Recently Will spoke out about Massachusetts and Gov. Patrick funding of Evergreen Solar (ESLR). Will is right to condemn it and the state was and remains wrong when it attempts to fund private industry; and for that matter so is Pres. Obama wrong on this allocation of resources. The private sector, often referred to by some at the State House and elsewhere as the “greedy private sector” , is in the business of finding the next new thing, they have pools of money for that purpose and do tons of research to find opportunity. If the state was so sure ESLR was a great investment why had the greedy private sector with all it’s money and expertise been unwilling to make the bet. What advantage does the state (or the Dept of Energy et al) have when it comes to private equity investments? Strategic tax breaks on a limited basis in return for plants and jobs maybe, but trying to pick winner s in new technologies or amongst industries should be leftt to the greedy guy’s and MA & the USA can collect their capital taxes.