Friday, January 20, 2017

What Trump's Administration means for Austin Tech....

"Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,"
1 Timothy 2:1-3

[Author's Note: The discussion starts at the 17:10 mark on the video; the period between 58:15 and 59:55 is the transition between the first speaker and the panel.]

We did not attend this event, and we certainly do not agree with everything that was said, but nevertheless the discussion is all sorts of interesting:

  • Matthew Dowd:
    • Founded four companies.
    • Presidential Election: "Unprecedented but predictable."
      • Shifting of cultural, economic, political tectonic plates.
    • Doesn't use the phrase, but explains the Kondratiev wave pretty much perfectly.
    • Acceleration of everything.
    • Last 15 years = Third industrial revolution.
    • In less than a decade, we've completely redefined marriage and sexuality.
    • Technological change is a double edged sword.
    • Growth in knowledge accompanied by a decrease in wisdom.
    • Social media has increased tribalism; confirmation bias.
    • Bernie Sanders and Trump: "Were basically independents."
    • Entrepreneurs have tremendous opportunity in an environment with this much uncertainty.
    • Government is the last place in the U.S. that has resisted innovation.
    • Founding fathers were entrepreneurs; early U.S. was a startup.
    • "To get to the promised land, it's going to be on the backs of entrepreneurs."
    • No matter what else you think of him, Trump has revealed brokenness of status quo.
    • Trump will neither destroy nor fix the U.S.; either one of those actions can only come about by the actions of its citizens.
    • Author's Note: We fully support Ted Cruz's re-election to the United States Senate and would VIGOROUSLY oppose a potential Dowd candidacy, but we nevertheless found his discussion of the opportunities available to entrepreneurs in the current climate illuminating.
  • Panel:
    • Basically a bunch of SJW's constructing straw man arguments via half-truths.
    • Unpredictability is the only thing you can predict.
    • Blah, blah "climate change."
      • Stupid comparison between 'green' energy and fast internet; compares Oil and Gas to dial-up.
      • Neglects to mention that windmills are 14th century technology.
      • Green energy will miss Obama's "vision" (ie. crony subsidies)
    • The chick talking about immigration willfully misrepresents executive orders and regulations as laws passed by Congress on multiple occasions.
      • Author's Note: This is a textbook example of why so many Americans felt like no one was listening to them in the first place...which created the climate that ultimately allowed Trump to be successful.

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