Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Obama stokes America's dwindling flame of innovation

President Obama's vision for science and technology innovation couldn't come at a better time. A recent report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation ranks the US sixth (out of 40 countries) on innovation and competitiveness. (NY Times)

Who cares? What does that have to do with the bottom line? Come on. Producing higher quality goods faster and cheaper (improving productivity and profits) isn't going to happen with tax cuts, but science and technology breakthroughs. And how are you going to inspire the next generation of innovators? Not with slam dunk contests and American Idol, but by landing a man on Mars.

Thank the stars Obama gets it. He made some comments
during the inauguration last month ("We will restore science to its rightful place… We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories "), and he continued pounding the drum in his address to Congress this evening
  • "A twilight struggle for freedom led to a nation of highways, an American on the moon, and an explosion of technology that still shapes our world today. And in each case, government didn't supplant private enterprise, it catalyzed private enterprise."
  • "I do not accept a future where the jobs of industries of tomorrow take root beyond our borders, and I know that you don't either. It is time for America to lead again."
  • Regarding the recent stimulus package: "We've made the largest investment in basic research funding in American history, an investment that will spur not only new discoveries in energy, but breakthroughs in medicine, and science, and technology."

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