Friday, June 22, 2012

Curt Schilling: "I'm tapped out & I blame government for not helping me enough"

Conservative darling Schilling
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, never shy to share his conservative value opinions, just recently announced that he lost all of his money:

...Curt Schilling said Friday that the collapse of his 38 Studios video game company probably has cost him his entire baseball fortune, and he placed part of the blame on Rhode Island officials, including Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

Schilling said during a 90-minute interview on WEEI-FM in Boston that he put more than $50 million of his own money in the company and that he's had to tell his family that "the money I saved during baseball was probably all gone."  source

He is not the first former athlete to make bad investments, nor will he be the last. However, there is a unique twist to his story. Schilling has been notorious for expressing his vehement opposition to government spending and bail-outs:


Schilling is a self-described conservative with a disdain for big government, which he considers intrusive and overbearing. He is a big believer in people helping themselves and solving their own problems.
A couple of lines from an old post on Schilling’s blog, 38 pitches, sums it up:
“If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
“A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.”  source

So after receiving $75 million dollars of government set-asides, who did Schilling turn to for help?

He missed a $1 million payment on the loan this week, then delivered a check that bounced today. Late in the day, he delivered another payment that the governor of Rhode Island says cleared.
Earlier this week, he asked his Rhode Island state government friends -- already on the hook for $75 million -- for more. source


And once again, we witness yet another conservative proponent of extreme individualism -- a flawed theory of every man for himself -- beg big bad government for a helping hand and a bail-out.
This hypocrisy runs deep in conservative politics/economics; and is akin to an avowed cookie hater always getting caught trying to steal not just some cookies but the entire jar of cookies.  
Alas, the GOP politics of our age: Socialism for their losses -- we bail them out -- and capitalism for their profits -- they keep the loot.   

7 comments:

  1. I do not understand how this works? This is a very interesting article, but how do you tell who wrote it, and how does someone comment on it? And what does "Comment as" mean, and how do you decide which one to select, very confusing?

    Jeff Turner

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  2. Curt asking for government help is right-wing hypocrisy at its finest. Even worse is Curt can't see the hypocrisy of his actions. During the WEEI interview he said, “I’m not sure where my stance and opinion in that we need a smaller government, I’m not sure how that correlates to this. … The program was there for local businesses to use."

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  3. Is it possible that big government rules and regulations contributed, even in a small way, to the failure of his video game Company? Why is big government giving $75 million tax dollars to a private video game Company? Are they so big that they have nothing better to do with their time. This is not about the hypocrisy of Mr. Schilling which is certainly there, but the overreach of a too, too big government.

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  4. @Malcolm...so call right-wing conservatives -- of the small government ilk -- consistently preach about the immorality of government programs, while they line their pockets with government/tax payer's money. Dick Cheney of Haliburton is another prime example of conservative hypocrisy.

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  5. @Jeff...welcome from Mingle City...this is my personal blog. All post are written by me unless indicated otherwise. Thanks for your comments. However this is a prime example of a man that stated:

    “If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
    “A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.”

    Yet at the same time he was begging government for help.

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  6. Thank you for the welcome. Seems like allot of work, having a Blog and writing all the posts.

    OK I agree that Mr. Schilling is not as good off the field, and that he might not be awarded "Businessman of the Year".

    Why would the government give him $ 75 million of our tax dollars, or $ 1 dollar? Is that OK with you, $ 75 million? Is it possible that the goverenment might be too big and wrong in this case? This is not about Mr. Schilling not being a great guy, this is about $ 75 million in tax money walking away. This is still a free Country, Mr. Schilling has every right to be a jerk.

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  7. Jeff you wrote:

    "Thank you for the welcome. Seems like allot of work, having a Blog and writing all the posts."

    As a response to:

    "this is my personal blog. All post are written by me unless indicated otherwise"

    Once again, I often have guest blog post and I will cite the author or source...if no other source is cited the author is me.

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