Isn't our national debt over 17 trillion dollars? If our country is in that much debt, why are we spending millions and millions of dollars on a party for the president's second term?
When a middle class family has a mortgage, car loans and credit card debt, do they go out and spend more money on a giant sweet sixteen for their daughter or huge 50th anniversary bash for their parents? No, people in debt watch their spending. They make cuts like no vacations or weekly dinners out. They certainly don't charge a party on their already debt riddled credit cards.
I think that having a simple inauguration without all of the hoopla would have been appropriate in this current economy. While Americans are staring at their paychecks wondering why even more money has come out in 2013 than in 2012, the government is throwing a lavish party.
Whether the inauguration was for a Republican or Democrat, it just makes sense for the administration to restrain themselves and keep the celebration modest.