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To the Editor:
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama's historically early campaign swing took him through Albany where, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo at SUNY Albany's NanoTech Complex, he said he wants ''what's happening in Albany to happen all across the country.''
I was a trustee at SUNY when the nanotechnology industry was in its infancy and have watched it flourish into the world's foremost innovator in nanotechnology instruction, invention and investment. It is a model of what can be accomplished when government cooperates effectively with private industry.
I witnessed firsthand the ability of the state to promote basic research. But when government chooses winners by investing funds for product development and marketing, everybody loses. Such was the case with Obama and Solyndra. The failed solar energy corporation, which received a half-billion-dollar federal loan, is a case study in how government scares off innovation when it ventures too far into the private sector.
This makes the president's claim in Albany puzzling: Why would he campaign on principles that he has eschewed? The answer is not difficult to understand: The soaring rhetoric of Obama's 2008 campaign gave way to the failures of an incompetent administration led by a man clearly in over his head. The president is desperate to bolster his re-election prospects.
Obama campaigned in poetry, governed in prose, and is running for re-election in deceitful advertising copy.
Ed Cox, Chairman
New York Republican State Committee