When I cast my ballot for President Obama in 2008, I was as hopeful and optimistic as I have ever been about the future of our country. Four years later, I was recently invited by The Legacy Foundation to the White House as part of the Silicon Beach delegation and, while I was honored to take part, I was also equivocal about how well “Hope” was translating into action. After a full day of briefings and brainstorming with my Silicon Beach colleagues and other officials, I found my optimism and inspiration returning, but I have also found myself disheartened by our country’s bi-partisan inertia.
The administration representatives with whom we met during the visit were inspiring, talented, energetic and practical. They have lobbied for the Affordable Care Act and the Dream Act, reduced the IT budget, and worked to open up government data through public APIs.
But talent and energy alone will only take us so far, and it became abundantly clear that the administration faces larger issues beyond their direct control. Our country sits at 8 percent unemployment, we have an ever-widening wealth gap, and we are the only industrialized country where the most recent college-age generation is considered less educated and less skilled than the generation before it.
To solve these problems
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