Technology: Obama Wants it Both Ways

America’s entrepreneurial spirit is the lynchpin to American Exceptionalism.

In a recent speech in Raleigh, N.C., President Obama seemed to understand the necessity of technology and innovation. He laid out a goal to train 10,000 new engineers a year.  (We’ll save the question of whether or not the government has a role in this endeavor for another time.) What do engineers create?  Things that make our lives easier, which includes automated devices.

With all President Obama’s recent talk about technology and innovation, one might have missed his subtle blindside in his recent interview with NBC. When asked why companies aren’t hiring:

“There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate.”

On one hand, he believes encouraging education in technological fields will help lead to a brighter future, but on the other hand he claims that technologies we have now are contributing to unemployment.

If businesses had confidence in the future, as opposed to a foreboding sense of uncertainty, they would invest and create new jobs.  Instead of making excuses, President Obama should address the problem.  He wants to have it both ways, and he can’t.

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