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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 zombiexl on 1/9/2010 11:31:03 AM , Rating: 2
This whole thread cracks me up. Lets look at some things we all know.

Obama has been president for almost a year (technically he started on his policies after he was elected, so slightly more than a year). He continues to blame his inherited economy. *Note* While he was in the senate the Dem's controlled congress, for those unaware congress holds the purse strings.

Bush was president for less than 8 months on sept 11, 2001 and he took a lot of crap for it. He never once blamed Clinton for the attack.

Bush completely turned into a socialist in his second term. Appointing a few judges was the only conservative thing he did.

Obama has raised taxes on tobacco more than all combined taxes since they began taxing tobacco. I don't smoke, chew, etc I just don't like BS taxes no matter who they affect.

I haven't seen one tax cut for real working people. I see a bunch of handouts for underachievers, but not much else. These could be considered a pay back for votes considering the welfare, ssi, public housing crowd voted for Obama in huge percentages.

Most people don't see a big picture they look to what can I do know.

Almost every time I hear an Obama sound bite he blames Bush. He accepted the job (some say he even bought it through the union's), and fought to win the position.

The day he took office it was HIS responsibility. It really concerns me that he wont man up and take responsibility. In any other job he would have been fired. I've never heard a CEO saying that he inherited a bad company and spending them into oblivion to fix the deficit.


RE: You gotta be %^&* kidding me
By Reclaimer77 on 1/9/2010 1:32:45 PM , Rating: 2
Not only did Bush never blame others, but he hardly if ever defended himself from even the most wacko accusations. Because the office of the President of the United States is supposed to be above such things. And if Nixon taught us anything, it's that a Republican President is committing suicide if he goes against the media. Fortunately for Obama he doesn't have that problem. The media, aside from Fox, appears to be all too willing to go along with this sham and never ask hard questions or point anything out.

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Obama has raised taxes on tobacco more than all combined taxes since they began taxing tobacco. I don't smoke, chew, etc I just don't like BS taxes no matter who they affect.


The amount of taxes gained from tobacco tax is so large that the government is literally dependent on them to run. One wonders who they will come after next once they make smoking illegal. Also in a country that sucks in exporting as much as we do, tobacco is our single largest export. Stop killing the tobacco industry for goodness sakes, I say.

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I haven't seen one tax cut for real working people.


And you wont. In Obama's eyes, real working people are fat cats who stepped on others to achieve whatever lifestyle they have gained. We have to take money from them and give to others.

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These could be considered a pay back for votes considering the welfare, ssi, public housing crowd voted for Obama in huge percentages.


Don't forget the millions given to Acorn from the stimulus bill. Nothing stimulates the economy more than funding people so they can commit more voter fraud and help hookers file their taxes legally.


RE: You gotta be %^&* kidding me
By MrPoletski on 1/13/2010 7:12:24 AM , Rating: 2
You're insane. You're not even worth debating with, just worthy of being told you're a nutjob.


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