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Why I'm Running for President
This week, I am formally announcing my candidacy for the presidency of the United States. Here is my platform.
Jun 06, 2011—For months now, there has been a lot of media speculation about whether I would throw my hat in the ring and run for president of the United States. OK, "a lot" would be an exaggeration. In fact, there hasn't been any speculation at all—but today, I am formally announcing my intention to run. I have no party, no funding, no advisors and no shot at winning, but I think the American people deserve a candidate who can focus on bringing a spirit of entrepreneurialism and innovation back to the country.
The Roberti 10-Point Plan to Re-energize America
1. Secure the food supply. The Bioterrorism Act of 2002 authorizes the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, acting through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to issue regulations to protect the nation's food supply against bioterrorism and food-borne illness. We haven't had any attacks on the food supply, yet each summer for the past several years, there have been numerous outbreaks of food-borne illness (see Europe's E. coli Outbreak, Hold the Onions—and the E.coli and Fresh Spinach, Anyone?). I pledge to create a public-private sector partnership to develop ways to employ radio frequency identification, 2-D bar codes and other technologies to ensure that pathogens could be traced back to their source within 24 hours.
2. Bring down soaring health-care costs by encouraging the adoption of RFID technologies to track hospital equipment. Many U.S. hospitals that have adopted RFID have seen a return on their investment in less than a year. Increasing asset utilization and reducing the incidence of lost or stolen equipment would save the health-care sector billions of dollars annually. In addition, RFID hand-washing systems could ensure that doctors and nurses wash their hands before entering a patient's room. This would reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections, thereby shortening hospital stays and saving billions more in related costs. In addition, the use of RFID in Veteran's Administration hospitals would free up money so we could take better care of our war heroes.
3. Improve airport security. We inconvenience travelers by making them remove their shoes, belts, jewelry and so forth, and yet cargo isn't screened at all. When I'm president, airports and airlines will utilize RFID technology to track baggage (that's right—no more lost luggage when I'm in the White House), cargo in cargo holds, vehicles entering and leaving secure areas of airports and much more. We'll ensure that each person working in secure areas has a thorough background check, and that he or she uses a biometrically activated RFID tag to enter those areas.
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