I love football. As a Miami native, Miami Dolphin colors run through my veins. But I rejoiced when the Florida legislature did not approve a bill that would allow the the Dolphins $289 million in taxpayer support from an increase in the Miami-Dade hotel tax.
I wrote about this and my personal feelings back in January of this year.
The owner of the stadium, Stephen Ross, is worth more than 2.5 Billion dollars. That is 2,500 million dollars! I have a problem with the 117th richest person in America asking taxpayers to pay for his stadium. But wait supporters say, “it is a hotel tax, so out of town strangers will pay the tax, not us!”. That is a disgusting line of reasoning. A tax is a tax, and if we do this other cities do this and as a whole, American taxpayers wind up getting hosed.
Ross and much of the news media are blaming the legislature. What is not widely reported is that this was not just a Miami Dolphin bill. This bill would allow Orlando to spend money to attract professional soccer and help the Jacksonville Jaguars and Daytona International Speedway. Hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer support.
But the worse part is the blackmail. Supporters saying we need this stadium renovation to get super bowls and top college bowl games and so forth. Without it, there will be none of that. No more bowl games, no Super Bowls, etc. South Florida will suffer.
The truth is if the 117th wealthiest person in America decides not to privately finance the renovations, then that decision is what will accomplish that.
Americans are tied of being taxed to death.
Some Blogging Guy