There is no purpose, to which public money can be more beneficially applied, than to the acquisition of a new and useful branch of industry; no Consideration more valuable than a permanent addition to the general stock of productive labour.

Alexander Hamilton, Report on the Subject of Manufactures, December 5, 1791

I wish more conservatives who have bought into the “American individualism” myth would become more informed about the degree to which government has always been involved in business in the U.S.. And how our Founding Fathers saw that as a good thing.