An interesting take on the world and government, but it certainly rings true in our current fiscal crisis. If you want anything from the government and want it cheap then you either get it slowly or shoddy you pick. There was a very good idea towards the bottom about offering R&D prizes for development of new solar technologies. There are a lot of smart people out there that would kill to earn a $10 billion prize and it would be far cheaper than investing in failing technologies over and over. Food for thought.