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When Free Enterprise Needs Government

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Here's your synopsis of the Obama domestic agenda:

I
reject the view that says our problems will simply take care of
themselves; that says government has no role in laying the foundation
for our common prosperity. For history tells a different
story.  History reminds us that at every moment of economic upheaval
and transformation, this nation has responded with bold action and big
ideas.  In the midst of civil war, we laid railroad tracks from one
coast to another that spurred commerce and industry.  From the turmoil
of the Industrial Revolution came a system of public high schools that
prepared our citizens for a new age.  In the wake of war and
depression, the GI Bill sent a generation to college and created the
largest middle-class in history.  And a twilight struggle for freedom
led to a nation of highways, an American on the moon, and an explosion
of technology that still shapes our world.  In each case,
government didn’t supplant private enterprise; it catalyzed private
enterprise.  It created the conditions for thousands of entrepreneurs
and new businesses to adapt and to thrive. 

From
here, Obama will take us through the big three of his domestic agenda:
Energy, health care, and education. Just as promised.

It would seem the era of big government is over no more:

--Jonathan Cohn

 

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