John on February 18, 2012 at 10:56 am
Taxpayers forced to invest $600 million in a private company so they can build a new facility. It’s clearly a scam as far as far-left Think Progress is concerned:
In an egregious example of how professional sports can be little more than a “glorified real estate scam,” the owners of the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings are about to fleece an unwilling Minnesota public for hundreds of millions of dollars, as they push to secure public subsidization of a new stadium. A deal is reportedly “imminent.”
And Minnesota voters clearly do not want to pay for a new stadium using public funds. A February 3 poll sponsored by KSTP-TV in Minneapolis found that a whopping 68 percent of Minnesota voters think the new stadium should be built “entirely with private financing.” Only 22 percent believed that any tax dollars should be used at all.
Corporate funding of a private business? It’s an outrage!
Whatever you think of the idea of a new stadium in Minnesota, you’ll be shocked to learn that Think Progress was not similarly concerned about forcing taxpayers to spend a similar amount of money on another private industry: Solyndra. In fact, Think Progress wrote literally dozens of posts defending the decision to invest in Solyndra and attacking the media for making it an issue. They literally said the GOP was making a mountain out of a molehill.
It’s almost as if Think Progress is weighing some other factor than value to the taxpayers when they look at these stories. What could it be? Or maybe they just hate football.