Lincoln's preservation of the union would not have been possible without his economic reform. It is the philosophy at the base of those achievements that must be the prototype for change in America now.
If the right wants to try to stop a serious economic recovery package by trying to vilify one of the most popular policy programs in American history, then I'll say what George Bush once said: Bring it on.
Clearly the allegiance of the Republicans who opposed the loan to save GM and Chrysler is not with the US, which would lose 900,000 jobs if just GM closed, and more than 2.1 million if the Big Three did.
Today Fortune editor Geoff Colvin looks at four potential repositories for blame in our ongoing saga of doom. They're a credible group of whipping boys, from Greenspan to Clinton to the collapse of regulation.