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Michael Jackson’s Memorial Service – TAX PAYERS ARE CONCERNED

Outside Michael Jackson's Memorial Service

Outside Michael Jackson's Memorial Service

The following article is scraped directly from the pages of “E” news…  It is describing tax payers concerns from Los Angeles, California, over having to pay for Michael Jackson Memorial Service.  I don’t agree with some of their thinking.  I guess it’s just the Republican in me.  But apparently their Democratic Liberalism isn’t working well for Californians, considering that they are now paying many of their employees and disabled citizens with IOUs.   My comments will be in bold type for your convenience.

Most of the obedient serfs close to the memorial aren’t saying how much it will cost citizens—and that includes public safety folks who, I could have sworn, work for us.

However, a city official tells me we’re looking at this costing Los Angeles $2.5 million. And rising. For a city that is operating on a deep deficit.

Still, to dedicated fans, that cost may sound reasonable; as Al Sharpton is so keen on reminding us, we’re dealing with an icon who apparently needs his own postage stamp and national holiday.

I think it was yesterday, Al, not so Sharpton, compared Michael Jackson to Elvis.  He also said that he would push for a commemorative Jackson stamp, and a waiver of the U.S. Postal Service’s usual five-year waiting post-death period. (The only exception so far has been for late presidents.) 

Sharpton also took issue with how certain press outlets have covered Jackson’s death, saying there was a “disrespectful double standard” between the “Thriller” singer and other fallen icons such as Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley.

I was pretty upset after reading his remarks.  I don’t remember ever getting out of school for “Elvis Day” or “Frank Sinatra Day”.  I also have never received holiday pay from my employer for either of these Holidays.  I WAS PISSED…  Then I googled it…  There is no Elvis or Frank Sinatra day.  And Michael Jackson, although the “King of Pop”,was not a president or a real king. He was a king because we all loved him.   So to what “disrespectful double standard” was Big Al referring?

However, you may be chapped to learn exactly how much the Jackson family and promoter AEG will be benefiting from this outlay of public funds…

We already know that 11,000 fans will pack the Staples Center tomorrow. But less well known is that the Jackson family reportedly commandeered an additional 9,000 seatsfor its own private guests. So, much of the security surrounding Jackson’s “public” memorial tomorrow is actually, in essence, security for a private party for the Jackson’s and their friends.

Oh, I’m sorry, did I say party? I meant respectful, dignified memorial costarring a runner-up from Britain’s Got Talent.

They said that, not me…

Before you pile on to cluck at my lack of respect, I’m not alone. I have backup.

“We have city employees getting pink slips because the city dollars are not there,” points out L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine. But even though city officials have asked AEG to pick up some of the public costs, the company has declined, Zine tells me. AEG did not respond to my requests for comment.

“You would think AEG would say, ‘We’re the ones who did this, we could have had a private ceremony and not a major public memorial.’ AEG is a big entertainment company. They’re going to get international coverage and tons of publicity from this.”

And just what kind of city effort are we talking here?

  • At least 1,400 police officers to keep the peace
  • Workers from the Department of Transportation to arrange and enforce street closures
  • Still more workers from the Department of Public Works to keep the area clean and operating
  • Fire and rescue specialists, just in case too many rabid fans moonwalk into one another out in the streets

If they would pay their employees with money rather than IOUs, these employees would go into the community and spend and pay their bills, thus allowing other business to stay open and pay their employees.  Right?

If you’re wondering if the city might decide to stand up for itself eventually, you’re not alone. Zine says the city attorney’s office is looking into the public outlay of funds and may take unspecified action; the city attorney’s office didn’t immediate comment when I contacted them this afternoon.

And just in case you still think it’s disrespectful to the dead to be discussing money like this, a note: According to Zine—who got this information from an official at the Los Angeles Coliseum—the Jacksons briefly mulled doing their memorial there. And they also were considering charging for the tickets.

Sounds to me that the democratic liberal state expects things to change by dong nothing different.  Remember the definition of insanity?  Doing the same thing the same way but expecting the outcome to be different? 

(Originally published July 6, 2009, at 2:57 p.m. PT)

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July 7, 2009 Posted by | Celebrity Deaths, Celebrity Gossip, Michael Jackson, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment