America The Socialist, Europe The Land Of Rugged Individualism

You think America is the land of rugged individuals battling against the evils of socialism?

Guess what? You’re wrong. You’ve got it backwards, you mollycoddled bastard.

Take a look at this story in today’s Globe.

And while you’re at it, keep in mind all the public tax money that’s spent to finance and build private sports stadiums in America. Talk about privatizing profit and socializing risk…

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  1. I hadn’t made the full connection on that one yet. Thanks. I did find it peculiar that cities are willing to shell out hundreds of millions for a stadium, but fight tooth and nail against building a new school.

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  2. In a society that worships money and celebrity over intelligence and learning, of course the dumb jocks and their masters will get the money from the dumber fools who went to the crumbling schools with the forty-year-old textbooks.

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  3. You’re not kidding about the 40-year-old textbooks. In Middle School (that’s Marylandese for Junior High School) we had a world history textbook published in 1940. World War II was not even mentioned, and the Muslims were referred to, collectively, as the ‘Saracens.’ My kids textbooks are a little newer. They admit WWII happened.

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  4. I kinda miss the old Saracens. They had a sort of romantic, if bloody, je ne sais quoi.

    And no, I wasn’t kidding about the books.

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  5. Don’t discount the motives for such things as stadium subsidies. Having a stadium means revenue, from parking, food services, merchandising, hotels, and so on. It’s no different than subsidizing museums, theaters and concert halls. This is an ACTUAL example of trickle down economics, instead of that bullshit the Republicans try to serve up.

    But of course, we are talking about government spending tax money to help sustain something. Welfare, if you will. Amazing how something can be considered differently depending on who it’s for. Welfare for less fortunate people? Bad. Welfare to banks? Bad. Welfare to your local sports team? Good. Welfare to American car companies? Good.

    Btw, I’ve always wondered how a car company can be called American if their factories are in Mexico or Canada yet the two major Japanese car companies have plants in America.

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  6. Philly: I disagree. It is not an example of trickle-down economics. It is an example of how infrastructure investments do create jobs.

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  7. Yeah, but how soon do you think New York taxpayers will get back the $875 million they were forced to put into the new Yankee stadium? For that price every resident of New York City should get in to see ten free games a year. You betcha they ain’t ever going to see the money.

    On a more serious note (crap!), just remembering casually, what I’ve read here and there suggests that these stadium projects never produce enough in jobs and so forth to make them worth the money ripped off from the taxpayers to pay for them.

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  8. You’re right. They don’t. But more trickles down to the proletariat from a stadium project than trickles down from a tax cut for the rich.

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  9. Yeah, but aren’t you tired of being trickled on?

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