In my job, I sometimes photograph big fancy parties. They are put on by corporations (mostly involved in oil production) and they are great fun and I have no problem with what they are doing as I am not a stock holder and am not forced to "give them money". I have a really serious objection to my tax money being spent on ANY party. A govt agency wants to throw a party, everybody involved can chip in $20.00 (or whatever it takes). The party committee (working on their own time) can hunt around and get the best deal possible. No tossing my money around like water. Just ridiculous that THEY spend OUR money on things that I can't afford myself.