State of Florida Archives: on Technology


Mitt Romney: Focus manned space program on commercial products

Q: What about the future of manned space flight and NASA? Speaker Gingrich said that by the end of his second term, there would be a permanent base on the moon. Good idea?

ROMNEY: That's an enormous expense. And right now I want to be spending money here. Of course the Florida space coast has been badly hurt and I believe in a very vibrant and strong space program. I'd like to bring in the top professors that relate to space areas and physics, the top people from industry, because I want to make sure what we're doing in space translates into commercial products. I want to bring in our top military experts on space needs. And I'd like to come together and talk about different options and the cost. I'd like corporate America as well as the defense network and others that could come together in a partnership basis to create a plan that will keep our space program thriving and growing. I'm not looking for a colony on the moon. I'd rather be rebuilding housing here in the US.

Source: CNN 2012 GOP primary debate on the eve of Florida primary Jan 26, 2012

Newt Gingrich: Get an American on the moon before the Chinese get there

Q: [to Romney]: Speaker Gingrich said that by the end of his second term, there would be a permanent base on the moon. Good idea?

ROMNEY: That's an enormous expense. And right now I want to be spending money here.

Q: [to Gingrich]: How do you plan to create a base on the moon in eight years while keeping taxes down?

GINGRICH: You start with the question, do you really believe NASA in its current form is the most effective way of leveraging investment in space? My point is, I believe by the use of prizes, by the use of incentives, by opening up the space port so that it's available on a ready basis for commercial fight--there are many things you can do to leverage accelerating the development of space. Lindbergh flew to Paris for a $25,000.00 prize. If we had a handful of serious prizes, you'd see an extraordinary number of people out there trying to get to the moon first. And I'd like to have an American on the moon before the Chinese get there.

Source: CNN 2012 GOP primary debate on the eve of Florida primary Jan 26, 2012

Newt Gingrich: 6 or 7 private launches every day; permanent moon base

Q: You said that you would support a lunar colony, and that if 13,000 Americans were living there, they would be able to apply for US statehood from the moon?

GINGRICH: Look at what John F. Kennedy said in 1961: "We will go to the moon in this decade." No American had orbited the Earth. The technology didn't exist. And a generation of young people went into science and engineering, and they were tremendously excited. And they had a future. The program I envision would probably end up being 90% private sector, but it would be based on a desire to get NASA out of the business of trying to run rockets, and to create a system where it's easy for private sector people to be engaged. I want to see us move from one launch occasionally to 6 or 7 launches a day because so many private enterprises walk up and say, we're prepared to go do it. I do not want to be the country that having gotten to the moon first, turned around and said, it doesn't really matter. I think that is a path of national decline.

Source: CNN 2012 GOP primary debate on the eve of Florida primary Jan 26, 2012

Rick Santorum: NASA programs sound good, but we need to cut programs

Q: [to Santorum]: Speaker Gingrich said that by the end of his second term, there would be a permanent base on the moon. Good idea?

SANTORUM: I believe America's a frontier nation and obviously the frontier that we're talking about is the next one, which is space. And that we need to inspire. Space defense is another area which is very, very important. But let's just be honest, we run a $1.2 trillion deficit right now. We're borrowing 40 cents of every dollar. And to go out there and promise new programs and big ideas, that's a great thing to maybe get votes, but it's not a responsible thing when you have to go out and say that we have to start cutting programs, not talking about how to grow them. We're going to cut programs under my administration. Spending will go down for four years until we get a balanced budget. And you can't do that by grand schemes. The space program sounds good, but we've got to be responsible in the way we allocate our resources.

Source: CNN 2012 GOP primary debate on the eve of Florida primary Jan 26, 2012

Ron Paul: Exploring the Moon and Mars are great, if done privately

Q: [to Paul]: Speaker Gingrich said that by the end of his second term, there would be a permanent base on the moon. Good idea?

PAUL: I don't think we should go to the moon. I think we maybe should send some politicians up there. In 1962 and studied aerospace medicine: actually had a daydream about maybe becoming the first physician to go into space. That didn't occur, but the amount of money we spend on space, the only part that I would vote for is for national defense purposes. Not to explore the moon and go to Mars. I love those ideas. But I also don't like the idea of building government business partnerships. It should be privatized, and the people who work in the industry, if you had that, there would be jobs in aerospace. And I just think that we don't need a new big program. Health care or something else deserves a lot more priority than going to the moon. Space technology should be followed up to some degree for national defense purposes, but not just for the fun of it or for science.

Source: CNN 2012 GOP primary debate on the eve of Florida primary Jan 26, 2012

Al Franken: 21st-century communication methods helped win recount

Norm Coleman was in the house--the criminal defense lawyer [in him liked being] there for the judges to see. They did notice him. Looking around the courtroom, he didn't see Franken on this day, or ever. Franken was briefed nightly by his lawyers. Over time, being absent from the trial seemed more senatorial than being present.

