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.