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Obama's Sputnik Moment ::

Bill Black noticed the same thing I did about Obama’s State of the Union address last night, and elaborates, in What Is President Obama’s Sputnik Moment and What Is His Apollo Response?:

President Obama never even attempted to explain why his space metaphors were apt. If energy dependence on the Mideast and climate change pose an existential threat to the U.S.—as Senator Obama believed and argued—then President Obama needs to make the most powerful case possible to convince the American people of the need to spend over $100 billion in additional federal funds to support development in renewable fuels. Instead, President Obama’s mention of these matters in his address was so cursory and opaque ("an investment that will strengthen our security [and] protect our planet”) that he seemed almost embarrassed to even raise the dangers that Senator Obama warned endangered our nation and world.

He goes on to criticize the lack of a national plan, in terms that are sadly familiar to anyone who’s seen projects flounder due to poor management.

Thu, 27 Jan 2011, 1:49 AM PST
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