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US can't succeed if India produces more scientists than it: Obama

WASHINGTON: For the second time in two days, president Barack Obama has said the US is facing stiff competition from India and cannot succeed if the country continues to produce more scientists and engineers than America.

"I said this during the State of the Union (address), I repeated it today in Henderson in my town hall: Other countries are not playing for second. They're playing for first," he told the Las Vegas-Area Chambers of Commerce and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority yesterday.

Why is it that every other country was promoting its tourist industry and America was not doing enough for its own? Obama asked "That's just one example of the competition that we're facing on everything," he said.

"If China's producing 40 high-speed rail lines and we're producing one, we're not going to have the infrastructure of the future," Obama said.

"If India or South Korea are producing more scientists and engineers than we are, we will not succeed," said theUS
president in his Las Vegas speech.

This was for the second time in two days Obama told people to gear up as countries like India, China and Germany were marching ahead in various fields, including clean energy technologies.

"So I hope that all of us -- Democrats, Republicans, public servants and leaders in the business community -- can keep alive a sense of seriousness, a sense of common purpose," Obama said.

"That's how we can rise to this moment and transcend the failures of the past, tackle the challenges before us and leave behind a nation that is more prosperous than ever before."

On Thursday, the president had said the US, being the world leader, cannot afford to lag behind in clean energy technologies amid the fast growth of India, China and Germany in the field and sought efforts to prevent any country from "out-competing" America in future.

"We know that whoever leads the clean energy revolution is going to lead the 21st century economy...And we can't wait. Because China is not waiting. India is not waiting. Germany is not waiting. We can't afford to wait," he said at a grassroots fundraiser for Senator Michael Bennet in Denver, Colorado.

"We can't continue to spin our wheels in old education debates -- the stale debates, they pit teachers against reformers -- meanwhile kids are trailing their counterparts all around the world," Obama said.

The president said there was a need to bring people together and build consensus around reforms. "Because we know that the country that out-educates us today is going to out-compete us tomorrow. And we don't want that future for our young people. We're not going to sentence them to a lifetime of lower wages and unfulfilled dreams".


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  • India, though a 'poor' nation, puts education high on the list of its priorities. Its universities make lots of education available free online.

    In the West we have made education a commodity.

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    • No doubt. Education is expensive here. I went to a private college for two years and paid close to $50,000. that isn't including room and board or anything like that. I hope I will be able to put my kids through school. The price of education is skyrocketing.

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    • I d'ont trust Indians even one small piece of my hair

      bollocks, there's no doubt that they've higher

      education system regarding computer science and some

      technology but India is very selfish nation and the

      poor will not survive there.

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    • That is exactly why they succeed in India and China. There are NO entitlement programs over there. It's either sink or swim. If you are lower caste you are scum that needs to be purified with cow shit. India gives it's citizens fishing poles instead of fish. This is not selfish,it's capitalism REAL CAPITALISM not this fake western corporate welfare capitalism that we have with Obama.

      You only call India selfish because if you lived there you wouldn't receive your welfare check as usual. More..

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    • True.
      Education is our top priority because only literates can mobilize,allocate and distribute resources rational and equal manner.
      I blame caste-ism for the existing condition.

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    • Sorry mate, I guess your personal views are against facts. If India was a selfish nation it won't allow its scientists and professors to work for other communities and nations.

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  • The real question is what is the cause of America's dumbing down?

    When I was a little girl I idolized America. Everything cool came out of America. Science, technology, entertainment... America was the epicenter of it all.

    I'm 26 now and in that short time I've seen America go from that to second tier in almost every field - biotechnology is lead by South Korea, physics by Europe, IT technology and manufacturing by Japan, architecture by southeast Asia, the list goes on and on.

    There are on More..

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  • Common sense is not a republican virtue.

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  • Over a year ago when Obama pushed for the Stimulus he said it would cause the American dream to be reignited and new scientific discoveries to kick off.
    Guess that was him piling on more BS

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  • Shut down the visa's and the scientists would not have a place to go. Send the invaders packing back to paky and india. The us is producing more bastard kids that are not being taken care of except by the states. Obama should focus on his own race.

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    • You should focus on getting your GED.

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    • you should focus on going home instead of poisoning the west with your failed culture

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    • yup send em back and watch silicon valley and NASA crash.Did I, forget to mention health care too? Actually India is having a brain drain, So It wud be beneficial for the educated folk to come back.A lot of them actually are coming back on their own lastely.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/36-of-scientists-at-NASA-are-Indians-Govt-survey/articleshow/2853178.cms

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    • Wait a minute now, I'm gonna have to call shenanigans on you correcting my spelling, after seeing your atrocious grammar. And before you say English is not your first language; remember that it is not mine either.

      wud=would thank you very much lol jk.

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    • Still pretending you're not Canadian?

      Failed culture?
      My Canadian roots go back to the 1800's.

      How's your "bro" rubics cube?

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  • Our schools are being systematically ruined by the "progressives". And even those with advanced degrees and useful skills are very likely to spend their lives working in dysfunctional companies or bureaucracies where they will be denied the means to really excel because the ignorant scum seem to float to the top these days more often than not. The World needs another global war to get peoples' priorities straight and their heads out of their asses. The death rate would be worth More..

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  • instagator* my bad.

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  • Obamas failure is that he is only focused on green jobs. India and China dont give a crap about that and that is why they continue to expand and out produce us. Many Americans are just looking for a way to pay their rent or find out how they will feed their families this week. The last thing unemployed Americans care about is global warming or his green peace bullshit.

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    • IMO he fails because he doesn't buy into "American Exceptionalism". You can't even start a debate with someone nutty enough to ignore America's rightful place ahead of all nations.

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  • Conney = Connery

    Oops.

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  • How dare Obama point out America's flaws. He's a traitor and a instugator.

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