Quote: Originally Posted by PoliticalNick
I am not saying there is no good in these things. What I am saying is dropping $30 mil on a statue when your so f*cking broke you can't buy a glass of water from a river is stupid.
Think of all the underfunded essential services and whether $30 million would help one of them. Drop it on education or build a couple of rural firehalls or fund a few dozen doctors or some medical equipment somewhere.
People seem to still be blind to just how f*cking insanely in debt the western world is and how our so-called leaders keep taking us further down the hole.
This is just another example of the citizens giving the politicians a free pass with our money when we should be kicking their asses out of office.
Even when there is a huge deficit there can still be sense in spending money to make money.
Quote: NYC Statistics / nycgo.com
Total visitor spending from New York City tourism in 2010: $31.5 billion
Total wages generated by New York City tourism in 2010: $17.3 billion
Total NYC jobs supported by visitor spending in 2010: 310,156
Total taxes generated by visitor spending in 2010: $8.1 billion
Each New York City household benefited by an average of $1,350 in tax savings as a result of travel and tourism
If these numbers are even remotely accurate, billions of dollars of revenue is generated each year from tourism in NYC, of which the Statue of Liberty is prime destination and it represents less than 10% of one years revenue. But this investment, and it is an investment, will benefit over many, many years.
Yes there is woefully underfunded essential services, of that there is no doubt. But these services will never receive the funding they need if the area is not self-sustaining with a vibrant local economy, of which tourism is a large part of.
So I vehemently disagree that this is an example of politicians/bureaucrats throwing away our (or more specifically US citizens) tax dollars. There are plenty of examples of that occurring, I won't argue that, but this is not one of them.