“Good politicians do what’s right, not what’s popular. ”
Once again I agree 100% with Fareed Zakaria. On his August 29th GPS show, Zakaria explained that the key to America’s success has been and will continue to be its ability to foster innovation. Some countries focus on being the factory of the world (China), some countries want to be the offices of the world (India), but America is the research center of the world. Our entrepreneurial spirit and our top notch university system foster our innovative society. That is why we became a superpower in the 20th century and that is why we will continue to lead the world this century. However, our advantage is declining. Other nations like South Korea are enacting policies to build an innovative society and work force to compete with United States. While our competitors make common sense reforms to create 21st century education systems, incentives to attract research facilities, and incentives to build a more innovative society, America sits paralyzed by partisanship and debates over what religion the president is. If America is going to continue to be the leader in innovation then it needs to make it a priority.
Innovation is America's defining quality.
That is why I have argued and have been promoting innovation as a centrist principle. Just as free trade is a conservative principle, innovation should be our defining principle. Its America’s defining quality and it’s our defining quality as well. While the partisans on both sides of the aisle are constrained by their supporting special interests limiting their ability to offer innovative ideas, centrists focus on innovation to produce new options and more choices in every sector of society from more parties and candidates in the political process to more opportunities and choices in our educational systems. Everything we promote as centrists is defined by our interest in innovation. Let’s make it our top priority as well as our country’s.