Politics & government: Public enterprise
Govvernments were established to do for the people what the people could not do for themselves. Private contractors later did for governments what governments could not do for themselves (or do as well or as cheaply). From customers, government then became partners with the private sector to better do the public's business.
Of late, public bodies have themselves adopted the methods and the ethos of the private entrepreneur. But far from advancing the prosperity of the people, such governments seek to securing the prosperity of governments by swelling the tax base. This is a perversion of government purpose; as I note in more than one of the pieces below, what is good for, say, the City of Springfield often is not good for the city of Springfield.
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TIF projects are a bad bet for public schools
"Dyspepsiana" Illinois Times February 12, 2014
The State of Illinois makes a bad bet on Sears
"Dyspepsiana" Illinois Times January 26, 2012
Paying Sears to move is a bad deal for Illinois
“Prejudices” Illinois Times August 17, 1989
Of the developers, by the developers,
and for the developers
“Prejudices” Illinois Times January 11, 1980
Run! It’s about TIF!
Illinois Issues September 2007
It's every town for itself in this fight
“Politics & Policy” Chicago Enterprise June 1991
Pennies and Nickels
ADM is asking a broke Illinois for money
"Dyspepsiana" Illinois Times October 10, 2013
Developing economic development in Springfield
"Dyspepsiana" Illinois Times August 6, 2015
Illinois buys Con-Agra a house-warming gift
"Dyspepsiana" Illinois Times October 8, 2015
Sangamon County tries to re-invent the wheel
“Dyspepsiana” Illinois Times November 9, 2017
How High Can You Go?
The bidding is underway for Amazon’s new headquarters
“Dyspepsiana” Illinois Times November 16, 2017
Cat is leaving Peoria for a prettier woman
“Dyspepsiana” Illinois Times April 27, 2017
The right’s industrial policy is not about jobs
“Dyspepsiana” Illinois Times January 5, 2017