John and Teh-re-za Heinz Kerry would have thrown?

I really don't understand why you Bush lovers are so apoplectic about the the possibility of a Kerry presidency. The difference between Kerry and Bush is like the difference between Coke and Pepsi.

Both men are scions of unearned privledge who are completely beholden to corporate interests and are deeply committed to the for-profit war of occupation.

Since y'all clearly endorse the above, why all the gnashing of teeth and rending of clothing?

Paul- The break from... (Below threshold)
Curtis:

Paul-
The break from precedent is requiring the district to pay for it rather than having the money come from the federal budget.
Here is the post link:

DC Pushes to be Paid for Security

"Speaking at the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Williams (D) called on that organization, as well as other groups that represent local government, to protest the decision to force the city to use $11.9 million in homeland security funds to pay for police and other services on Inauguration Day. Traditionally, the federal government covers those costs"

Apparently the cost changed from the Times article you quoted and the Post article here.

I have no issue with it requiring more money (if it does), that only make sense. I was just pointing out that people in DC are upset because they have to pay for it all themselves rather than the federal government.

I don't think it makes sense for the inauguration to come from Homeland Security funds, since its not exactly an emergency. Also, as I noted before, NYC and Boston were paid by the federal government for security during the national conventions.

Unfortunately, that article... (Below threshold)

Unfortunately, that article is factually incorrect: http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/archive.html?blog=/politics/war_room/2005/01/20/wash_times/index.html

This is still the most expensive inauguration in history.

So what? It's mostly priva... (Below threshold)
Mikey:

So what? It's mostly private money and last time I checked it's not illegal to throw a party. Stop the whining already; you sound like a bunch of five year olds.

No one said the party was i... (Below threshold)

No one said the party was illegal, mikey---just vulgar and unseemly.

Curtis: It also cr... (Below threshold)
julie:

Curtis:

It also creates jobs and therefore revenue for people in Washington. Anytime a city hosts a sports event or builds a stadium, the tax payers foot the bill under the theory that people will come to the city and spend money. The people of DC should acknowledge the benefits they receive from it and suck it up.

When I compare Bush and Ker... (Below threshold)
Alex:

When I compare Bush and Kerry, I see a successful business man, govenor and then president in compared with a man marrying wealthy women and an absent senator. I thought it kind of funny how we never talk about how expensive the inaugural until now.

...or how similar the two m... (Below threshold)
Drew - Dallas, TX:

...or how similar the two men are supposed to be all of the sudden?

So what's it to you, Don? ... (Below threshold)
Mikey:

So what's it to you, Don? All the complaints sound so childish, as if no other president in living memory had an inaugural ball, as if no political parties have ever held celebrations for their donors and their volunteers.

It's just really petty behavior to complain about this. It may make you feel better now, but you need to come up with something substantive in the way of policies if you are going to do more than sit in the middle of the highway and hope to stop that truck with your body.

Politically speaking, of course.

When I compare Bush and ... (Below threshold)

When I compare Bush and Kerry, I see a successful business man, govenor and then president in compared with a man marrying wealthy women and an absent senator.

SUCCESSFUL business man? You mean the way he drove every business he ever touched into the ground, then was bailed out by 1) crooks buying access to his dad, 2) taxpayer funds, or 3) both?

As for absent---how many vacation days did dubya spend in crawford?

I thought it kind of funny how we never talk about how expensive the inaugural until now.

It really only comes up once every four years.

It's just really petty behavior to complain about this. It may make you feel better now, but you need to come up with something substantive in the way of policies

Quite true. We liberals spent on day biching about the vulgar and unseemly caturwauling, but we've all pretty much moved on to more important matters (like drawing up the Articles of Impeachment).

Quite frankly, it's the conservatives who keep harping on it---even tho' you have the Executive and Legislative branches sewed up, y'all seem to have a nearly psychotic need to feel victimized by dem durn nasty liberals.

Julie-The inaugurati... (Below threshold)
Curtis:

Julie-
The inauguration pretty much shut down most of downtown dc. Most businesses (other than retail or restaurants) lost money due to being forced to give employees the day off. Fortunately for me, I work across the river in Arlington so my work stayed open.

And to think that sales tax for a one day event is going to bring in 12-17 million dollars seems overly optimistic.

I also don't see how the inauguration created jobs. The only people working more due to the inauguration are the police, and I don't think they were exactly under-worked before.

