Which US Presidential Candidate has the best tech policy?

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which US Presidential Candidate has the best tech policy?

I went off to Google to answer that question. Here’s the searches I did:

McCain tech policy

Obama tech policy

Well, assuming that they both have a tech policy (I don’t know that for sure yet, but they both should in today’s world) there’s one candidate that has much better SEO than the other.

I’ll let you click the links and figure out which one it is.

But, I’m wondering, who do you think has the best tech policy of these two guys?

UPDATE: There’s already six comments on FriendFeed about this (zero here) in the first few minutes after I posted this.

Comments

  1. Not surprising…McCain doesn’t know how to use a computer (http://tinyurl.com/4zmfp8) so he’s unlikely to use political capital to drive an issue he doesn’t personally understand. Sure FDR wasn’t a nuclear physicist and JFK wasn’t an aerospace engineer, but each were talented enough to surround themselves with subject matter experts, something McCain has yet to do.

  2. Not surprising…McCain doesn’t know how to use a computer (http://tinyurl.com/4zmfp8) so he’s unlikely to use political capital to drive an issue he doesn’t personally understand. Sure FDR wasn’t a nuclear physicist and JFK wasn’t an aerospace engineer, but each were talented enough to surround themselves with subject matter experts, something McCain has yet to do.

  3. The elephant in the room is Obama’s horrible position on capital gains taxes , and horrible tax positions generally. (Massive tax rate hikes on capital and ‘the rich’ that are already weighing on markets and will kill the pace of innovation).
    That alone makes Obama a bad President *for* high technology, whether or not he’s good *at taking advantage* of it.

    Who is better *marketing* online? Obama obviously, just compare mybarackobama to McCain’s nonexistent social networking interfaces on his website. But this is more a matter of Obama’s $250 million spent so far versus less than $50 million by McCain. Somebody has a bigger marketing campaign.

    But then check out
    http://littlegreenfootballs.com on the racist, radical, anti-semitic, and just plain wierd folks who are supporting Obama on the Obama site. Giving your supporters a platform is a double-edged sword and the only thing saving Obama is the MSM seems intent on ignoring anything that my make Obama uncomfortable.
    But the truth is out there.
    http://no-bama.blogspot.com

    Message and true-openness wise, McCain is beating Obama. More townhalls, more blogging calls, more press avails where he takes more than softballs and doesnt beg off. But it wont show up on your SEO results.

  4. The elephant in the room is Obama’s horrible position on capital gains taxes , and horrible tax positions generally. (Massive tax rate hikes on capital and ‘the rich’ that are already weighing on markets and will kill the pace of innovation).
    That alone makes Obama a bad President *for* high technology, whether or not he’s good *at taking advantage* of it.

    Who is better *marketing* online? Obama obviously, just compare mybarackobama to McCain’s nonexistent social networking interfaces on his website. But this is more a matter of Obama’s $250 million spent so far versus less than $50 million by McCain. Somebody has a bigger marketing campaign.

    But then check out
    http://littlegreenfootballs.com on the racist, radical, anti-semitic, and just plain wierd folks who are supporting Obama on the Obama site. Giving your supporters a platform is a double-edged sword and the only thing saving Obama is the MSM seems intent on ignoring anything that my make Obama uncomfortable.
    But the truth is out there.
    http://no-bama.blogspot.com

    Message and true-openness wise, McCain is beating Obama. More townhalls, more blogging calls, more press avails where he takes more than softballs and doesnt beg off. But it wont show up on your SEO results.

  5. Tech policies mean crap in the real world. You want to analyze the candidates? How will the massive tax increases and social spending that Obama plans affect employers and people who actually produce something.

    You are really starting to sound like an Obama talking points memo.

  6. Tech policies mean crap in the real world. You want to analyze the candidates? How will the massive tax increases and social spending that Obama plans affect employers and people who actually produce something.

    You are really starting to sound like an Obama talking points memo.

  7. @Patrick

    I would agree the increate on capital gains tech should be enough to scare those who are “high tech” people. HTose that make a lot of money and have to deal with captial gains issues should be praying that Obama is either a. Not elected or b. Can’t get this passed.

    @Robert
    Who cares about SEO in a political campaign? Wouldn’t I rather care about the issues the people runing stand for? Google rank is not everything in a political campaign.

  8. @Patrick

    I would agree the increate on capital gains tech should be enough to scare those who are “high tech” people. HTose that make a lot of money and have to deal with captial gains issues should be praying that Obama is either a. Not elected or b. Can’t get this passed.

    @Robert
    Who cares about SEO in a political campaign? Wouldn’t I rather care about the issues the people runing stand for? Google rank is not everything in a political campaign.

  9. First, I have no idea what a “tech policy” means. Second, either of them do have one, ot means nothing, since they can’t simply wave their hands and implement it. You’d do by asking what the Senators from your state what their “tech policies” are. They have more power than the President to do anything here

  10. First, I have no idea what a “tech policy” means. Second, either of them do have one, ot means nothing, since they can’t simply wave their hands and implement it. You’d do by asking what the Senators from your state what their “tech policies” are. They have more power than the President to do anything here

  11. McCain admits he’s computer illiterate. That alone makes him unqualified to be president, since he lacks an essential skill for living in the 21st century.

