@SaveTheVikesOrg Defends Josh Hewitt #Vikings

Cory Merrifield from @SaveTheVikesOrg is standing up in support of Josh Hewitt:

@SaveTheVikesOrg Defends Josh Hewitt

Here is an example Josh’s work on Facebook where he’s been busy lobbying legislators on supporting corporate welfare for the Vikings. This happens to come from one of Sen. John Pederson’s pages, but the message is fairly consistent wherever Hewitt spams it on behalf of Vikings welfare queens:

Josh Hewitt Lobbying for Corporate Welfare

Apparently, Vikings fans would be devastated if the Vikings left, but no so devastated that they’re willing to use their own money to pay for a new stadium. Instead, Hewitt is lobbying for public dollars to be used for a private sports entertainment enterprise.

Ticket Surcharge?

Vikings fans like Josh Hewitt and Cory Merrifield could cover the cost of the stadium with a ticket surcharge. All they’d have to do is sell 60,000 seats per game for 8 games per year for 25 years with a $50 per ticket surcharge. Surely, fans would be willing to pay that. Right? No? Oh, maybe that explains why Josh Hewitt is lobbying for corporate welfare rather than simply paying the true cost associated with a new stadium.

Recently, Josh Hewitt has switched to more of a hardball approach to corporate welfare begging legislators on Facebook:

Blaming Legislators for Not Supporting Corporate Welfare

You see, under “Save the Vikings” stadium bill logic, if you don’t support giving hundreds of millions of dollars to the Vikings, it will be your fault if they leave.

No, it certainly wouldn’t be the fault of the Vikings, who could potentially find a market more willing to provide a public handout.

It’s absolutely not the fault of Vikings fans who are unwilling to pay ticket prices that would support the Vikings plan.

It’s definitely not the fault of Vikings fans who are unwilling to invest their own private money in this private business.

No, the fault would fall to legislators attempting to show an ounce of fiscal restraint during tough economic times.

At least, that’s my understanding of Save the Vikings corporate welfare logic.

PS: If you’ve read this far, you must be one of my four readers.

Josh Hewitt Uses Fake Twitter Account to Defend @SaveTheVikesOrg

Last night I sent out a tweet asking for an update on the fundraising efforts of SaveTheVikes.org, who seem to be in favor of the corporate welfare for a new stadium for Zygi Wilf:

Checking On SaveTheVikesorg's Fundraising Efforts

That got a response from a concerned Twitterer:

@DubbsTravels in Intervention Mode

We exchanged a few tweets about how my tweet wasn’t directed to @savethevikesorg, but was about their ongoing campaign for corporate welfare.

As the conversation progressed, @DubbsTravels seemed to agree with my on policy by differ on approach:

Josh Hewitt Transforming into Jeremy Woods

Now, take another look at the above screenshot. See anything else going on there? Check out the name associated with the Twitter account in the bottom two tweets vs the top two tweets. Yes, during our conversation on Twitter, this Twitter user changed their name from Josh Hewitt to Jeremy Woods.

Which made me wonder, what’s wrong with the name Josh Hewitt? I Googled the name Josh Hewitt and here is what I found:

Josh Hewitt: Vikings Corporate Welfare Fanboy

Would you look at that. It turns out that Josh Hewitt is quite the fan of corporate welfare for the Minnesota Vikings. For example, here is an excerpt from a guest post he wrote for SaveTheVikes.org:

In the end, building a new stadium is an investment we have to make. We must keep the Minnesota Vikings in Minnesota. It is essential to our economy. And a priceless investment in our community.

– Josh Hewitt VIKESSTADIUM on Twitter

We “have to” spend public dollars to supplement the capital costs of a private business? No, Josh, we don’t.

Also, it’s interesting to note that this same Josh Hewitt is @vikesstadium on Twitter. This is the guy who, when attempting to tweet anonymously, said he was against public financing for a stadium.

Josh Hewitt: Save the Vikings Officer

Coincidentally, one of the Officers on the Save The Vikings Facebook Group is, you guessed it, Josh Hewitt.

It looks like Josh has also been busy spamming every legislator’s Facebook wall in support of the Vikings Stadium Welfare proposal:

Josh Hewitt Spamming Facebook for Save The Vikings

The last tweet I sent to Josh Hewitt / Jeremy Woods / @DubbsTravels was this:

Josh Hewitt's Lack of Decency in Vikings Stadium Debate

As you can probably imagine, that tweet did not receive a response.

Sadly, it appears that the Save the Vikings stadium welfare supports is willing to turn to deception to attempt to suppress opposition to their handout. I guess when a rational argument in favor of public financing of a depreciable asset for a private company can’t be made, one may be desperate in support of their personal want (not need).

The Vikings Stadium Welfare Debate: @savethevikesorg

It turns out that people lobbying for the Vikings Stadium Welfare Program don’t like having Zygi Wilf’s business interests described as welfare:

Vikings Welfare Tweets

They don’t think “welfare” is an appropriate description of Zygi Wilf and the Vikings organizations’ begging for government funded financial aid:

Vikings Welfare Tweets

Apparently, we’re not supposed to call providing Zygi Wilf’s private business with public dollars corporate welfare:

Vikings Welfare Tweets

Because, according to Christopher Tubbs (@CMTubbs) and @VIKESSTADIUM, it’s not a fact, but an opinion that government funded financial aid for a person or organiztion in need is welfare:

Vikings Welfare Tweets

Here is the deal: if you’re asking for corporate welfare, it’s welfare. If you don’t like the label, don’t ask for government funds for your private sports entertainment business. Don’t try to pretend that the label doesn’t fit.

In reality, welfare isn’t a strong enough word to describe giving public dollars to a private, wealthy, entertainment business. True welfare helps people that are REALLY IN NEED, not people who are REALLY IN WANT. A more accurate term to describe the Save the Vikings plan is “Fiscally Irresponsible”.