Wonder what you would find if you frisked the memorial for the victims of the Tucson shooting tragedy?
Answer: Thousands of blue “Together We Thrive” t-shirts.
Was this a campaign rally or memorial service? Tom Fitton – from Big Government – reports:
Adding to the inappropriate atmosphere were thousands of blue “Together We Thrive,” t-shirts and posters plastered all over the place, an obvious play on a popular Obama presidential campaign theme from 2008.
Perhaps it was also the fact that the whole event was “branded” in the first place: “Together We Thrive: Tucson and America.”
Perhaps it was the cheering throngs of Obama fans whooping and hollering as the President took to the stage, making the whole event seem more like a pep rally than a memorial. (And the same goes for Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, who also reportedly received a thunderous reception.)
Or, conversely, perhaps it was the smattering of boos that erupted when Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, took to the stage to deliver her remarks — a reaction that “would have been hard to imagine, say, in the days after the Oklahoma City bombing,” the New York Times noted.
Perhaps it was all of those shameless attempts by liberals to play politics with this massacre leading up to the memorial event — suggesting, if not outright claiming, that this tragedy was the fault of “right wingers” in general and Glen Beck and Sarah Palin specifically. (I documented many of these ridiculous statements previously.)
Given the political nature of the event, many people questioned the funding involved in the t-shirt controversy. This is what they found out:
On January 20 the University told us it had no documents responsive to our first request. And it gave us one document responsive to our second request showing that the t-shirts cost the University of Arizona $60,885. Supposedly, the University of Arizona is paying this bill without the use of “tuition, state allocations, tax dollars or student fees.” Money is fungible, so the taxpayers apparently helps pay this bill, however indirectly.
Playing politics with a tragedy? Debatable.
Inappropriate expenditure for a public university? Absolutely.