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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.
9. Reduce the threat of bioterrorism and chemical warfare. Yes, Osama Bin Laden is dead, but the threat of terrorists using biological, chemical or other weapons against civilian populations remains, and accidents are also always a concern. My administration would invest in the research and development of low-cost RFID sensors that could detect dangerous chemicals or pathogens quickly and cheaply, and then sound a warning. This technology would be jointly developed by a public-private sector partnership to monitor any contamination of the water supply, raw materials used in consumer products and open air in major cities.
10. Foster RFID innovation. Unlike governments in Asia and Europe, the United States does not fund RFID projects. My administration would support the research and development of next-generation RFID technology, so that companies could develop new products that can deliver even greater benefits to businesses and government agencies.
You might ask how we're going to pay for all of these programs. My first thought was we'd simply borrow from the Chinese government and blame the deficits on other parties. But then I realized we don't have to worry about cost—if we do this right, each project will deliver a return on investment, and by the time I'm up for re-election, government will be smaller, cheaper and smarter. I'll be a shoo-in for 2016.
Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal. If you would like to comment on this article, click on the link below. To read more of Mark's opinions, visit the RFID Journal Blog, the Editor's Note archive or RFID Connect.
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