Barack Obama

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In his State of the Union Address, President Obama made a big deal about manufacturing jobs as a central part of his economic vision for the country. "Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs in manufacturing", he proclaimed. I support the president's aim and passion to revive manufacturing, but to accomplish it we first have to jettison industrial era thinking. The industrial era and the 7.1 million manufacturing jobs lost in the U.S. from 1979 to 2012 aren't coming back. We must create new 21st century manufacturing jobs

Ray LaHood, former Republican congressman who was chosen as Transportation Secretary in Barack Obama's administration and who campaigned tirelessly against distracted driving, has tendered his resignation from the post.

According to Automotive News (subscription may be required), LaHood plans to resign as soon as a replacement is selected by Obama and confirmed by Congress.

Washington Post article on the matter made mention of LaHood's dedication to fighting distracted driving:

NYCTechMeetUp, a nonprofit group that represents computer coders and other technology industry people in New York, asked the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates to pitch how their policies "would benefit the growth of New York start-up community and other start-up entrepreneurs."

Each campaign responded.

Mitt Romney promised, among other things, to raise visa caps for "highly skilled foreign workers," lower the corporate tax rate to 25 percent and weaken the power of regulatory agencies.

When you write a column on the "50 ways the Obama Administration has hurt the economy and job creation," and say things like, "President Obama is the most anti-business president I've ever seen," you're not leaving much room for interpretation. But from my position as a champion of innovation and the tech sector, and to be fair and add balance, there were a few items on our list that Obama has indeed checked off. So, though my criticisms stand, I also want to highlight some positive achievements of the Obama administration

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