Clinton 1.0

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) unveiled her “innovation plan” to a large group of Silicon Valley executives Thursday. Among her bullet points:

  • A $50 billion energy research agency, responsible for reducing energy dependence and global warming.
  • More research funding for the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.
  • Increases in the number of foreign-born high-tech worker (H-1B) visas.
  • Tax incentives for broadband deployment in underserved areas.
  • New technology renewable energy.
  • On paper at least, it sounds good. Look for more of this as the presidential candidates seek Californians’ votes — and their checkbooks.

    P.S. In response to a few inquiries, this is not an endorsement of Clinton. The point I’m making is that we should be looking at the candidates’ proposals and making assessments of their merit. My belief is that energy is the critical issue facing America today, and by focusing Americans’ attention on coming up with an all-encompassing solution, we might also renew broad and intense interest in engineering and other sciences, much in the way President Kennedy did with the Moon mission in the 1960s.

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    Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow