10 January 2009

Give, Give, Give... for a party of all things?

One would think that spending nearly $1 billion on a political campaign is enough, now they want the most lavish inauguration funded off the backs of the people. How absolutely shameless. Where is the humility - where is a tame event in light of the financial mess the country is in? You lead by example Mr. Obama.

Will he start asking for donations to decrease the national debt? Unlikely.

Will he start asking for donations to help get Medicare back in the black? Doubtful.

No, we should give money for a party. That money won't even go to starving kids in South America or a potable water program in Africa. It will go for a celebration. This is what we can expect from an Obama presidency? That is not change I can believe in.

Below is an actual email my wife, an Obama supporter, received recently:
On January 20th, our journey to bring change will officially begin.

We're organizing the most open and accessible inauguration in our nation's history. And we're doing it without contributions from Washington lobbyists or big corporations.

Just like we did on the campaign, we're relying entirely on supporters like you -- ordinary people giving whatever they can afford to make this an event for all Americans.

I know we've asked a lot of you. But changing the way business is done in Washington will take a commitment from all of us. Right now, you can help give this administration a strong start [by throwing a huge party?].

And if you make a donation of any amount before midnight tonight, you could be selected to come to Washington, D.C., and be part of the welcome ceremony, the swearing in, the Inaugural Parade, and the Inaugural Community Ball.

Will you make a donation of $100 or more and be part of the historic moment you made possible?

We have a long road ahead of us, and we're going to face some major challenges as soon as we start. But I know I can count on you every step of the way.

Thank you for everything you've done and happy New Year,


P.S. -- You could be there for this historic moment even if you cannot make a donation. You can show your support by sharing what this inauguration means
to you.

Photo by KCThinker, Batey outside of La Romana, Dominican Republic.

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