Bush's Second Swearing-In to Cost $40M
It will take President Bush less than a minute to take the oath of office next Thursday, but before the inaugural events are over some $40 million may be spent on parades, parties and pyrotechnics.
"Precedent suggests that inaugural festivities should be muted _ if not canceled _ in wartime," Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. wrote Bush on Tuesday.
Eight congressional Democrats from the Washington area on Wednesday wrote another letter to the president complaining of what they said was the unfair financial burden being imposed on the District of Columbia.
D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams has estimated it will cost the district $17.3 million to help pay for security at the first post-Sept. 11 inauguration, which includes 6,000 law officers and 2,500 military personnel to guard the 250,000 people at the swearing-in and the half-million expected to line the parade route.
Williams, in a letter last month to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, said he can use $5.4 million from a fund for special events in the capital, but the other $11.9 million will have to come from the city's federal homeland security budget.
Although I find the entire amount of money spent on the second
inauguration to be obscene, I'm particularly disgusted by the $17.3 million bill dumped on the city. Afterall, DC voters rejected Bush in the 2004 election by a 90% margin, so why should they get stuck footing such a big chunk of the bill?
Additionally, the inauguration is a federal holiday, which will cost taxpayers an estimated $66 million.
So much for fiscal responsibility