While the El Paso city council is discussing where to build the $180 million arena, soon after the city taxpayers spent over $60 million in a baseball stadium under the erroneous belief that spending money will make El Paso better, the city of Cd. Juárez is getting a new semi-professional soccer team. What makes the new soccer team even more of a bitter pill to swallow for the El Paso taxpayers is that part of the ownership of the new Juárez soccer team also owns the El Paso baseball team.
El Paso taxpayers were hoodwinked into spending more than $60 million to build a baseball stadium and the taxpayers are now looking at spending another $180 million on an arena. That is almost a quarter of billion dollars.
El Paso is on the road to spending a quarter of billion dollars to bring sports to the city. I, like others, believe that the El Paso taxpayers were duped into spending the money by the team owners of the El Paso Chihuahuas.
In contrast, the same ownership group (the horde); collaborated up with some Juárez well to do residents and are bringing a semi-professional soccer team to Cd. Juárez.
Guess how much the Cd. Juárez taxpayers are being conned out of by the same owners of the El Paso Chihuahuas?
That would be zero, as in zilch as in nada.
That is right; the Cd. Juárez taxpayers are not spending any of their money to bring the soccer team to their town.
I point this out because some of you like to make fun of Mexicans, fronterizos, residents of Juárez or a combination of all of them. Ann Coulter recently opined publicly that the Mexican culture is “deficient.”
So I have to ask, who are the real dummies?
The Juárez taxpayers, who are getting a semi-professional soccer team by the same owners of the El Paso Chihuahuas, or the El Paso taxpayers who built a stadium for the same ownership group just so that they can pay to eat hotdogs and watch a baseball game?
Since I fully expect some of you to misdirect the facts with unrelated issues of Juárez visitors to El Paso let me make it crystal clear for you.
El Pasoans paid over $60 million for the privilege of buying tickets to see a baseball game and eat hotdogs.
The Juárez taxpayers just pay to eat antojitos and to rent a seat to watch a semi-professional soccer game. They are not building a stadium for the team owners!
Obviously, the El Paso taxpayers are the ones that were hoodwinked into subsidizing the well healed of the community under the guise of being given the privilege to pay to watch a baseball game.
That, in my book, makes the El Paso taxpayers the real dummies.