Posted: 12/26/09 21:20, Edited: 12/26/09 21:23
by Dave Mindeman
Brett Favre may be a gutsy quarterback and sometimes he can be a little unorthodox in method....but I doubt anybody will mistake him for an art form or an environmental protection.
Except maybe GOP Governor candidate Tom Emmer....
Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano, a leading Republican candidate for governor, has suggested using Legacy amendment money destined for arts and cultural heritage projects to help build a new Vikings stadium. "Absolutely -- that's arts and entertainment," said Emmer. "I don't know why someone hasn't floated taking some of that arts and entertainment tax and putting it toward the Vikings stadium."
I struggle to understand how Emmer's mind works on this one. Here we have a budget cutter....no, better yet, a budget slasher. He believes in the rights of the taxpayer. It is their judgment he trusts....not the government, not the politicians.
Yet, Emmer seems to think he is on to something here. He wants to take money that was instituted by the electorate as a tax to be used for a very specific purpose. Clearly defined. And yet, Emmer thinks its OK to interpret it differently to avoid a confrontation with a wealthy sports businessman.
Emmer won't talk about raising taxes to meet the needs of education or the folks on GAMC. But, he thinks it will be OK to move dedicated funds into a Vikings stadium.
That's the priorities Emmer has outlined for us.
And the next time you are at the ballet....think about a comparison of Swan Lake to Brett Favre getting flattened by Julius Peppers. After all, I guess Emmer puts them in the same category.