One of the things that gets me in trouble over at the mothership is that I tend to be a moralistic and judgmental and that I want people punished for their sins. They always want me to tone it down just a bit. And lately, I've been trying.
But luckily, I have this place here, so...
The people of Miami and Dade County really, really need to put the 12 members of the Miami-Dade County Commissioners Court and Miami City Commission up against the wall and start pulling the trigger. Really, in this economy where businesses are going under and people are losing their life savings to scam artists and others are having to hack into 401ks because they just got laid off, it makes absolutely no economic sense to approve the majority-taxpayer funded pleasure palace for the Florida Marlins.
But on Monday night, the various Floridian politicos gave Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria his dream and agreed to build him a 37,000 seat, retractable roof stadium on the site of the old Orange Bowl. And it will only cost $515 million dollars, of which Mr. Loria is paying only $119 million.
This pisses me off to no end. Really. I'm sick of rich bastards like Loria soaking the taxpaying public for these pleasure palaces then jacking prices on tickets and merchandise and concessions inside the stadium so much that most of the taxpayers who paid for the place can't even get in to the damn place to watch the game.
So come the revolution, instead of placing us attorneys against the wall, we really should start with rich bastard sports teams owners and the politicians who reward them while soaking us.
Yeah, there's no way the mothership would have let me get away with this.