No Boo-Hoo-Hoo for California’s Money Woes, If It Can Still Afford Public Parties

California’s free-spending ways have led it to seek the money of federal taxpayers, but don’t think that means Los Angeles is trying to stop spending money on frivolities.

The city intends to spend a million dollars on a victory parade for the Los Angeles Lakers, despite the city’s need to cut its budget by hundreds of millions of dollars and the fact that unofficial celebrations turned criminal overnight, with crowds vandalizing buses and police cars and throwing rocks and bottles at police officers, resulting in five officers sustaining injuries.

The Lakers are a for-profit enterprise, and basketball is a game (it would be different if we were talking about a parade for returning war veterans). At a time when California is expecting federal taxpayers to bail it out of its own financial mess, the Lakers ought to be paying for its entire parade by itself.

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