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Mitch Daniels

States Luring Amazon Can't Act Like Groupies

States Luring Amazon Can't Act Like Groupies

The Amazon "HQ2" headquarters auction is in full swing, so prepare to witness some reckless behavior out of the reported 238 bidder states and localities. Like groupies in a 1960s rockumentary, public officials will be throwing themselves at the stage trying to catch the star's attention.

Nothing in public life is more dangerous to the public interest than politicians chasing "jobs" with the people's checkbook. They can buy their way into the ribbon-cutting photos knowing that, if they grossly overbid, they won't be around when the bills come due. Chances are the Amazon "winner" will fall into this category. (Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of...