As I write this, I should actually be studying for my midterm. Why, you ask, are you having a midterm at the end of March? Good question. The midterm covers 11 of the 15 chapters covered by the course, so “mid” is not exactly accurate. This same class has a 25 page research paper due in one week. So much for MBA classes being easier than undergrad.
But, as I’m unable to look at forecasting and aggregate planning models for one more second, I thought I’d take the opportunity to slack off and write another update. I’m trying to get it going again now that the huge project I undertook is starting to taper off.
A very hot topic here in Kansas City is that of the use of taxes to fund the renovation and upgrade of the sports complex. Ours is the fourth oldest complex in the US, and it seems it’s also one of the few remaining outdoor stadiums. The KC Metro area had a vote about a year ago for a sales tax hike that would pay for the renovations… we soundly voted it down. The stadium is on the Missouri side, so those of us in Kansas didn’t want to pay for it.
So now the people on the Missouri side have another vote, where they will be increasing their own taxes to support it. Frankly, I’d rather have it fail and then build new stadiums on the Kansas side where all the money is, but that probably won’t happen.
That’s because the spin doctors in charge of the “Rape the Citizens” campaign have started arranging every conceivable event to take place “IF we do the upgrades.” For instance, we will get the 2015 Superbowl. We’ll get the MLB All Star game between 2012 and 2018. We’ll get the second coming of Christ in 2027. You get the drift.
So unfortunately, it seems the spin doctors may win. With their stupid “Save our Stadiums” campaign. Like the Chiefs are really going to leave if we don’t fix the urinals at Arrowhead. I don’t believe it for a second. It’s just a scare tactic.
There’s a wonderful parody site up at http://www.saveourowners.com which nicely points out that perhaps the people earning a gajillion dollars every year ought to chip in a few bucks… Just a though.