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Aneesh Chopra  (Source: AFP)
CEA President Gary Shapiro says the government is silencing innovation

The Obama administration has already had a profound impact on technology.  From charging Intel with antitrust violations to taking majority ownership of GM and Chrysler, the administration's actions have profoundly affected the tech landscape.  And as new decisions, such as the proposed ACTA treaty and Copenhagen climate promises loom, the Obama administration is a hot topic at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show.

Obama's Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra was in Las Vegas yesterday, but received a rather icy welcome from Consumer Electronics Association President Gary Shapiro, who admonished the Obama administration's approach on many topics.

He offered mild criticism of the bailout of the financial and auto sectors, which he called "panic spending".  And he stated, "When it comes to innovation, there's a lot the government can do, and there's a lot they should not do.  The government doesn't spur innovation or entrepreneurship. The government often gets in the way."

Mr. Shapiro complains that the Obama administration isn't doing enough to make sure that the U.S.'s trade policy allows our goods to compete with cheaper goods elsewhere.  He also complains that they are dragging their feet about implementing measures to allow the faster transfer of tech savvy workers from nations like China and India.

An apologetic Chopra commented, "We have to eat our own dogfood.  Gary is right about the federal deficit. We are in an economic crisis but we are going to tackle it. We have to get it right."

Mr. Chopra is a graduate of John Hopkins and worked in government and as the managing director at a health think tank before taking on the role of government CTO.  The tech industry's leadership has thus far been rather mixed in their opinions on his leadership and that of the Obama administration.

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By MrBungle123 on 1/8/2010 1:39:24 PM , Rating: 2
Is there anyone in the upper levels of the Obama Administration that has any private sector experience?

By MrBlastman on 1/8/2010 1:44:55 PM , Rating: 2
But wait, don't you see, that is part of Obama's pledge to get rid of lobbyist influences by hiring a completely inept, non-corporately attached and connected team of professional students. ;) Who cares if they've worked or not!


By hashish2020 on 1/8/2010 6:58:48 PM , Rating: 4
Um, tell me where Obama's opponent EVER collected a check not DIRECTLY from the government? I mean, Sarah Palin was a newscaster for like 18 months, so I guess that means she is awesome

It's funny, double standards and all

If a Democrat (and don't get me wrong, I hate both parties) works in a private sector job then he must be looking for a bailout, if he doesn't he is a leech, but a Republican doing the same magicaly becomes someone "blowing up socialist governments from the inside out"

Where would McCain go if we got rid of the government?
How about Bush? Back to failing at oil ventures?

Even the Golden Child Reagan was a worthless C level actor whose only claim to fame was taking government money to create McCarthy-esque hysteria...

By hiscross on 1/8/2010 8:52:18 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, Reagan shutdown the Soviet Union (what now call Russia) President Bush got the Texas Rangers a new stadium and had riod Sosa traded to the Cubs. McCain spent a lot of time in the North Vietnam cell. Sarah can shoot. What can you do?

By Reclaimer77 on 1/9/10, Rating: 0
By cruisin3style on 1/9/2010 10:32:41 PM , Rating: 3
Not to discredit your thought on Reagan's qualifications versus Obama's for President, but you tend to have more achievements when you are around 69 years old at the time you take office than when you are something like 20 years younger. (guesstimates from your provided links)

By ekv on 1/11/2010 3:30:08 AM , Rating: 1
well, at least somebody admits Obama is too inexperienced for office.

By MrPoletski on 1/13/2010 7:07:37 AM , Rating: 2
You also tend to achieve more when in office for 8 years vs 1.

By MrPoletski on 1/13/2010 7:04:20 AM , Rating: 2
I'm still waiting for somebody to tell me what was so great about Reagan. Sure, ending the cold war was a good thing, but he can't claim all the credit for that, after all the Soviet Union collapsed economically due to a failed government system (communism) and an expensive desire to build more and more warheads.

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