“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? Does he know anything about history? He’s forgetting about a lot of great ideas, such as the assembly line, telephone, cotton gin, locomotive, steamboar, electric motor, tractor, photocopier, computer, skyscraper, calculator, cash register, lightbulb, record player, mp3 player, television, stove, microwave, revolving door, escalator, elevator, washing machine, automobile, airplane, cell phone, video game consoles and controllers, refrigerator, radio, camera, film, movie camera, barbed wire, barcode technology, integrated circuit, bicycle, pda, bra, camcorder, photography, cardiac pacemaker, air conditioning, typewriter, motion picture animation, credit card, ATM, dynamite, DVDs, paper bag, ballpoint pen, fax machine, fiberglass, adhesive bandages, fiber optic cables, blow dryer, Braille, metal cans for beverages, floppy disk, carbon 14 dating, flashlight, radar, sonar, DNA fingerprinting, Gore-Tex, GPS, laser, cellophane, roller coaster, microchip, revolver, compact disk, mouse, cat litter, drinking fountain, toaster, Post-It note, sewing machine, stethoscope, the match, chewing gum, food processor, dishwasher, the Pill, drip coffee, blue jeans, Geiger counter, contact lenses, TV remote control, donuts, EKG, EEG, LED, LCD, MRI, e-mail, vacuum cleaner, IVF, PVC, Teflon, rayon, nylon, silicone, paper towel, electric iron, engines, defibrillator, cement, respirator, coat hangers, electric guitar, jukebox, Velcro, Kevlar, periodic table, zipper, elastic, disposable diapers, supermarket, Richter scale, lawnmower, Laundromat, linoleum, satellite, Morse code, pasteurization, Scotch tape, tampon, steel plow, polygraph, long playing record (LP), rubber, stainless steel, toilet paper and facial tissue, and X-rays.
I don't believe any of the above required "government vision and government incentive."