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The State of the Union: More United Than Reported

(5) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 4:57 PM

As President Obama and Gov. Daniels so clearly articulated on Tuesday night, there is much work ahead to get America back on a path of strong economic prosperity. Still-too-high unemployment, the European debt crisis and potential conflict with Iran all present dire challenges. However, in spite of the ignominious and...

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Stop Scapegoating Tech

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 5:38 PM

The Washington Post's article "Cloud Centers Bring High-tech Flash, but Not Many Jobs to Beaten-down Towns" is simply sophomoric silliness masquerading as sophisticated news. The article weaves together a series of anecdotes to paint a picture that conveniently supports its premise: technology and the resulting productivity growth is a...

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High-Tech Resurgence Key to Warding Off Double-Dip Recession

(13) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 3:53 PM

America is at risk of losing its will to win. With last week's S&P downgrade of U.S. credit to AA+, along with market uncertainty pervading our nation's psyche, the prospects of a prosperous future seem increasingly out of reach. Add a near-default on the national debt, low consumer confidence and...

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A Tale of Two Deficit Debate Outcomes

(3) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 5:58 PM

The 14th century English logician William of Occam theorized that all things being equal, the simplest or most obvious of two explanations is typically the correct one (today known as "Occam's Razor"). Rarely cited in a political or economic debate, nowhere is this theory more relevant than the conversation over...

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Replicating the Bipartisan Economic Successes of the 1990s

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 1:56 PM

While today's headlines are appropriately focused on Japan, North Africa and the Middle East, it is important that we not lose sight of our domestic imperative to drive growth and create jobs. Based on past experience, our divided government may be exactly what is needed to do just that.

Our...

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Reinventing America Requires a New Mindset

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 5:00 PM

All politics aside, I honestly can't remember the last time a State of the Union and official response included as many bi-partisan thematics and ideas as President Obama and Chairman Ryan included tonight. Job well done.

Where to begin? Prior to any policy-making, let's first have a...

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The Facts About Tax

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 10:16 AM

Washington is an alternate reality town where fiction and fable masquerade as fact if repeated often enough or left unchallenged, and where political score keeping is often more important than what is good for the country. The current debate on the compromise over the Bush tax cuts is progressing true...

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A Roadmap To Resolution

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 11:30 AM

The Internet is overdue for an upgrade. We are stuck on version 2.0 when version 4.0 is necessary to take full advantage of the immersive experience and productivity potential of the tools being developed today by the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. Unfortunately, our ability to accelerate forward has...

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How We Create a New Economic Normal in Washington

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 1:32 PM

With the mid-term elections now behind us, the United States has a fresh opportunity to assess priorities going forward. If we were to be so bold as to take an honest look in the mirror, we would have to admit that we are a nation with vast potential that is...

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High-Tech Offers a Genuine Opportunity for Bipartisanship

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 11:43 AM

Regardless of party affiliation, Tuesday's election result offers a clear and incontrovertible message for Washington's power corridors: voters expect (and in many cases, are demanding) consensus ideas and policies that will help limit the size of government, grow our nation's economy and create jobs. Failure to heed this warning will...

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Why Innovation Isn't Just Another Buzz Word

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 6:09 PM

Far too often in Washington, we lose sight of the practical.

Essentially, how specific policies stand to impact millions of people and the communities in which they live and work. From health care and energy to technology and innovation, the standard default is analysis and legislative language, not the...

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Persuading China

(7) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 5:12 PM

The recently completed U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) creates an opening to improve the role of China on the global stage that should not be wasted. Heading into the upcoming G-20 summit in Toronto, it's critical that public and private sector leaders immediately engage in a robust dialogue aimed...

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Laying the Foundation for a High-tech, Pro-Growth Economy

(4) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 12:58 PM

Against the backdrop of stagnant unemployment and a market still struggling to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, it's hard to credit any one industry with delivering the momentum necessary to bring about sustained growth. However, as evidenced by recent earnings reports out of AMD, Apple,...

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America's Broadband Revolution: Where We Go From Here

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 5:37 PM

With the National Broadband Plan announced by the FCC this week, U.S. lawmakers now have an opportunity to do something that will truly and positively impact the lives and well-being of every American for decades to come.

The fact is that broadband will help lead the way in new and...

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Reaching for the Innovation Gold

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 10:52 AM

Every two years, the eyes of the world are trained on the Olympics, with each participating nation hoping to take home the gold. Put simply, the games are an awe-inspiring event and, for me, a time of great national pride. This year, however, they are also a stark reminder of...

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State of the Union: Strong Leadership for Uncertain Times

(4) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 2:15 PM

Investing and innovating with an eye toward benefiting from global markets will directly result in more dollars for jobs today and tomorrow.


President Obama is unlikely to use these terms, but the state of our union is decidedly uncertain. What we need most at this time of uncertainty and unease...

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Technology, the Road to Recovery, and Personal Prosperity

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2009 | 1:14 PM

As we enter the sleepy days of summer few things of substance stick in the brain. We are more likely to dwell on the 40th anniversary of Woodstock than the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11. We should not. Rather than allowing the lunar landing to be a part of the...

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Doing What Works for the Short and Long Term

(6) Comments | Posted February 13, 2009 | 6:24 PM

The stimulus package exposed what we all hoped would have changed with a new President: That is entrenched perspectives unfortunately will not go away overnight. As we move forward, the information and communication technology sector encourages leaving behind Sunday morning sophistry that perpetuates political fault lines. We, and ideally the...

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