Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Hey buddy can you spare a dime....or 18 million

I have said it once and I will say it again. How can we have a government that allows half of its populace to not have health insurance and how can we have a culture that decries government subsidy to our most needy but will gladly dish out money to multi-million dollar corporations?

The latest recipient to this waste is Cabela's. Cabela's is a Nebraska based company that sells sporting goods of the "outdoors" variety. They plan to add a store in the Castleton of the South-side: Greenwood. Apparently the Gander Mountain and the Dick's Sporting Goods already in the "Wood" do not stock enough sporting goods equipment to tackle the concrete jungle I call home.

Cabela's prides itself as a "destination" retail spot. For example many of the stores have a trout tank for your viewing enjoyment. That's great but I already know of a place where you can see plenty of fish. It's called the Indianapolis Zoo. And our zoo is only one of two in the nation that doesn't receive any tax funds.

Gander Mountain is apparently ticked off. They build their stores without subsidy so why can't Cabela's? It's a fair question and I doubt Cabela's has a very good answer to this question that is grounded in logic and not spin.

But even more important, why is Greenwood providing a subsidy to a company that will at best pay its workers ten bucks an hour? Will the fine city of Greenwood really recoup back their investment?

In the meantime I will go visit the zoo. Hopefully they have a trout tank.


Blogger Jeff Pruitt said...

The zoo in Fort Wayne must be the other one you're referring to as ours receives no tax dollars either and never has. Of course a foolish county councilman (and zoo board member) wants to change that and give them $500k but I digress.

I think at some point the federal government is going to have to do something about the states and their localities throwing subsidies around to various businesses. Regulation of interstate trade does fall within the bounds of their Constitutional powers...

June 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, the government does throw tons of money at the so called "half of the populace" without health insurance.. It's called wellfare and there is plenty of government money wasted on citizens who would rather leach off society than go to a place(like cabelas) and get a job(that provides health care).

Second, your local government officials that you elected are the people who cabelas is dealing with so if you don't like it vote more carefully.

Last, the federal government leaves local and state governments to do what is right for the area because it does not affect the federal level. You don't ever hear such negativity from the areas where the other 19 or so store are located, why? Because they now have jobs!

June 13, 2007  
Blogger Hill said...

These subsidies are the way business extort municipalities into giving them money. They promise X number of jobs, which, IF they fill, they bring in OUTSIDE workers. It's a scam. A well-paying scam, but a scam nonetheless. I've seen REFINERIES do the same thing. AND they get tax-exempt status, too.
They're all thieves.

June 14, 2007  
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