Tax dollars to Sheryl Crow 2009: Los Angeles

Tax dollars to Sheryl Crow

LOS ANGELES &8212 Talk about being teed off.

The economy is croaking and bankers are still partying at a golf tournament here on our dime. It's a good argument for nationalization, or better yet, internationalization. Outsource the jobs of these perfidious, oblivious bank executives to Bangalore Bollywood bashes have to cost less than Hollywood ones. The entertainment Web site TMZ broke the story Tuesday that Northern Trust of Chicago, which got $1.5 billion in bailout money and then laid off 450 workers, flew hundreds of clients and employees to Los Angeles last week and treated them to four days of posh hotel rooms, salmon and filet mignon dinners, music concerts, a PGA golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club with Mercedes shuttle rides and Tiffany swag bags. Northern No Trust had a lavish dinner at the Ritz Carlton on Wednesday with a concert by Chicago (at a $100,000 fee) rented a private hangar at the Santa Monica Airport on Thursday for another big dinner with a gig by Earth, Wind & Fire, and closed down the House of Blues on Sunset Strip on Saturday (at a cost of $50,000) for a dinner and serenade by Sheryl Crow. In the ignoble tradition of rockers who sing for huge sums to sketchy people when we're not looking, Crow &8212 in her stint as a federal employee &8212 warbled these lyrics to the oblivious revelers: "Slow down, you're gonna crash,

Baby, you're a-screaming it's a blast, blast, blast

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