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Buono Posts Economic Plan for New Jersey

I’m pulling this up to the top of the front page for anyone who might have missed it early this AM. – Rosi

Today, Barbara Buono released her plan for jobs and economic security for the State of New Jersey. The plan is based on needs of the people and businesses in New Jersey, not the cronyism that we see in the Christie administration like big, expensive contracts to politically-connected companies like AshBritt. The plan acknowledges that in order to attract businesses, we need an educated workforce and investments in education at all levels, and must include vocational education and county colleges. The plan also acknowledges that in order to make the state business-friendly, we need to invest in our infrastructure – an area where Governor Christie has been negligent. And it stresses that clean energy is a job-creator, not a burden to business in the state.

Click here to access the complete report.

SOTU Presents Stark Choice: Innovate to Stay Competitive or be Left Behind

promoted by Rosi

I was extremely pleased the President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night focused on our future.  While the GOP’s rhetoric is focused on the past and stoking fears about our debt, the President took on the difficult task of outlining a vision for America’s future that includes encouraging American innovation AND debt reduction. President Obama hit the nail on the head when he said, “the future is ours to win. But to get there, we can’t just stand still,” we need to move our country forward in order to stay ahead of other nations in an increasingly competitive global economy.

America can no longer rest on the successes of the past to ensure prosperity for the future; we must take an aggressive approach to catalyzing innovation through strategic investments in physical, technological, and human capital. It is a matter of national and economic security that we step up our efforts to maintain our leadership and unleash American ingenuity at every level to create new industries and new jobs.

In order to meet the President’s challenge to spur innovation, create clean energy, expand high-speed rail, and reduce the debt, we must recognize:

1. Innovation is the Key to Economic Growth

2. Strategic Investments Can Promote Innovation

3. Today’s Education Will Shape the Future

This past March I wrote a piece I wanted to re-share, Innovation is the Key to Economic Growth.

It’s after the jump …

Tweet of the Day: Rush

This tweet’s bounced around the last couple days or so:

Forbes:there are no scientists in politics? We have Rush Holt,rocket scientist, they have Rush,oxycontin specialist http://t.co/ylBVOzC #p2

and it reminds me of the year Rush Holt was elected to Congress, 1998, when I was on staff. I had my own reasons for working on that campaign, I’ll get to that, but struck me was how interesting his everyday volunteers were. It was common to walk into the kitchen at his Pennington farm to fellow physicists, novelists, truck drivers, Indian restaurant chefs, editors, engineers and teachers licking stamps and folding campaign lit. Also at that table, Helen Holt, the first woman Secretary of State in West Virginia’s history, and Rush’s mother, his late father, Rush Holt, Sr. was the youngest person ever popularly elected to the US Senate. Conversations around that table went on for days, with revolving personnel. My all-time favorite was a 3-day extravaganza: Resolved: All physicists are Democrats and all engineers are Republicans. Discuss.

My Congressman IS a Rocket ScientistVern Ehlers, a Republican (MI-3, he retired from the House in January) was the first research physicist ever elected to Congress. Rush Holt was the second. I remember Holt joking he and Ehlers should start a House Physics Caucus, because all they’d need was a blackboard and chalk. Republican Bill Foster (IL-14) was the third physicist elected to Congress, but he lost his first re-election in November. As far as I know, that makes Holt the only physicist now in Congress. I think he’s also still the only Quaker.

When I was at University of Michigan, the best learning experience I had was in a class I had no business in, Physics of Music. It was an advanced class, and I was struggling with simple concepts everyone else walked in the door with. I was 17. But the prof personally pulled me through by spending massive time on dumb me, just for the sheer pleasure of watching me grasp concepts in science he thought were thrilling. I passed. And on the last day, he told me why he spent so much time making sure I didn’t fail, even though I was a theater major; because “science is wonderful, and scientists can see all kinds of possibilities other people sometimes miss, because of the way we’re trained to find facts. And that’s something the world needs more of.” I never forgot that, and I agree, and it’s one of the reasons I went to work there.

Rush Holt is still un-slick, still speaks more slowly than other people in politics. But his approach to the issues decided on in the House still represent me better than my own congressman, Leonard Lance (I was redistricted out of NJ-12, into NJ-7).

who can speak with some experience about the need to restore science to its rightful place, who said during the dark days of the Bush 43’s presidency, the United States Congress’ Nerd in Chief