Targeted engineering research makes sense. However, the same is not true for scientific research. By pushing pure research to the back burner, we are saying "We already have the scientific knowledge. We just need to engineer suitable products based on that knowledge." But is that really true? I doubt it. For example, the only way that a GPS receiver on the surface can sync its clock with a fast moving GPS satellite in orbit is to have the clock run slower on the satellite. Without the foreknowledge of Dr. Einstein's relativistic physics, we would have built satellites that wouldn't sync and would still be scratching our heads as to why it didn't work.
The targeted research the President is advocating does not allow the scientist freedom of choice in their research. And that pure research is what leads to truly new understandings of how things work. In turn, their pure research allows others to improve antibiotics, rather than designing more efficient blood letting devices. It is a mistake to push down pure research in favor of the politically correct research field du jour.
I for one would certainly support additional funding for education and research but the fact of the matter is that we're BROKE. What I'm hearing from the pres is that we're going to borrow more money from the Chinese in order to dump it into "green energy" that is already hugely subsidized by a broke governement in order to make it remotely competitive. This makes no sense.
I am afraid that I have never seen government do a better job than the private sector. In fact, government student loans have driven the cost of going to college through the roof. With more money available to students colleges are free to charge more. I also echo the statements of earlier comments: not everyone can be an engineer or scientist. Government set goals are great but not realistic. WE should celebrate science and engineering over sports, the focus of schooling (HS and College) should NOT be sports but education.
Obama also first must improve our legal system and the courts to protect American inventions. Make patents life to 40 years. Improve patent office. Then, innovation explodes and with it many new job creations.
President Obama said in his state of the union speech, “Others come here from abroad to study in our colleges and universities. But as soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us. It makes no sense.” What makes sense to me is charge students from abroad 3X tuition and then give two US citizens free tuition giving us a two to one advantage in competition.
Where was Obama and his party while these problems were getting worse over the last two years? I guess the Democrats thought they could go on a spending spree while they controlled all of the branches of government (except the court). Now that Republicans control one branch, NOW we have to START work to solve the country's problems. I am just sick about the losers we keep sending to Washington. Our leaders are shameful (and shameless) and we are getting the leaders we deserve.
President Obama seems to be the only politician in America who is discussing the most difficult challenge facing America: the influx of several hundred million educated people in India, China, Russia and beyond to the global job market. In fact this particular formulation was stated by the last CEO of Intel. I do not think there is a simple answer to how one solves this challenge, but I think we engineers, who daily face the reality of employment in our fields shrinking in America, should not pretend (unless one has access to a substantial trust fund) that this is an issue which will not impact our lives and those of our children.
Obama is a Democrat. Democrats think lying is okay since their only god is the state. You only get the truth from them when they don't realize anyone has a recorder. A recording of Obama when he was campaigning has Obama saying "we're going to spread the wealth around". Truely worthy of statists such as Mao, Stalin, and Adolph. Obama has no business spending other peoples money on anything other than the things authorized in the constitution. The federal government has no authority to be involved in education of any kind. We need to stop looking to government, especially a bloated burocracy like the federal government, to solve any real or perceived problems. Obama is a self admitted crack head - reference his own autobiography - who shouldn't be elected as dog catcher, let alone president of the US.
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