"Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive," he said. "In the middle of the Civil War you had a guy named Lincoln paying people $16,000 for every 40 miles of track they laid across the continental United States. ... No private enterprise would have done that for another 35 years."
Really Joe? Except for nuclear weapons, the Hoover Dam, and possibly the World Wide Web, I can't think of a single noteworthy accomplishment or good idea that came from government....ever. Did government invent the microwave oven, the cotton gin, the light bulb, the internal combustion engine, or ice-cream sandwiches? Like 99.99% of all innovation, these ideas came about from private enterprise. And by private enterprise I mean individuals working in their own self interests creating things to make money for themselves and their families....or as you dumb statists like to call it, greed.
When free men are unencumbered by onerous, tyrannical government, through their self-interested pursuit of profit, they improve the lives of everyone with their ideas, innovations, and inventions.