Our Threatened Freedom
Are Sports Becoming A Threat To Our Freedom? (03:33)
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Are sports becoming a threat to us? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom. I have always enjoyed sports. I can remember my excitement as a boy in watching my first big league game. As Americans, we are very prone to
R.J. Rushdoony: 01:10 These stadiums and arenas are not only a tremendous expense to the taxpayer, but are often
R.J. Rushdoony: 01:40 If sports are entitled to public housing at the taxpayers’ expense, why not other activities? Why not provide free barbershops for all barbers? Plush facilities for a modest rental fee. After all, virtually all males use barber shops so that they serve more people than do the big league sports.
R.J. Rushdoony: 02:05 About 50% to 60% of all Americans go to church. Should we build churches with tax funds? Restaurants provide a very much needed public service and their costs are high and their life expectancy not too good. Should we subsidize restaurant construction and maintenance? Of course, the big league teams pay a rent for the use of the stadiums and arenas. This amount is small, usually 5% to 6% of the gate receipts. With the frequent condition that this payment is valid only after a minimum attendance figure is reached. Are you paying only 5% to 6% of your income for house rent or house payments? Are you excused from payments if your income drops below a certain amount? Why then do we have to pay to provide housing for big league sports? I like sports, but not on my tax bills.
R.J. Rushdoony: 03:09 In brief, the kinds of things our taxes now subsidize are not only
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