The local National Basketball Association (NBA) team, the Sacramento Kings, has just traded away their $20,000,000 per year star. It's no great loss -- he was an injury prone attitude problem with an expensive contract.
The upsetting news about the Kings today is that they feel they need a new home, one that is "state of the art". Why do we need luxury boxes and laser light shows? Has basketball become so boring that the venue is more exciting than the game? Why should local taxes fund the new place (corporate welfare!)? ... and while we are at it, why does it cost so much to go to a game?
Americans' priorities are so screwed up that they will jump through hoops (so to speak) to keep a pro team in town, but they won't fund the local library. What's wrong with this picture?!?