New-change ideas or same-old-waste ideas. The difference in candidates is shown in their approach to car battery development.
Old idea: Offer a $300 million prize to whoever comes up with a “leap” in battery technology for transportation, even though all of the auto companies are researching this area while our National Science Foundation is underfunded and basic research is lagging. Whoever wins the “prize,” be it Honda, Toyota or maybe a U.S. auto manufacturer, gets the patent and the profits.
Or, a new idea: Fund the NSF with an additional $300 million with a priority on battery research. The new idea gets the same results plus all the additional research knowledge, U.S. control of the patents to license the local manufacturers and the labs, university scholars and the new jobs in research and manufacturing.
John McCain proposes the $300 million prize for a battery. Barack Obama promises to spend $150 billion over 10 years to encourage development.
One candidate is for the same old political change, meaning no change at all. The other is for real change in how government can serve the people and not necessarily always the big special interest spenders.