Innovation and Competitiveness
Bush’s Technology Agenda
role of government is not to create wealth; the role of our government is to
create an environment in which the entrepreneur can flourish, in which minds
can expand, in which technologies can reach new frontiers."
President George W. Bush
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United States has long been the leader in innovation and technological
invention. From Thomas Jefferson to Gordon Moore, American ingenuity has helped
expand the nation’s economy and increase our standard of living. Today more
than ever before, technology development and individual enterprise are the
critical drivers of economic growth, both in the U.S. and around the world.
technologies are revolutionizing the way we learn, work and play – all while
improving our quality of life. Agricultural technologies are increasing crop
yields while reducing the need to spray herbicides and insecticides on our foods
and into our environment. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are
generating new cures and treatments that help us live longer and healthier
lives. Advances in health care have increased life expectancies, while CAT scans
and MRIs, laser scalpels, endoscopes and blood-cleaning technologies make
surgery safer, less invasive and more precise. New computational power has given
us the keys to our genetic code, transformed the global economy, helped us in
our war on terrorism, and opened a universe of business and community service
opportunities. Finally, high speed data networks known as broadband offer great
potential to increase productivity, promote economic growth and revolutionize
how we deliver health care.
President Bush believes that
government has an important role to play in creating an environment in which
innovators can generate new ideas and entrepreneurs can turn these ideas into
new products, new companies and new jobs. As the birthplace of the Internet, and
home to the world’s most important information technology companies, the
United States is well positioned to continue its leadership in technical
innovations for years to come. This report highlights steps the President is
taking to ensure that America realizes this promise. Specifically, the President
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