According to the Huffington Post, in late April President Barack Obama is going to be in Los Angeles attending a fund raiser for Senator Barbara Boxer, and on learning this I thought, “Hey, I’m nearby, and I’d like to go to that!”:
According to invitations circulated today by the DNC, Obama and Boxer will attend [a] 4:30 p.m. reception at [the] California Science Center followed by a dinner at the Natural History Museum.
Dinner with President Barack Obama in the shadow of dinosaur fossils posed in combat. I am so in!
Then I saw the price of admission:
Tickets for the dinner are $35,200 per couple, according to the DNC. Tickets for the reception range from $250 to $2,500 per person.
And that put me way, way out.
Ah, well. I suppose if Sarah Palin were having a museum fund raiser she would hold it for some conservative politician in Petersburg, Kentucky at the young earth Creation Museum. So there’s progress here, of a sort. But the price of admission to the Boxer event is a sobering reminder of how beholden to money the American political system is.
Micheal Moore offered this statistic in his film Capitalism : the richest 1% of Americans has more annual income than the poorest 95%. That 1% will be at the Boxer dinner. The rest of us won’t. And I’ll add that Exposition Park, where Los Angeles’s Natural History Museum is located, is surrounded by profound poverty and disfunction.