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Hating That Other BP

by on August 3, 2010

Never send Brian Higgins to do the free market’s job.  Bass Pro will now never officially appear in Buffalo despite, or perhaps because of, his efforts.  Why weren’t they impressed by his congressional-level pleading?

With that mystery looming, he’s employing his best strategy under the circumstances, namely pretending he never liked them anyway.  The Skyway-disregarding representative can go ahead and amusingly call the deal’s collapse “liberating.” For once, he’s right about something, at least in the same sense that he’d be liberated to spend more time with his family if he loses this November.

The least surprising news in city history means there are no winners following the Bass Pro debacle.  At least we don’t have to cheer for the disagreeable participants.  So, was the collapse the fault of an aggressively overbearing yet criminally incompetent government or the disreputable private concern in question?  Yes.

As much fun as it is to blame Higgins, we must also remember to curse the stupid fishing conglomerate in question to rot in retail hell.  That other BP will forever be viewed infamously in Western New York, as they may as well have dumped countless oil barrels into the adjacent water for all the damage they did.

I’m particularly glad this area’s decision-makers knocked down the Aud for the garbage-scented merchant in question; are there any other war memorials they’d like us to demolish as a final request?

At the same time, they were just playas in the game, yo.  We should cancel the event.  Conservatives are pro-market, not pro-business, which is never more apparent than when it comes to being anti-Bass Pro.

Offering entitlements to conglomerates just to get them to come or stay is an alarming sign that economic conditions are already beyond frail.  That’s true whether the incentives are offered to worthwhile companies or not.

Uncapped welfare fosters dependency if it’s doled either to individuals or large groups of them banded together to make money.  Luring corporations by offering them sacks with dollar signs on them is nothing more than income redistribution.

Such payments are extra galling because of the damage they inflict upon competing enterprises that have already committed to the area.  Most notably, Gander Mountain and Dick’s already help the area by operating in an onerous financial environment.  Their reward was spending years watching public officials present bribes to a potential competitor.  This game gets less fun with every rule.

At least now the sporting goods hawkers can go back to offering goods to the public at mutually agreed-upon prices.  Of course, that is only true until the next time politicians on numerous levels decide they want to collude in support of adding a new shark to the tank.

The good news is that the government will probably fail again at that hypothetical example anyway.  It’d be one thing if the scheming worked and brought commercial activity to the waterfront; in that case, the argument would be that there was a better way to attract sellers, even if the flawed subsidy-heavy approach sort-of worked.

But you presently still can’t buy much of anything around one of the city’s most picturesque spots even if you have money.  I’m looking forward to the Higgins campaign ad claiming that scaring away Bass Pro was a push on his part to encourage saving.

At least he’s consistent.  Naturally, obedient Democrat Higgins supports corporatism on the national level, too, where preferred players get rewarded for failure while the Fords of the world suffer for not sticking out their hands. Except for the resulting unsustainable debt, paltry GDP, and miserable unemployment rate, the scheming is working fantastically.

Micromanaging by politicians isn’t helpful, especially considering the micromanagers in question.  There’s a better way both in Buffalo and America.  Alternately, maintaining a low taxation rate for all will naturally draw companies of their own volition.

Each of them will get the same deal as their retail neighbors/competitors, namely none at all.  If the conditions are ideal, they’ll be fine with freely entering the market.

By contrast, the present begging-based policy reeks of desperation.  Is this how we want to make acquaintances?  Companies essentially tell Erie County that we can be pals for as long as we have cool toys; as soon as they break our Transformers, they’ll bail and befriend a kid with an in-ground pool.

We must gain enough confidence to tell manipulatively self-serving brats always looking for their next exploitation victim to sod off.  We’ll eventually find true friends that way.

In the meantime, we can debate who came off looking worse here: our leaders or this dastardly fishing pole seller.  We’ll need an empty space where we can hold the discussion.  I unfortunately have a rather scenic outdoor one in mind.  There’s still not much to do there, but at least the background water looks pretty.

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One Comment
  1. Atlas Shrugged…
    Higgins’ 9 year u-turn
    now wants to focus his brand of regulation style development on a BRIDGE to the outer harbor and a public market at the foot of Main St. Goldman wants “public to be more directly involved in deciding the future of the waterfront.” (add another decade) Preservation Board wants a public lawn. (Grass?!) Tim Tielman wants to include “citizens not generally offered a seat at the table.” (who?) Burt Flickiger, who suggested a water park, looks toward a “dream team” from UB and Canisius for help… Zone the parcels and then sell them!

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