A 996% increase in Federal Spending...for Olympic games that Willard claims he "rescued!" Gotta love those "free enterprise" Republicans like Willard. The hypocrisy reeks! Can we afford to let him try to "rescue" our nation's economy with a record like that?
Federal spending for the Salt Lake City Games will average $625,000 for each of the 2,400 athletes who will compete. (Not a penny of it will go to the athletes.) That's a 996% increase from the $57,000 average for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. It's a staggering 5,582% jump from the $11,000 average for the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. Again, these are inflation-adjusted dollars. (If the minimum wage had gone up at the same pace since '84, the average McDonald's hamburger flipper today would earn $190 an hour.)
The 996% Man
(Check out Charles Pierce entire piece at Esquire as well as the amazing archived article from SI.)