On February 22, 1993, the Office of the Press Secretary for the Clinton White House announced a new technology policy for the nation. Al Gore would hold the leadership position working with the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Economic Council.
. . . President Clinton and Vice President Gore returned to California’s Silicon Valley to unveil the initiative, where the President last year detailed his commitment to a new direction in U.S. technology policy, a commitment which was endorsed by leaders throughout the technology community.
The policy that was announced was an industrial policy for the benefit of one sector of the economy – the tech sector. Ultimately, it would destroy the rest of the economy and transform the United States into a technocratic communist country.
- +Highlights of the Technology Policy
Increase partnerships between industry and the national laboratories;
Develop a partnership with the American auto industry to enable the development of a “clean car,” creating jobs and protecting the environment; and
Expand the Commerce Department’s Advanced Technology Program to provide matching grants for industry-led R & D consortia.
A major priority of the package will be developing a National Information Infrastructure and the “information superhighways” created by legislation introduced and steered to passage by Vice President Gore when he served in the Senate. Technology for America’s Economic Growth includes:
Support for the High-Performance Computing and Communications Initiative that is developing new technologies for our most powerful computers, supercomputers that are able to rapidly process enormous quantities of information and for a national, high-speed network (“information superhighways”) to make this high-performance computing more accessible.
Developing new applications for high-performance computing and networking in health care, lifelong learning, and manufacturing.
Creating pilot projects to demonstrate these technologies in schools and other nonprofit entities.
A task force of the National Economic Council which will work with the Congress and the private sector to develop policies needed to accelerate the deployment of a National Information Infrastructure.
America’s technology policy also will be used to help meet other important national goals:
• The federal government will use technology to cut its costs, improve energy efficiency, and improve the quality and timeliness of service.
• The government will work with industry to develop technologies (software, computer and communications equipment) that increase the productivity of learning in our schools, our homes, and our work places.
The plan will improve the environment for private sector investment and innovation in a variety of ways:
Making the Research and Experimentation tax credit permanent. Reducing capital gains for long-term investments in small businesses.
Reforming our antitrust laws to permit joint production ventures.
Technology for America’s Economic Growth recognizes as well that our policy goals require a continued commitment to U.S. leadership in basic research. The initiative includes substantial increases in funding for the National Science Foundation.
And, Technology for America’s Economic Growth improves the management of U.S. technology policy with:
High-level leadership and coordination by the Vice President, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Economic Council.
Developing a true partnership between the federal government and industry, labor, academia, and the states.