Dems Bullish on Tech

Regardless of your political affiliation you must realize the technology boom was stronger under the Clinton administration than Bush. Sure Al Gore didn’t invent the Internet but at least he used it. The fact that Dick Cheney didn’t know what Napster was during his first campaign and the fact the president uses the terms “the Google” and “the Internets” is pathetic. How can the US be leaders in tech if our leaders are so oblivious to the space? Even lovers of the Bush administration realize he has done as much for technology as Kevin Federline has done for Britney Spears.

So from a technology perspective let’s welcome the Democrats with open arms. Sure the party is in bed with Hollywood – typically an anti-technology group but other than that let’s look on the bright side.

Many Dems are pro Silicon Valley and Nancy Pelosi seems to be a staunch tech supporter. Thankfully.

A year ago this month, after extensive meetings with VCs and entrepreneurs, Pelosi unveiled an "innovation agenda" that called, among other things, for broadband access for all Americans, whether it comes via Wi-Fi, WiMAX or a fixed line by 2010.

Also it would seem that Net Neutrality is all but assured under the new leadership and there will be more H-1B visas allowed per year. Business 2.0 has a good story on some other changes to expect.

  • Ed Swanson
    November 15, 2006 at 2:37 pm

    Yours is a very myopic view of American politics. The internet is embraced by people, but it is empowered by Business. Who do you think pays for the research, the deployment and the commoditization of the technologies that fuel the technology explosion? It is Business, not a party.
    The Democratic Party leadership is bullish on Power, not on technology. You mentioned technology growing under Bill Clinton. Who was the leader when the DotCom bubble burst?
    Go back and read the Gartner predictions before and during the technology bubble and you will see that their initial rosy forecasts for growth and change of the internet were dampened enormously by the reality of the bubble burst. Business was no longer able to fund the dream, so it lost its strong impetus.
    Since that time, the internet, along with the economy that drives it, has improved with the pro-business posture of a Republican administration.
    Certainly the Democratic party leadership is more connected to the internet, but only in the sense that they realized earlier than Republicans the value of the medium as a means to capture power. They are the media experts. But do not be fooled into thinking they will promote the internet for its own sake. And do not be surprised when their pro-labor, anti-business agenda causes the next slump in technology.
    Just my $ .02 worth….

  • Rich Tehrani
    November 16, 2006 at 11:01 am

    I am a Republican actually and agree with the point And do not be surprised when their pro-labor, anti-business agenda causes the next slump in technology.
    I hope we are wrong about this and the growth tech seems to be experiencing these last few weeks continues.

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