I want the Vikings to leave Minnesota. I have nothing against NFL or the team. But it’s time for self-indulgent Minnesotans to deny themselves a few things, and a good way to start is with a greedy sports franchise.
Minnesota, like most states, is bleeding. She is bleeding jobs. Her citizens have lost income. The state government is running a deficit in the billions. But this time Minnesota can’t borrow or increase taxes — there’s nothing left. It’s time to cut spending. It will be a lot of pain, for several years.
We’re in this mess because we ramped up social services to make us feel morally upright. Minnesota subsidized an entitlement mentality at its universities. She is a slave to parasitic, self-serving, government employee unions. Yes, Minnesota grew fat and sloppy when times were good. Now that they are awful, she has some tough choices to make.
It should be a no-brainer to push the grasping Ziggy Wilf away. This man owns the Vikings and wants the people of Minnesota to buy him a new stadium. He is very, very wealthy. He could probably fund new Vikings digs from his own pocketbook. He could also take out a loan. I hear banks are just loaded with cash these days. Between them, they could lock a deal.
The crafty Mr Wilf, a lawyer by education, wants the best deal possible, and making other people pay his bills is probably the best deal of all. He threatens to not renew the Vikings’ lease on the perfectly adequate Metrodome. His minions have dropped more than a few hints they might move the Vikes to another place, maybe even California.
It is time for Minnesota to say “No” to a new stadium. We have a lot more “No’s” coming up: “No” to that sacred cow, the University of Minnesota; “No” to extravagant social services; “No” to dependent cities; “No” to subsidizing failing businesses. Chief Executive magazine ranked Minnesota a pitiful 31st place in ‘best state to do business.’ We’re gaining on Massachusetts.
It should be easy for us to say “No stadium” to the Vikings.
Sports franchises are really a social commodity. There’s no fiscal benefit to having them. It’s all emotion. But have heart, we’ve gotten over a lost sports team before.
We can get over it again.