As Coleman looked around the courtroom, he should have noticed something more troubling than a missing Al Franken. Franken's counsel table was filled with three laptops, all fitted with wireless Internet antennae. Franken's lawyers were wired to each other, and to Franken headquarters. Through e-mails and instant messaging, the lawyers at the table received and sent suggestions. At Coleman's legal table, only 20th-century yellow legal pads were in use. It was a precursor of a technological deficit that was going to turn day one of this trial into a disaster for Coleman and his lawyers.

Source: This Is Not Florida, by Jay Weiner, p.174 Sep 16, 2010

Norm Coleman: Paper pads to fight Franken's 21st-century communications

Norm Coleman was in the house--the criminal defense lawyer [in him liked being] there for the judges to see. They did notice him. Looking around the courtroom, he didn't see Franken on this day, or ever. Franken was briefed nightly by his lawyers. Over time, being absent from the trial seemed more senatorial than being present.

As Coleman looked around the courtroom, he should have noticed something more troubling than a missing Al Franken. Franken's counsel table was filled with three laptops, all fitted with wireless Internet antennae. Franken's lawyers were wired to each other, and to Franken headquarters. Through e-mails and instant messaging, the lawyers at the table received and sent suggestions. At Coleman's legal table, only 20th-century yellow legal pads were in use. It was a precursor of a technological deficit that was going to turn day one of this trial into a disaster for Coleman and his lawyers.

Source: This Is Not Florida, by Jay Weiner, p.174 Sep 16, 2010

Kendrick Meek: Build high-speed rail to solve transportation problems

The action started with a question about how the candidates would draft legislation to create more jobs. Meek pushed for tax cuts for the middle class and high-speed rail, arguing building a railway will help create jobs in the state. "Transportation is a problem no matter where you live in Florida," added Meek.

"We have a jobs crisis," countered Greene. "It's not a job problem." The billionaire blamed elected officials, including Meek, for the record high unemployment in the state.

Source: 2010 Florida Dem. Primary Debate, in Sunshine State News Aug 11, 2010

Jeb Bush: Increased transportation budget by 96% over 8 years

He promoted business development relentlessly, claiming to have made at least one business location phone call per day. He employed multiple economic development strategies: infrastructure development, locational incentives, entrepreneurial activities.

Source: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert Crew, p. 28 Dec 11, 2009

Mike Huckabee: $150B for highway infrastructure is better stimulus package

If we’re going to spend $150 billion [as in Bush’s economic stimulus package], I’d like to suggest that maybe we add two lanes of highway from Bangor all the way to Miami on I-95. A third of the United States population lives within 100 miles of that. This nation’s infrastructure is falling apart. And if we built those lanes of highways--with American labor, American steel, American concrete--I believe it would do more to stimulate the economy.

And the reason I say that is because when we were going through a recession in my state, we were in the middle of a billion-dollar highway construction program that brought about 40,000 jobs and brought a billion dollars of capital into the economy. That’s a long- term stimulus package that I think would have more impact on the American long-term future. And it would keep social capital from being wasted, fuel wasted. A lot of people sit around in traffic every day, and we’ve done nothing about it.

Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Marco Rubio: E-budget website for detailed, issue-level budget

Source: 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future by Marco Rubio Nov 1, 2006

Marco Rubio: Protect against identity theft with privacy opt-in

Source: 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future by Marco Rubio Nov 1, 2006

Jeb Bush: $24M for X-ray truck inspection & bioterrorism labs

We will enhance our ability to aggressively confront bioterrorism by building new labs that will quickly analyze and respond to terrorist threats. We also propose nearly $10 million to strengthen our network of truck inspection stations, including the purchase of machines that can provide an X-ray picture of the contents of an entire truck at one time. We have set aside nearly $4 million to continue to fortify our regional domestic security task forces and fund the statewide domestic security database and training. Over $14 million is devoted to expand critical laboratory capacity, response capability and staffing for the seven regional disaster areas including Medical Assistance Teams. Let me be clear: we will do all within our means to thwart any terrorist attack
Source: State of the State address to 2002 Florida Legislature Jan 22, 2002

Jeb Bush: $100M for Florida Technology Development Initiative

I propose that we dedicate $100 million to create the Florida Technology Development Initiative. This initiative will build centers of excellence among our universities dedicated to the key research necessary for building our promising technology sectors. New facilities, laboratories, and endowed academic chairs will be the catalysts for entrepreneurial investment. If we build it, they will come. If we seize this opportunity, the best and the brightest academics, researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs will call Florida home. And they in turn will help build businesses that will fuel our economy for the next century.
Source: State of the State address to 2002 Florida Legislature Jan 22, 2002

Hillary Clinton: Train teachers to use technology in classrooms

The federal government [should] expand resources for high quality professional development opportunities, including more specialized training to use technology in the classrooms. There are so many of my friends who are teachers that are the first to admit, like so many of us who are parents, that we cannot keep up with the technology that our children are able to master. And so our teachers need more support and opportunities to do that.
Source: Remarks to NEA in Orlando, Florida Jul 5, 1999

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Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
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