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1, Jan 19, 2009

I Have a Dream–Cut Down the Cost of Inauguration 2009

Filed under: Presidents — admin @ 9:57 am

I read this piece of news today. “As the recession continues to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy and inauguration celebrations ramp up, a lot of people are asking: ‘How much will this shindig cost?’ The short answer? Likely more than $150 million — and yep, that could be the most expensive ever.”

Why cost so much? Because according to one spokeswoman in charge of inauguration occasion, “we’re sending a message to the entire world about our peaceful transition of power, and you don’t want it to look like a schlock affair. It needs to be appropriate to the magnitude of events that it is.” Vanity of the highest degree! As if the world had not known how heavily the nation is in debt domestically and internationally! You certainly send one clear message to the world of how excellent you are at spending money, so far. What good does it do to the millions of unemployed and to the recession-tortured nation?

I also just read about the nation’s severe job situation. The unemployment rate is as high as 9.6% in Michigan, followed by Rhode Island, California, South Carolina, Oregan, District of Columbia, and Nevada ranging from 9.3 to 8%. The nation has a total of over 12 million unemployed. What a shame to spend so much in face of a national recession on this large scale!

On this day of Martin Luther King, Jr, I also have a dream. I wish the president-elect could set an example for the nation of extravagance. Have a small-scale party and let people watch the event from their home TV, instead of having everybody flying from all corners of the nation gathering in DC for the ceremony, creating traffic jam, polluting the air with overcrowded airplanes. Use just one fraction of this money on this occasion and have this money go to the rescue of millions of unemployed. Instead of sending millions of balloons to the sky, send much-needed checks to millions in need. Well, readers might ask me, “Are you talking to Jesus Christ or what?”

The dream remains real as long as you don’t wake up. Happy dreaming on this “I have a dream” day.

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