Houston--Mitt Romney said in all three presidential debates that we need to expand the economy. But he left out a critical ingredient: investments in science and technology. Scientific knowledge and new technologies are the building blocks for long-term economic growth — “the key to a 21st-century economy,” as President Obama said in the final debate. So it is astonishing that Mr. Romney talks about economic growth while planning deep cuts in investment in science, technology and education. They are among the discretionary items for which spending could be cut 22 percent or more under the Republican budget plan,
Comments: Lane was the head of the National Science Foundation under Clinton. If nothing else, the NSF is a very political place, and grants are awarded accordingly.
I think we have seen enough of The Won's idea of "investment in science" -- think of Solyndra, et al.
Corporations have R&D departments, too. And they have a motive for getting it right, on time, and on budget.
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were not, to my knowledge, funded by the NSF.
"Invest" in government research and education, which translates into more money for the Democrat voter base that slithers around academia...never teaching, just sucking up taxpayer money doing questionable research on abstract "science and technology" that has no benefit or appeal to the real world.
What a hoot! The number of lib/progs in the entire country who have a true scientific/mathematic background and a command of the disipline's rigors can probably be counted on one hand. Science is not their strong suite by any means. Don't try this at home, libs! Leave it to the private sector.
Science that can't generate interest from private investors is junk science.
News Flash, NYT: There is nothing the private business world loves to do more than provide backing for innovative new technology... provided it actually WORKS and produces results. Sound business models are just as important as research to bring technology to the consumer.
In a related story, the landscape is littered with bankrupt tech companies run by shysters whose primary research project was "How To Get Government Money From Elected Morons And Then Vanish Into The Night"
The government should, like in so many other matters, mostly shut up and butt out.
It isn't government that ought to be making those investments as they have a very, very, poor record of making wise investment choices. I believe that Romney has made statements to the effect that government should allow specific tax deductions for companies that invest their own money in research and development. This is a much better way to encourage science and technology than to just have the government throw money at politically connected companies.
Ah, but Neil, that's where the problem lies! Anybody can invest, but not many people can make good investments.
Of course, you think a good investment is one where government power has rigged the payoff. But as far as science is concerned and real social utility, that doesn't count. That's called cronyism, because only the cronies benefit.
Science is NOT the key to growth. LIBERTY to innovate is the key to growth. This means allowing people to try even unpopular things to either fail or succeed ultimately. Sure, you can get innovation by shoving tons of money on the chance that one of those ventures will ultimately succeed but it is not the most efficient way to proceed when everyone else in the world is competing in more intelligent ways.
If you really want to advance science in the US, stop protecting the Education Department teachers by opposing school voucher programs. Let K-12 education become competitive again.
If there is money to be made off of scientific discoveries, why wouldn't private money be available for research? The NSF and other government grants support a lot of worthless projects that serve no other purpose than to subsidized the colleges and universities that receive the money.
Slight expansion of Obama's (and the NYT theme): More "Green Tech" propagandists shoving their jive down the throats of school children while bad-mouthing all corporations is the key to economic growth.
Since Neil F. Lane is a reporter for America's most influential newspaper, I wonder if he's heard anything about something happening in Benghazi, Libya.
"Science" investment used to mean for research & development. Under Obama, it means handing Billions to Buddies who pretend to start up a green business.... nothing at all to do with research... who pocket the cash & file bankruptcy.
Washington--As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds. The squad was not with the Washington police department or Amtrak’s police force, but was one of the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads — VIPR teams for short — assigned to perform random security sweeps to prevent terrorist attacks at transportation hubs across the United States.(Snip)With little fanfare, the agency best known for airport screenings has vastly expanded its reach
Washington--The Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin finished removing a contentious phrase on the memorial for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington at the end of the month. The phrase came from Dr. King’s “Drum Major Instinct” speech. It read, “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” Critics of the memorial, including the poet Maya Angelou, said the phrase did not show the true nature of the full quotation.
Galesburg,IL--In a week when he tried to focus attention on the struggles of the middle class, President Obama said in an interview that he was worried that years of widening income inequality and the lingering effects of the financial crisis had frayed the country’s social fabric and undermined Americans’ belief in opportunity. (Snip)“If we don’t do anything, then growth will be slower than it should be. Unemployment will not go down as fast as it should. Income inequality will continue to rise,” he said. “That’s not a future that we should accept.”
Audacity: Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson eloquently refuses to stay on liberalism´s black plantation. So, naturally, the left seeks his destruction. George Zimmerman´s prosecutors´ star witness, Rachel Jeantel — whose contentious, garbled testimony backfired badly — told CNN´s Piers Morgan of the jury that heard her, "They old. That´s old-school people. We in a new school, our generation." As she experiences her 15 minutes of fame, Jeantel would no doubt lump Benjamin Carson in with the "old-school people." But these two black Americans represent the different paths available to everyone in a free country, regardless of ethnicity.
President Obama is announcing for the umpteenth time he´s going to "pivot" to fixing the economy — as if that´s ever worked before, since it is he who broke it. That said, Obama will pivot to tiddlywinks if that´s what it takes to get out from under his mountain of scandals. (Snip)Here´s a fun fact: As a lawyer for the Washington law firm Wilmer Hale, Wilkins represented Rev. Wright´s Trinity United Church of Christ in 2007 when the IRS began asking questions about whether the tax-exempt church was too involved in political work for its most prominent member, Sen. Obama.
