Responding to Anonymous Vikings Stadium #wilfare Questions

Here’s an anonymous comment I received earlier today regarding Vikings stadium corporate welfare:

It isn’t always about pinching every little penny. Sometimes you have to do what’s right for the greater good of everyone. The Vikings are a state institution that have been here for over a third of the time that Minnesota has been a state. You can dump tax money into a 3M or NWA and watch them leave town, or you could put gambling revenue into a stadium that will guarantee that the Vikings team is here contributing to the bottom line of our state for at least another 3 or 4 decades. That is what building the stadium is about. You must have a really boring and unfulfilling life to go after something that is so beloved my millions of people.

Let’s break it down.

It isn’t always about pinching every little penny.

No. It’s about justifying those pennies.

Sometimes you have to do what’s right for the greater good of everyone.

Sounds good. How is subsidizing the NFL to make up for the lack of support for the NFL by supposed NFL fans an example of this?

The Vikings are a state institution that have been here for over a third of the time that Minnesota has been a state.

MN has existed for a state 2/3 longer without the Vikings. Even if we pretend that the time the team has been here is important, isn’t that value something experienced, specifically, by Vikings fans? Vikings fans who have not expressed an interest in spending their own money to subsidize that legacy?

You can dump tax money into a 3M or NWA and watch them leave town, or you could put gambling revenue into a stadium that will guarantee that the Vikings team is here contributing to the bottom line of our state for at least another 3 or 4 decades.

Paul Udstrand looked at the NWA deal vs. what the Vikings are demanding here. While a case could be made to not provide corporate welfare to any business, attempting to use NWA to justify subsidizing what Vikings fans refuse to subsidize is absurd. Has 3M left town?

The current Vikings stadium bill does not guarantee that the Vikings contribute to the bottom line of our state. The Vikings are demanding so much money that they actually extract money from the bottom line of our state. That’s why this is a bad deal. The team is only willing to sign a 30 year lease, so it’s naive to pretend that this guarantees 3-4 decades of the team being in town. The NFL doesn’t care about you. They are in the business of extracting money out of communities for the benefit of 32 owners and a handful of ex-Goldman Sachs executives that run the league.

That is what building the stadium is about.

If it’s important to you, pay for it.

You must have a really boring and unfulfilling life to go after something that is so beloved my millions of people.

Don’t worry about me. But, ask yourself this: If the Vikings are so important to me, why am I not willing to pay to “save” the team?

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