Curtis - this happens every... (Below threshold)
Mikey:

Curtis - this happens every four years. An annoyance, but that's just life. I agree, the inauguration probably didn't create jobs; the hospitality industry - caterers, hotels, etc. probably paid some overtime and hired a few temps, but nothing economically substantive is going to come out of this.

Oh please go back to your b... (Below threshold)
Rob Hackney:

Oh please go back to your burning hellhole Don and spare us your LIBERAL LIES.

I SUPPOSE YOU WILL TELL US BUSH IS THE NEXT HITLER TOO.

Rob: If you must put words ... (Below threshold)

Rob: If you must put words in my mouth---and apparently, you must---try to come up with something more original. Why not go back to AngryWhiteDoofus.com and cut and paste a new insult, okay?

How can anyone take Don ser... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

How can anyone take Don seriously when he is STILL trying to push Fatass Moore's ridiculous claims of W's "vacation" days. Ludicrous, just ludicrous.

Sorry Don but it's hard to ... (Below threshold)
Alex:

Sorry Don but it's hard to take your opinion seriously on what is a "fail" business when you don't even know about the current technologies (telephone, wireless lan, cell phone, lap top and all the little widgets) that allow most average people to work from home. If I can have a conference call with people from 5 different countries, providing them the latest (real time) designs and eta of our planner commits, I am sure our government can do the same if not better.

It's true that inaguration only happen every 4 years, I just find its strange that the spending cost only complain now. Why not other inaugurals? As for moving on, please don't let me start on the Moveon.org. So far the Democrats has not move forward but only move backward.

I'm still waiting for the a... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

I'm still waiting for the article in which you call them idiots. :-)

Cindy

You mean the way he drov... (Below threshold)
Drew - Dallas, TX:

You mean the way he drove every business he ever touched into the ground, then was bailed out by 1) crooks buying access to his dad, 2) taxpayer funds, or 3) both?

Sonofabitch Don - can you stop sucking pre-packaged nonsense off of the left's left teat already?

Just one example of typical left bullshit claims that the city of Arlington was somehow scammed by Bush and his rich friends over the Texas Rangers, and specifically scammed into financing their new stadium. The left always, always conveniently leaves out the miniscule fact that the citizens of the City of Arlington APPROVED IT BY VOTING FOR IT. How in the hell is that Bush's fault?

The owners, the City and the Franchise made a hell of a lot of money on that stadium - which ironically was ~12,000 seats less capacity than the old one. It's awesome, it's totally worth it and anyone that you ask that lives in Arlington will tell you the same.

Just a quick analysis on "f... (Below threshold)
Liquid Snake:

Just a quick analysis on "four more years with Bush."

Mr Bush represents continuity and not change in the US agenda. The primacy of freedom has been articulated in different ways by presidents as diverse as Linclon, Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Kennedy and Reagan. Nor is this an exclusively Republican, let alone neoconservative, creed in the modern era. The vast majority of Democrats in Washington essentially agree with Mr Bush about the ends of America's mission in the world. The dispute, and it is an important one, is about the means. Senior Republicans, as well as Demeocrats, have suggested that the White House should amend its strategy in this second term.
To that extent, Mr Bush has quietly been inching towards his opponents. As the careful language he employed yesterday suggests, there is an appreciation that words regarded as admirably plain within the US do not travel easily. In a series of interviews Mr Bush has conceded that some of his phrases have caused unnecessary alarm overseas and resolved to be more cautious. In her testimony before the Senate Foreign Committee, Condoleezza Rice, the incoming Secretary of State, spoke of the importance of a conversation and not a monologue with the outside world and hinted that the balance between the diplomatic and the military aspects of policy would change.
This will not be a revolutionary movement. Nor will the differences between some European governments and the Oval Office disappear. The US will continue to regard the threat posed by radical Islamists, the dangers of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the behaviour of rogue states such as North Korea with more urgency than France and Germany. These countries should ask themselves whether their assessment of these perils is so much more modest because of evidence, or the inconvenience that acknowledging their intensity would entail. They might also ponder what it is about the promotion of freedom that they regard as so alien and objectionable.

You mean the way... (Below threshold)
h0mi:
You mean the way he drove every business he ever touched into the ground,

Funny, the Texas Rangers weren't driven into the ground.




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