Hugh Hewitt writes:
The end of NYC’s Olympic bid is a sorry tale, full of low politics and crass maneuvering. The horse’s rear of the debacle has to be Sheldon Silver, who said of his decisive vote to screw his own city by blocking the construction of the stadium needed to compete for the Games:
“Am I supposed to turn my back on Lower Manhattan as it struggles to recover? For what? A stadium?”
Do fools really believe that such self-serving poses persuade anyone? Sheldon Silver may end his days in the Assembly. He may even do some good things. But he will forever be remembered –if at all– as the dunce who cost New York the Olympics. As the crowd files out of his memorial service, after an hour or so of faint praise, even his family will turn to each other and say, “Too bad he dropped the ball on the Games.”
I don’t know the story of the Olympics bid and Mr. Silver’s participation, but I do have to ask whether I am the only person on the planet who thinks the last damned thing NY needs is to host the Olympics?
I am not sold on the short-term or long-term economic impact of the Olympics, I am not sold on the amount of money it costs to hold them and the numberr of other projects that would be put on hold to finance the construction for the Olympics, I don’t think NYC needs any more attention. NYC is already a destination, just for being NYC. Is the Olympics really going to help the city’s cachet?
Don’t get me wrong- I love the Olympics. But am I wrong to think that they are more of a burden than they are a benefit to a city like New York, and is it wrong to think that NYC’s priorities should be elsewhere?