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Old 01-15-2009, 02:47 PM   #1
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President Bush has declared a "state of emergency" in order to secure funds to pay for security for the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama.

Personally, I think this is despicable. I've seen dozens of reports about all of the parties, balls, and the parade they'll be having for the inauguration...it looks like they're set to spend thousands & thousands (if not a few million) of dollars on the inauguration ceremonies in a day when the economy is on the downswing.

I remember when President Bush was elected (both times) hearing complaints about excessive spending on his inaugurations...but I haven't heard many complaints about Obama's inauguration...probably because his being elected was supposedly so 'historic.' Well, the only thing more historic than Obama's being elected president is our national debt, but no one in our government can seem to get it through their heads that increased government spending isn't solving our economic problems, and that cutting spending may actually be worth a try.

Personally, I think the use of the 'state of emergency' declaration just to get money to pay for security for the inauguration is an abuse of power. A war is an emergency. A natural disaster is an emergency. An oath, a speech, a parade, and a bunch of parties does not in any way constitute an emergency, and any American with a modicum of common sense should be pissed off about this.


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Old 01-15-2009, 03:34 PM   #2
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any American with a modicum of common sense should be pissed off about this.
Any American with a modicum of a common sense should be pissed off about a lot of things. Not sure if this belongs anywhere near the top of the list.
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Old 01-15-2009, 03:36 PM   #3
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Any American with a modicum of a common sense should be pissed off about a lot of things. Not sure if this belongs anywhere near the top of the list.
Agreed...but I was pretty pissed when I heard about it.


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Old 01-15-2009, 03:46 PM   #4
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Okay.

I guess I would ask how that should compare to how upset we should be over how the bailout is being (mis)managed, the various Department of Justice controversies, the question of whether or not members of the Bush Administration should be tried for war crimes, etc.

Yeah, declaring a state of emergency could quite possibly be out of line, but on a scale of one to ten, it's about a two, two-and-a-half. That is if it's actually inappropriate, which is possibly arguable.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:12 AM   #5
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there are many things Americans should be pissed off about. This is just another card in the pile if you ask me. I'm stationed around DC so i've seen this madness first hand. To say that you need emergency funds for the event is ridiculous as well. They have so many military members here that they can place out there that they don't need funding for. Its just another way to waste money. I agree though that its not as big of a deal as its being made out to be.
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