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The high cost of state dinners

February 14, 2014

To the editor: This morning I heard something that maybe grates on Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike. Each presidential State Dinner costs between $250,000 and $500,000....

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Avoice

Feb-20-14 2:45 PM

Svensota - no. Are you expressing an interest in marketing your excess supply? ;<)

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middleclassworker

Feb-20-14 1:55 AM

Don't worry, it will all be better when Hillary takes over. If you thought we had fun when Bubba was in office, imagine all the fun we will have when he has a little more time and not all that...responsibility!

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svensota

Feb-19-14 11:55 PM

Avoice: Do you miss incandescent light bulbs yet?

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Avoice

Feb-19-14 9:25 AM

Svensota - one has to agree with rallying the livs' to stay in line.;<)

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svensota

Feb-18-14 11:14 PM

One "agree", two "disagree".

Pretty hilarious.

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svensota

Feb-17-14 12:14 PM

Every once in a while I have this discussion with younger people:

These are the best of times. These are the greatest years in the history of the world. Nowhere, at no time, has there ever been anything like the past fifty years in America. No humans have ever lived better, eaten better, lived longer, had infinite comforts, better medical attention, or experienced such widespread wealth, as in America the past 50 years.

We've gotten to the point that when there is a dip or a glitch or a reversal, we think dark thoughts of doom and gloom.

Ain't so. This, right now, is the best it has ever been, ever-ever-ever...some 4,000 years, or so.

We are so incredibly lucky to be here, now. Try to enjoy it.

And, quit complaining.

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Avoice

Feb-17-14 8:56 AM

Svensota, get of you ripple binge, open your eyes and get down with rest of us. This WH knows more about living the good life and partying then they know about policies which help the American people. Diplomacy was the slogan to better our standing in the world. See how far that has gotten us. Can't wait until tomorrow to see what the new WH discussion point is in order to hide from their past mistaken policies.

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svensota

Feb-16-14 9:39 PM

IDontGetIt:

No...you don't get it.

But, you and Avoice can eat hardtack and drink brine at the defeatist's table, together.

Bon appetite. And, cheers!

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IDontGetIt

Feb-16-14 9:33 AM

1. Giving and receiving state dinners is part of a 3,000-year tradition of the great powers.

Lots and lots of "traditions" should be trashed. The British, for example, should get rid of the monarchy. We should rid of head butts in football--and state dinners (at least as they're now organized).

2. Our relationship with France is important, and protocol matters.

Our relationship with France is not dependent on a state dinner. And "protocol" doesn't just come out of thin air, someone decides what it is, meaning it can change.

3. We are the most powerful nation on the planet...still.

Huh?! Okay, maybe we throw our weight around more than any nation in the world, but I'm not so sure about "most powerful." The Chinese may already have passed us in that regard. How would we know?

4. And, acting like Huck Finn is boorish and 3rd world.

Well, thank you! (on both accounts)

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svensota

Feb-15-14 2:51 PM

You're a defeatist, Avoice.

C'mon, fella', shape up and get with the program.

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Avoice

Feb-15-14 12:52 PM

AuntyDem - Obama had better put on more state dinners since his vacation numbers(23) and his changes to his signature health plan, today was number 29, are creating a gap.

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Avoice

Feb-15-14 12:46 PM

Oops, that should be Karzai.

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Avoice

Feb-15-14 11:58 AM

"3. We are the most powerful nation on the planet...still." Just this past week, President Karsi did not agree with you on that statement as a lot of others waiting in the wings.

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svensota

Feb-14-14 9:01 PM

Dear Larry,

1. Giving and receiving state dinners is part of a 3,000-year tradition of the great powers.

2. Our relationship with France is important, and protocol matters.

3. We are the most powerful nation on the planet...still.

4. And, acting like Huck Finn is boorish and 3rd world.

Other than that, great ideas!

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mnsotn

Feb-14-14 4:17 PM

We give WAY more money out in corporate welfare them our presidents spend on state dinners. Where's the page in that?

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tooold

Feb-14-14 2:29 PM

Obama has had 7 state dinners and his term is not finished This according to the biased CBS news. His are more elaborate as for number of guests etcetera. Except maybe his caviar from where? Illinois

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Auntydem

Feb-14-14 11:15 AM

Obama’s had 6 state dinners. GW Bush had 6. Clinton -19, GHW Bush. - 21. Reagan – 35.

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tooold

Feb-14-14 10:43 AM

Washington doesn't care about the people who make the choice to get up every day and go to work. They care about people who continue to make bad choices in their life and throw money at every problem these people have created for themselves.

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