Finding the right hole to dump the money in
Posted by aogWednesday, 30 September 2009 at 14:28 TrackBack Ping URL

Via a suggestion at Just One Minute I have to ponder the confluence of all that yet unspent stimulus money and the Olympics in Chicago. We can only hope that some of the grafters explode like Mr. Creosote.

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erp Wednesday, 30 September 2009 at 15:29

Ugh!

AVeryRoughRoadAhead Wednesday, 30 September 2009 at 17:01

“Stimulating” another American Olympic Games venue seems like one of the better stimulus ideas to me.

It’s not like previous American Olympics venues weren’t HEAVILY subsidized, it’ll bring in a bunch of foreigners spending money, and at the end of the day we’ll have some more potentially-useful infrastructure.

erp Wednesday, 30 September 2009 at 17:49

I believe that the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles were the only games that were profitable and didn’t cost tax payers a dime. It’s impossible to imagine that Chicago would or could duplicate that feat.

Annoying Old Guy Wednesday, 30 September 2009 at 19:40

It’s not like previous American Olympics venues weren’t HEAVILY subsidized

You know, it possible to stop doing stupid things even if one did them multiple times in the past.

at the end of the day we’ll have some more potentially-useful infrastructure.

After Chicago unions and contractors work on it in a rush?

There may be a couple of silver eagles in that hurricane of spending but it doesn’t mean it’s not a damaging storm.

AVeryRoughRoadAhead Thursday, 01 October 2009 at 02:32

You know, it possible to stop doing stupid things even if one did them multiple times in the past.

Given the times, no, it’s not possible. We are going to spend trillions in a futile attempt to refute basic math, period.

While I wish that such were not so, that’s not the reality in which we currently live.

As such, spending the money to promote and produce an Olympic Games event isn’t anywhere near the worst thing we could do, or have ALREADY DONE, with the money.

Good gravy, when contemplating the idiocy already approved, and that which awaits and will receive approval, and balance that against no crewed Mars mission planned, and Congress’s refusal to spend a measly $20 billion on the Super Collider…

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 01 October 2009 at 08:49

We’ll see what the Illinois Ruling Class does. Remember, these are the people who thought having Rod Blagojevich as Governor was a good idea.

P.S. The thing to have a bet on is, if Chicago gets the 2016 Olympics, which will happen first:

  1. The Olympic Village is built
  2. Illinois goes broke
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