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Monday, November 21, 2005

That Giant Sucking Sound

In a story that should surprise nobody, the Washington Post today reports that the District of Columbia underestimated how much it would cost to build a new baseball stadium on the Anacostia riverfront.

Folks, this is a great example of government failure at its finest. The goverment never does the job as quickly, cheaply, and effeciently as can be done in a competitive market system. Simply put, it is a travesty that taxpayer dollars are sunk into sporting complexes that do nothing to help the taxpayers who pay for them.

Governments need to stop letting team and league owners strong-arm them into these colossal wastes of public funds. This type of development can and should be done by the private sector.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jim Hoeft said...

And Norfolk loses a well-financed, well-planned MLB team to the "sentimental" favorite.

Sometimes I really hate NOVA.

6:19 PM

 
Blogger Old Zach said...

Sometimes?

8:07 PM

 
Blogger OneWag said...

The private sector does not always do it right, either. Jack Kent Cooke stadium (now Fed-Up Field)is a soulless monstrosity guaranteed to make your head hurt everytime you go. Built in a hurry, it stinks in acoustics and other asthetics.

9:35 AM

 

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