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Question: If a person had $1 billion to spend to improve the local economy what would you do?

a) Build a $500,000,000 engineering school, and put $500,000,000 into government bonds which would provide enough to pay 200 teachers $100,000+ per year.

b) Build a $1,000,000,000 factory and GIVE it to IBM, if they will staff it with engineers and production workers.

c) Build a stadium so people can get drunk and yell, that will sit unused for more than 90 percent of the time.  

Anybody who really understands economics (like a government “official”) would pick C. After all, the stadium would create so many wonder “full time jobs.”

Like ticket vendor/ ticket checker … eight days a year. Hot dog and other junk food vendor … eight days a year.

Beer vendor … eight days a year. Clean up crews to pick the trash … eight days a year.

Where are the gutless local economists who should be speaking out?

Bill Schwenker lives in San Diego. What’s your thought on a new stadium? Log it here.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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