Field of Schemes by Neil deMause and Joanna Cagan

Continuing along the lines of politicians inappropriately subsidizing greedy, wealthy people and corporations at the expense of essential public services, please take a look at Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit, written by Neil deMause and Joanna Cagan.

Even though professional sports stadiums do not bolster local economies, these structures are constructed using public dollars in various forms with alarming frequency. As we speak, in this immediate region alone, there are at least 2 professional sports teams trying to weasel lie blackmail maneuver their way into getting new facilities built for them, paid for by taxpayers in one form or another (and there are many, many forms of this type of welfare). Meanwhile, police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel either have been laid off and/or are facing more layoffs. It is some major horseshit.

Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski’s Soccernomics also explores some of the underlying arguments against publicly funded stadiums in the chapter titled “Happiness.”

With public schools literally crumbling around us and public safety experiencing unprecedented cuts to their budgets, when do we say enough is enough to welfare for the wealthy and the corporations? Every dollar in tax revenue they take from us for their benefit is a dollar we can’t use for the public good. Every dollar they don’t contribute in taxes is a dollar the rest of us make up either through increases in tax contributions or cuts in services.

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