This morning I posted Jorge Costales’ response to my anti-Marlins stuff, and now Will Wilson has a response to Jorge’s response, taking specific issue with Jorge’s argument that the Marlin Money was designated for entertainment-related purposes to begin with:
Governments (politicians) earmark specific revenue and expenditure streams in order to artificially restrict the universe of available decisions. “We can’t dip into that pot of money for the XYZ program. That stream is entirely devoted to ABC.” It doesn’t have to be so; it is only a bookkeeping fix. In reality, money is money is money.
If this “designated revenue” earmark is only reason that the city of Miami would build a stadium as opposed to, say, fixing sewer lines or roads that need fixing, then by all means change the revenue designation. This is a wealth transfer to the “entertainment-related” industry, plain and simple.