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Gary Thornock's Weblog » Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney calls for more tech innovation
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18th Nov, 2005

Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney calls for more tech innovation


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eWeek has an article about Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's call for more innovation in technology. Governor Romney warns that, as Asian markets expand, it is foolish to suppose that the US will retain its position as the leader in technical innovation. From the article:

"It's wonderful that Asia is rising to become a great economic power. They are hard working, family-oriented, educated and ambitious," Romney said. "They don't just want to make toys, they want to make MRI machines and jumbo jets. Just as the center of manufacturing moved from Europe to the U. S., they want to keep it moving to Asia." …

"China and India have a population a multiple of ours. They have natural resources. There is no reason they can't emerge as the superpower. The only way we can preserve that role for ourselves is through innovation. It's erroneous that we do high-level work here and send low-level work abroad. When our market is no longer the largest market in the world, the idea that we're going to be innovating and they're going to be copying is erroneous," Romney said.

He proposes a few ideas to improve our situation, including addressing the educational gap between racial groups and offering teachers a bonus to teach Advanced Placement courses. He also advocates government investment in technology, power generation and the sciences.

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