Tax Us, Please!

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 which nicely points out that perhaps the people earning a gajillion dollars every year ought to chip in a few bucks… Just a though.


  5 comments for “Tax Us, Please!

  1. March 29, 2006 at 8:23 am

    Since I’ve never had any actual need to learn the American educational system (beyond knowing it’s inferiority), I, personally, would, in fact, NOT have questioned why there was a “mid-term” exam in March … ~smirk~ … oh, and throw all the tea in the harbour to avoid those taxes. There’s nothing like a little cutting off the old nose to spite the face … besides, I stopped drinking tea when I emigrated here as I couldn’t get a decent cup for love or money. Not that I had any of either. See what happens when I get 4 hours of sleep and wake up at this atrocious hour?

  2. March 29, 2006 at 9:03 am

    YEAH FUCK THE CHIEFS!! and Lamar hunt in his aged arse! I can’t believe that there is such a big stink about this shit. All we need to do is vote that shit down and let those stinking red demons leave. Then we could call John Elway and his backers and they will build a new stadium and bring a DIFFERENT team in and we can then boost our economy with more of a good idea and less of the the dumb.

    OH and don’t think I misssed the irony of DK talking about dumping tea in the harbor! I’m sure one of her ancestors was in charge of the tariffs levied back in the day so we HAD to have that party in Boston.

  3. Rik
    March 29, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    Send the Chiefs to L.A. We’ll take anything at this point. Well except the Raiders.

  4. March 29, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    Like the Raiders want to move back to that crap hole!

  5. March 30, 2006 at 10:25 pm

    Man, I actually LIKE the Chiefs LoL.

    But I have a problem with the whole concept of the city having to build/upgrade facilities for any team. Heck if they made the 2 proposal Chiefs only (screw the Roylas) I still don’t know that I wanna pay for the “office building” that millionares go to “work” in. The crappers in my office are bad as well, and nobody is offering to fix em up. On the other hand a crappy stadium and no post season means tix are gonna be cheaper this fall, and I dig me some live football.

    Maybe I’ll actually decide by Tuesday…


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