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How to get blocked by @normcoleman on Twitter

St Paul’s former mayor called me a grinch for opposing corporate welfare for the NHL.

This might do the trick. When Norm boasts in the glory of corporate welfare that he helped provide the Minnesota Wild. A company that continually tries to have get out of their end of the contract by requesting their loans be forgiven while simultaneously asking for public money to build a practice facility for the team:

MN Wild history:4 new franchises in 2000.Columbus picked ahead of the Wild.Houston bid fell apart & the Wild got in. Poetic justice tonite

Call him on it:

@normcoleman Does this mean that the Wild can stop asking for corporate welfare from taxpayers like you handed them?

Then watch St Paul’s former mayor call me a grinch for opposing corporate welfare for the NHL:

@edkohler Somehow there's always a Grinch in the crowd!

Perhaps pointing out that Norm Coleman used the public’s money to subsidize his private entertainment went too far?

@normcoleman I'd rather see my tax dollars go toward fixing St Paul's East Side than subsidizing your entertainment. Different priorities.

Apparently it was for @normcoleman because that’s when he blocked me.

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I imagine that politicians like Norm Coleman would prefer that taxpayers forgot about the corporate welfare they gave away. Yes, we have the Wild. We’re paying for them every day. Even when they don’t make the playoffs. Even when they’re on strike. Even when there’s a lockout.

Money that taxpayers continue to pay to subsidize a private business that competes for entertainment dollars against other locally owned businesses that don’t receive hundreds of millions of dollars in public subsidies. If Norm Coleman had walked down Payne Ave as mayor and asked people what the city could do to make their lives better, subsidizing the NHL probably wouldn’t have been at the top of the list. Different priorities.

Perhaps Coleman wouldn’t be taking credit on Twitter on a Saturday night in 2013 for having made the streets safer or schools better on the East Side of St Paul in the year 2000, but that’s the kind of good government stuff we need more of from our politicians.

Maybe it makes me a fun-hater to think that NHL fans are perfectly capable of using their own money to pay for their own entertainment rather than rely upon corporate welfare with the help of Norm Coleman? The only thing better than paying full price to watch Derek Boogaard contract CTE is to pay a taxpayer subsidized price to watch Derek Boogaard contract CTE, eh?

This post was written by Ed Kohler and originally published on The Deets. Follow Ed on Twitter: @edkohler

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