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In Speech, Shapiro Touts Tech Checklist

March 16, 2009 By Stephen Silver
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CEA President/CEO Gary Shapiro last week was named a "Titan of Technology" by the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and delivered a speech to the group in which he assailed the government for a host of policy disagreements. These included trade, taxes, spending and immigration policy.

"We need to step back and take a ‘first do no harm’ approach to further legislative action,” Shapiro said in the speech. “If there are more stimulus packages they deserve hearings and public vetting. We need the best ideas America has to offer.” Shapiro has recently been making similar arguments in speeches and op-ed pieces, including one in the Huffington Post.

Shapiro also announced a new initiative called the CEA Innovation Checklist, which asks six questions of those receiving them, whether industry executives or politicians. Those considering legislation are asked to consider six questions: whether it 1)creates jobs, 2)spurs new technology, 3) welcomes the best and brightest to the U.S. and 4) rewards risk taking, 5) promotes exports, or 6) helps deploy broadband.

For more on the checklist, visit www.CE.org/checklist. To read Shapiro's complete remarks, click here.
 

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John DeRose - Posted on March 16, 2009
Your story mentions that Shapiro......

"delivered a speech to the group in which he assailed the government for a host of policy disagreements. These included trade, taxes, spending and immigration policy."

You'd be doing those in the CE industry a favor by outlining his positions on those subjects instead of glossing over them, would you not?

charles azar - Posted on March 16, 2009
CEA's involvement in "politics" is for the benefit of the industry and dealers. Nothing sells unless the our economy is stable. We have many interests that need to be representated to government and CEA and Shapiro have done a good job in keeping government aware of our needs. Keep it up Gary
Chuck Azar
techmore - Posted on March 16, 2009
would cea and shapiro please keep their noses out of politics and just stick with helping manufacturers and retailers sell electronics. is this guy prepping for a run for public office or what. he doesnt speak for the whole electronic industy on policy issues so he should stop acting like it
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John DeRose - Posted on March 16, 2009
Your story mentions that Shapiro......

"delivered a speech to the group in which he assailed the government for a host of policy disagreements. These included trade, taxes, spending and immigration policy."

You'd be doing those in the CE industry a favor by outlining his positions on those subjects instead of glossing over them, would you not?

charles azar - Posted on March 16, 2009
CEA's involvement in "politics" is for the benefit of the industry and dealers. Nothing sells unless the our economy is stable. We have many interests that need to be representated to government and CEA and Shapiro have done a good job in keeping government aware of our needs. Keep it up Gary
Chuck Azar
techmore - Posted on March 16, 2009
would cea and shapiro please keep their noses out of politics and just stick with helping manufacturers and retailers sell electronics. is this guy prepping for a run for public office or what. he doesnt speak for the whole electronic industy on policy issues so he should stop acting like it