In his nominee acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention tonight, Barack Obama chose to promote hope for the future and touched on several points that would have been music to the ears of the tech industry – should it choose to believe that he can make good on his promises.
In his 40-minute address, the President struck on key themes of education, innovation, and immigration. He said nothing, however, about facilitating the import of entrepreneurial types from other countries that would help America’s startup communities.
Here are the lines that stuck out:
“The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I’m asking you to choose that future. I’m asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country – goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit; a real, achievable plan that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation.”
“And together, I promise you – we can out-educate and out-compete any country on Earth. Help me recruit 100,000 math and science teachers in the next ten years, and improve early childhood education. Help give two million workers the chance to learn skills at their community college that will lead directly to a job. Help us work with colleges and universities to cut in half the growth of tuition costs over the next ten years. We can meet that goal together. You can choose that future for America.”
“I’ve worked with business leaders who are bringing jobs back to America – not because our workers make less pay, but because we make better products. Because we work harder and smarter than anyone else.”
“And now you have a choice: we can give more tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, or we can start rewarding companies that open new plants and train new workers and create new jobs here, in the United States of America.”
“No company should have to look for workers in China because they couldn’t find any with the right skills here at home.”
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