What Does Tuesday’s Midterm Election Mean for Innovation in the United States?
For a couple years now, I’ve been receiving weekly e-mails from the Innovation Movement, a “coalition of Americans who believe innovation is the key to reviving the global economy and creating new American jobs,” sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Generally, the e-mails act as newsletters sharing the latest on innovation in government, business and technology from across the globe.
But last night I received an e-mail from the Innovation Movement that included a letter from CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro expressing his views on the midterm election results.
Shapiro said he believes innovation fared excellently in the election because “the last two years have been devastating for business and the future of the country. …
“This change in national mood is great for innovation. The anti-deficit, anti-federal spending, pro-business shift in the electorate is 100 percent consistent with an innovation-based agenda. Now we can focus on the policy issues that will get our nation back on track: lowering the federal deficit, passing trade agreements, modernizing visas and making more spectrum available for wireless broadband and new innovation.”
Do you agree with Shapiro? Have the last two years been as anti-business as he says? Is business the key to increased innovation in the United States? Will the next Congress take business and innovation to the next level?