Dammit Jim, I’m a pundit, not a mathematician

Kathleen Parker, whom you wouldn’t want balancing your checkbook:

To the rescue came Ronald Reagan with the most expensive inauguration in history, and the pomp was put back in the romp. Each inauguration thereafter has been bigger, better, more elaborate and more expensive than the one before, and complainers have surfaced accordingly.

According to Michael Nelson’s “Guide to the Presidency,” George H.W. Bush’s 1989 inauguration cost $30 million, Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration ran $25 million, and George W. Bush’s 2001 ceremony cost around $40 million. This year’s costs are expected to run closer to $50 million.

We would send her a bar graph but we just think she would be dazzled by the pretty colors…

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