I'm not convinced that all incentives are useless, although I have no doubt that incentives frequently are misused and poorly directed.
But hasn't Texas, the surprisingly prolific econo-ho, added a lot of jobs? Not all good ones, but, still, what's the connection between the giveaways and job growth there? And hasn't South Carolina prospered around an incentivized auto industry? And might some of those gift-bearing places that had experienced "recent economic decline" have declined even more without the jobs they bought?
Again, I don't doubt the data, but I'm suspicious of broad brushes, including this one. Some good points in the comments beneath the article.
Thanks to alert reader Marco for the link.