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    Washington’s economic do-over

    When President Obama meets with business leaders at the White House today, one thing will be clear: The United States is now an economic superpower on the verge of decline. This is not an observation based on casual public perceptions such as the current unemployment rate or tax debates in Washington, but an analytical one stemming from real socioeconomic trends, key performance indicators and the [...]
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    A Roadmap To Resolution

    The Internet is overdue for an upgrade.  We are stuck on version 2.0 when version 4.0 is necessary to take full advantage of the immersive experience and productivity potential of the tools being developed today by the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. Unfortunately, our ability to accelerate forward has long been stymied by process and politics.  Hopefully, the strong and balanced [...]
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    High-Tech Offers a Genuine Opportunity for Bipartisanship

    Regardless of party affiliation, Tuesday's election result offers a clear and incontrovertible message for Washington's power corridors: voters expect (and in many cases, are demanding) consensus ideas and policies that will help limit the size of government, grow our nation's economy and create jobs. Failure to heed this warning will likely mean a repeat of the 2010 cycle, an even more polarized electorate, [...]
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    Why Innovation Isn't Just Another Buzz Word

    Far too often in Washington, we lose sight of the practical. Essentially, how specific policies stand to impact millions of people and the communities in which they live and work. From health care and energy to technology and innovation, the standard default is analysis and legislative language, not the ingenuity (and vast potential) of a concept or idea. By focusing on the wonky instead of the practical [...]
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    Three Key Ways to Drive Job Growth

    Let's be honest: There is no silver-bullet solution that will immediately stimulate job creation. The signs are everywhere that the economy's growth will be slow: stagnant 9.5 percent unemployment, looming deficits and a sense among many Americans that the worst is far from over. The road ahead will require real leadership and collaboration from the public and private sectors, but recent signs of such [...]
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    China's G-20 Opportunity

    President Obama and other world leaders meet in Toronto for this weekend’s G-20 summit amid a challenging period for global markets. U.S. unemployment still hovers around 10 percent. Trade deficits are widening. While the success of the summit’s proceedings will be based on many factors, collaboration and agreement on top-of-mind economic issues rank among the most important. Nowhere is this more relevant [...]
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    Persuading China

    The recently completed U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) creates an opening to improve the role of China on the global stage that should not be wasted. Heading into the upcoming G-20 summit in Toronto, it's critical that public and private sector leaders immediately engage in a robust dialogue aimed at clearly defining the prioritized objectives for our nations' long-term strategic [...]
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    Laying the Foundation for a High-tech, Pro-Growth Economy

    Against the backdrop of stagnant unemployment and a market still struggling to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, it's hard to credit any one industry with delivering the momentum necessary to bring about sustained growth. However, as evidenced by recent earnings reports out of AMD, Apple, eBay, Google, IBM, and Intel -- and the ripple effect each has had across markets [...]
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    Opinion: Tech industry needs to tell its story in Washington

    At 30,000 feet, a recent in-flight viewing of the movie "Up in the Air" presented an applicable analogy to the challenges the high-tech community faces in Washington, D.C. Namely, once you get below 30,000 feet, things are not what they appear to be on the surface. This is particularly true of the debates taking place in Washington that too often ignore the true role and economic realities affecting [...]
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    America's Broadband Revolution: Where We Go From Here

    With the National Broadband Plan announced by the FCC this week, U.S. lawmakers now have an opportunity to do something that will truly and positively impact the lives and well-being of every American for decades to come. The fact is that broadband will help lead the way in new and emerging industries and create millions of jobs for generations of American workers. However, as a recent FCC survey shows, [...]
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