This Bob Higgs‘ piece comes to Evolve via Cafe Hayek. It is an excellent read.

From the Higgs article, a comparison of two Presidents, two Americas:

Barack Obama at a fund raiser:

“If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own. If you don’t like that some corporation is polluting your air or the air that your child breathes, then you’re on your own,” he said. “That’s not the America I believe in. It’s not the America you believe in.”

Grover Cleveland in 1887 voting against a $10,000 appropriations bill intended to help drought stricken farmers:

“I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit.”

Joesph Ivy‘s with Grover on this. I’m with Ivy on this. Barack is wrong in putting words in my mouth: I think we’d all be much better off if we were on our own.

-JD Cross