The Great CSN Houston Tax Scam
|Give me all of your money, or shut up.|
Don't forget about Reliant Stadium. That new gigantic scoreboard that Reliant Stadium's getting? If Bob McNair and the Rodeo really want it, let them pay for it; they have more than enough cash. The taxpayer money being used for that boondoggle can instead be used for something that fans will really enjoy: massive improvements to the roads around the stadium.
The mayor doesn't have the guts to even suggest any of that. But instead of doing their bidding with CSN Houston, she really should be doing something to remind them of just how much money they've bilked from the taxpayers.
Jim Crane's made it clear that he'll only pay attention to people who give him $10 million checks. And use of Toyota Center shouldn't revolve around Les Alexander getting revenge for the way he was treated at The Summit.
Taxpayers shouldn't have to take out bank loans to attend events in buildings they helped to build. They shouldn't be forced to sign up for service from the world's worst cable provider to watch a station they're subsidizing.
Maybe there should be some kind of way for the city to take over running all of the city's sports facilities -- leave the Dynamo alone for now since they didn't really run the same scam as the others. Just think of what the city can do with the cash it would rake in from the Astros, Rockets, Texans and the Rodeo. Just think of the infrastructure repairs or the reinvigorated libraries or the new and improved parks.
It's a pipe dream. It's never going to happen. But if the owners are going to scam and con money out of taxpayers, shouldn't they suffer in some fashion when they deliberately set out to deprive those taxpayers of access to the teams and facilities?