In the universe occupied by gleeful Luddites and cynical political leaders, who appear to be celebrating the Solyndra bankruptcy filing, the U.S. government should play no role in economic development and national security. In their myopic view, the national highway system initiated by the Eisenhower administration, which gave such profound impetus to the development of the U.S. automotive and real estate industries while strengthening our national defense, would now be regarded as wasteful spending.