CNN Fact Check: Paying for that 'Sputnik moment'
January 25th, 2011
11:36 PM ET
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CNN Fact Check: Paying for that 'Sputnik moment'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama urged Americans to "win the future" Tuesday night, holding out a vision of a federal government fostering advances in science and technology like it did during the days of the space race.

But the kind of "Sputnik moment" that Obama proposed costs money at a time when the Republicans who control the House of Representatives are clamoring for spending cuts. So in his State of the Union address, the president suggested getting rid of tax breaks for the oil industry to pay for it.

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  1. Spending our Way to the Scrap Heap of History

    Hey dummy! You don't cut the deficit one dime from the deficit or lower the debt by swapping one boondoggle for another. Forget about the "Sputnik moment" and take some basic financial planning courses! He proves over and over he has no intention of cutting anything. He only knows how to spend.

    January 26, 2011 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    Money (taxed or just printed) is not what is needed for this Sputnik Moment.
    Our becoming competitive with the world's presently leading nations would require a complete change in mentality from one of coolness, relaxation, and enjoyments of rights (often "God-given," or at least written into some government document) to a mentality of competitiveness and aspiration.
    I'm not sure that our socially and psychologically brainwashed spirits could endure it.
    We're not uneducated in math and science because of money: we're uneducated because we tell our children that if they haven't learned in school, it was the teachers' or the textbooks' fault, and that multiplication, division, and memory are what computers are for.

    January 26, 2011 05:09 am at 5:09 am |