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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Green Tea Coalition

This kind of Strange Bedfellows coalition should happen more often.  In Georgia, the Tea Party and the Sierra Club have joined forces against a common enemy.  This coalition has successfully fought twice against corporate/government cronyism, and they’re gearing up for a third battle.

Their current fight is against a proposed new stadium in the suburbs of Atlanta.  If approved, it’ll be the new home of the Atlanta Braves, and will cost local taxpayers $300 million.  Debbie Dooley, co-chair of the Atlanta Tea Party, said:

“This is another example of the good ol' boys getting rich and the taxpayers getting the shaft.”

The Sierra Club is opposed to the new stadium since its suburban location means less access to mass transit; and that of course means more traffic and more air pollution.

Last year the two groups joined forces to defeat a ten-year sales tax increase that would have financed a huge transit project.  The Tea Party was against it because of the tax increase.  The Sierra Club was against the project itself because most of the funding would go toward highways instead of mass transit.  Working together, the two groups prevailed.

The coalition's first success was a campaign in favor of renewable energy.  Debbie Dooley of the Atlanta Tea Party explains:

In Georgia, we have one company controlling all of the electricity production, which means consumers have no say in what kind of power they must buy. A solar company could not start up and offer clean power to customers because of restrictions in state law. Our Constitution does not say that government should pick winners and losers, but that is what government is doing when it protects the interests of older technologies over clean energy that’s now available at competitive prices. I say, let the market decide.
I don't usually agree with the Tea Party, but like the saying goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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Blogger Jerry Critter said...

The tea party is probably against the stadium because the Koch brothers don't like baseball...or rather don't have an investment in baseball. Now, if they owned a team.....

November 20, 2013 at 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This must be a rogue chapter or something. When I think of how the Tea Party is resisted taxes to the rich, regulation of same or of any monopolies, and then allowed the Bush Medicare Plan to spend like crazy all while screaming for fiscal responsibilities I am shocked.

A Sports Stadium is a perfect example of Corporate Welfare, when Art Modell who used to own the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens was asked about his fellow NFL owners he described them as 28 Republicans who vote Socialist.

If I were the Sierra Club, I would keep a gun close.


November 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: True, there could be a catch to it. But these 2 groups have worked together several times now. In any case it's nice to have a Tea Party group that actually lives up to its rhetoric about corruption and corporate welfare.

Erik: Sports stadiums have always been one of my pet peeves as far as corporate welfare goes. Easy for me to say since I'm not much of a sports fan. Some studies have shown that stadiums don't even benefit their communities; all the money spent at the stadium is offset by the cost of police overtime and lost productivity caused by traffic jams.

"28 Republicans who vote Socialist," LOL. Gotta admire his honesty.

November 21, 2013 at 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I’d like to talk about the One “Socialist” Team in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers who are not owned by a Billionaire or a large Corporation but by a stockholder group of over 150, 000 ordinary working people none of them getting rich off this. The Packers are governed on by a board elected by those shareholders. Their two Stadiums are well maintained, don’t have Domes, nor do they receive blood sucking tax credits or subsidies from neither the taxpayers nor the states.

Their players are paid as well as any other in the league and their record in football speaks for itself. The People volunteer for the concession stands and food and parking is reportedly the cheapest in the league – 60% of their concession sales go to local charities. The Packers make money, and their neither their State nor their Community is burdened.

So why don’t more franchises use this example?
The League has made this illegal in their bylaws, there can only be one Socialist team like the Green Bay Packers, the rest are run by Billionaires that build huge Stadiums and let the public pay the tab.


November 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I knew that about the Green Bay Packers. But I didn't know the NFL had a bylaw against having any other "socialist" arrangements like the Packers'. It figures. The powers that be probably passed that bylaw in the name of "free enterprise," being completely unaware of the irony.

November 23, 2013 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

I imagine the NFL would love to get rid of Green Bay if they could figure out some way of doing it.

November 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's one more for the masses from the Sports Fan Coalition (SFC):

31 of 32 NFL Stadiums have received direct public subsidies.
10 of them are 100 percent publicly financed.
At least 19 of them are 75 percent publicly financed.


November 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Lack of direct public subsidies is one reasons there is no NFL team in LA. Let them build their own damn stadium!

November 24, 2013 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: I'm sure they would if they could.

Erik: Thanks for the info. Public financing, private profits.

November 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: I agree, they can pay for their own stadium. Enough already with billionaires getting handouts from the public.

November 24, 2013 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

It is just further proof that billionaires do not use their money to create jobs. They want to use public money wich makes the public the job creators!

November 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: The public are definitely the job creators. Taxpayers, people who buy things -- that's where jobs come from.

November 24, 2013 at 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The West has an advantage, they need us more then we need them, the league looks really stupid not being able to field teams out West especially in LA with the 2nd largest media market in the country.

There are a lot of Southern and MidWestern cities and states who will give up the whole store trying to get a team, but you need balance in the West, the 49er deal in Santa Clara looks pretty good comparing it to others that Santa Clara will only be stuck with 40% (of course we don't know what tax breaks and subsidies the 49ers will get or how much they can write off).

Now I said in comparison Santa Clara is getting a great deal because they are out west, but I still think they are getting screwed and their financial structure will suffer.


November 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM  

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