Today, July 7, 2008 the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado is officially closed for all sporting events until after the DNC convention starting on August 25, 2008. The DNC officially has the keys to the Center to start construction and clearing equipment and furnishings from the building’s retail stores, storage areas and locker rooms of the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche.
All of this is taking place even when the last report in June was that Denver was short about $11m to host the convention. Now rumors are saying that the cost to host the convention is more than the $40.6 million originally asked for. They are calling these costs “overruns.” The contract calls for additional security costs of $1.5 million, another $1.5 million for reimbursement of Pepsi Center suite holders and $900,000 in host committee costs. None of this money is included in the original $40.6 million. The contract also requires almost $10 million of in-kind services, whatever that means. What isn’t raised in donations must be paid for in cash. My question is by whom?
Now the Democratic National Committee wants to move Obama’s acceptance speech from the Pepsi Center to Invesco Field at Mile High. The DNC claims that there are no potential additional costs. I don’t think so.
What about security? Security needs to be set up at Invesco as well as a plan for moving all the big wig Democrats to Invesco. TV stations need to move their communication trucks and of course set up for the event. Highways need to be shut down and this is during a workweek. Did I mention that a lot of businesses are planning to let their employees work from home? Also, Denver is going to pay, yes pay you, to take alternative transportation into town during the convention. Where is Denver getting this money from?
Of course, Democratic Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. praised the decision to move the acceptance speech to the larger venue. He said, “Senator Obama and the DNCC have truly brought the community into the Convention. This decision will enable thousands of residents from Colorado, the Rocky Mountain West and across the nation to witness history first hand. What a way to fire up our grassroots activists as we head into the fall campaign.”
Once again, the Democrats have shown that they have no fiscal responsibility and are not good citizens. They are demanding from a host city to have their way and don’t care how much they spend other peoples’ money! With a Democrat Mayor and Governor, all the hard-working citizens of Colorado can do is just sit and watch this craziness.
I’m getting this feeling that the Democrat Party just doesn’t care how much money they spend or how much inconvenience they cause a city and their citizens. They are in this for all show and no substance.
I can just see Howard Dean basking in the glow of all of this pomp and circumstance. He wants to show the American people how great the Democrats are. But in reality the DNC convention is going to be nothing but a three-ring circus. Is this the type of “change” Obama is talking about? The only change I see is from our pockets to feed the Democrats’ ego as well as his.
With about seven weeks to go before the convention starts, the good people of Denver and Colorado are in for a rude awakening of how the Democrats actually run their party. Let’s see how responsible they really are and if they leave a huge mess (money mess) for the citizens of Colorado to pick up.