If you're not familiar with a minor league Puppet named Chad Adams, who directs the John Locke Foundation Center for Local Innovation, you're in for a treat. Adams also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Lee County Commission. He was first elected in 1998 and is now serving in his second term.
Now being a good Puppet, you'd expect Mr. Adams to be firmly opposed to any intrusions by government into the smooth functioning of the Holy Free Market, especially when such intrusions involve (gasp) economic development incentives. Indeed, railing against economic development is one of John Hood's favorite past times. Which makes it all the more surprising to discover that Chad Adams is a closet tax-and-spend librul prone to giving out public money for big, bad corporations. For example, consider this entry in the Lee County Commissioners minutes (attached) for June 6, 2005.
Commissioner Reives moved to approve a resolution authorizing the expenditure of funds for an economic development project and approving an Agreement with Lee County Economic Development Corporation for Lee Brick and Tile Company in the amount of $366,845, a copy of which is attached to these minutes and by this reference
made a part hereof. Upon a vote, the results were as follows:
Aye: Adams, Brown, Hincks, Lemmond, Reives, and Stevens
Aye? Adams? We take that to mean a yes vote. In favor of economic development spending. Which makes Mr. Adams just another Art Pope Puppet hypocrite, plain and simple. Chad, I'm sure the Puppetmaster knows about your transgressions . . . so how come you're still on the payroll?