  12. McCain admits he’s computer illiterate. That alone makes him unqualified to be president, since he lacks an essential skill for living in the 21st century.

  13. I wouldn’t vote for a candidate who had a tech policy, because there is nothing in the United States Constitution that authorizes the existence of such a thing.

  14. I wouldn’t vote for a candidate who had a tech policy, because there is nothing in the United States Constitution that authorizes the existence of such a thing.

  15. @Robert
    This is a pretty broad issue, but I like where it’s headed, because there are plenty of people concerned with data monitoring, commercial/governmental privacy issues and censorship — not to mention identity theft, which many believe to be made easier online.

    @Jonathan
    By no means am I an SEO super-enthusiast, but I would say that SEO matters quite a bit in political campaigns. In this case, and many other searches for political stances online, Barack Obama’s official campaign site ranks in the top, or top 3 positions. That puts him at an extreme advantage amongst a segment that is actively trying to learn about the candidates a.k.a. those more likely to vote.

    By being in the first few rankings, he is more likely to have an opportunity to give his stance — albeit brushed over by his campaign staff — rather than having pundits getting the first crack at fact-finding, likely voters.

    Craig

  16. @Robert
    This is a pretty broad issue, but I like where it’s headed, because there are plenty of people concerned with data monitoring, commercial/governmental privacy issues and censorship — not to mention identity theft, which many believe to be made easier online.

    @Jonathan
    By no means am I an SEO super-enthusiast, but I would say that SEO matters quite a bit in political campaigns. In this case, and many other searches for political stances online, Barack Obama’s official campaign site ranks in the top, or top 3 positions. That puts him at an extreme advantage amongst a segment that is actively trying to learn about the candidates a.k.a. those more likely to vote.

    By being in the first few rankings, he is more likely to have an opportunity to give his stance — albeit brushed over by his campaign staff — rather than having pundits getting the first crack at fact-finding, likely voters.

    Craig

  17. “Well, assuming that they both have a tech policy (I don’t know that for sure yet, but they both should in today’s world) there’s one candidate that has much better SEO than the other.

    I’ll let you click the links and figure out which one it is.”

    Or perhaps Obama is the recipient of much more linkage in the tech blogosphere.

    As for Obama’s pledge to raise the capital gains tax, I would expect that idea to get thrown under the bus (like every other unpopular idea/advisor/pastor/etc he’s had so far in the campaign) once he’s elected.

  18. “Well, assuming that they both have a tech policy (I don’t know that for sure yet, but they both should in today’s world) there’s one candidate that has much better SEO than the other.

    I’ll let you click the links and figure out which one it is.”

    Or perhaps Obama is the recipient of much more linkage in the tech blogosphere.

    As for Obama’s pledge to raise the capital gains tax, I would expect that idea to get thrown under the bus (like every other unpopular idea/advisor/pastor/etc he’s had so far in the campaign) once he’s elected.

  19. Baraks one sounds very nu labor waffly (i can so see Tony B giving that speach ) about teachers not about tech in the wider sense.

    I woul dbe more concerend about incrasing the status of enginners and increasing the suply of internal people to fill all thease post semployers suposedly have dificulty filling.

    @Jonathon

    RE Political SEO

    If you search for an issue on G and your oponant is no where you have won search engines dont do balance :-)

  20. Baraks one sounds very nu labor waffly (i can so see Tony B giving that speach ) about teachers not about tech in the wider sense.

    I woul dbe more concerend about incrasing the status of enginners and increasing the suply of internal people to fill all thease post semployers suposedly have dificulty filling.

    @Jonathon

    RE Political SEO

    If you search for an issue on G and your oponant is no where you have won search engines dont do balance :-)

  21. Both are horrible choices (worst selections in a lifetime), but tech policy, assuming that even has a definition, won’t be a factor this year at all, it’s all about the ENERGY policy.

  22. Both are horrible choices (worst selections in a lifetime), but tech policy, assuming that even has a definition, won’t be a factor this year at all, it’s all about the ENERGY policy.

  23. @Christopher
    Worst selections in a lifetime? Really? Worse than W and Kerry? I beg to differ.

    Gotta go with Obama b/c of Net Neutrality plus I don’t trust old people.

  24. @Christopher
    Worst selections in a lifetime? Really? Worse than W and Kerry? I beg to differ.

    Gotta go with Obama b/c of Net Neutrality plus I don’t trust old people.

  25. If you want to get more accurate numbers, put quotes around “tech policy” and see what happens. More accurate results, and you can actually find tech policies, not just pages with tech and policy.

    Obama’s results are his position on this website, but also CDNs and other duplicates. McCain has links where he spoke at Google and tech reporters about him.

    Frankly though, I’m not going to vote by SEO rankings.

