“World Cup” is a Twitter trend as this blog post is being written, and not for good reasons. In 2014 we were told that Football was coming home to Brazil, but after the way the government over there has reportedly moved the homes of the poor to make room for stadiums, and after the government’s reported $3 billion expenditure for the soccer stadium, a price tag approaching double what it took to build Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The protestors, mostly students, were angry about hikes in bus and subway fares used to pay for the World Cup. The feeling is that the money will go to FIFA and not to the people, but what’s really bothering everyone is that billions can be raised for the World Cup, but not for good health care and services.
The obvious disconnect would seem to be in jobs – where are they, with the expenditures. It’s apparent Brazil forgot its poor. Who’s doing the work? Outside contractors?
Because of that news, Brazil has basically come apart, and the largest protests in 20 years are drawing crowds twice the size of Berkeley, California. 200,000 people. Look:
Meanwhile, people like Carla Dauden, in this video, are leading a movement called “Change Brazil.” Watch:
With all of this, and with the 2016 Olympics just around the corner, can the United States and Chicago get back The Olympics it lost?
If they don’t want it, give it to America.