Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Fans, Stadiums and taxes

Haven't posted in a minute... just been swamped writing and working--like most of you to be sure. Anyway, here's my two cents before christmas:

In Washington DC all hell broke loose because the taxpayers of that town had the crazy idea that the Montreal Expos-turned-Washington Nationals should actually foot the bill for most, if not all of the new stadium they want.

What is it with sports franchises and paying for stadiums? Sports is a business and a stadium is what most businesses call "overhead"... Where do these fools get off demanding that taxpayers, particularly those who don't like sports should have to put in for a stadium? McDonalds doesn't make locals pay for building their restaurants... Hospitals don't make local communities pay for building a hospital. Why? Because they're private institutions and overhead is the cost of doing business.

or am I missing something?

I'm in Chicago where they built a new Soldier's Field a couple years back. the thing is big and ugly and expenseive--something like $300 Million... all taxpayer funded.

The way taxes work is if you put in for it, you get to use it for free. We don't have to pay a fee to drive down the street. Why? Because our taxes go to build and maintain the streets. We don't have to pay to attend public schools. Why? Because our property taxes pay to build the schools. We don't pay fees for a lot of services for one simple reason: our taxes already pay to build and/or maintain these things.

With that said....

Every taxpayer should be allowed to attend games for free. Otherwise, cut us a check and give us our money back!

now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go take out a loan so i can afford bears tickets for next season.


At 2:46 PM, Blogger liberal said...

After the government takes the money as taxes it is theirs to do with as they seem fit. If we do not like the way they are spending the many, be it from fraud, waste, or abuse we must choose to be responsible citizens and vote.

At 4:39 PM, Blogger Nubs said...

Stadiums create a lot of jobs and in turn can generate extra tax revenues.

At 6:21 PM, Blogger Christopher said...

I agree with you about this. Taxes should be used to help the whole community, I don't think a building of a sports stadium does that.

Good blog you have here, keep up the good work!


At 7:35 PM, Blogger John M. Latus said...

Here's the epitome of irresponsible tax expenditure. Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions (beautiful stadium, but beside the point) was built just 40 some years after the Silverdome, both are paid for by taxpayers and the kicker: We're still paying for the Silverdome!

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Gaucho said...

People get the government they deserve. Don't forget that the DC crowd is the same crowed that voted Marian Barry back after he was caught doing drugs.

Worse than the stadium example is what is going on with our FEDERAL tax dollars. The Fed govt gets a bigger share of our dollars than the local govt so every dollar they waste hurts more than every dollar the local government wastes.

At 8:06 PM, Blogger Liberal Chrystie said...

If I'm not mistaken... didn't our fear(ful) leader do just that very type of thing with a certain TX stadium right before becoming Gov or during? Maybe another blogger will recall this one though I'm fairly certain about this. It's how he made the bucks without daddy, reportedly.

At 6:56 AM, Blogger Craig Gernhardt said...

Government waste is so active at all levels of politics I battle close to home, nice site.

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