"Next month? That is when we go from bad to worse. That is when we go from Dayton to Walz. Will we be a cold Omaha under Walz? More like a cold Moscow."
Many of us oldies remember this phrase. "If we don't build the Metrodome, and we lose the Twins and/or the Vikings. Then this town will be nothing but a cold Omaha." Wow. Harsh. By the way, I was recently in Omaha. I think it is a very nice town. So where is the insult there? By the way, Omaha has some advantages Minnesota does not.
But wait just a minute Bird! Where is the pro baseball team? The pro football team? The pro anything team? Not there. So what? The folks in Nebraska can root for any team they want to. Besides all of which, unless you have been living on Mars your entire life, you know the entire state is in a college frenzy. They are loyal to the bone for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. They stick with that team through thick and thin.
But what about the living conditions there? We were in Grand Island to see the eclipse last year. Beautiful country, and very nice folks. I-80 cuts through the entire state, so getting from point "A" to point "B" is no trouble. In the spring by Kearney (on the river), is one of the largest migrations of Sand Hill Cranes in the world. We plan to visit this spring to witness this sight. Thousands of huge birds, almost blocking out the sun, making sounds similar to what prehistoric beasts would make.
The taxes in Nebraska are much better than Minnesota. Both the state tax and the sales tax are about 2/3 of what Minnesota's is. Of course, they have no stadiums or LRT to pay for. Gasoline however, is only slightly cheaper. It can get cold in the winter and hot in the summer (gosh - that sounds like here!). But let's face it. When a polar vortex comes roaring in from Canada, it can get cold all the way down to Florida.
Many predict that after two years of a Walz/DFL House economy, we will skyrocket way ahead of Omaha in the most unlivable city contest. In fact, it won't even be a contest at all. Our gas tax will spike, our individual income taxes will rise, and we will have "fees" on anything which moves or stays static. In other words, rather than Omaha being the brunt of jokes about weather and such, it will be Minneapolis.
Time to go turn up the heat. The cold wind blowing out of the northwest this morning is only a harbinger of things to come next month. Next month? That is when we go from bad to worse. That is when we go from Dayton to Walz. Will we be a cold Omaha under Walz? More like a cold Moscow.