I like the Braves and think their move to the suburbs is probably for the best, but no professional sports team should get a new facility built for it with tax money. None. Ever. If that means they extort some other city and then move there to burden their tax-payers, so be it. I like sports, as anyone who follows this blog knows, but principles should come before rooting interests. If a sports team can’t afford to build its own venue, then it needs to do something different. This is no less the corporatism that we decry than are farm subsidies or the Export-Import Bank.
The Atlanta Tea Party is doing the right thing.
The Atlanta Tea Party is gearing up to oppose the new Atlanta Braves stadium being planned in Cobb County, arguing the $672 million project is a bad deal for taxpayers.
The statewide group will be reaching out to county voters through emails and automated calls detailing its opposition and urging them to contact the county commission ahead of a key vote Nov. 26, said Debbie Dooley, co-chair of the Atlanta Tea Party. The group is also organizing an event for early next week, looking to call attention to the financing details of the project that calls for public funds to be used to cover 45 percent of costs.
“This is another example of the good ol’ boys getting rich and the taxpayers getting the shaft,” Dooley said in an interview. “They are going to have to raise property taxes.”…