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Re: “The Next Stone?

This goes on the backs of all the tax payers - including the small brewers in the city/state. The big picture is you pay for their risk and the politicians get the glory. It really puts the
"free" in the free market if you are big enough to bribe a mayors ego.

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Posted by OwnIt on 03/11/2015 at 8:14 AM

Re: “City Restaurant Owners Sour on Stone Brewing Deal

There are 17 other breweries in the area most of them fledgling operations of individuals and small groups of people taking risks and betting their savings on a venture with no guarantees. They did not get a dime of local, State, or Federal tax money but they are going to pay for Stone brewery in more ways than one. They will succeed and fail on their own merits, product and ingenuity while Stone brewery can hedge it's bet with their tax money.
This is Crony Socialism America where the Big Biz is not only too big to fail but politically coveted. Politicians will risk your tax money to make big news that makes them look like the job creators. In reality this is just another pet project without any concrete longevity and at the expense of the tax payer. You carry all the risk, not the politicians and very little, comparatively, for the big biz moving into its new digs in the East End.
There is the short list of the city boondoggles in the City of Richmond in my lifetime:
1. Train Station - FAIL
2. 6th Street - FAIL
3. Canal Walk - FAIL
4 Convention Center -FAIL
5. 6th Street (again) - FAIL
6. Red Skin Park - FAIL
AND when I say FAIL, I mean promises were not kept, immense money and time was wasted and the revenue to pay for it never materialized (attracting more business). But the politicians looked good, it’s never their fault and they never pay the real price - you do.
Don't get me wrong, there has been improvement in the city but this is driven by small businesses, individual investment and the entrepreneur taking the risks of building something out of nothing with their own money. This is the human spirit that exists without government. The spirit that produces real results without other people’s money but always inhibited by regulation, taxes and crony connected competitors. A prime example of individual success in the city is Carytown. The small businesses made it attractive without millions of tax payer’s money and produced what the government failed to do with their multiple debacles in the last 30 years. Now what do the risk takers get in return for building excellent businesses, competitive infrastructure and an attractive community? Higher taxes. Where do those taxes go? To competitors that have 0 risk thanks to your tax dollars. Stone will leave as soon as the well runs dry and your their thirst has been quenched. Fool me once...

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Posted by OwnIt on 12/08/2014 at 8:12 AM

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