Originally Posted by Van Veen
Just change the pictures on the left to a waiter, a taxi driver, a customer service rep, a fry cook, an airline pilot... that's a better comparison.
I get better service and web presence from my liquor stores, owned and operated by my province, than my airlines, which are private companies.
Gagarin flew into space in 1961. The Ansari X prize was won 9 years ago.
Sometimes, government investment works best (ie: long range, not obviously commercializable things), other times, its private industry (toys)