Wednesday, January 07, 2009

President and Mrs. Gluttony

Just another reason our country is in so much debt. $485,000 for CHINA!?!? (I'm talking about plates and saucers, not the country.) Perhaps this "historical committee" should put their funds toward something bit more educational or at the VERY least, practical. This makes me want to spit on the White house steps.

Shoot, I've been deciding for over a year now whether or not to upgrade our tableware. I sure hope the Obamas are a bit more frugal when it comes to frivolous spending.


KBL 2 ORD 2 SAN 2 LUV said...

We registered for the fancy stuff at the request of the in-laws, but didn't keep them. Our favorite...all of our C&B plain white Aspen tableware. Love it.

I'm totally with you on this one.

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

I heard this on one of the morning shows and I could NOT believe it. The timing on this couldn't be worse. $500K for frikkin plates. Hello?

And we wonder why our country is in SUCH horrible economic shape.... DUH.

Hubster and I registered for china too when we got married. I think we've used it maybe (counting) 10 times in 17 years of marriage.

We use our plain white dishes too. I go for simple, elegant and functional Every Time.

Smileygirl said...

You know we never even registered for China when we got married because:

a) I don't really cook, especially not for big groups


b) I'm clumsy

But our everyday plates and bowls are so chipped and mismatched that I want to start off with a new set now that we're here in Seattle. We'll see though.

Anonymous said...

Me likey that set from C&B.

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Anonymous said...

You should be able to pick up a non-chipped set of dishes for a song (any song) at Ross. Really I think you could get them for twenty or forty bucks--then if you chip or get tired of them--it's no big loss.

I guess this is as close to royalty as we get in the US--fancy dishes. I can't even think of it--I just think of the things that that amount of money could do for good in this world. Seriously, how do they sleep at night??

I thought you were choosing "D" words for today, but you've added some others! This is why we have a predominance of things green here--mold, fungus, etc.


ChiTown Girl said...

We didn't register for china, either, when we got married. (As a matter of fact, we didn't register at all, for anything) My mom bought these dishes that I really liked (VERY 90s, black, hexagon, dinner plates, salad plates, bowls and mugs. My grandma got me the matching set of espresso cups and saucers.) I was set on a black and white kitchen when I got married, so she got those, and an aunt bought me these really pretty black-stemmed wine glasses (NO pricey crystal for this girl!) I still use all these thing to this day, and it's been working just fine for the past 18 years!

I realize this money didn't come from tax-payer money (or so they say!) but really, couldn't it have been put to better use?! If someone is willing to hand you 500 grand for china (!) why can't we get anyone to put some money into improving education in this country! Sheesh, I better stop before I get up on my soapbox!

HOLY CRAP! I just got home from the bar, so it's about 3 am. I've got the TV on for background noise, and they're talking about this exact story right now. Weird!

Busy Bee Suz said...

How come the White house can't just have ONE set of china...FOREVER? at least until it breaks.....
We have a nice set that my MOm insisted I get when we were married...I do love it and use it on holidays!!!

moooooog35 said...

That China was paid for with private money...not taxpayer money.



Smileygirl said...

Who said anything about tax dollars Moog? I think it's just a misuse of funds. I doubt it's just the liberals who feel $485k is a bit outrageous for plates and such but maybe I'm wrong. I sure hope not though.

I was hoping you would make a motivational poster on this issue. Will ya?!?

Laurie Keller said...

I couldn't agree more. We're girlfriends! xoxo.

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

Anonymous - That's a good point about Ross. I love Ross. You can find all kinds of deals there.

Granted, there's some really ugly stuff, but there's some deals on good stuff, too. I got my favorite interview suit there for $25. Yes, $25. (Alas, I'll be using the interview suit soon... since my business is VERY sick and on life support....)