Handsome Joe Biden was on Pod Save America (the old band got back together) last night and tells us his priorities: defeating the Trump-Virus and how he plans to invest ( The full episode … Full transcript of Lovett and Pfeiffer with Biden) :
BIDEN: “…Get control of coronavirus. Without that, nothing else is going to work very well, number one. Number two: invest in the community, in real infrastructure. He’s been promising to invest in infrastructure in ’17, ’18, ’19, ’20. He hasn’t done a single, solitary thing. So we’re going to invest in generating economic growth in the United States by making it and buying it. Buy it in America, made in America. He is exporting jobs overseas.
“The first thing we’re going to have to do is to, in order to compete internationally, is we’re going to have to compete. We used to have, we used to invest a little over two point six percent of our GDP [in] research and science. It’s now down to point six percent. We’re going to invest in science and technology. We’re going to make sure that we can compete with the rest of the world and lead the rest of the world. We have the greatest institutes. We have more great research universities in the United States of America than every other research university in the entire rest of the world combined.
“And the good news is, the people own them. They are not private institutions. Los Alamos is owned by a university. It is a university. The people own these systems and we so underestimate. That’s where every major breakthrough has come out in the last twenty five years. And we’re going to invest in those. We’re going to continue to invest in the research and development. And it’s going to go from making sure we have access to know how we’re going to generate economic growth through infrastructure that is green as well as we’re going to invest five billion dollars a year in cancer research.”