Friday, October 17, 2008

I'll Have A Future Please... Do You Want A Plan With That?

This link will take you to an article that originally appeared in the New York Times. I think it does a good job of highlighting the (scary) differences between Obama and McCain when it comes to science and technology, and specifically, the value of actually having a plan versus winging it. The platform differences on science and technology haven't had much play in the media. But they are absolutely central to our economic well-being. The United States has been hemorrhaging science and technology jobs for years. This is a bad thing! Completely morphing into a nation of consumers of foreign innovation should not be our goal. I hope this issue will make more headlines in these last few weeks before the election. This article is a good place to start. Pass it around!

4 comments:

Meg said...

Good to learn about that topic--another one that you have to dig out on your own since they don't get to talk about it on TV. Here is a link to an article in the New Yorker on their differences on foreign policy. I don't know a lot about foreign affairs, I'll be honest. So, it was good for me to get a kind of primer on the candidates' idealogical differences on the subject. It is a long one, but pretty interesting if people have the time:
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/10/13/081013fa_fact_lemann

(And yes, my kitty does look like a creamsicle, doesn't he? : )

mamawhatthe said...

Meg, the last part of that link seems to have been lost. Can you post the article title? I am looking through the New Yorker site and am not sure what I am looking for.

Meg said...

ooh, yeah, I can see that the link didn't make it through. The title of the article is "World's Apart." It was in the previous issue, so you'll have to search for it on their site. I think you could do that right from the home page without going to archives, but I'm not sure.

mamawhatthe said...

Thanks for that! That was a really interesting article. It sort of reinforced my feeling that between McCain and Obama, I trust Obama's ability to adapt to "whatever may come" more than I do McCain's. Obama's more holistic approach also appeals to me. It seems so clear to me that one needs a "wide vision" to be able to address the issues of the day.