It turns out that Abe Lincoln was just another Big Government guy all the way. You see, "Honest" Abe (heh, indeedy) thought that Washington had the right to take some of your hard-earned dollars to build a governmental boondoggle called a transcontinental railway -- when a horse was perfectly capable of making the trip, albeit in slightly longer time. If only Lincoln had had Scary 21st-Century Supermarket-Aisle Soda Lady to tell him that "government is just too involved in people's lives."
Joe Biden came to 30th Street Station today to reveal the Lincoln scam:
In a speech at 30th Street Station that was largely preaching to the proverbial choir, Biden drew parallels as far back as the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, when at the height of the Civil War it also underwrote construction of a coast-to-coast rail link.
Don't even ask about Lincoln's "big government solution" to the problem of slavery. Of course, it was also Lincoln who promised us that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth"...before some other guy came along and told us all that "government is the problem."
If Biden had his druthers, government would repeat Lincoln's Folly:
The Obama administration announced plans today to spend $53 billion over six years to develop a national and intercity high-speed passenger rail network, creating jobs in turn.
President Obama will include an initial $8 billion investment in the budget plan he will release next week, Vice President Joe Biden said today at 30th Street Station.
If Congress approves the plan, funding would go toward developing or improving trains that travel up to 250 miles per hour, and connecting existing rail lines to new projects.
The plan would create thousands of good manufacturing jobs here at home while making sure we keep pace with China and other fast-growing economies on the infrastructure front. In other words, the plan is completely dead on arrival. Thanks, Tea Party.