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Dismal Prospects for Tech? Blame the Pols

As the field of presidential candidate gets smaller and smaller, the question among tech voters is who is their candidate. The answer, it seems is none of them.
As the field of presidential candidate gets smaller and smaller, the question among tech voters is who is their candidate. The answer, it seems is none of them.On MarketWatch, John Dvorak looks at the country's tech future in the hands of any of the current candidates and he isn't too optimistic.

He writes: "To be honest, I cannot see any of the three (or four) setting a clock without help from a 12-year-old. This does not bode well for technology, a sector that in other countries gets a lot of government support and attention."

Dvorak continues: "So why is technology flat? Do you have to ask? It might help the sector if one of the three candidates even suggested that they knew how to use a Wii controller, for example, or that they could add 2 and 2 on an Excel spreadsheet. You get the sense they look down at a keyboard and are baffled by the fact that the keys appear all mixed up and not in alphabetical order: "Hey, are you guys playing a trick on me?"

This also does not bode well for smaller businesses that need the tech support of the government -- think free Wifi, broadband penetration, tech tax credits -- to level the playing field against their larger sized competitors.

Tech's only hope over the next ten years, concludes Dvorak is "will be relentless good performance, because it shouldn't expect to get much help or attention from these folks. Unless the winner of the race at least gives a nod to tech, it's going to be miserable, you watch."

Are you worried about the future of tech under our new president? Let us know in the comments who you think is the best -- or worst -- tech candidate for smaller businesses.

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