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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 AEvangel on 1/8/2010 7:31:58 PM , Rating: 0
GI Bill

Yes, it was one of the largest spending programs of it's time. It also cost more to the middle and lower class then almost any other bill passed by the govt at that time. The idea was to give all those returning GI's from WWII unemployment benefits for a year as well as money for a college education. There are many problems with this bill first off you have to have joined the military to qualify meaning you have to become govt property. Also since you are giving them money to pay for college the academic system doesn't have to compete for these customer with lower prices or better programs since the $$ they are spending is free Uncle Sam is footing the bill. Also since you are giving them a year off with pay they don't really have to be productive they just have to sit back and collect the funds. Thus single handily, you have created inflation of the academic market by subsidizing the cost of going to school and given millions of people the taste of what it means to get something for nothing.

Bitch about Social Security all you want, but it keeps the grandparents out of your house.

Seriously??? Are you truly that naive?? The amount most people get from SSI is barely enough to keep them fed much less a roof over their head. Also the system is bankrupt and I wont tell you about the thousands of people that go out of their way to be classified as disabled so they can just sit back and collect, I speak from knowing them personally.

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.

Really?? Wow, you have been drinking the Kool-aid. A social contract...I love that term it's the same comment made any time the govt wants to take the rightful labor earned by one person and give it to someone else who didn't earn it.

Medicare, which is single-payer healthcare lite.

Also another programs that is bankrupt, completely inefficient, and is really one of the main culprits with the rising cost of health-care in this country.

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.

Yes, you are right I am too young, as you are to remember what it was like before the Govt created the problems that led people like you to naively believe that we needed huge bureaucracy's like the EPA to do what that law already does. All we need the govt both state and local to do is protect personal property rights and not pander them away to large corporations which are still in control of Govt and still pull the strings. This is what led to the rampant pollution for the last 100 years. Corporations going to the govt and making sure the govt would let them do what ever they wanted in the name of Social Progress with no respect for individuals property rights

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

Yes, your right somethings only the govt can solve, just NONE of them happen to be things you mentioned.

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