Thursday, January 20, 2005

Inauguration

On TV last night they said that 2,500 anarchists are in Washington, DC preparing to protest the inauguration. I wisecracked to my wife, "But anarchists aren't much for organization!" Truth be told, I hope they succeed. I hope the protesters find every possible way to embarrass our chicken hawk president and his corporate butt-kiss-fest inaugural celebration. I wish I was there to help. I told my wife that we should wear black armbands when we go out to dinner with her mostly Republican family tonight.

Don't even ask what I think about the $40 million in corporate "access buying," the millions in security costs being passed on to the city for the first time ever, and the nine inaugural balls. I'm sure our troops will enjoy watching the decadent jubilation in the the capital as they literally fight for their lives in the desert.

There is a great post at the blog of Air America's "Unfiltered" show. It asks Ronald Reagan's famous question: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Then it compares statistics about the budget, unemployment, gasoline, AIDS, and wages. It's pretty sad that they don't even need to mention Iraq to come up with a damning critique. Four more years, indeed.

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