It’s not a secret that I’ve found myself on the other side of agreeing with Carl Paladino more often than not, but it’d be foolhardy to not laud him as a businessman. In fact, Paladino was gracious enough to meet with me when I reached out to many of the top names in Buffalo business about how to make mine (FC Buffalo) succeed around here. It was a genuine solid conversation that became rather personal.
So it isn’t surprising in the least that a good businessman would be standing up for his own interests, even when they run perpendicular to the very causes he championed when running for governor. Free market? Hardly. Paladino’s attempted regulation of the food truck market in Buffalo smacks of corporate acumen rather than small business.
It’s a bully’s world and Paladino has the dollars to command the pulpit, but as Michael Wrona commented on the Buffalo News article (with a slight edit from Bill Maher’s immature “tea bagger” line), “Why am I not surprised that Capitalist, Conservative, Republican, Tea Partier Carl Paladino wants to prevent competition for the food business dollar? It appears all that capitalist, free market, libertarian, small business talk is just talk when you come right down to it.”
The hypocrisy is damning. As I stated before in this space, brick and mortar restaurants need to come to their own rescue. When FC Buffalo was looking for extra vending for our big games, there weren’t any restaurants looking to bring their servers to Robert E. Rich All-High to share in the profits. Lloyd’s taco trucks committed immediately and 3800 people learned of Lloyd’s, not “Restaurant X.”
Stop damning innovation, you old codger of a city.