Corzine’s Edison Innovation Fund
We would prefer to let people invest their money as they see fit - whether it be in a home, a child’s education, a business of their own or for their retirement. We haven’t been very impressed with the return on investment taxpayers have received on the money that has already been sent to Trenton.
Our state government has been unable to deliver the basics, road maintenance for example, so why would we want to trust politicians with planning the state’s economy. We believe in a capitalist, market driven economy and oppose any attempt to impose one planned by the government. We are not aware of any successful state planned economies in all of history and government owned businesses are notoriously inefficient money pits.
Somewhere along the line we misunderstood candidate Corzine’s idea for an Edison Innovation Fund. Apparently, the fund will be a new business venture owned and financed by Senator Corzine, as he explained in his recent press release:
“The inventions and innovations Edison developed helped establish the state as a center for technological research and advancement in the 20th century,” Corzine said. “My Edison Innovation Fund would build on this research and technology legacy to position New Jersey as a leader in the 21st century economy.”As we all know, Thomas Edison's inventions, innovations and businesses were funded through private investors. Apparently Mr. Corzine is willing to invest his great personal wealth in what he refers to as “My Edison Innovation Fund.” Once we read the fund would be his, it was not necessary for us to read the rest of his press release. It’s his money and he should be free to invest it in any legal way he chooses. We hope Corzine believes we should have the same right. We wish the Senator the best of luck with his new business venture.