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Submitted by pickens
pickens writes: The Washington Post reports that President Obama repeatedly declared the imperative to "win the future," in his State of the Union address comparing the current need for innovation to the 1950s space race against the Soviet Union and calling for more dedication to research and technology as he raised the specter of a rapidly growing China and India, "This is our generation's Sputnik moment." Obama's proposals — some of them left over from last year's State of the Union address — ranged from increasing math and science teacher training to investing more in developing clean-energy technology. "Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik we had no idea how we'd beat them to the moon. The science wasn't even there yet. NASA didn't exist," he said. "But after investing in better research and education, we didn't just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs."
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  • Scrap NSF. Back in the day when scientists were doing science, not politicking and 'peer reviewing' (what's wrong with the old-fashioned 'back-scratching', which it really is?) there was some competition to NSF and half of the scientists were employed by the likes of IBM and Bell Labs. In Newton's days and before all of them were privately funded and there were no NSF whatsoever, yet the breakthroughs in science were coming at a much faster rate. The last 30 years were wasted on the string theory gimmick, f
  • In the linked article there's nothing about 'investment in research and education', there's no mention of education at all. There's some about how the army did launched the satellite after civilians failed miserably. It all sounds surprisingly similar to 'we need more government regulation of the financial markets to prevent the disasters in the future' - when it was precisely government regulation and messing with the system through government bonds and Freddie Mae which created it in the first place.

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