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OPINION: Congressman Goodlatte’s Weekly Column for June 17th, 2011

June 17, 2011

Ed: Below is a column from Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Republican from the 6th Congressional District of Virginia, which includes Shenandoah County. We’re primarily a site about local politics, but state and national candidates and officeholders are welcome to send us articles and columns about any issues that are of concern to the people of Shenandoah County, as we feel citizens have a right to hear their comments. We want to provide a forum for candidates of all offices to reach out to the voters of Shenandoah County, as we feel this is something lacking in the current media paradigm. However, we still ask that citizen commentary be focused on local issues–there’s enough back and forth on national issues from citizens in the current papers. The below column does not neccesarily reflect the views of Shenandoah Sunshine or myself, nor should the publication of any candidate or officeholder’s words be considered an endorsement of their candidacy or the viewpoint they express.

Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s Weekly Column: June 17, 2011

The Technology Sector is Vital to Our Economic Recovery

The technology industry in America is a major driving force and job-creating engine of our economy.  The most recent data indicates that Virginia is one of the leading states in terms of the number of technology jobs.  In order to grow our economy in Virginia and nationally we must ensure this vital sector is protected and able to flourish.  Recently I was joined by House Speaker Boehner in announcing the House Republican Technology Working Group’s agenda for this Congress.  As Chairman of the Working Group we will focus on the issues that will help America maintain and expand its competitive edge in the technology sector while creating jobs to fuel economic growth.

Specifically, we will promote policies to protect American intellectual property. America is the most innovative nation on earth, due in part to the strong intellectual property protections our Founder’s included in the Constitution and Congress’ commitment to keep those protections strong and current.  In order to grow our national economy we must ensure this vital sector is protected and able to thrive.

The Working Group also intends to support efforts to protect the U.S. from cyber attacks.  Protecting cyberspace is vital to securing critical assets like telecommunications, energy, water, health care, transportation, emergency and financial services.

Another key component of the Technology Working Group’s agenda is promoting free and fair trade.  In order to increase the competitiveness of American companies, Congress must pass pending free trade agreements to expand market access for domestic products.

The Technology Working Group believes access and retention of the world’s best and brightest workers is key to our economic recovery. Congress must examine current education programs to make sure they are operating effectively and that we eliminate duplicate, unneeded and unsuccessful programs.  We will also examine current visa and immigration laws to make sure we attract and retain the best and brightest minds.

Additionally, we intend to focus on policies that update the tax code to ensure job growth.  We will promote tax reforms that put Americans back to work and encourage companies to invest domestically.  Business owners across the country want to invest in their firms and hire new workers.  Congress must ensure that our overly complicated tax code doesn’t stand in their way.

The Technology Working Group will also promote policies that reduce unnecessary red tape and regulation.  Regulatory and tax burdens often times tie the hands of business. Congress must focus on policies that allow businesses to use their resources to innovate, not force businesses to use them to comply with government red tape.

I am working hard to advance a pro-growth jobs agenda where the technology sector can flourish here in the 6th District of Virginia and across the country.  In working to advance these and other technology policies, we will ensure that the U.S. continues to lead the world in innovation and that the technology sector in America remains a driving force and job-creating engine of our economy.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. ewv permalink
    June 26, 2011 3:01 pm

    Is this the same Congressman Goodlette who just introduced a resolution to “commemorate” the brutal mass population displacement for the Shenandoah National Park without mentioning what happened there? How could a Congressman from the area be ignorant of this history, which is all too typical of how National Parks are created out of private property? Has he never seen the famous photo of a pregnant woman being dragged out of her house by government agents at Shenandoah? Or has he bought into the revisionist history pretending it never happened because it is “politically incorrect” to mention it?

  2. permalink
    June 27, 2011 6:05 am

    Congressman Goodlatte got elected to his current seat partly because a group of descendants of the people displaced from Shenandoah National Park supported him. It seems that unlike those constituents, Goodlatte has forgotten some of his political roots. To this day, these folks are consistently singled out, intimidated and vilified by the Shanandoah National Park officials. To these people the only thing an anniversary of this park service unit celebrates is the confiscation of their families’ equities and the literal destruction of their neighbors lives and heritage at the Lynchburg Colony. To this day, this park persists in sweeping these atrocities under the rug and claiming a bogus status of benevolent protector. Masquerading as benefactor, this park unit persists in concealing and doctoring records and opportunistically imposing itself into the daily lives of its neighbors. Congressman Goodlatte, welcome to the beltway bunch. And shame on you for supporting a resolution that celebrates this shining example of bigotry.

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