Teknologi – menurut Obama

Obama telah terpilih sebagai presiden USA. Sebagai anak dari pelajar Kenya, yang bertemu dengan ibu Obama, yang berkulit hitam, Obama mewakili golongan minoritas di negeri paman Sam itu. Apa yang bisa kita pelajari dari fenomena tersebut.

Kalau dilihat rencana cetak biru yang ada dalam kampanye Obama Biden, cakupannya cukup luas. Pengkategoriannya meliputi :

Civil Rights, Defends, Disabilities, Economy, Education, Energy & Environment, Ethics, Faith, Families, Fiscal, Foreign Policy, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Immigration, Iraq, Poverty, Rural, Service, Seniors & Social Security, Taxes, Technology, Urban Policy, Veterans, Woman …more

Apakah ini mencerminkan fokus-fokus problem untuk pemerintahan di US ? Dan apakah bisa diterapkan untuk mengatasi krisis multidimensi di negeri kita ? Teknologi merupakan salah satu prioritas yang diperhatikan Obama dan tim-kampanye-nya. Tepatnya adalah Technology, Science and Art.

Terdapat 14 kata technology, 7 kata science dan 90 kata Art, tercantum dalam dokumen rencana cetak biru Obama. Beberapa alinea menarik yang relevan, dan mestinya bisa diterapkan di Indonesia adalah :

Invest in the Manufacturing Sector and Create 5 Million New Green Jobs

Double Funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership: The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) works with manufacturers across the country to improve efficiency, implement new technology, and strengthen company growth. This highly-successful program has engaged in more than 350,000 projects across the country and in 2006 alone helped create and protect over 50,000 jobs. But despite this success, funding for MEP has been slashed by the Bush administration. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will double funding for the MEP so its training centers can continue to bolster the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers

Obama juga concern (peduli) terhadap riset, terutama dengan motivasi pembentukan lapangan kerja :

Technology, Innovation and Creating Jobs

Barack Obama and Joe Biden will increase federal support for research, technology, and innovation for companies and universities so that America can lead the world in creating new advanced jobs and products.

Invest in the Sciences: Barack Obama and Joe Biden support doubling federal funding for basic research over 10 years and changing the posture of our federal government from being one of the most anti-science administrations in American history to one that embraces science and technology. This will foster home-grown innovation, help ensure the competitiveness of US technology-based businesses, and ensure that 21st century jobs can and will grow in America.

Make the Research and Development Tax Credit Permanent: Barack Obama and Joe Biden want investments in a skilled research and development workforce and technology infrastructure to be supported here in America so that American workers and communities will benefit. Obama and Biden want to make the Research and Development tax credit permanent so that firms can rely on it when making decisions to invest in domestic R&D over multi-year timeframes.

Deploy Next-Generation Broadband: Barack Obama believes we can get broadband to every community in America through a combination of reform of the Universal Service Fund, better use of the nation’s wireless spectrum, promotion of next-generation facilities, technologies and applications, and new tax and loan incentives.

Crack Down on Market Manipulation: Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe the SEC should aggressively investigate reports of market manipulation. Under the Bush administration, the SEC has been sapped of the funding, manpower and technology to provide effective oversight.

Obama and Biden believe we must have an effective, functioning cop on the beat to identify market manipulation, protect investors and avoid excessive speculation in financial markets.

Mudah-mudahan rencana itu jadi dilaksanakan, dan kita pengin tahu bagaimana hasilnya. Apakah sesuai dengan motto kampanye-nya ‘Yes we can’ Obama-Biden ?

It’s your choice…..

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