Monday, October 5, 2009

No Hosting the Olympics for Chicago -- And They Don't Know How Lucky They Are

Chicago was up recently as one of the cities to host the Olympics. Obama took time from his failing foreign policy and health care issues to try to get the Olympic committee to decide in favor of Chicago.

Yet, it did not happen. Too bad, so sad.

The people of Chicago don't realize how narrowly they dodged the bullet. When the Olympics come to town, politicians dream up all kinds of ways to grab money from it. Eminent domain abuses and higher taxes happen so that space for the Olympics can be made (1). Click here for an example of how this works in practice.

Or consider when the games were hosted in Greece. The Greek government shelled out approximately $12 billion for the 2002 Olympics in Athens -- more than twice the initial estimate -- and the spectators' Euros weren't nearly enough to make up the difference. Some Greeks did pretty well, especially in the construction industry, but the rest of the country was stuck with a steep bill (2).

Another reason they are lucky they didn't get the Olympics is because of extremely tight security and because anyone not desirable enough to be around will be quietly relocated (3).

But apparently these aren't good reasons. Liberals have to take the time to bash the conservatives, even when it wasn't the conservatives trying to latch onto the Olympics. It's Obama's failure and yet it's really the conservatives' fault.

The headline at Talking Points Memo today is, "Conservatives Revel In America's Olympic Defeat". You can find all kinds of examples of conservatives being happy Obama failed here.

But if it's their fault, that implies they had to work at making him fail. Yet, no proof of that. People that have particular reasons for not wanting the Olympics in Chicago -- like eminent domain abuses, higher taxes, cronyism to Obama's supporters, higher security measures and human rights abuses to name a few -- are somehow the villains.

You can find the original article here.

1. Malkin, Michelle (2009, October 1). "How do you spell wealth redistribution? Tax-increment financing". Michelle Malkin.
Retrieved October 5, 2009, from Michelle Malkin

2. Walker, Jesse (2009, July 11). "Lucky Paris". Reason Online.
Retrieved October 5, 2009, from Reason Online

3. Walker, Jesse (2009, July 11). "Lucky Paris". Reason Online.
Retrieved October 5, 2009, from Reason Online

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