May 10, 2012
Brother can you spare a dime?
A note on Minnesota's proposed football stadium. The Minnesota state Senate approved a plan to build a $975 million stadium for the down-trodden Vikings. For the people who don't follow sports, the Vikings are a professional football team. The team has not done well on the field lately so the new stadium will, it is hoped, inspire the team to play better. The House voted to build the stadium as well. Whoa Nelly!
Are they building a new stadium because the current facility is run-down and terrible? Are they out of money? In danger of bankruptcy? Has the fire marshall ruled it a danger? No, no and no. But we all like presents and this is taxpayers' gift to the Vikings and indeed all NFL teams that will get a few more dollars from Viking gate receipts. They will drop a thank you note in the mail.
Surely, you must be thinking, this is is a misguided Republican plot to use up money that might otherwise be spent on health care, housing, tuition and public schools. This is a Paul Ryan-like trick to take money from those who need it most. I'll bet you can't wait to watch Democratic Governor Mark Dayton toss this idea into the trash can. Ah, you would be wrong. Dayton, the multi-millionaire governor, has been fighting for the new stadium for years. I am not kidding!
Here is the odd part of this scheme: NFL teams split all revenues equally, so having a new stadium won't even bring in more money to the Vikings to purchase on-field talent! (Okay, a little more as prices rise, but not as much as a third-round draft choice would cost.)
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Dayton insisted this would not come the general fund-the fans & team would pay.
The Senate debated 10hrs.You might think the State House was packed by fans all day...no a few hundred left after 1 hour.
The Senate passed an amendment for "finance thru user fees"!
45 min later they went 180 and passed an amendment that goes back to new gambling backed by the general fund. What happened?
The senate passed an amendment to respect the City of Minneapolis charter which requires a public referendum on large expenditures!
1 hr later they went 180 and dismissed the city
charter as "not withstanding". What happened?
"The $3000 suits in the hallway!" explained some DFL & Republicans alike.
If Dayton spends general fund money for a Deleware Corp & a New Jersey Billionaire...
his word is worthless. His honor is good only among thieves.
-Tom Larsen | St Paul,Mn | May 10, 2012
Socialism for them that got, free enterprise for them what ain't. And both parties are in on it. We don't need another election. We need a damned revolution.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | (Glad) I Escaped, WI. | May 10, 2012
I'm with you. A revolution makes sense. The concealed carry nonsense is there for a purpose. Probably a mechanism for the ignorant to defend their bad form of government.
Real people will have to start the process. Can't depend on the Dems.
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley, Wisc. | May 11, 2012