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    WoW!!

    I am not sure if it really matters or not, but it is a bit of money.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_pl204

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    That's a hell of a lot of money!

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    Total waste of my hard earned money that the gov't stole from me. I want my money back!@!!

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    maybe this is how they help fund it.

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    I would say Wow as well... to some very sloppy reporting.

    The key items:
    - The article actually links to a Media Matters story about the fact that the $150M number is completely unsubstantiated.
    - The cost quoted for Bush ($42M) didn't include security costs, etc, that are included here. The actual budget of the Presidential Inaugural Committee is $45M.
    - That money comes from private donors.

    The facts don't usually get in the way of the right wing nutosphere's hissy fits, though. The tizzy over the cost of the Inauguration is a lot like the tizzy over the 'fairness doctrine' -- something for the right wind pundits to fill air time with. (You end up scraping the bottom of the barrel when you have to talk about SOMETHING for hours on end, I guess.)

    Rush, Hannity and company are becoming the boys who cried wolf -- which is why they are becoming increasingly irrelevant.
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    My issue is that the money paid by HBO to film the concert should have gone to the National Park Service....not the Inaugural Committee. Why was a concert held on the grounds of a national monument broadcast under a private license? I couldn't see it.

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    Backpasture is right, $150 Million is unsubstantiated, its more like $170 Million.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Inaug...6665946&page=1

    But this is just from those right wing nuts at ABC News.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IowaBayDog View Post
    Backpasture is right, $150 Million is unsubstantiated, its more like $170 Million.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Inaug...6665946&page=1

    But this is just from those right wing nuts at ABC News.
    Yep. It quotes all the same 'sources' as the others. In other words, it doesn't. The number (whatever one they opt to pull out of their *sses), is 1) made up, and 2) not paid for by taxpayers.

    Just silly stuff. It's like complaining about how much the Super Bowl costs. Gotta fill air time, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by backpasture View Post
    Yep. It quotes all the same 'sources' as the others. In other words, it doesn't. The number (whatever one they opt to pull out of their *sses), is 1) made up, and 2) not paid for by taxpayers.
    In your last post you said that Obama's inauguration costs are substantially higher than Bush's because Obama's numbers include the costs for security. Is security not footed by taxpayers? Let me guess, only Bush's inaugural cost taxpayer money?

    For the record, I don't care much what the costs are for Obama's inaugural are (and didn't care what Bush's were). They seem like a reasonable expense for celebrating and affirming the American political process every four years and are a drop in the bucket compared to the money that's pissed down a tube every other day. What's galling is the hypocrisy of those who kvetched about the pricetag for Bush's festivities are conveniently silent now.

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    I would be interested in anything substantiating the media "quotes" showing bias that began this thread. I haven't found anything beyond the AP story I noted before (which did not evidence the bias claimed) and the MSNBC Tamron Hill assertions that Obama's inauguration is costing $100 million more than Bush's (a factual error). Unfortunately, most of these little conservative email flames are much heavier on claimed "facts" than they are on references. Without references, this one seems to join the throng of lies and distortions that are thrown in the hope that mud will stick.

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