Originally Posted by AustinChief
This is all true except that in the end, it better make SOME profit(or at least come close to break even) or it isn't sustainable.
This is the key point. It doesn't necessarily have to be about profit immediately (or near-term), but it had better be all about sustainability or it's a giant waste of time and money. Otherwise over time the private sector will back out, and the public funding will dry up as political will drifts in the breeze.