Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Why the hell do they keep calling it the $40 million inauguration when it's going to cost at least twice that? Just giving the DC area federal employees the day off is going to cost $66 million for christsakes. So three years of Homeland Security and this is what we've got to show for it. The president can have a big ass ostentacious party and his friends can feel safe. Here's a few of his friends.

Corporations and trade associations giving $250,000 to become inaugural "underwriters" include:

Altria Corporate Services (parent company of Philip Morris USA)

American Financial (Carl Lindner, owner of the Cincinnati Reds and chairman of Great American Insurance Group and American Financial Group, also gave $1.9 million to pro-Bush groups. His son held a $1.7 million fund-raiser for Bush's re-election campaign.)

Ameriquest Capital Corp. (While unlimited by law, Bush has held his inaugural committee donors to a maximum of $250,000. Still, some have exceeded that with contributions from both a company and its subsidiaries. Marriott Hotels has contributed $750,000 under three corporate names, and Ameriquest Capital Corp. and its subsidiaries have donated $750,000.)

Argent Mortgage Co.


Bank of America Corp. (privatizing Social Security is what they want)

Bristol-Myers Squibb (Bush is against letting us get affordable drugs from Canada, they like that)

ChevronTexaco (wants to drill for oil in Alaska)

Cinergy Corp.

Corporate Capital

Exxon Mobil Corp.

First Data Corp.

Ford Motor Co.

Golden Eagle Industries

Hunt Consolidated

Kojaian Ventures

Long Beach Acceptance Corp.

Marriott International (loves Boy Blunders' guestworker proposal)

Marriott Vacation Club International

National Association of Home Builders

New Energy Corp.

Occidental Petroleum Corp.

Rooney Holdings Inc.

Sallie Mae Inc. ("Student-loan debt collectors have power that would make a mobster envious," )

Southern Co.

Stephens Group Inc.

Strongbow Technologies

The Home Depot

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co.

Time Warner

Town and Country Credit

United Parcel Service

United Technologies

UST Inc.

The medical and pharmaceutical industry has donated at least $1 million.

Bush also will start with the lowest approval rating of a second-term president in a half-century, at 52 percent.


  1. Anonymous8:42 PM

    Mary here from Knock Knock - right on! Marriot Corp wants legislation that will free them from labor laws that protect employees from abusive employers. It is a sad, sad situation in this country and all we can do is resist in every way we can. I for one, don't intend to let them off easy. Thanks for the post.

  2. Anonymous7:23 PM

    I was watching all of his ratings on the news tonight. ALL of his ratings were low in ALL areas. The inauguration is making me sick.

  3. Anonymous7:23 PM

    I was watching all of his ratings on the news tonight. ALL of his ratings were low in ALL areas. The inauguration is making me sick.

  4. Anonymous8:14 PM

    Ellen again.

    Where does all the money go from these invitation only $2,500 a plate dinners? You know our taxes are paying.

  5. Did you see the Daily Show where they were showing the guy from DC what $150,000 would get you? The DC area residents are footing a $66,000,000.00 bill for overtime for cops, and more. But King Blunder doesn't care about the serfs. "They got cake, don't they. Let 'em eat some o that cake. Mehbe some cornbread."