Rob Natelson
March 15, 2013

When a columnist in the Lakewood Hub edition of the Denver Post advanced the ridiculous thesis that 19th century American progress was largely to government programs, I just had to respond.

The truth, of course, is that 19th century America was generally a time of minimal government and almost unimaginable (to us) economic freedom. In the course of editing my response, the Post made some unfortunate omissions and changes. Here is the original response in correct wording

To rescue a drowning man, you don’t lecture him on why we need water. His immediate problem is too much water. You have to get him out of it.

Today our country is drowning in government spending and debt. Yet some insist on lecturing us about the virtues of government rather than trying to cure the problems created by too much government.

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