Republicans Unveil 2011 Tech Agenda

June 3, 2011 -

Yesterday House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) detailed the Republican tech agenda, a one-page list of priorities for Republican lawmakers in 2011 and beyond. While Republicans loathe regulations that stymie productivity and put a burden on businesses, they don't seem to have a problem with regulations on consumers' lives when it comes to flying, purchasing goods, legislating morality, or doing things on the Internet. In other words, regulations that punish the everyday citizen are cool, but regulations that keep corporations in check - like net neutrality - are bad.

The bullet points of the Republican tech agenda  are mostly conceptual and non-specific at this point, but here they are:

 

  • Promote Spectrum Availability and Efficiency: "Spectrum policy will play an integral role in the expansion of mobile broadband over wireless devices. The exploding demand for spectrum could also play a role in decreasing the deficit by producing auction revenue."


  • Protect the US from Cyber Attacks: "We will work to enact strong cyber-security protections in this Congress that focus on increasing protections in an innovative manner that allows for dynamic solutions to this dynamic problem."


  • Protect American Intellectual Property: "America is the most innovative nation on earth, due in part to the strong intellectual property protections our founders included in the Constitution and Congress' commitment to keep those protections strong and current."


  • Promote Free and Fair Trade: "In order to increase competitiveness of American companies, we will work to pass pending free trade agreements to expand market access for domestic products and promote free and fair trade."
  • Update the Tax Code to Ensure Job Growth: "We will promote tax reforms that put Americans back to work, simplify the code to lower rates on families and businesses, and encourage companies to invest domestically."


  • Ensure American Access to the Best Workers: "We will examine current education programs to make sure they are operating efficiently. We will also examine current visa and immigration laws to make sure we attract and retain the best and brightest minds from around the world."


  • Reduce Unnecessary Regulation: "We will continue to eliminate regulations that stifle innovation."

 

Of course Republicans are not alone in putting intellectual property rights and post-911 "safety" ahead of basic human rights and personal freedoms: the president and the Democrats have no problem passing laws that take away even more freedoms in the name of protecting the music and movie industry or punish hackers and terrorists - even if it means forgoing the traditional constitutional right of due process and even when there is little evidence to support the claims.

Source: Ars Technica


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Re: Republicans Unveil 2011 Tech Agenda

Did anyone expected anything different from the current in-breed of Republicans?

Oh and by the way, where the hell are those jobs they kept promising?????

All I have seen is pointless Simbolism and a slew of ultra far-right ideas that will make any neo-con proud. The press was busting the balls of the liberals during the 09-10 season and I have yet to see some real ball busting on these clowns. Or everyone is following the Fox News bandwagon and simply following up on the made-up crap they come out with?

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So how are you going to reduce regs if you make more laws? Morons......


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Re: Republicans Unveil 2011 Tech Agenda

Welcome to the repiblican/libertarian party. Where we promise small goverment and give you a boner for the small goverment idea and when we get in power we make it so big that it almost resembles a socialist nation and throw a cold shower on that boner we just gave you.

Enjoy your stay.

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Protect American Intellectual Property: "America is the most innovative nation on earth, due in part to the strong intellectual property protections our founders included in the Constitution and Congress' commitment to keep those protections strong and current."

I don't know why, but this sounds arrogant as fuck to me.

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Re: Republicans Unveil 2011 Tech Agenda

Appealing to patriotism is the oldest political trick in the book.  If you're going to claim America is not the best country in the world at something and still win an election, you'd better have somebody to blame and some vague plan for how we're going to be on top again.  A plan that repeats the words "freedom", "Constitution", and "innovation" as many times as possible.

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Reduce Unnecessary Regulation: "We will continue to eliminate regulations that stifle innovation."

Last time I checked, republicans hate innovation, or change alone.

Re: Republicans Unveil 2011 Tech Agenda

Well, they certainly hate regulations of any kind. Not to mention, they love the "free trade" mantra even though it's a load of bollocks.

And let's not forget "trickle down economics". Which has certainly been the case the last 30 years: the rich have gotten far, far richer while what the rest of us have gotten is the drip of a broken faucet.

Re: Republicans Unveil 2011 Tech Agenda

Can we even be sure those are faucets anymore and not.... well, one can guess what I'm getting at.

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Promote Free and Fair Trade: "In order to increase competitiveness of American companies, we will work to pass pending free trade agreements to expand market access for domestic products and promote free and fair trade."

It should read "Promote Free and Restricted Trade." I really don't know of any means to legally transfer ownership of electronic goods once it's be purchased for an specific account. Also, with the anti-consumer attacks on trading used games, I don't think anyone has an idea what fair trade is.

I take that back. I'm sure companies do know what fair trade is. They just rather fight to remove it from society.

 

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