"Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
1 Corinthians 3:18-20"
According to the The Delaware Gazette, "Gus Comstock is a busy man." And according to the Bible, he's also a vain man.
Now, Gus is a nice guy. He really is. But he is not omniscient by any means -- no one is (reread the passage above for proof).
Gus thinks that he and Delaware's other petty officials can guide the county into the future. They are the great planners who can oversee the evil, profit-seeking entrepreneurs. They are the altruistic government leading us to a bright utopia, dragging the entrepreneurs by the ear.
"But, if you have a progressive, activist, robust government that wants to be involved, you can make sure that these projects are best serving the citizens of the community."
A progressive, activist, robust government is the bane of mankind. Yet Gus wants to push government to the forefront. In fact, he wants government to lead. That comment could be attributed to just about any totalitarian government. It is almost as if Gus doesn't even know that his statements belie thoughts that are antithetical to freedom -- thoughts that are antithetical to the best interests of the county resident.
"We need to make sure the latest technology is being deployed to Delaware County because companies demand that."
Of course they do. Companies want tax dollars to support their projects. Just look at the bozos from ST eGe to see the lengths many investors will go in order to secure governmental funding. But just because they do it, that doesn't make it right.
"I think if we get that designed properly, there’s some opportunity for some manufacturing growth, some office space and some retail. It would be a nice mix."
A good mix for whom? For Gus? For his business friends (those who keep his phone constantly ringing)? For county residents? Is ol' Gus so smart that he can satisfy everyone? Well, he is vain enough to think so.
Our future is decided by either entrepreneurs looking to profit by providing for the wants of the consumer. Or it is decided by those like Gus who think a little to highly of themselves. There is no other third way.
note: Ah, yes, the non sequitur. How can the evil businessman ringing Gus suddenly become the good businessman willing to do whatever it takes to satisfy the needs of the consumer? The answer is simple: When government officials -- like Gus, and Hanks and Thompson -- seek to provide goodies for business, they (the officials) are the drug pushers working to hook businessmen into lives of dependency.