Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher said he and Gov. Ted Strickland were “extremely disappointed” about NCR’s decision to relocate.
Fisher said repeated requests to NCR’s senior management to discuss the company’s plans went unanswered, and that the state was not given a “meaningful opportunity to negotiate.”
Ohio had offered NCR a package of incentives worth about $31 million dollars, Fisher said. He added that Ohio “could have matched or exceeded” the $60 million Georgia put up, if the company had been more willing to communicate.
In other words, Lee wanted to know what the other guy’s price was before he put in his own bid.
Uh, sorry Mr. Fisher, in a competitive bid, as opposed to the rigged bids so often involved in government contracts, you don’t get to know the other guy’s price. Too bad, so sad. This forces you to put your best foot forward. In this case, you stumbled badly, not just at the last minute, but for years before that.
And while we’re at it, Lee, Ted, Rhine McLin, and others — A company whose relationship with the political class has become tenuous, as apparently became the case between NCR and the state and local governments with which it dealt, has no automatic obligation to let you know that a bidding process is even taking place. Stop whining, and get it through your thick heads that as long as the people and businesses conduct themselves within the law, government is supposed to be their servant, not their master. The preponderance of the responsibility for keeping the relationship with NCR alive and constructive was on the governments involved, and it failed. Part of the responsibility for that failure would appear to lie with absentee State Representative, now absentee State Senator, Jon Husted.
Now for the coup de grace from a very sore loser:
“This was simply a unilateral decision by senior executives,” he (Fisher) said, calling the (sic) NCR’s disregard for the community in Dayton a “shameless irresponsibility.”
No Mr. Fisher. Making a company-bashing statement that responsibility-averse 2010 Democratic U.S. Senate Primary voters will lap up — a statement that will likely cause other Buckeye State businesses to wonder if enduring its business-hostile political climate is worth it — is shamelessly irresponsible. Trying to achieve the best long-term returns for its shareholders by leaving Ohio for a more hospitable state, as NCR will do, is, sadly for Ohioans, and especially Daytonians, looking more responsible with each passing day.