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Newt is the Republican that generally appeals to tech savvy and/or uber right wing intellectuals...
One can actually put Newt's political abilities aside, and simply listen to him wax poetically about "science" & "history".
Often many people (such as scientist & historians) that work with him in the field of nanotechnology, aren't even aware about his life as an avant garde politician & speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gingrich announced today in Washington that he has joined the NanoBusiness Alliance as honorary chairman. The alliance is an association of business, science and academic interests founded this year to advance the emerging nanotechnology industry.
"Nanotechnology is one of the least talked about, yet fastest growing and influential sectors of the global economy," said the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gingrich, who has spent the past two years studying and speaking about the role of science in America's future, agrees with those who predict small technology will lead to fundamental breakthroughs in medicine, computers, manufacturing and the environment. And he foresees the potential for a mind-numbing creation of wealth - a thousand trillion dollars is one number he has cited - that will overshadow the economic gains spawned to date by the computer age.
"If you ... take the impact of physics from the transistor to the laser to modern computing, and try to quantify how much that's added to the economy, it will be a staggering number," Gingrich said in an interview with Small Times. "I think what you're dealing with, between nanoscale quantum behavior and biology, it's clearly bigger than the impact of physics on the 20th century."
Gingrich's high-profile endorsement is a welcomed boost for those working to attract the public awareness and venture capital needed to accelerate the migration of small tech from the laboratory to the marketplace.
"Newt Gingrich has long been the strongest voice in nanotechnology among America's policy and governmental leaders," said F. Mark Modzelewski, an appointee in former president Bill Clinton's administration who now heads the NanoBusiness Alliance. "The emerging nanotechnology sector has gained a brilliant and tested leader."
Gingrich said he expects to serve the alliance in an advisory role, occasionally speaking at small tech workshops. "I thought it was a very useful way to try to get the business community to understand the tremendous commercial opportunities of the next generation in this area. I have spoken at a fair number of National Science Foundation workshops on nanoscale science and technology and it's an area where I feel very comfortable trying to bridge science, business and government in ways that can accelerate our development of a better future."
In essays and speeches since leaving the Congress in 1999, Gingrich has called for a dramatic increase in U.S. spending on science education and research to support the nation's science-based future. He would triple the National Science Foundation's $4.5 billion annual budget, based on NSF estimates that two-thirds of their best research applications go unfunded each year.
He would overhaul science and math education, citing American industry's reliance on foreign high-tech employees. "I am not at all comfortable that we're making the investments and we're making the reforms necessary to sustain our momentum. We rely heavily on non-Americans for the scientific and technical knowledge that is the heart of our culture."
Let me start off by apologising to Anthony R. and Reagansmash, because those two selections (to me are not good) here is why, Rudy, God Bless him, great American, courage of a lion, is to moderate, Mr. Paul has already trashed his own campaign, not to impude your selections, however the field does have better choices. One could look at Mcain, as a strategist in a time of War, he may well make a good Commander N Chief, Newt is Newt, don't see alot wrong with him myself, but I still remain undecided, however it is early on, I want to see Fred Thompson enter the fray, Tommy Thompson could be his running mate, great selling point Thompson and Thompson, I think Fred Thompson, like Former President Reagan was, is a great communicator and can lay waste to any opponent the moron party might throw at us come debate time. You know the "Their you go again Jimmy" type prowess President Reagan possessed, I really think Fred Thompson has the ability to literally smoke any liberal on the podium, and I think the right will come to that conclusion as well, besides he is a decent Tennessee conservative, however I still remain undecided.