Trust: Why should anyone believe what the president says about ObamaCare? Last week he touted nonexistent rate cuts and rebate checks. And the White House now admits his promise about keeping your doctor was false. On Thursday, the president tried to shore up the ever-weakening support for ObamaCare by boasting about $100 rebate checks millions of Americans were supposedly getting in the mail thanks to the law´s restrictions on overhead spending by insurance companies. "Millions of Americans opened letters from their insurance companies," Obama said, and "were pleasantly surprised with a check." Not exactly.
A growing number of Americans are getting permission to carry firearms in public—and under their clothes—a development that has sparked concern among some law-enforcement authorities. Applications for "concealed-carry" permits are soaring in many states, some of which recently eased permit requirements. The numbers are driven in part by concern that renewed gun-control efforts soon could constrain access to weapons, along with heightened interest in self-defense in the wake of mass killings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo.
The Obama administration is assembling a shortlist of candidates to lead the Federal Reserve, in the expectation that chairman Ben Bernanke won´t seek reappointment when his second term at the central bank ends in January, according to people familiar with the matter. (Snip)Mr. Bernanke has left his mark on the U.S. economy with a wave of easy-money policies in response to the 2008 financial crisis, recession and sluggish recovery that followed. His successor will need to figure out how to pull those policies back. If the Fed changes policy too soon, it could undermine the recovery.
Jon S. Corzine, no stranger to bare-knuckle brawls after spending nearly 40 years on Wall Street and in New Jersey politics, now faces the biggest fight of his career: a showdown with the United States government. (Snip)In another call that month, the global treasurer indicated that the firm’s liquidity “situation” was “not sustainable” and that “we have to tell Jon that enough is enough. We need to take the keys away from him.” If found liable, Mr. Corzine and Ms. O’Brien could face fines and possibly a ban from trading commodities.
Dakar, Senegal--As a freshman senator from Illinois, Barack Obama told a packed auditorium in Kenya’s capital, “I want you all to know that as your ally, your friend and your brother, I will be there in every way I can.” But he will not be there. (Snip)Despite decades of American investment to promote stability in the volatile region of East Africa, Kenya just elected a president indicted by the International Criminal Court, accused of bankrolling death squads driven by ethnic rivalry. It was the outcome that Washington had desperately tried to avoid,
A prominent corporate lawyer in Chicago has been accused by an Illinois disciplinary board of charging the firm for phony expenses, including about $70,000 in taxi trips, $35,000 in sporting events and a Thanksgiving celebration at his country club. Lee M. Smolen, a partner at DLA Piper, the world’s largest law firm, was named in a complaint filed this month by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Before joining DLA, Mr. Smolen was a longtime partner at Sidley Austin. (Snip) In 1988, Michelle Robinson was a young Sidley lawyer
Sanford, Fla--The screams are clearly coming from a distraught male, whose repeated cries for help end abruptly with a gunshot. What is not clear from a recording of a 911 call, however, is the identity of the screamer: George Zimmerman, the volunteer community watchman, or Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old he killed that night. (Snip)One [expert witness] concluded that the voice was not Mr. Zimmerman’s; the other said it was very likely Mr. Martin’s. In an order released on Saturday, the judge in the case, Debra S. Nelson, excluded their testimony. She said the science supporting
In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State´s sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell´s besmirching of the Republican Party´s "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Cretu
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes
For nearly a year, we have had no answer to why the administration lied about Benghazi — why it told the world, not to mention the parents of our murdered SEALs at the funeral of their sons, that the cause of that fatal conflagration was an anti-Islamic video no one saw, when the various arms of our executive branch (White House, State and intelligence) already knew, or strongly suspected, it was a terror attack orchestrated by al-Qaeda affiliates. You only have to read the now infamous talking points to know that. That this lie was deeply immoral is obvious.
Today, across Africa, Araby and Asia, from Nouakchott to Dhaka, the diplomatic facilities of the United States are closed. There’s a Tsarnaev out there, somewhere – could be the Mahgreb, the Levant, the Horn of Africa, the Indian sub-continent – who knows? So, as Richard Fernandez writes, “Shelter in place, this time globally.” Maybe it will work. Maybe by the end of the day there will be, unlike Benghazi a year on, men in custody. But if not? Daniel Pipes: Don’t know about you, but I find this pre-emptive cringing unworthy of a great country, even humiliating.
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect opened fire and refused to drop his gun, police said. Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops. Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.
In an interview for The Guardian Weekend magazine, actor Matt Damon recently weighed in with his thoughts on how President Barack Obama has handled the scandals that have engulfed his administration since the spring. Damon, a vocal supporter of the president since his 2008 campaign for national office, said that Obama is overcompensating for his lack of military background with his tough response to controversies like how the government is responding to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The actor said that Obama is allowing himself to “get bullied” and is acting as though is “manhood”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus threatened to pull the group’s partnership with NBC and CNN for 2016 GOP presidential primary debates if the networks moved ahead with plans to air films on Hillary Clinton. “If they have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote stating that the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor,” Preibus said in a statement. In individual letters to CNN President Jeff Zucker and NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt,
A new report from researchers at Georgetown University must be horrifying diversicrats at elite colleges and universities. The report´s title, "Separate and Unequal: How Higher Education Reinforces the Intergenerational Reproduction of White Racial Privilege," gives away the conclusion of the study. Despite all the efforts at affirmative action, as a whole, the top tier of colleges is making racial inequality worse, rather than better. (snip) Sooner or later, history will note that affirmative action deeply damaged the progress blacks were already making in the pre-civil rights era.