Don't say the things impossible,
for chances are you'll rue it;
Someone who did not know it,
will come along and do it.
Could not locate author of that ditty. Came to mind while reading comments on a CNN Mississippi river flooding article. Someone suggested a canal be built to divert water from the big muddy to Texas and other places that chronically experience droughts. The naysayers shot him down: impossible to build tunnels; electricity to run pumps, too expensive; simple geography lesson will show why it can not be done; see Florida Everglades to know why it is impossible; and so on.
“Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.” Simon Newcomb
"Heavier than air flying machines are impossible." Lord Kelvin
Kelvin and Newcomb, whoever they are, might be amazed, assuming they are long gone, to know that heavier than air machines have been to the moon and back, to name one thing people thought impossible that became way possible reality.
I am hardly a history buff or even close to knowledgeable, but quite positive it was an innovative president and Congress that implemented the New Deal, creating jobs around Great Depression time. It seems now is exactly the time when an innovative president and Congress could be creating jobs to build something that will divert water from floodplains to drought stricken areas. The goal being to prevent future flooding.
President Obama impressed me by ideas presented in The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. Citizens, media, talk show hosts, and lawmakers are so busy bickering over false claims that he was not born in the U.S.A. or that he is a Muslim, they can not get down to serious business, nor consider that his ideas are viable. They would rather say turning those abandoned Maytag factories into alternative energy production using biochemical processes is impossible; won't work; too expensive, and la-di-da.
President Obama, himself, seemed better able to sell his ideas to Congress when he was a senator. He definitely has leadership ability, yet does not appear he is leading Congress in the way our country needs to go; despite his knowing how we can reclaim the dream.
There was time when electricity, telephones, computers and even indoor plumbing were not standard to most United States' households. If people like Kelvin, Newcomb, those who called it Fulton's Folly had run things, today's U.S.A. would look much different. Shame those wealthy corporations are not using their tax breaks to create jobs. Surely they could hire engineers, come up with a plan for the Mississippi river, implement changes while creating jobs. An entrepreneur with vision could create a better tomorrow by work done today.