Sharon: I read with interest your article on the Palladium
"deal." I have to admit I was one of the people suckered by the
Arena deal. I also remember thinking how wrong this Sharon Boyd was, when
she said it's a bad deal and it's getting worse. She must be some kind of
mindless naysayer I thought to myself. How wrong I was.
In my defense I had only lived here since 94 and at the time I didn't know the
city leadership and business establishment were such slimy liars and cheaters.
I didn't know how the Dallas Managed News, managed the news. The
establishment was brilliant to pick Ron Kirk as their water boy and lobbyist.
Kirk the Svengali, first among men exceptionally talented at lying.
I didn't know men like Tom Hicks and Ross Perot, Jr. were bloodsucking leaches
who would do or say virtually anything to steal our tax dollars.
Their duplicity is just beyond my experience and beyond the pale. These
men, if that term can be applied, are disgusting excuses for human beings.
Well, later I found out just how bad the deal actually was for Dallas. Tom
Hicks made what amounts to an offer of employment to our chief negotiator John
Ware, then City Manager. Ware went to work for Hicks at about twice his
annual salary for the city. And we also later discovered that Dallas was
share in none of the $125 million in naming rights revenues for the stadium.
I guess John just forgot about that during the "negotiations."
By my reckoning the city should have gotten at least $25 million in concessions
off that alone. It was only later in retrospect that many of us who were
duped by Hicks and Ross Perot, Jr. found out how bad this deal really was for
A short time later Ross Perot, Jr. enriched himself to the tune of over $115
million just by speculating on the willingness of the voters to help pay for his
stadium. That's increased value solely attributable to taxpayer support
and investment. Ross, Jr. ought to have to give every damn penny of that
back to the people of Dallas. His interest in the Mavericks was purely
monetary speculation and short-term. What a scumbag.
We need federal legislation to proscribe anyone from getting away with larceny
like that again. We need a federal law to prevent jerks like Hicks and
Perot from ripping off taxpayers and playing off cities one against the other.
Given these revelations, I wanted to take back my vote, but the damage was done.
I still didn't see how it could get any worse. Sure enough Hicks, Perot
and the company formerly known as Palladium (can you say Trademark
infringement?) figured out a way to rip us off for even more money.
Despite having promised additional real estate development around the area
without more taxpayer money, they were back for more, pigs feeding at our
Why is it that market capitalism works everywhere but Dallas?
It's one thing to ask for more money, but to have the very people who campaigned
for this deal, our city council members endorse corporate welfare for the
company formerly known as Palladium is unbelievable. Aren't these the same
people who went around promising that real estate development that wasn't going
to cost us anything? You bet they are. And they are the worst kind
of traitors to the people I can imagine.
They are worse than Hicks and Perot because they are fully complicit in this
taxpayer rip off. Yes, Chief Bolton, we do have a problem with
prostitution in this city and we need to start by arresting the members of the
council who vote for this "Palladium deal." They are the real
blight on this city. These are men and women with any personal integrity
Well eventually I came to my senses and was part of the people's revolution to
elect Laura Miller Mayor. I also voted for Mitchell Rasansky. But we
still have the problem of these remaining prostitutes on the council.
Now, I know the meaning of the phrase "there is no honor among
thieves." I sure was wrong about you. We need another
revolution to take out the establishment lobbyists from their council seats.
Let the heads begin rolling!
Mr. Kelly R. Newbill, Esq.