ROYAL GALA FOR CLINTONS: POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE
So much money, lavishly displayed, awes the lesser classes. The
King must be mighty to throw around riches in such a way.
Selfless "corporate citizens" demand not so much as a logo on
display in return for their generosity. But why not, say, a
tasteful Golden Arches discretely placed at the inauguration?
All lesser citizens of the realm view with envy the happiness and
nirvana evident on the face of Lady Hillary, as she (the lucky
devil) gets to sit through the lengthy pre-inaugural church
service. Later, it's a flurry of festivities, with Lord and Lady
Clinton out partying until quite late. Such wonderful times are
not granted to most, and Bill and Hillary act in a convincing
manner, implying that they are enjoying it all.
In the previous issue of Conspiracy Nation was reported
allegations that "During the 1996 presidential campaign, the
Bronfman family and their Seagrams liquor empire were the largest
contributors to both the Republican and Democratic National
Committees." An article in the Feb. 3, 1997 "New Republic" shows
how other "corporate citizens," for some reason, are happy to
give away money. In case some of them "backed the wrong horse"
in the presidential race, they can make amends by funding the
inaugural display. The article in "New Republic" even suggests
that the inaugural venue subjects contributors to less scrutiny
than pre-election contributions. "If anything, today's
inaugurals actually exceed campaigns in the corruption to which
they give rise. During a presidential campaign, the expectation
that a donation will bring a desired policy outcome is more
uncertain. After all, the favored candidate may not even win.
But inaugural contributions are certain to go to someone whose
gratitude will matter. And they also allow corporations that
have backed a president's opponent a last chance to make amends,
as prominent GOP supporter Dwayne Andreas of Archer Daniels
Midland did when he donated $100,000 to Bill Clinton's inaugural
Wasn't that nice of Dwayne Andreas to donate that $100,000?
Isn't it nice of Archer Daniels Midland to financially support
the Jim Lehrer Newshour on PBS? Maybe, since they are so
generous, they will even send me some money!
Wasn't that gracious of the Clintons to accept that $100,000 from
Dwayne Andreas? I could also accept $100,000 from Dwayne
Andreas, since I also am gracious. But come to think of it, I
would have an ethical problem accepting the money. (Not meant to
suggest that Conspiracy Nation is more ethical than U.S.
President Bill Clinton.)
Apparently not much information is available at this point on
corporate largesse and the 1997 inaugural. For the 1993
inaugural, other generous contributors were Federal Express
($100,000), Salomon Brothers ($50,000), AFL-CIO ($200,000). U.S.
Air donated $200,000 worth of free plane tickets. Motorola made
$1.5 million in cell phones, pagers, and two-way radios
available. Korbel champagne gave $50,000 worth of "the bubbly."
Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors offered 500 cars.
Anheuser-Busch provided free beer.
But shouldn't the stockholders be furious that so much money is
being thrown away like this?