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On Tech Issues, Obama Falls Short of High Expectations

Barack Obama was the embodiment of the modern, high-tech president when he took office: the first to fully harness the Internet to build a political movement, the first commander in chief to carry a BlackBerry, the first to promise to instill Silicon Valley sensibilities in the federal bureaucracy.

However, halfway through his first term, President Obama has yet to deliver on much of his sweeping tech agenda, tempering the high expectations many in the industry had when he took office.

A research and development tax credit that Obama pledged to make permanent lapsed at the end of last year and remains dormant. Legislation to invest in basic research and math and science education is bottled up in Congress. And while the federal stimulus bill directed tens of billions of dollars to clean energy, health IT and broadband deployment—money long sought by the tech sector—Obama has disappointed the industry in critical areas such as tax policy and trade.

From San Jose Mercury News
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