Tevlin: The billionaire's burden – crying Wilf

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 2, 2013 - 6:44 PM

Not long ago my wife and I re­financed our condo down at the credit union.

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dahdahNov. 2, 13 6:49 PM

Jon Tevlin is 100% right: The New York Observer expose is absolutely first rate, A+ journalism. Read it NOW !!!

The Master speaksNov. 2, 13 7:59 PM

Poor Mr. Wilf is being picked on because he is a wealth creator. The little people will never understand the basics: Zygi embarks on a construction project = jobs, payroll taxes, material purchases which support more jobs. The completed project raises the value of everything around it = more taxes, increased real estate value, etc etc. The world NEEDS billionares like Mr. Wilf. Be grateful!

RossbergNov. 2, 13 8:00 PM

Contrary to Gov. Dayton's lame reasoning you do choose who you do business with. What he, the Minneapolis Mayor and City Council and the Legislature chose was to throw away our money on a racketeer and a building for a junk sports franchise. In return we get Wilf's claims of how he is being mistreated by the courts, sweetheart negotiating and coverups by political hacks on the MSFA, and an oversight legislative committee run by a gubernatorial wannabe that is almost never allowed to meet. I guess you can't get much for a billion dollars anymore.

erikj3Nov. 2, 13 8:02 PM

Mark my words: The ONLY ones who are going to come out ahead with this stadium boondoggle are the Wilfs. Everyone else is going to get fleeced (just like the Wilfs' partner in New Jersey).

rvjesseNov. 2, 13 8:04 PM

Mr. Tevlin might be right on once you ask for money all bets are off. But Mr. Wilf is right too, there is a anti wealth bias in this country by many people. Some of it was brought on by wealthy people, some not. Remember, if the top 1% were gone, the 1 to 2 per cent would take their place and so on.

elo_62Nov. 2, 13 8:16 PM

Yup, I am one of the little people that "The Master speaks" of. I do not know what I do not know about big money. However, I do know that these Wilf people sure as heck cannot run a first class operation no matter what.

donm251Nov. 2, 13 8:29 PM

The anti wealth bias iin MInnesota starts at with a couples with a combined income of $250,000 in Minnesota. The people in Minnesota slam anybody who has earned their way up the ladder are pathetic. They want a free ride from the government and "liveable" wages with no education or experience.

hpilotNov. 2, 13 9:08 PM

When you ask the taxpayers of Minneapolis/Minnesota to finance a stadium that will greatly enhance your net worth, and they agree to give you a half BILLION dollar subsidy, quite whinning.

bobblumenfelNov. 2, 13 9:38 PM

I assume Mr. Wilf can be considered a member of the 1% club. Very recently, a Mr. Harry Binswanger wrote in Forbes magazine: "Here’s a modest proposal. Anyone who earns a million dollars or more should be exempt from all income taxes. Yes, it’s too little. And the real issue is not financial, but moral. So to augment the tax-exemption, in an annual public ceremony, the year’s top earner should be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor." So not being asked for their financial details should be normal for all rich people.

canardbusterNov. 2, 1310:03 PM

I think some of you missed the brilliant satire from "The Master Speaks." The giveaway was when he asked you to "be grateful" for a man who would be in prison if, as the Supreme Court ruled, corporations are people. I think TMS knows that you and I are the real wealth creators, because it's our money that's being used to make Ziggy even richer.


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