Anglican Samizdat

February 25, 2009

Not invented here

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 9:37 am

In his address to congress Obama declared:

the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it. He said millions of jobs and scores of communities depend on saving the industry.

Does this mean he is going to be sending money to Germany to bolster its automotive industry?

Karl Friedrich Benz (1844-1929), Germany Patent DRP No. 37435: GASOLINE / First true automobile. Gasoline automobile powered by an internal combustion engine: three wheeled, Four cycle, engine and chassis form a single unit.

Did the rest of Obama’s speech make any more sense? Not really:

But I’m worried that it’s not just a matter of what he chooses to put in speeches, but what he knows. It looks very much as if the president is oblivious to everything we’ve learned about social programs and educational reforms in the last 40 years—and by “we” I include policy analysts on the left as well as right. The guy never indicates that he is aware that we’ve tried a whole bunch of the same stuff he wants to try and evaluated it repeatedly and—read my lips—it doesn’t work.


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