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What I Would Do as President

Government's role is to keep the playing field level for business, and to provide support where appropriate.
By Mark Roberti
My biggest concern today is that neither major party is willing to do what must be done to reduce the debt while enabling necessary investments in infrastructure and basic research that could lead to better technologies. Democrats will never cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, while Republicans will never agree to cuts in military spending and tax increases.

That leaves the country in a precarious position. Spending will continue to spiral out of control. The infrastructure will continue to erode, impacting business and private investment—after all, no one wants to invest in a country in which planes sit on a runway for six hours awaiting takeoff. And investment in primary research will be cut to the bone, making it difficult for the United States to remain a technology leader. Meanwhile, China and other nations will invest in smarter infrastructure, such as using RFID to monitor roads and bridges, and expedite the flow of products through seaports and airports.

If I were the president, I would consider curtailing spending on programs important to both Democrats and Republicans. But rather than cutting important services provided by social welfare programs, or weakening the U.S. Department of Defense's ability to execute its missions, I would focus instead on employing RFID and other new technologies to save money by making operations more efficient. Every politician talks about cutting "waste, fraud and abuse." That's necessary—but it's also vital to invest in new technologies to become leaner and more efficient.

It's time for the two political parties to agree on common-sense solutions that support businesses—including the RFID industry—both now and in the long term.

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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