Here is an example of a conservative opinion with the intelectual honesty to call the Vikings stadium welfare proposal what it is. This comes from a discussion on KFAN’s RUBECHAT:
I am conservative and a huge football fan….and am conflicted. Generally speaking, I do not favor the government mixing with private business. The poster that cited studies that building a new stadium is not a great investment….this is true, serious economic studies have this finding. If we wanted to go the socialist rout and have the govt support business (like the Japanese), we would be wise to invest in manufacturing type industries that export out of MN….that is how you get the best bang for your buck.
The stadium is not a great investment economically, but if we build, on principal I think the support for it should come from taxes on the immediate region in which the staduim resides, ideally user tax of some sort. People outside of the metro should not be on the hook for this….unless they go to the game (attend, local hotel, restaurants, parking, etc). By the way, I live in the metro.
1. He admits it’s a bad deal.
2. Explains better investments.
3. Calls taxes taxes rather than PR spinning them as something else.
4. Suggests that he is willing to pay more for a team he supports.