1. We're the party that wants to see an America in which people can still get rich...
2. [It is] best for all to leave each man free to acquire property as fast as he can. Some will get wealthy. I don't believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich [but] we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get rich with everyone else".
"Property is desirable..a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise"
Well if you chose Ronald Reagan for the first quote you can give yourself a star.
The second quote comes from another Republican...Abraham Lincoln — who is now a hero is many Democratic circles. Little appreciated or known by them is that Lincoln was a well—compensated lawyer who had many major railroads as clients, and who also had a special interest in patent law.
Nowadays, many people of the left demonize patents as an obstacle to low cost drugs and the sharing of other developments. Lincoln recognized them as necessary inducements to progress. He went so far as to say once that the most important discoveries advancing civilization were "writing...printing, the discovery of America, and the introduction of Patent Laws".
Ronald Reagan and Abraham....co—promoters of the wonders of capitalism. One is derided and demonized as greedy; the other lionized as a hero.
Ed Lasky 10 21 05