Call it a Kinsleyan gaffe – unintentionally saying what you really think. It’s currently only on Drudge, where the “flash” link will soon move on to some other story. But the Veep’s words deserve preserving in blog amber for future generations to ponder.
VPOTUS, who stood next to Bishop and grasped the four-term Democrat's shoulder at several points during his remarks, waded into the audience as he discussed the nation's need to compete with education and infrastructure investments made by nations like China and India, and Republican opposition to such spending.
"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."
By that logic, we should also credit war itself, shouldn’t we? After all, would Lincoln have cared so much about laying track if the Union troops didn’t need it to move around?
Also: Government didn’t invent the track itself, Joey, or the railroad. It just overpaid to get the stuff laid out.