Kal Penn is a former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, having served in the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2011. He has been a well-recognized actor and producer in television and film since the late 1990s, and has been an Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology, Film, and Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
REASON 58: It is absolutely the role of government to invest in education and jobs.The story goes something like this: newly-elected Barack Obama called a meeting with folks in high-tech fields, executives at Apple and other companies, to talk about obstacles to American manufacturing. Basically, what do we have to do as a country, to get these guys to produce Ipods and Ipads in the United States? Are our environmental laws prohibitive? Does labor law in America make it too expensive? The answer: not really. Among the biggest reasons that we can’t produce things like Ipods and Ipads in the United States: We don’t have enough mid-level engineers in this country, and that’s what these manufacturing plants need on-site during production. Countries like India and China—they have a plethora of them.
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