The GOP is making a mockery of the amendment process. They cite that 70 to 80% of the population, acccording to polls, support the ID amendment, but they will not always be in the majority in the house and senate. Over 80% of Minnesotans also want a more progressive income tax system that targets the top 5% of the population, and should an amendment be proposed for that matter in the future we'll hear the howls of class warfare, blah, blah, blah.
Propaganda from the local media gives the impression that everybody is concerned about professional sports and can't exist without them. Stadiums, the food at Target Field, Timberwolves ads, etc., lead and dominate local news. What a farce.
It's interesting that the GOP is currently so concerned about spending for social programs, while under the Reagan and W. Bush administrations they had some of the largest deficits in history through their tax cuts to the wealthy and out of control military spending. The USA spends more on the military now than the rest of the world combined, but the Grand Old Party doesn't complain about inefficiency in this sector.
The more one reads about this stadium boondoggle, the worse it becomes.
After Ziggy gets naming rights, valued at 100-500 million according to an article in the Strib, he will have virtually no skin in the game, but will have almost all of the profit. Books written by Dave Zirin, Roger Noll, and others have shown that sports stadiums funded by the public are some of the worst investments possible for taxpayers, but we never or rarely see articles citing these authors. Propaganda...
I, too, have sent Sandy Colvin Roy several messages voicing my opposition to public financing of a stadium. In my most recent one, I stated that a mockery is being made of the democratic process by holding meetings entirely behind closed doors.
I believe you're talking about the communist nations that control almost all private enterprise. In the democratic socialist countries of Western Europe and other areas, private enterprise is allowed and encouraged. An example of this that locals can relate to is Ikea Corporation, a Swedish firm.
The Republicans like to tell us that it's critical for strict identification standards to ensure we have no voter fraud. If prevention of corruption is so important, then they should be advocates for paper ballots being used throughout the state, since it is more difficult to alter paper ballots than voting machines tallies.
Since Walker assumed the governorship in Wisconsin, the state has had the worst job growth rate of any state in the Midwest.
Those touting the stadium give us many supposed facts and figures supporting their cause, but rarely do we get research from independent sources, which shows that public financing of stadiums is not the best use of the public's resources.
It's interesting, and sad, to see how our public officials on both sides of the aisle can come up with "creative" financing for an entertainment venue, but spending on education, infrastructure, health, public libraries, and other matters that impact society at large is neglected. I like sports as much as the next person, but in our society it seems that sports have become the opiate of the people.
Several authors such as Roger Noll, Dave Zirin, and others have provided information...