You should thank the government for everything you enjoy, says Vice President Joe Biden:

“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.”

While the government is one of the few entities that can take on a project like laying railway track, Mr. Biden cannot seriously believe this. In fact, some of the worst ideas ever have come about as a result of government incentive and government meddling.