In Brazil, many are not happy at all the way their politicos are spending public dollars on stadiums and neglecting essential services. Even the beloved soccer player Pele has not been spared the wrath of the masses. What to do? The president tried to poll the public but that is running into trouble.
Closer to home despite a poll showing the opposition to spending taxpayer dollars on a stadium in Edmonton, nonetheless our politicos went ahead and decided to spend our money on private deals. The difference is that we are still satisified with life to not get worked up over these policy decisions. It is bad enough our roads in the city are full of potholes, and now with the flooding, who knows what the costs will be? Will this force council to reconsider?
I am not hopeful, but the events in Brazil show that even when public moneys being spent seem to make political sense, sometimes the reality on the ground is very different. The problem as Brazil demonstrates, is that the solutions are not that easy either.