- Post 17 July 2012
- By Copy Editor
Charles Krauthammer: "Spoken by a man who never created or ran so much as a candy store,"
"And it's completely a straw man argument as if conservatives and Republicans are arguing to disband the fire department and the police department so we could all individually do it on our own. The idea that infrastructure is necessary and good is as old as the republic. It's older than that. The Romans had the Via Appia, and that wasn't exactly a new idea. And they had sewers as well. The question is what are you doing with the money when you build the infrastructure?"
"You heard Obama talking about the moonshot. This was not on that clip, but in that speech. He went through a list of the great achievements that the government has done, the moonshot. Well, Obama is the guy who shut down the moon program, the manned space program so that today we have to outsource our access into space for any American astronaut who wants to go to the space station we have to pay the Russians $50 million a shot,"
"He spoke about the invention of the internet, which he neglected to say was the work of Al Gore. In fact, it wasn't the government that invented, when in general it was the defense department, a part of the government. And what's Obama done as he's sprinkled billions of dollars in all of the other departments in government? He's shrunk the defense department. It's now looking at draconian cuts. This is a man who spent a trillion dollars and left not a residue. He could have, for example, done something about the electric grid. He did nothing on that. Instead, he sprinkled the money on cronies on pie in the sky ideological fetishes like solar panels and electric cars. Which is the future, but it ain't here and it's not going to happen. Money that is wasted, it is water on the sand. He did not leave behind a residue of all that and yet he speaks about infrastructure. All of us want to do infrastructure, but real infrastructure, and then leave the rest of life to the private individual and the entrepreneur,"