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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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RE: You gotta be %^&* kidding me
By bhieb on 1/8/2010 3:36:18 PM , Rating: 3
Tell me about it, my grandfather does not do much in rural North Dakota since he got TV. Just sits there collecting government money for not farming his land.

Just kidding btw obviously rural electricity was a good idea, but that does not make them all a good idea.

RE: You gotta be %^&* kidding me
By mcnabney on 1/8/2010 4:59:17 PM , Rating: 2
GI Bill - pretty much the foundation of the largest middle class expansion ever.

Bitch about Social Security all you want, but it keeps the grandparents out of your house. Also, it is one of the most efficient programs in the world. A true model. Strange, I know. And no, it isn't a retirement plan. It is a social contract.

Medicare, which is single-payer healthcare lite.

EPA and Clean Air/Water. You are mostly too young to remember the environmental problems of the 70's. Trust me, we live in a virtual paradise now.

Some things only government can solve. They sometimes do a good job too.

RE: You gotta be %^&* kidding me
By Kurz on 1/8/2010 5:36:21 PM , Rating: 4
Social Security is probably what will bankrupt us.
When all the Baby boomers go into Retirement who is going to pick up the Tab?

What happen to working for your life and saving personally for Retirement. I put away 5% of my paycheck to my 401k.
People need to stop living off the teet that is the US Government. Its just going to end horribly.

By hashish2020 on 1/8/2010 6:50:51 PM , Rating: 2
"When all the Baby boomers go into Retirement who is going to pick up the Tab?"

Skilled immigrants, the same people who have saved the American economy since WWII

RE: You gotta be %^&* kidding me
By mcnabney on 1/8/2010 7:04:14 PM , Rating: 1
You are showing your ignorance.

If absolutely nothing is done Social Security will continue to function, but only pay out as little as 80% of scheduled benefits. Once the Boomers die, it will balance out again.

This wouldn't have even happened if Congress hadn't decided to use SS money for other things, like providing a lifelong stipend to people who have gotten a doctor to declare them disabled.

And SS isn't retirement. You should be saving for that. SS is SECURITY which will keep you alive if you lose all your money in the market by listening to the 'experts'.

By PhatoseAlpha on 1/9/2010 3:08:56 AM , Rating: 2
Ah, so personal financially incompetence is deserving of government money, but permanent disabling injury or disease is not.

Curious priorities you have there.

RE: You gotta be %^&* kidding me
By AEvangel on 1/8/10, Rating: 0
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