Wouldn't it be a great example if DC said "no" to the pricey inaugural galas, balls, parties, and used the money to pay down the US deficit? What a great way that would have been, to start 2013.
2013 Inauguration: How much will it cost you?
The Washington Times Online
WASHINGTON, January 7, 2013 — Taxpayers are casting a skeptical eye at the upcoming Inauguration on January 21. No wonder they are asking how much it will cost us.
....we were just dangled over the fiscal cliff. Payroll taxes ...jumped up by 2% or $20 a week for a family earning $50,000 a year. The deficit is almost $17 trillion. And the debt ceiling could shut down the government in a few weeks. Who can afford the Inauguration?