Sunday, November 28, 2010

Huh?

Tom Friedman writes a lot of dumb shit, including in today's column, but FLG was struck by this sentence:
We need to cut Medicare and Social Security entitlements at the same time as we make new investments in infrastructure, schools and government-financed research programs that will spawn the next Google and Intel.

Uh, call FLG crazy, but he doesn't think Google or Intel were spawned by government-financed research programs. Google was written in a dorm room. Intel was founded, if FLG remembers correctly, by two or three guys who left Fairchild Semiconductor. Perhaps they benefited indirectly from government-financed research, but if you are offering that as part of the solution, then it would probably be wise to offer something that came out directly, you know, like that world changing product -- Tang.

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