We have a fiscal crisis in this country. This is the time to put words to action and set an example for our children. The festivities/parties are paid by private funds and those funds could be put to much better use by helping organizations that benefit our veterans, children, elderly, environment, you name it! This is another opportunity for those with big bucks to gain access that the majority of us will never have! We should celebrate, yes, but reasonably in light of compromise, cooperation and fair play for all the citizens of the USA. And remember, taxpayers will still pay for security to screen party-goers at any of the balls the President chooses to attend and the costs can be staggering.
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