Vail Daily letter: Some questions
July 6, 2016
Your lead columnist on Sunday's Commentary (Jack Van Ens) page generated some questions.
Your columnist questioned the origins of a quotation used by President Reagan at the 1992 GOP Convention. Does he also disagree with the contents? In other words, does he believe you can strengthen the weak by weakening the strong; that you can help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer; that you can help the poor man by destroying the rich man; that you can help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves?
On a separate issue, your columnist appropriately praised President Lincoln for chartering the transcontinental railroad. No one should challenge his claim that it was the greatest internal improvement up to that time. In today's world of government paternalism, when officials' motives are prominently questioned, President Lincoln would have had to recuse himself from this issue since he had a career as a railroad lawyer. Does your columnist think that President Lincoln had a conflict of interest and should have recused himself on this issue?
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