On the Van Andel Institute Tour…

Originally published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal, December 14, 2009

In case I haven’t already made this obvious in previous efforts, I think the notion that all government is bad and ruins everything it touches is, for lack of more articulate word, dumb. Yes, many things government touches do not go well, and it is good to think through what should and should not come under its control. But it is just plain counterproductive to argue that anything “government” — especially in a constitutional republic like ours with its checks and balance and disfunctional but free press — is fundamentally bad. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the National Institutes of Health and how it is helping to fund our Van Andel Institute.

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