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On the Rocks's politica podcast


Jun 10, 2021

This week we spoke to the impending national legislation in the Senate which will begin to increase our public spending on Research and Development, particularly in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), semicondictors and other innovation sectors.  Since the decades following the 1960's the United States has de-invested in R&D, from a high of just over 2% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in the sixties to .65% today.
NYT Articles to reference
 
While the new legislation doesn't increase our spending to former highs, it is a step in the right direction.
 
In the second half of our show we tackle the week-long battle going on within the Massachusetts GOP.

Candidate for MA 2nd Congressional district Jeffrey Sossa-Paquette is an openly gay married man with two adopted children.  State GOP officer Deborah Martel wrote in an email to the candidate she felt his adoption of two children to make her 'sickened'.

Sasso-Paquette has received an overwhelming response of support from GOP members throughout Massachusetts.  As of Tuesday, June 8 calls were being made for both Mrs. Martel and for MA GOP party chair Jim Lyons to step down for his reaction to the debacle, having pointed out that the GOP should not cave to democratic 'cancel-culture' and force Martel to resign.

Articles referenced in our second half

 
Boston Herald: MA State GOP
 
MA GOP canddaites responds to anti-gay comments
 
Boston GLobe: Governor Baker, other Republicans call on member of GOP State Committee to resign after making antigay remarks