Thursday, February 10, 2011

Actual Wasteful Spending

Oh, the week after the Super Bowl. The hangovers; the football-addicted scouring the internet for just-one-last-article about this year's sport before the long, dreary exile into Basketball and Baseball seasons; and the never-late this is all bread and circuses screeds against the Super Bowl's super excesses.

Guys, when Americans get tired of watching the Super Bowl, they'll stop watching it. They'll stop hosting Super Bowl parties, and they'll stop using it as an excuse to hang out with their friends and family. When folks get tired of paying small fortunes for tickets to that game, they'll stop going. When taxpayers stop wanting to subsidize this event, they'll elect new representatives.

Until then, it is the only near-universal American Bacchanalia, a Carnival event for even the most stiff-collared Americans to celebrate a little something. And like all events for mainstream American popular culture, it must be an extravagant, over-the-top spectacle dripping with marketing and product placement. That can get expensive, after all.

Are you not entertained?

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2 comments:

Dante said...

I merely see the government emulating its constituents here. Sure, the government is wasting money that could be spent elsewhere. That's what we all do. I'm pretty tight with money, but even I blow it on occasion. We cut somewhere more important so we can enjoy ourselves.

"Are you not entertained?"

Government sucks at a lot of things, but one of the better qualities a local government can have is the ability to throw a nice shindig. Since it's topical here, I'm going to let a cat of of the bag: I accepted a new job offer and am moving to the Dallas/Ft Worth area in a few weeks. The rest of the family will be down in May after the school year. Why did we select Texas of all places? A big reason is Grapevine, TX. We absolutely love their ability to have something going on at least monthly from Grapefest to Thomas the Train ride-alongs. We love their parks. They even have a decent lake. I'll pay the 4x higher property taxes if they offer me that level of entertainment. For once, it's government money well spent.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Hey, congratulations on the new job. Sorry you have to move down before the fam can come with you, but you sound excited about the move.

But you bring up a good point - what the taxpayer gets for their investment. You'd be willing to pay more property taxes for the amenities you describe, and you trust that Grapevine will deliver.