'Somebody else made that happen' - a symposium (updated)

Michael Harlin comments: I read President Obama's comment from late last week regarding business owners:  "If you got [sic] a business -- you didn't build that.  Somebody else made that happen."  What I didn't read until this morning was the next sentence:  "The internet didn't get invented on its own.  Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."  Now darn it, he's right. The government authorized the creation of telegraph in the 19th century.  Lines were strung everywhere, even to California.   Later came telephone lines and now the internet.  Government, too, in that century authorized the creation of the railway system linking the East and West coasts.  Later in the 20th century, the government regulated air lines allowing flights with routes across the country.  In the 1950's the Eisenhower administration created the Interstate Highway system allowing more...(Read Full Post)