I hate to be a party pooper, butâ€¦ I was talking to a political science professor over the weekend who said that $24 million had been raised just the Inaugural Ball activity, etc. Whatâ€™s more, some five million people have come to D.C. to, simply put: be part of this weekâ€™s party. They will spend billions on plane flights, lodging, foodâ€¦ During one of our campaign tours several years ago, I interviewed a woman in Cortez, Colorado, who was recently back from a missions trip to Uganda. She said emaciated children slept atop burlap bags on the dirt floors of huts as their parents, and many of them, died of starvation and AIDS. We also stopped at Habitat for Humanity headquarters in Americus, Georgia, where we learned millions of families living in the abject poverty of Third World slums could be put in Habitat Homes for prices ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 a home. Question: How far could the billions of dollars being spent on all the â€˜party goersâ€™ in D.C. this week go toward building these homes and helping these starving children? Our priorities are getting so out of whack.