American values – Bread and Circuses

Oakland, California, the fifth-most crime ridden city in America, faced a $32 million budget deficit last year. It closed the gap by dismissing a fourth of its police force, more than 200 officers.

Untouched was the $17.3 million that the city pays to stage 10 games a season for the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders and to host Major League Baseball’s Athletics in the O.co Coliseum. The funds cover debt financing and operations and are supplemented by $13.3 million from surrounding Alameda County, based on data compiled by Bloomberg from public records.

via Crime-Ridden Oakland Lays Off 200 Police Officers While Giving $17 Million To Pro Sports Teams | ThinkProgress.

Honestly….

So, of course the football team brings in money, but obviously not enough that it still needs tax dollars…

Umm….

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