Obama To Say US Facing New Sputnik Moment

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    Obama To Say US Facing New Sputnik Moment - CBS News :clap2:

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the country is facing another Sputnik moment.

    In his State of the Union address tonight, Obama will remind Americans of a time 50 years ago when the Soviets beat the U.S. into space by launching its Sputnik satellite.

    Obama says that America didn't just roar back and surpass the Soviets but that the U.S. unleashed a wave of innovation that created industries and millions of jobs after boosting spending on research and education.

    Saying that now is this generation's Sputnik moment, Obama will call for new investments in education, research and innovation.

    The White House released excerpts of Obama's speech in advance.
     
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    Innovation has always come from the entrepreneurial spirit.
     
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    He could have done this 2 years ago.

    There was to much inclusion of Republican ideas into the stimulus. While I am glad Obama's found his "footing"...if he had put more into infrastructure and alot less into tax cuts/breaks..things would be very different.
     
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    why yes, nothing is to much inclusion...:rolleyes:...

    more infrastructure, you mean more paying the salaries of more state employees....and 'invest' won't work either.....:eusa_hand:

    sputnik?:lol:

    he'll have to explain to 75% of the country that Sputnik is not Russian diarrhea or a rapper...
     
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    You're clapping for this?

    So we aren't investing in education, research, and innovation already?

    This is ridiculous. Our problem isnt that we aren't spending enough money. It's that we are spending way too much and extremely inefficiently.

    Also, spending money on education doesnt make children smarter.
     
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    What is it about the energy issue that causes lefties to become catatonic? It ain't about satelites or education or research. It's about cheap energy.
     
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    Well did he say it?
     
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    Comparing the pursuit of alternative energy sources comes no where close to the same thing as a sputnik moment in the minds of the public. Never will.

    I mean, technically he is correct in terms of new technological possibilities and new industry development that could occur from it. But it comes no where near capturing the public's imagination and focusing their collective willpower upon achieving this goal as sputnik did. It's a gross overstatement in the name of hyperbole.
     
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    We are quite a bit more jaded now than in the time of sputnik.
    Takes a lot more to impress us hence hyperbole.
    Or a superbole.
     
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    Well, to be fair everyone has looked at the heavens at night and wondered whats up there. It captured the imaginations in a romantic way.

    Not quite the same as looking at your gas tank and wondering what else you can put in there.
     

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