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The inaugural payoff?

Today’s New York Times shows that “Trump Inaugural Drew Big Dollars From Donors With Vested Interests” by NICHOLAS CONFESSORE, NICHOLAS FANDOS and RACHEL SHOREY, 4/19/17.

Naturally inaugural chairman Thomas Barrack Jr would claim that those big dollars came “in support of the coming together of our country and its people to commemorate the cornerstone of our American democratic process.”

See a lengthy list of donors in “Donald Trump inauguration bankrolled by corporate giants: Many companies, executives have business before federal government” by Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity, 4/19/17/

But we also read that “Pesticide maker tries to kill government risk study” by Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press, Daily Local News, 4/20/17.

Concretely, Dow Chemical is trying to get the EPA to reverse its finding that many Dow products threaten many already endangered species.

Dow contributed $1,000,000 to the inauguration. How much influence does that tidy sum purchase in the swamp?

More Than 50 Democratic Lawmakers Are Boycotting Donald Trump’s Inauguration

by Jennifer Bendery, Huffington Post, 1/12/17, as updated since

WASHINGTON ? More than 50 Democratic members of Congress are planning to skip President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, many saying they can’t bring themselves to welcome a man to the White House who ran such a divisive and prejudiced campaign ? and insulted their colleague, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).

(An updated list of the lawmakers who won’t attend the inauguration is below.)

“I will not be celebrating or honoring an incoming president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to the White House,” Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said Thursday.

“He called women ‘pigs,’ stoked Islamophobia and attacked a Gold Star family. He mocked a disabled reporter and appealed to people’s worst instincts. I cannot in good conscience attend an inauguration that would celebrate this divisive approach to governance,” Lee said. “On Inauguration Day, I will not be celebrating. I will be organizing and preparing for resistance.”

Similarly, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) is skipping the ceremony and planning to take part in a massive protest against Trump the next day, the Women’s March on Washington….

keep reading at Huffington Post. Also view MSNBC video interviews of non-attendees. House Democrats not planning on attending the inauguration include three from PA: Brandan Boyle, Mike Doyle, and Dwight Evans.

Wolf Inaugural Events 1/20/15

Inaugural Events Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (source)

10:30 A.M. Swearing-In Ceremony of Lieutenant Governor Michael J. Stack III
Pennsylvania State Capitol, Senate Chamber
Event will be live streamed.

12:00 P.M. Swearing-In Ceremony of the 47th Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf

Gates open: 10:00 A.M.
Guests must be seated: 11:30 A.M.
Pennsylvania State Capitol, East Wing
Commonwealth Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17125
Open to the public. Tickets required.
Tickets to this event are free.

1:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Inaugural Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Arts and Children’s Program

The State Museum of Pennsylvania
300 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Open to the public. No tickets required.
Museum Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

3:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Open House Hosted By the Governor and First Lady

The Governor’s Residence
2035 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Open to the public. No tickets required.
Shuttles to Governor’s Residence will be provided.

8:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. “Let’s Get Started” Inaugural Celebration of the 47th Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf
The Hershey Lodge
325 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Tickets required.
General admission, not a seated dinner

Celebratory Attire

For more info and to request or purchase tickets when required, see here

To be part of a Chester County group, contact Robin Greene-Toler.

My inaugural speech

at Lisa Longo’s blog, 1/20/13

As we embark on this next four years, I ask you to ponder our past. Because we ignore our history at our own peril. We must not pretend that our current economic troubles were created in a vacuum. They were engineered, scripted, legislated and mishandled by bungled and flawed policies, which I can sum up in four words: “small government, less taxes”….

I submit to you, during conservative economic policy we have seen the greatest redistribution of wealth from the working poor and middle class to the super-rich that has ever been allowed by a democratic nation. Our regulations and legislation have been subverted to the needs of the few, rather than the necessity of the many. And it is time for us to right this wrong, to insist that our national interest be put above the petty machinations of the corporate “persons” that conservatives worship….

I need you to contact legislators. I need you to work on campaigns. I need you to run for office. Because the giants of industry, those CEO’s making over $16,000 per hour, they aren’t going to just sit back and say “sure, use the sun for power, it will cost us trillions, but hey, since it is good for the planet and the economy, go ahead.” Those corporations aren’t going to just agree that they need to pay their fair share, they are going to fight this. But if we learned one thing in the 2012 election it is this, all the millions they spent trying to buy our votes didn’t work.

So rise up people. Get on your phones. Call your legislators. Tell them it is time to balance the budget….

read the full post at Lisa Longo’s blog