Tuesday, January 20, 2009

History being made is awfully expensive

History will be made today. Surely and exciting day across our land, for many reasons, for many people. Even for those who didnt vote for Obama--you have to admit--there is still that teeny tiny spark of --HOPE. All of us no matter who we voted for, wanted a change. We want the war to end, our soldiers home safe, we want our country safe, we want better economics and the overall feeling in this country to change from dismal to hope.

Today is it--its here. No going back now. Obama starts and all we can do now is wait and see. Yesterday at work the ladies had a discussion about today. All I could think and it popped right out of my mouth was--I realize history is being made, but what I cant justify or understand is the cost of what its going to be--to make history. Everyone--was like--There ya go--thats how I feel to. Maybe being in the field we are in-makes us a different breed I dont know. All we can think about are the jobs lost, the homes being lost, businesses closing, homeless shelters full, food pantries empty, mothers and children not having their needs met--programs not having anything available for low income families due to funding being gone, and here America sits willing to spend $170 million PLUS for a darn party. YES its history,, I get that..YES its cause for a huge celebration of some sort. BUT...I said I cannot imagine having a dress put on me that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. I would literally puke. I cannot fathom that. I cannot fathom getting into a vehicle that is brand new at a cost of hundreds of thousands--when the other vehicle is still superb and fits the needs a President has. I cannot understand this. All of us regular folks--know full well a beautiful dress can be had for hundreds of dollars...period. Haircuts and styles dont have to be hundreds--they can be $20.00's lol.

Theres just something very wrong when our country is in the place it is, to see this kind of money being spent. I'm not saying its Obama--heck in fairness to him alot of it probably isnt. I've seen some of the donations some of these Corporations are giving--well heck--take those donations and give those to trustworthy charities so that we can ensure human beings have food, shelter, medical care, personal supplies etc. Give those donations to Human Service Organizations that will provide services to families to keep them from falling apart. There are endless needs across our land that can use that money to ensure basic human needs are met. I can tell you what wont be met--beautiful gowns, plates of overpriced food, overpriced exotic flowers, over priced hair salons,over priced jewelry, and on and on.

Today begins a new journey for our Country--I'm scared to say the least. Very scared. As the excitement is being promoted by the Media--all I see are the continuation of loss of businesses, lack of services for the needy, and a continued high need for basic needs for our fellow Americans. That really bothers me as a human being. For me, I cannot rejoice and party (unless its a small party) when all around me there is an ocean full of sinking people. I dont know how those in our government can do it...I just cant.

8 Thanks for your comments!:

Raggedy Girl said...

Dawn
What a thoughtful post. I don't understand the money part either. I live such a simple life and wouldn't waste my money even if I was very wealthy. I am hoping for the very best. I voted for Mr. Obama and I am praying I wasn't wrong. I am praying really hard.
Roberta Anne

Flor Larios Art said...

Beautiful Post. Viva OBAMA!

Lady of the Mote said...

good post,I agree.

Shellmo said...

I believe too that all this money did not need to be spent. It will still be a moment in history that is memorable - you can have a "nice" inauguration without spending an incredible amount of dollars.

Ginger said...

I agree with you Dawn. It's mind boggling how much everything costs. Security alone is a budget buster.
I didn't vote for him, but I wish him well, because if he fails, our country fails and I still love this country, no matter what kind of shape it's in.

Lilly's Life said...

Great post Dawnie - Truly. Very balanced and I have seen the same sentiments expressed elsewhere too. Fingers corssed it all works out well. It has to be better than the previous eight years surely.
You may find designers dress the First Lady for free simply because they want to see theri clothes in the press.

Cynthia said...

Hi Dawn,
Very thoughtful post. I know, like you do, how many really needy people there are. I think when you work in the social service field it changes you so much. I have taken so many families to food pantries this past year and had families with no heat( just a space heater) and with babies no less. I voted for Obama. Today on my Mom's 73rd birthday, a day I will never forget I sat in awe. I feel that because President Obama worked with poor families he will not let us down. The money thing is hard to swallow but not as hard as the banks taking our money and not even accounting for it. Stay warm. Your blogging friend in Wi. Cindy

debbie said...

DEAR DAWN,
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR STOPPING BY MY BLOG.
I AM APPLAUDING YOU AND GIVING YOU A STANDING OVATION FOR YOUR POST. IT WAS FAIR AND BALANCED.
I DID NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA BUT NOW THAT HE IS PRESIDENT WILL PRAY FOR HIM, HIS WIFE, HIS PRECIOUS CHILDREN, AND OUR COUNTRY.
I DO NOT WANT A SECRETARY OF TREASURE TO TAKE OVER THIS COUNTRY'S FINANCES WHEN HE COULD NOT/DID NOT AND PLAYED STUPID TO PAYING HIS OWN TAXES. "ACCOUNTABLE" IS WHAT GOD IS REQUIRING OF ALL OF US FROM THE TOP DOWN....BEING ACCOUNTABLE FOR EVERY ACTION.
I LOVE YOUR BLOG AND WILL STOP BY OFTEN.
WHEN I USE TO WORK OUT I FELT ABOUT THE STATIONERY BIKE LIKE YOU DO THE MACHINE...I WOULD DO ANYTHING BUT THAT STUPID BIKE THAT WENT NO-WHERE.
I WILL PUT A LINK TO YOUR BLOG FROM MINE
debbie