This Times story is one of those that prompts campaigns to call reporters "snarky", but it seems a valid observation to point out a company is getting some of the freebies as the GOP blasts the President's recent suggestion that business owners didn't get successful on their own.
Congressional candidate Matt Doheny is critical of corporate welfare, but in a tour of local businesses, visited a Depauville company that got some of free money.
His opponent, Rep. Bill Owens, takes the view that government is a partner in "creation" of jobs.
These days, you cannot get elected by preaching solely about the inexorable forces of the market place, and Mr. Doheny has nuanced his position by talking about carve outs for certain types of business and about government building infrastructure, including the expansion of broadband service to rural areas where economies of scale work against expansion of that kind of infrastructure.
It's the same argument that occured in the FDR era over rural electrification, which is to say the argument over the proper role of government vis a vis business has been debated for a while.
Take the FAA's Essential Air Service subsidies for rural areas. It's a hotly debated bit of government largesse, but if you are a Congressman from a district getting it, you have no choice but to have an epiphany on that type of largesse.
It's what makes purity of thought and deed in politics so difficult.
Watertown Daily Times | Doheny tours Depauville tech company, beneficiary of government intervention