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  •  your "friend" is a typically ignorant (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Roger Fox, PeterHug, Hirodog

    faux libertarian stooge who is probably not worth arguing with. However, if you're so inclined, ask him if he thinks that the federal government made a mistake in giving millions of acres of western land to the 19th century railroad magnates so that they would sell off the land in order to get the $$ to build the railways. In other words, it was a direct subsidy to the railroad interests.

    If the rail magnates never got that subsidy, the entire system of transcontinental railroads never gets built. Which means in turn the building of our mighty industrial base is severely stunted. Which means in turn that we don't have the capacity to build the mind-boggling numbers of aircraft, tanks, and naval craft necessary to defeat the Hun in WWI and the Nazis and Imperial Japanese in WWII. Which means that the Germans are able to subjugate Europe and control the Atlantic, the Japanese effectively control our western offshore waters, and we are neutered. Your friend is in effect a treasonous bastard and an effective anti-Semite as well. Fuck him.

    •  Yes, I make the same point upthread (2+ / 0-)
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      jamess, PeterHug

      Lincolns landgrants to the rail roads helped win WW2.

      .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Mon May 06, 2013 at 08:42:27 PM PDT

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