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    The Governor recently wrote an op-ed in the Globalist on technology, change and the difficulties and possibilities of adopting.
    You might also want to listen to this NPR interview about his work to "in-source" jobs to rural Virginia.
    And this link will take you to all the technology related stories on the PAC web site, several of which focus on his efforts to bring broad band to rural Virginia.
    And (but wait, there's more...) this testmonialfrom a Community College administrator in VA gives another perspective on Warner's approach.
    Read all the testimonialson the FT blog and you'll get a feel for how he's impacting people in Virginia and nation-wide.

    •  Thanks Nate (0+ / 0-)

      From the Globalist:

      Beyond the headlines are countless personal stories. A young girl in Chad with no school, no health care, and seemingly no hope.

      Or, close to home, a young girl in rural Virginia who doesn’t see how she fits into the global economy, who cannot see how to make a living without moving away from her hometown.

      You have to go to Chad for a person matching that description? No, you do not. And the problem picked out in the US, is a young girl who may have to leave her community for a job (many young people would jump at the chance if only they knew how to do that, so the complaint falls flat).

      There are many, many homeless kids in the United States. Children, many "unescorted," are estimated (http://www.standupforkids.org/FAQs.html) to make up 27% of the U.S. homeless population. For a total of one and a half million, again by numbers that vary by source. One and a half million is a lot of human beings. Do these young Americans have healthcare? School? Hope? Nevermind hope, how about a regular supply of food and shelter?

      These are real challenges — and they can cause some despair. But I am not a pessimist. I am an optimist.

      If it takes a pessimist to pick some "personal stories" that don't smack of a penchant for whitewashing, I'd prefer pessimism.

      Continuing through that Globalist article, the "Tech Riders" program going into churches is the reverse of inspiring to someone who thinks church and state are getting far too intertwined. And I don't see how familiarity with a computer interface necessarily leads to jobs. Sure it can be a prerequisite but is not itself a replacement for textiles, tobacco, or furniture making which, while you may not want to own stock in those industries based in the U.S., are not ignoble. I know a lot of people would prefer all agriculture and manufacturing to take place in the "developing world," but I am not among them. I don't think most "swing voters" are among them. Certainly key components of the Democratic Party base are not among them.

      9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

      by NewDirection on Thu Apr 20, 2006 at 07:49:55 AM PDT

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    •  I did look at some of the links. I think he is (1+ / 0-)
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      talking about "technological" change.  This is not what the message on globalism is all about.  It isn't new technology, its giving away our technology and our manufacturing.   I am not afraid of change.  I thrive on change.

      When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.' - Theodore Roosevelt

      by dkmich on Sun Apr 23, 2006 at 12:19:32 PM PDT

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