July 20, 2009

Who is Samuel Langly?

Who is Samuel Langley?  He's the man Congress decided should invent the airplane and funded him to do so.  After two crashes, he came back for more money from the Feds but the Wright Brothers beat him with their own money and their own bicycle shop.

Congress should stay out of the way and not try to run what should be private industry.  If they must pay for innovation, why not do it with awards that people can win if they invent whatever it is Congress wants invented -- that way if it's not invented, nobody's out the money!

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