This week in Los Angeles thousands amassed to pay a final homage to the god of their pop world, Michael Jackson.
A fortunate 17,500 out of the 1.6 million who applied were chosen from a lottery to attend a special memorial service in his honor. From all over the U.S. and the world the richest and most influential people in the entertainment field came to America's fantasy making capital to see their hero off to his final rest. The city of Los Angeles pulled out the stops for the event, sectioning off city streets for the funeral procession and setting up the lying in wake at the Staples Center, L.A.'s premier showcase center.
The charge for the lottery tickets? Nothing.
The charge for the funeral procession or the media rights to cover it? Zilch.
The reimbursement to the largest city in a state which is on the verge of cataclysmic bankruptcy? Nada. Nichts. Zero.
The city of Los Angeles payed for the tab of an expensive fete at a time when it is paying it's own bills with I.O.U.'s. A price could have been charged for the event and funding created that could have been paid into the hollowing city and state public coffers. Though a tragic event, the whole service could have been set up to help the economy of California rather than drain it more.
A mega star dies, the world wealthiest come willingly and payingly to say farewell and California foots the bill. 1.6 million also want to see the show. Do you see why California is going bankrupt?