lessthanpleased wrote:Several prominent journalists have noted this, but I guess the knowledge hasn't been distilled yet: the majority of the expenses for this inauguration have to do with the cost of security. This seems like a lot of money because George Bush spent around $50m for his inauguration in 2004; but as news reports from that time indicate, the $50m price tag didn't include security expenses.
The amount spent on security for Bush in 2004 aren't readily available, but I'd wager they didn't come close to that required for the first black president of the United States - especially after the latter part of the 2008 race exposed a great deal of hatred in the seething underbelly of America.
lessthanpleased wrote:This thread is now stickied. Here's to eight years of stickying!
Patricoo wrote:For example, I agree when he says he is absolutely correct that you don't have to choose one side or the other on all things, that such "opposite" concepts can coexist in some form or another. (Capitalism with regulation for example.) Then I always get annoyed afterword when the grey area remains undefined. I can't be fooled into thinking that there are only three elements, the left, the right, and the center. The center is not a definite point. It's an unknown, uncharted and vague area that can cover an enormous percentage of the political compass depending of the issue.
lessthanpleased wrote:Here's to eight years of stickying!
WeiWenDi wrote:It's starting to look like Obama's going to start off this administration by cleaning up his own house - probably a wise move on his part. I'd like to see him close down Gitmo as he has promised to do, but the logistics of doing so might end up being a bit gnarly.
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