"Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts."
Garl: My sincere appreciation for your kind words. You and I both know you went further than I did, and the only reason I didn't was simply the word-count limitation that publishers impose on the deathless prose of their writers. For the record, I wouldn't change a word of my Railway Age blog and even if you were the only reader who understood and appreciated my effort, I consider to have been successful. Again, many thanks.
When I began writing this entry, I struggled with the leading quotation.
Barnard Mannes Baruch served as its point of origin, so he ultimately received the nod.
Even so, I really like the way another statesman revised it - making the aphorism more uniform in construction and, in my opinion, poetic.
"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts."
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
I am familiar with the Moynihan version, and happily admit to having cribbed it on numerous occasions. If you're going to steal, steal from the very best. That last sentence might be a cleaned up version of the Willy Sutton response to "Why did you rob the bank, Willy?
Good to see your views once again, Garl and, as usual, I agree wholeheartedly with you and Larry. I just returned from an Amtrak trip: Syracuse/Chicago/Denver,( quickie Denver/San Francisco), Denver/Chicago/Syracuse with all trains on time or early, reasonable food & great sleeping along with astonishing landscapes. We in the US have magnificent resources for efficient, comfortable alternative travel and most of it is not being tapped because we do not have a rational national surface transportation plan. Someone I spoke with on the trip mentioned that 75% of the US adult population do not own cars & yet virtually all pay taxes. This presents a wonderful "no taxation without representation" argument when it comes to the massive subsidy provided to highways without proportionate subsidy for passenger & freight rail. I always appreciate Larry's reality therapy words which caution me to not get carried away with unbounded enthusiasm, but, I am hopeful that the GOP has finally reached a point of absurdity and we will see a resurgence of good, honest differences in points of view being rationally discussed in a civil manner. Only then can a rational national transportation plan be even possible. Thank you both.