In his State of the Union address, President Obama boldly proclaimed this to be our opportunity to win the future. But a huge part of winning that future is reducing our reliance on the fuels of the past.
Over the past two decades, I fear that we have reached a tipping point, where our top scientists are spending a larger and larger portion of their time raising funds and less and less time devoted to science.
Obama declared that "this is our generation's Sputnik moment." But because he cannot tell us what "this" is, it's tough to use the metaphor to convince the nation that we should pay for the modern equivalent of a space race to address it.
Obama is likely to lean more heavily on "reaching out" to Republicans. He knows full well that if anything legislative is going to get done in the next two years, Republicans are going to have to be on board.
Fear is the one common trigger of the recent Sputnik moment outbreak. Fear of being bettered educationally, economically, technologically -- the range of fears is varied, but the source of these fears is not. It's always traceable to China.