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Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise

Former baseball star Curt Schilling was interviewed this morning on the Dennis & Callahan sports radio show on WEEI in Boston in the first such appearance since the demise of 38 Studios, the developer he founded. quotes some of the conversation where Schilling spoke of investing all of his personal assets into the company while never a penny back out. He also says his former employees "have every right to be upset" as they were "blindsided" by the studio's closure after he promised a month or two of advance warning, admitting he "bombed on that one in epic fashion." He also describes the last ditch effort to save the company that failed because Rhode Island refused to go along with the plan, and addresses accusations that his acceptance of tax credits and loan guarantees from the state were hypocritical in light of his outspoken conservative viewpoints: "I don't know how that correlates to this. I donít have any problem with government helping entrepreneurs and businesses." Thanks JJ.

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43. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 22, 2012, 22:02 RollinThundr
Prez wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 21:55:
Bipartisan ranting aside, I have to say that being (mostly) fiscally conservative myself, I find Schilling's acceptance of public money to be at odds with his purported fiscal conservatism.

Most conservatives, believing that small business entrepreneurs are the backbone of capitalism, support government assistance of small business, generally in the form of small business tax breaks. These are people just like most everyone here who dream of starting their own business. Just as welfare - if used as intended as a short-term stopgap measure to get an underprivileged citizen or family back on their feet - is a good thing, "corporate welfare" as liberals seem to like calling it is a very good thing for aiding the little guy trying to start his or her own business in a tough economy. The key difference is that 38 Studios is (was) not a "small business" by any stretch of the imagination, and for them to receive taxpayer money was a travesty imo.

Honestly 38 from the start just seemed bound for failure. I agree though, a company that size doesn't fit my definition of small business owner.

The problem with the welfare system as is, is it's too easy to abuse, generally once someone gets on it, they seem to be able to stay on it indefinitely. Which I don't think was or should be the intended purpose. Problem is being personally responsible is no longer a value in this country, kids can fail and still get a passing grade, or get a trophy just for showing up, wouldn't want to hurt anyone's feelings or so the PC crowd will tell you. It would be too detrimental to poor billy or whatever.

When military vets end up homeless, but those who refuse to take any personal responsibility and better themselves still have a roof over their head thanks to how the welfare system currently is, I'd say there's a problem.
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