Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
Why not just build a few pyramids, as John Maynard Keynes suggested, while you’re at it? Or invest in a parade of white elephants? Hell, perhaps a spot of gladiatorial combat would do us all good and get our minds off the fact we’re being robbed blind to throw a party for ‘International VIPs’ here. Hook us up, IOC.
February 11, 2009
On the day to mark the one-year countdown to the 2010 Winter Olympics, organizers said the sporting event will represent not only an inspiration for all but also a much-needed stimulus package for the host.
John Furlong, president of the Vancouver Olympics organizing committee, known as VANOC, said Wednesday the next 365 days will be full of opportunities as well as challenges.
“Our view is that we will this year invest VANOC’s money, $1.3 billion, into this community. Our partners will match that easily, and then there will be all of the visitors’ spending that comes with that,” said Furlong, who was in Whistler, B.C., for the countdown celebrations.
“The Olympic Games, not only are they going to be an enormously inspired event for the community and the country, but they are in effect going to be a much-needed stimulus package in this area.”