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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:40 AM
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A short but sweet NYT editorial....
...bottom line 40 corporate donors have pledged the maxium of $250,000 each and 60 individuals have pledged $100,000 each. Now by my calculations that comes to.....ticky tick tick tick, ching.... $16,000,000.00 from just 100 entities. But there is more.

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January 11, 2005
EDITORIAL
Victor's Spoils

At the rate President Bush's supporters are giving money, his second inauguration threatens to stand out in the history books like the common folks' muddy boot prints on the White House furniture at Andrew Jackson's gala. The $40 million record for inaugural partying set four years ago for Mr. Bush is expected to be shattered this month. The only limits for this binge of giving are the private inaugural committee's maximum of $250,000 for corporate donors (more than 40 have pledged so far) and $100,000 for individuals (60 and counting).

Ordinary citizens might have hoped that the overriding issue in Washington - the perilous Iraq war, with its drain on the nation's blood and treasure - would dictate restraint. But plans for the four-day extravaganza roll forward with nine celebratory balls being underwritten by the usual corporate and fat-cat supplicants in the political power mill.

There's nothing new in Washington's triumphalist celebrations, festooned with price tags for access, but war usually mutes the singing and dancing. Not this year.

The inaugural's stated theme - "Celebrating Freedom, Honoring Service" - is spin-doctoring in the extreme and hardly justifies the unrestrained lucre-fest. Planners did take care to create a "Commander in Chief Ball," free to the military and their families. But that only underscores the bad taste. Officials say "freedom everywhere" is the point of the celebrations. The freedom most obviously honored is that of American businesses, eagerly writing checks to get ever closer to the election winners.

<link> http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/11/opinion/11tue3.html?o...
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:57 AM
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1. I can't even comment on this!
What a bunch of lows
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Seldona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:59 AM
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2. "Celebrating Freedom, Honoring Service"???
Oh the irony!

This is coming from the man who stated in public that he would like to be a dictator, and deserted his unit in time of war.

Just how full of shit can these people get? How can anyone in their right minds buy what these psychos are selling?

Sheesh!
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Clark2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:10 AM
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3. Some call them the haves and have mores.
Shrub just calls 'em his base.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:46 AM
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7. te he, good one
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proudbluestater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:57 AM
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4. "Commander in Chief Ball" hosted by a deserter.
Everytime I read that, I clench my teeth a little.
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progressivedancer Donating Member (115 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:32 AM
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5. well
glad to see NYT displaying Cajones after caving in during the Iraq debates (if there were even any debates before invading iraq).
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:40 AM
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6. Considering the fact that the bulk of the military
who is doing the bulk of the work right now is in IRAQ, I guess they won't be going to any balls for free, will they?

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