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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Biden Says That Every Great Idea Is Due to "Government Vision"
On Tuesday, Vice President Biden attended and spoke at a fundraiser for incumbent Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop of New York at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel on Central Park South.
Nestled within the comments that the gaffe-prone and often factually-challenged VP stated was this doosey: "Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive.”
WOW! And that folks is something that Biden, Obama, and many progressives actually do believe, I fear. The absurdity and utter fallacy of this statement doesn't even seem to occur to Biden.
And that is precisely one of the main reasons that the American people have had enough with this out-of-touch group of people supposedly governing us. They assume that nothing can be done in this greatest of all nations without the explicit help or incentivizing of the federal government. On the contrary, my progressive friends, many of the greatest inventions and most prosperous companies in the country (and thus the world) were done despite the intrusion, interference, regulation, and disincentives created by the federal government.
I think inventors as diverse as Wilbur and Orville Wright, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Eli Whitney, Alexander Graham Bell, Samuel Colt, and Thomas Edison would all vehemently disagree with Vice President Biden's asinine statement. Indeed I don't recall ever hearing about the Franklin Stove federal research and development grant program. Have you?
Perhaps Vice President Biden was referring to his earlier predecessor's inventing of the Internet. Perhaps a follow up question for our VP is in order here...