I see the editorial board of the Chattanooga Times-Free Press is supporting the views of the Cato Institute, which is a well-supporter of the atheist Ayn Rand. In fact, the president of the Cato Institute, John A. Allison IV recently served on the board of this atheist organization, and he has promoted requiring that her books be read in colleges. I support the Cato Institute's right to publish whatever ridiculous views they want. However, I am surprised by how willing The Time-Free Press appears to be to promote such views.
This editorial is an astonishing attempt to deceive the readers of this newspaper. Its transparent deception is to claim that the federal funds were intended to support only internet access, when in reality, the funds were to support the entire electrical grid.
Moreover, self-evidently, setting up the grid and laying fiber-optic cable required an expensive investment, just as it would be for a conventional cable company. That investment will not pay for itself in a short time. Any responsible business person or reporter knows that initial outlays may at first be a burden, but can later save money. In addition, this editorial ignores the national and statewide economy, claiming that the program should have been an instant success even despite a recession that started before Mr. Obama was elected, and which has led many companies and cities to tighten their budget.
Since such well-known facts were ignored in this editorial, I can only assume that it is not a considered, serious opinion, but instead an intentional attempt to misrepresent the truth as part of a politically motivated attack.