Over the past month, I’ve been kicking out some Tweets about the Vikings Stadium corporate welfare proposals that folks like Save the Vikings are pushing. Stuff like this:
Over that time, I’ve noticed that Klout has found me more Klout worthy. For those of you not familiar with Klout, it’s a site that tries to quantify if anyone is paying attention to your tweets. For example, here is a comparison of my Klout score vs. @savethevikesorg. I’m in red and @savethevikesorg is in blue:
Next is the Klout Network comparison, which is a measure of how influential the people are who follow you:
Next is Klout Amplification, which looks at how often people retweet what you tweet, together with how influential the people who retweet you are:
And, finally, True Reach, which takes a shot at measuring how many people are actually paying attention to what you’re tweeting about:
I don’t have a solid explanation for why my Klout is increasing while Vikings Stadium corporate welfare lobbyist, Cory Merrifield’s in dropping, but I’m willing to take a guess:
- As people become more aware of the possible cuts to higher education, special education, and healthcare, spending public dollars on a stadium for a private company makes less and less sense.
- As the public prepares for a state government shutdown, providing corporate welfare to a guy in New Jersey is the least of their concerns.
- As the public learns that the seating capacity for the general public would be nearly the same in a new stadium, while the tax deductible suites for corporations would increase from 98 to between 120-150, they start to wonder why they should be paying for this rather than the Vikings or the corporations who’ll benefit most.
- When the public ponders paying to build 21,000 parking spaces in the suburbs for use 8 times a year, they start to wonder what’s happened to our government’s fiscal responsibility.
It’s certainly not a lack of passion that’s hurting the Vikings Stadium corporate welfare lobbyists. It comes down to public priorities vs. private greed.
Update: A Twitter user going by the handle @VikingsStadium1 thinks this post sucks:
Coincidentally, that Twitter user has a relatively new account and has described themselves as “not Kevin” if you know what I mean.