From the president’s remarks last night in Boston:
We’re going to have to make an investment to make sure that research and development, the cutting-edge technologies that drive our economy, continue to happen right here in Boston. You go over to MIT, you go over to Harvard, and they’ll be the first ones to tell you if we don’t have federal research grants, a lot of the work we do is not going to happen. And if it’s not happening there, then all those biotech firms, all those medical advances aren’t going to be taking place here, or along Route 128.
We’re going to have to invest in infrastructure. I’ve been preaching this, and I know that I’m preaching to the choir when I talk to the mayor. We used to have the best stuff — best airports, best roads, best bridges, best ports. We don’t anymore. Anybody who’s gone through Beijing airport or ridden on a train in Europe, you know that we don’t have the best infrastructure. We’re way behind countries like South Korea in broadband and wireless. That’s not a recipe for the future.