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08:03 AM ET 03.02 | If the Vikings wind up with the new stadium they always wanted, credit a nice little bit of marketing. They're calling it the "People's Stadium" and practically shouting from rooftops that construction of a new stadium on the Metrodome site will create about 13,000 jobs. The cherry on top is the boast that no general-fund tax dollars will be used so that, as one politically savvy state senator noted, no money will be stripped away from schools and nursing homes. ... Who would dare say no to something being called the "People's Stadium" and the creation of 13,000 jobs while keeping our schoolchildren and elderly out of financial peril? You'd be accused of being either un-American or under the influence or, worse yet, a [Packers] fan.

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March 2, 2012  08:20 AM ET

Appropriate title for a stadium the People's Republic of Minnesota. Governor Nutjob is loving it.

March 2, 2012  08:41 AM ET

"No general-fund tax dollars will be used..."

Spin Alert! Does this mean that they will create a new tax, income, sales, gas, whatever, which will go dierectly to the People's Stadium Fund, and thereby never actually pass through the "general-fund," so it's all bookkeeping smoke and mirrors?

Ask the real question. "Will tax dollars be used for this stadium?"

March 2, 2012  08:48 AM ET

per article, "All the financing details haven't been disclosed..."

Gee, why not the name 'Peoples Democratic Republic Stadium'

March 2, 2012  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"No general-fund tax dollars will be used..."Spin Alert! Does this mean that they will create a new tax, income, sales, gas, whatever, which will go dierectly to the People's Stadium Fund, and thereby never actually pass through the "general-fund," so it's all bookkeeping smoke and mirrors?Ask the real question. "Will tax dollars be used for this stadium?"

Of course there will be tax dollars used. Now please stop thinking.
-Signed, Governor Nutjob Dayton and other politicians.

March 2, 2012  08:54 AM ET

And when they sell the naming rights? Will it become "The Gecko's Stadium?"

March 2, 2012  08:59 AM ET

If the people are paying for it, then it should be called the People's Stadium.

It's the American way!

<hums America the Beautiful while working on morning reports and summaries...>

March 2, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Wilf is people too.

March 2, 2012  09:12 AM ET

How about the "Purple People's Stadium?"

<flips quarter to Sheb Wooley.>

March 2, 2012  09:30 AM ET

The Peoples Stadium, sounds like an ad for communism, like the Peoples Republic of China, people of Minnesota>>> BOHICA!

March 2, 2012  10:11 AM ET
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The Peoples Stadium, sounds like an ad for communism, like the Peoples Republic of China, people of Minnesota>>> BOHICA!

You took the words right out of mouth.

March 2, 2012  10:28 AM ET

Smoke and mirrors and lying politicians, But that's the American way.

March 2, 2012  11:40 AM ET

Personally, I would never put the words "Vikings" and "clever" together.

March 2, 2012  11:46 AM ET

"All the financing details haven't been disclosed...".

Sounds like The People are going to get The Shaft. (Can you dig it?)

March 2, 2012  11:48 AM ET

Now all they need is a Winning Team!!!

March 2, 2012  12:25 PM ET
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Now all they need is a Winning Team!!!

Well, you know you have to have a shiny new stadium before you can have a winning team. Just ask Jerry Jones.

March 2, 2012  12:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Well, you know you have to have a shiny new stadium before you can have a winning team. Just ask Jerry Jones.

AND the Pittsburgh Pirates...

March 2, 2012  02:12 PM ET

New stadium....same horrible team

March 2, 2012  02:23 PM ET

Financial Disclosure: The State of California will pay to build a new stadium in Minnesota to keep the Vikings from moving to Los Angeles.

March 2, 2012  05:20 PM ET

"...or, worse yet, a [Packers] fan."

I hate the Packers!!!!!!!!!!!

 
March 2, 2012  05:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Financial Disclosure: The State of California will pay to build a new stadium in Minnesota to keep the Vikings from moving to Los Angeles.

All right then. Tax problem solved.

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