This is a city that is so broke, so lacking in civic pride,
that it can’t even afford to pay for a parade for the World Champion Los
Our city officials with their inflated salaries and egos go
begging like the tens of thousands of penniless people walking our streets. The
only difference is they cadge a million here, a hundred thousand there, from billionaires
who think they’re helping the city when all they are doing is helping conceal a
failure of leadership.
And then they have the nerve to take the day off so they can
join the festivities and stand in the limelight of the champions who worked so
hard to earn their place of honor.
For 18 months, they have fiddled while their overspending
burned a hole in the city budget so deep that they soon won’t have the money to
pay the bills without borrowing staggering sums and selling off the city’s
assets even as they know they are on the road to bankruptcy.
Not a one of them has the nerve to actually tell city
workers that thousands of them must be fired and those who remain work harder
for less money.
Instead, they talk of temporary measures like furloughs and deferred
raises as if the problem will go away next year or the years after when the
cost of pensions will be nearly as high as the cost of salaries.
Even that talk is just for show because they are working
behind the scenes to offer lucrative cash payments if anyone is actually fired while
getting ready to cut a deal to provide enhanced pensions with lifetime health
benefits to those who retire at the ripe old age of 55.or so.
This is a city going broke because our leaders have failed
They are indifferent to the harm they have caused, seemingly
oblivious to how they have made things worse, not better.
And why should they care? They are secure in their posts as
long as they serve the circle of special interests that fund their campaigns
and strip away even the pretense of democracy.
Our elections are no more an exercise in democracy than
where millions of people at least have the courage to take to the streets in
protest and face truncheons and bullets. The only people who do that in LA are
the thugs who smash windows and set fires and think they’re celebrating.
Even when the people of LA do rise up and defeat City Hall,
as they did on Measure B, our officials go right ahead and do whatever they
want regardless of the will of the people.
In LA, politics has become a back room deal and
policy-making a pay-to-play game where everybody wins except the people who pay
Personally, I love a parade but I wish we really had
something to celebrate about, something that had the whole town dancing in
streets and chanting “I love LA.”
It’s great the Lakers won and they deserve to be honored. I
just don’t want to see the mayor and City Council out there today posing for
the cameras as if they were the champions instead of the bums they are.