U.S. presidential contendor Romney [has] done just fine at milking the government and the people when it suits his purposes, the most obvious instance being the incredible $1.5 billion in aid he siphoned out of the U.S. Treasury as head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake in the Mormon state of Utah – a sum greater than all federal spending for the previous seven U.S. Olympic games combined. According to a report in Rolling Stone, Romney, the supposed fiscal conservative, blew through an average of $625,000 in taxpayer money per athlete – an astounding increase of 5,582 per cent over the $11,000 average at the 1984 games in Los Angeles.
Monthly Archives: August 2012
fieldofschemes.com (Aug. 9, 2012) – If you’re behind on your reading of The Journal of Urban Affairs like me, you may not have yet seen George Washington University grad student Geoffrey Propheter’s February study of the economic impacts of basketball arenas. Fortunately, Atlantic Cities has noticed (though apparently not that the study is six months old), and has a substantial report on Propheter’s findings. Continue reading
”The Olympics are like the heralding of another possible world, the world of solidarity, in which humanity will live together like one great family.” The distinguished Brazilian writer, FREI BETTO, argues for a human-centred Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, which would demonstrate how the Brazilian people are assured of the basic rights of human beings such as food, health and education. Continue reading
THE monopoly media is agog with the “spectacular” Opening Ceremony of the XXX Olympic Games, the flighty appearance of a feudal monarch protected by a hero of British intelligence, a song recycled from the 1960s, Mary Poppins, etc. But what was the significance of this spectacle? What image of Britain is being promoted through this extravaganza? Here is an independent British view of a very British manipulation… Continue reading