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Thursday, June 26, 2003

Party on Abe

The U.S. government is spending about $500,000 a year to try to figure out what kind of celebration to have in honor of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. Abe was born on February 12, 1809 in a very humble cabin in Kentucky. The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission is in charge. By the time all is said and done, the commission will have spent about five million dollars. That doesn't necessarily include the money that will be spent on the actual celebration.

From a Copley article in today's SJ-R (Lincoln Bicentennial Commission extended):

The commission was created by Congress in 2000 to honor Lincoln's legacy by educating the public on his accomplishments and leadership.

When I see stuff like that, the cynic inside me thinks, oh yeah, someone's gonna make some money off this.

According to the article, the senate voted unanimously last week to extend the commission to 2010. And, this week the house voted 409 to 2 to extend it. Let's see who the dissenters are and what they had to say.

James Sensenbrenner, a Republican from Wisconsin, and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said, "We have a significant deficit and Congress has got to stop the spending sometime." Good point. Apparently, no one cares. He also said this "is the perfect example of a celebration that ought to be privatized." Interesting idea.

And, a spokesman for Ron Paul a Republican from Texas and former Libertarian candidate for president, said, "We're not big fans of Lincoln anyway." Oh, that is so not surprising. One question does arise here, though: How does a Libertarian become a Republican? Nevermind.

I'm a huge fan of everything that is and was Abraham Lincoln. But, does anyone besides me have a sneaking suspicion that Abe could think of better ways to spend this tax money?

Posted by Marie at June 26, 2003 11:11 PM