A unique view of 2012
To win the future, we have to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world, tapping the creativity and imagination of our people. We have to take responsibility for our deficit, by investing in what makes America stronger and cutting what doesn’t. And we have to reform our government so that it’s smarter, leaner, and better able to take on the challenges of the 21st century.
We have to work together to make the hard choices necessary to control our deficit so we can afford necessary investments in our future. The Budget includes more than $1 trillion in deficit reduction – two-thirds of it from cuts -- and puts the nation on a path toward fiscal sustainability so that by the middle of the decade, the government will be paying for what it spends and debt will no longer be increasing as a share of the economy.
The United States has fallen from first to ninth in college graduation. To win the future, we must out-educate our global competitors by training 100,000 new STEM teachers, expanding the President’s Race to the Top program and making college more affordable.
Investing in American innovation and ingenuity is crucial to winning the jobs and industries of the future. That’s why President Obama has called for the highest level of investment in basic research and development since President Kennedy and challenged America’s scientists and engineers to develop better clean energy technologies.
To compete in the global marketplace, we must have the fastest, most reliable ways to move people, goods, and information. From building our crumbling infrastructure, to connecting 80% of Americans to high-speed rail and 98% of Americans to high-speed Internet, President Obama has laid a clear path toward winning the future by out-building our competitors.
Government has a role to play in protecting American families, but there are areas where it can do that work more efficiently. Making government stronger, faster, and more transparent will cut waste and provide better services for citizens.
Winning the Future
Shannon McNamara is a young woman working to end the "book famine" in Africa.
This edition of "For the Win" spotlights Erin Adams, a high school freshman whose time collecting canned food for charity helped her realize the importance of service.
Yooha Park creates scrapbooks to bridge the generation gap between young people and seniors.
Alyssa Pietruszka, a 13 year-old whose magical time at a fairytale resort helped her beat cancer, discusses her passion for volunteering.
"For the Win" features Jordan Schwartz, a college student who founded a student-run bilingual theater program in Atlanta.