Marcus Smith Weighs in on the Economy



I hesitate to disagree with Marcus Smith (above, left, sitting next to his father, Bruton), President and Chief Operating Officer of Lowe’s Motor Speedway and a guy who knows a thing or two about running a profitable business, but, tough crap.

In the midst of a SceneDaily.com story about — guess what? — the deteriorating economy and its impact on NASCAR, the venerable Mr. Smith makes the following, immortal statement:

"It’s a very sad day when our government would ever try to tell some of the best businesses in the world how they ought to run the business."

Admittedly, I don’t much know about the world of high finance, what with me being a simple wordsmith and all, but there’s just something about that sentence that doesn’t sit quite right … now what is it? I can’t tell exactly, but … shoot. What is it that’s naggin’ on me … it’s right there. What the hell?

Oh, wait! That’s right! Um, Mr. Smith, sir? Doesn’t the mere fact that these purportedly excellent businesses are in need of a federal bailout and desperate for my tax dollars kind of indicate that they aren’t, you know, the best when it comes to business?