July 09, 2008
"Smart politics" maybe, but still a circus
We (Juvenal) don't disagree with Eric's argument that telling the audience of the day what it wants to hear ("Save the Sonics!") is an effective campaign strategy. At the same time, Eric would seem to be affirming our thesis that there is no shortage of citizens who can be mobilized to vote for circuses.
And since we (Juvenal) do not seek public office, we are free to point out that the he-man sports fans who are begging Mommy Government to buy them basketball tickets are behaving like a bunch of pansy-assed wusses.
Posted by Juvenal at July 09, 2008
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1. Not to mention the fact that the vast majority of the people generally and Republicans specifically disagree with Rossi on this, and wonder what else he'll sell us out for in the future.
Rossi is also dishonest, in addition to being disingenuous. Clay Bennett and company had no intention of staying in Seattle. They made the demand for a $500 million rent-free arena because they knew it was out of the question and wanted some cover in moving the team to Oklahoma City. Besides, Howard Schultz made them promise to make SOME effort to keep the team in Seattle.
As for the proposal by Steve Ballmer, that would still put the taxpayers on the hook for $150 million. Most people probably don't want that either. However, Bennett was interesting in moving the team, not reselling the team, so it didn't matter whether Gregoire was warm or cold to Ballmer's hypothetical proposal.
When Rossi was in the legislature, he was a strong opponent of taxpayer giveaways to professional sports teams. However, Rossi is now showing that he is willing to say anything, do anything, and promise to do everything to get elected.
STFU. DUDE no-one cares WHAT you think!
Your a sell out, dude. With no lines that hold you to the truth.
Most here don't care what you say or feel (because you lie)
Move to HA where they love your type. OK
But we don't..............!
Fool YOUR A LOSER!
Get the point.
If you wish to be ANYTHING, stand on that idea. Right or wrong, but stand on it!
I know 'dude' has survived the ages, but coming from you Medic, it brings back the past.
What party is Pope now anyway?
Very well said (post #2). Thanks for the well thought out post.
The real tragedy here is how very, very, stupid and puerile the entire city of Seattle was made to look.
We're supposed to be this business friendly region...right? And so someone comes in, and buys a team fair and square...and of course he wants to move it to where he lives. Who wouldn't? And then the whiners suddenly are saying that he is at fault for not paying for a stadium and a team in a city that he doesn't live in...when a local home town millionaire, who got his start doing business at the local level in Seattle, and who the city elevated to the highest ranks of wealth through its loyalty, gave up the Sonics because he couldn't make it work!
Whatever loss in internal revenue to the Key Arena for losing the Sonics is, it pales in comparison to the very real hurt that Greg Nickles did to this city by making us look like amateurs!!!
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