i actually used to argue that blue states house most of the US top universities for a reason, but i don't care about that left vs. right stuff anymore.
but technological innovation is being lost in the US. going from Silicon Valley to other countries. london is becoming a new financial capital instead of nyc. US doesn't have the allure of being the ONLY place of top class education and research as it once did. that stuff is worrisome. honestly, i don't care if the founder of apple is an indian, chinese, uzbekistanian, or whatever. as long as its founded and researched in the US and the money is being spent here.