50 Million Dollars?!
We're currently in the middle of a war on Terrorism where our soldiers are currently searching scrap heaps to outfit their vehicles with armor to defend against roadside bombs. They have a severe need to be outfitted with Kevlar vests to help keep them from being shot in the back. Not to mention the infinite number of other supplies that our troops are in currently in need of, including Ammo.
Where is the Bush administration on these matters? He has asked for the help of Bill Clinton and his father to solicit the citizens of this country to give money to the Tsunami disaster victims. Not that this is an unworthy cause but why isn't the same zeal and concern given to those who are attempting to courageously install a democratic government in the hornet's nest of terrorism? Why haven't we heard the clarion call of our leaders to call for individual sacrifice for those who are on the front lines of this War on Terrorism?
There's no doubt that this will become a World War in itself. Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea (maybe even China?) are next on the list after Iraq is wrapped up so do not mistake this for anything less than World War III.
I don't like the perception that will be ginned up by this overly extravagant and unnecessary Inaugural Ball thrown by the rich for the rich. It doesn't do much for the public's perception of the Republican Party who already suffers from an oligarchy complex.
The people who voted for Bush for President would be honored to see him donate that money to the welfare of our brave soldiers rather than see it blown on an overpriced gala. He had no problem writing a $10,000 check for the Tsunami victims but has yet to make a public showing of monetary support for our soldiers who are lacking in supplies and yet on the new front lines of the new World War.
Jan 14th Update
I'm not the only one thinking about this. Here's an article posted on Drudge that backs my assertions.