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Why it’s a good for America, that Rio got the 2016 Summer Olympics, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0
The news came down last week that Rio de Janeiro, not Chicago will be hosting the 2016 Summer Olympic games. Given the histrionics and hysterical reactions of some, one might have thought the Chicago Cubs were moving to Mexico City.
However, this is a blessing in disguise. It’s obvious that today’s Olympics are simply a form of corporate welfare (something that most left of center typically find abhorrent). The Olympics today, are simply a play thing for the rich at taxpayer expense. Tax money is used to provide security for athletes, huge stadium venues are built, that are seldom used afterward, and chaos is the typical result of the resident’s of the host city trying to go about their everyday lives.  In fact, according to most polls, about half of Chicago residents did NOT want the Olympics to come to Chicago.
That aside, there is a simple fiscal argument no one seems to have considered. Given President Obama’s huge social agenda and the massive budget deficit projected over the next ten years, given that Social Security and Medicare are already placing huge demands on the budget, and given what long term care needs for tens of millions of baby boomers as they age over the next twenty to thirty years, is this really the time to be wasting tax payer dollars on a massive party?
Let Rio have the 2016 games. The beaches there are better than any in Chicago for beach volleyball, we can all enjoy the games on television, without having to inflict more debt on the taxpayers and chaos on one of America’s greatest cities.  And no, it is in no way “unpatriotic” to be glad that Chicago was spared the 2016 games.
Updated: October 11, 2009 — 11:29 AM


  1. Amen, John! I am so with you on the “unpatriotic” comment. I am so damn sick of hearing people being called unpatriotic for disagreeing with whatever government run horse crap is popular this week.

  2. @Allen

    @Allen Tate
    dixie chicks, remember that. yep toby keith got mad cus they disagreed with the oil war yep…remember that …

  3. Yep, I remember it. Not once did you ever hear me bag on them for what they said.

  4. @Allen Tate
    so maybe the pattern here is…. the goverment has since the mcarthy hearings…..wrong… greedy …evil?

  5. I agree, John. The Olympics now a day has become nothing but a boon-doggle at taxayer’s expense. Heck, even the U.S. Postal Service spends millions of dollars as a sponsor of the Olympics and spent millions of dollars last year to send their upper management to the Bejing Olympics—–while losing billions of dollars on operating and getting Congress (i.e. U.S. taxpayers) to bail them out.

    And Allen, not only are we considered “unpatriotic” if we disagree, we’re also considered “racists”.

  6. @grips man the post office is horrible i ordered a laptop screen that they just mysteriously lost.they said they delivered it then said they no recollection of delevering a package that big even though tracking says it was at my house at 10 that morning.more than likley it ended up in atlanta at the “lost” package auction.
    and ps the olympics will never be what they where in 1984 in la .that was the olympics of a lifetime ahhh fond memories 😛

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