The Democrats and their Hypocrisy
The price tag for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration gala is expected to break records, with some estimates reaching as high as $150 million. Despite the bleak economy, however, Democrats who called on President George W. Bush to be frugal four years ago are issuing no such demands now that an inaugural weekend of rock concerts and star-studded parties has begun....
...In 2005, Reps. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and Jim McDermott, D-Wash., asked Bush to show a little less pomp and be a little more circumspect at his party.
"President Roosevelt held his 1945 inaugural at the White House, making a short speech and serving guests cold chicken salad and plain pound cake," the two lawmakers wrote in a letter. "During World War I, President Wilson did not have any parties at his 1917 inaugural, saying that such festivities would be undignified."
The thinking was that, with the nation at war, excessive celebration was inappropriate. Four years later, the nation is still at war. Unemployment has risen sharply. And Obama pressed Congress to release the second half of a $700 billion bailout package in hopes of rescuing a faltering banking industry.
Obama's inauguration committee says it is mindful of the times and is not worried people will see the four days of festivities as excessive.
"That is probably not the way the country is going to be looking at it," said committee spokeswoman Linda Douglass. "It is not a celebration of an election. It is a celebration of our common values."
Of course, the total price tag of the inauguration is going to cost in excess of $160 million. But apparently, excessive spending to celebrate the ascendancy of the The One is perfectly acceptable to this hypocritical Democrats. Once again, the country is suffering, and the Democrats are perfectly willing to flaunt that fact while they live it up in Washington, D.C. Obama asks the American people to sacrifice, but is perfectly unwilling to sacrifice even the smallest morsel of his coronation.The American people should look at the Democrats spending on the inauguration, take a step back, and realize that Democrats and their supports are in it for themselves and not for America's middle and working class families. Because no party should waste this much cash while families (you know, the people Democrats claim they are working day and night far) are suffering so much.