The Democratic Platform Reinforces the Tech Sector’s Job-Creating Ideas

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The 2012 Democratic National Convention kicks off today in Charlotte, with three days of policy and political events serving as a precursor to the final stretch of campaigning for President Obama and Governor Romney.  While much of we see from the podium is scripted or pre-produced, conventions serve as an opportunity for parties to formally unveil their platforms.  Last week, we highlighted those points in the GOP platform that overlapped with our own agenda to grow the economy.   Today, the Democratic convention delegates will formalize forth their platform, and we are encouraged to see them, much like the GOP, identify steps that would spur innovation, help to create jobs, and grow the economy.

In the Democratic platform, the party stressed the need to:

  • Out-educate the rest of the world and close the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) gap;
  • Seek to encourage foreign-born, advanced-degree STEM graduates of U.S. universities to stay in the U.S. in order to create new businesses and jobs;
  • Make the research and development tax credit permanent and lower the corporate tax rate;
  • Open foreign markets for American manufacturers through initiatives like permanent, normal trade relations with Russia and free trade agreements;
  • Promote clean energy technology;
  • Protect the nation’s critical infrastructure through a comprehensive cybersecurity plan; and
  • Preserve the multistakeholder model of Internet governance.

Often, conventions are opportunities for the parties to differentiate themselves from one another, and that may hold true on some issues.  Fortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case in the innovation arena.  Both party platforms have underscored the need to find avenues that will spur innovation.  While the parties may disagree about a point here or there, their platforms contain a number of common areas of fundamental agreement that can serve as the basis for consensus for future legislation, including on tax reform, trade policy, STEM education, and skilled immigration.  Make no mistake, these are significant points, and at a minimum, should serve as conversation starters between the two parties.

As the convention season moves ahead and we shift to the debates, we’re anxious to hear more from President Obama and Governor Romney on the innovation front.  Neither candidate might want to admit it, but there is a great deal of agreement on a few key points that matter to our industry and our economy.  Let’s stop drawing lines in the sand and realize that the numerous ideas out there to create jobs might not be all that different.

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  • Eldora Fri., May 31, 7:40 PM
    It's great to find an expert who can epxlian things so well
  • Reena Thu., May 30, 9:28 PM
    No I am not like all, I think one shud take sides depending who or what is going on, being nterual is what has brought our country to what it is , I beleive in standing with my friends right or wrong .. maybe i am wrong in thinking that way .. but then thats me why would you want ot be neautral , I can understand it only if in your heart you dont know who is right.. but if one is right then its wrong to be neautral .. I will always side with the one who i think is right ..
  • Bailey Thu., May 30, 5:03 PM
    1)No body can compare this Guy with Vijay and Ajith ..பில்லாவில் அஜித்துக்கும், துப்பாக்கியில் விஜயுக்கும்திரையரங்கில் கிடைத்த வரவேற்பை விட “கண்ணா லட்டு தின்ன ஆசையா..”வில் சீனிவாசன் ரசிகர்களிடமிருந்து அதிக வரவேற்பை பெற்றுக் கொண்டிருக்கிறார்..Here moenietnd thing is applause that given to him by the audience and this may be an one day wonder.. Here i never compared Seenivasan with Ajith/vijay regarding with individual performance.. Comparison brings inferiority, superiority.In any aspect Seenivasn is not inferior to Vijay/Ajith nor they are superior to Seenivasan. Every one has thier own identity..This article is just a appreciation for a man who transform himself from zero to hero.. Even there may be some exaggerated ..2)Atleast there should be common sense to write Essay like this..True..“Common sense is very uncommon.”
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