Obama off the Wire

It seems I have found reason to add another post referring to Obama’s SoftU speech of February 16, 2011; how about coast to coast 4G coverage? Just this week Obama visited Northern Michigan University to admire their wireless coverage that gives out a laptop to each incoming  student and allows 68 % of its student body to attend class remotely. Along with the high speed rail connecting Tampa Bay to Philadelphia, making sure that 98 % of the USA will have a 4G signal at their disposal remains a top notch priority on President Obama’s agenda. By blanketing the US with WiFi Obama is also hoping that he will be able to make back some money for the government provided that corporations will buy back the networks.

Obama’s plans have received the predictable treatment; from the right side of the aisle they scream that it’s been enough already with the Federal spending, and from the left side of the aisle one hears murmurs of hope maybe this will jump-start the economy.

To me both sides either don’t know how or don’t care to talk about matters that might jeopardize the next presidency but address grave global concerns such as climate change, water scarcity, peak  oil, species extinction, nuclear and chronic economic crisis. Once we start talking about the future we are actually facing and not its idealized version easily manipulated for political purposes will we get anywhere.

Jon Stewart satirized Obama’s proclaimed Sputnik moment very well, expressing his disappointment that we are responding to our Sputnik moment not by going to the moon, Mars, or even Pluto, but to trains that will go a little faster, or to covering more of the country with wireless service (http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-26-2011/state-of-the-union-2011—night-of-too-many-promises: around 3:15). We could console ourselves with the hope that whoever gets a 4G connection that previously did not have one will use it to cure AIDS or keep the water levels from rising.

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