  26. If you want to get more accurate numbers, put quotes around “tech policy” and see what happens. More accurate results, and you can actually find tech policies, not just pages with tech and policy.

    Obama’s results are his position on this website, but also CDNs and other duplicates. McCain has links where he spoke at Google and tech reporters about him.

    Frankly though, I’m not going to vote by SEO rankings.

  27. Very interesting I guess …

    Remember this great trick by Mike D over at Mike Industries?

    http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/archive/2007/03/hacking-a-more-tasteful-john-mccain

    You would think that after that debacle, that JM would have engaged some bright young minds to keep him rolling forward.

    This is an interesting by-product perhaps of more spent early by Obama. But will it be an ongoing battle? Now is the time to gain SEO if it matters.

    Ironically JM’s page only comes up third if you search for: da151a1c-733a-4dc1-9cd3-f9ca5caba1de

    http://www.google.com/search?q=da151a1c-733a-4dc1-9cd3-f9ca5caba1de

    Now that seems like a sufficiently particular search that you might get it … but you don’t.

  28. Very interesting I guess …

    Remember this great trick by Mike D over at Mike Industries?

    http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/archive/2007/03/hacking-a-more-tasteful-john-mccain

    You would think that after that debacle, that JM would have engaged some bright young minds to keep him rolling forward.

    This is an interesting by-product perhaps of more spent early by Obama. But will it be an ongoing battle? Now is the time to gain SEO if it matters.

    Ironically JM’s page only comes up third if you search for: da151a1c-733a-4dc1-9cd3-f9ca5caba1de

    http://www.google.com/search?q=da151a1c-733a-4dc1-9cd3-f9ca5caba1de

    Now that seems like a sufficiently particular search that you might get it … but you don’t.

  29. BTW, a big buzz of the buzzer for the folks who only vote on “social spending.” Hey, I loved the ’80s too, but I grew up.

  30. BTW, a big buzz of the buzzer for the folks who only vote on “social spending.” Hey, I loved the ’80s too, but I grew up.

  31. Mr. McGuiness,
    You know what a Semite is? It’s a person of SEMITIC stock, regardless of religion. Not necessarily Jewish. Indeed, most Semites are Arabs, like me. What, then, would an anti-semite be? Somebody who hates Semites, including Palestenians, Lebanese, Syrians. Who hates Semites? All those who scream so loudly of anti-semitism whenever someone criticises Israel for bombing Lebanon, bulldosing homes in Palestine, denying Gaza food and water, constructing its apartheid wall through the West Bank, expanding Camp Ariel on more and more Jordanian land.

  32. Mr. McGuiness,
    You know what a Semite is? It’s a person of SEMITIC stock, regardless of religion. Not necessarily Jewish. Indeed, most Semites are Arabs, like me. What, then, would an anti-semite be? Somebody who hates Semites, including Palestenians, Lebanese, Syrians. Who hates Semites? All those who scream so loudly of anti-semitism whenever someone criticises Israel for bombing Lebanon, bulldosing homes in Palestine, denying Gaza food and water, constructing its apartheid wall through the West Bank, expanding Camp Ariel on more and more Jordanian land.

  33. Relax, Prolific Programmer.

    Antisemitic does not mean ‘against all semites’. The word has its own noble history. It was coined in mid-19th-century Germany as a fancier word for Judenhass (jew-hatred) and refers only to jews, not to the Arabs who were allies of the government of Germany when it pursued its most sincere judenhass policies. See wikipedia on antisemitism.

    As is often the case in language, parsing a word does not give its true meaning. Does women mean woeful man?

    Not to be snide, but Jordanian land has been in retreat for some time recently. In the 1920s they had a big sandy country called ‘Arabia’.

  34. Relax, Prolific Programmer.

    Antisemitic does not mean ‘against all semites’. The word has its own noble history. It was coined in mid-19th-century Germany as a fancier word for Judenhass (jew-hatred) and refers only to jews, not to the Arabs who were allies of the government of Germany when it pursued its most sincere judenhass policies. See wikipedia on antisemitism.

    As is often the case in language, parsing a word does not give its true meaning. Does women mean woeful man?

    Not to be snide, but Jordanian land has been in retreat for some time recently. In the 1920s they had a big sandy country called ‘Arabia’.

  35. Robert, weren’t you shilling for John Edwards’ campaign last year? What did you think of his tech policy and how does it compare to Obama’s and McCain’s?

  36. Robert, weren’t you shilling for John Edwards’ campaign last year? What did you think of his tech policy and how does it compare to Obama’s and McCain’s?

  37. @Nick, yes two of the worst in history. Why? Because they are both sitting Senators. This country has only elected a sitting Senator twice before. This country traditionally elects governors because they govern, which is what Presidents do. Senators don’t have experience governing. Even more scary is the likely win is a rookie Senator that has not even finished his first term and was never able to introduce a bill that got passed.

    Electing Obamessiah would be like choosing Mark Zuckerberg to replace Jeff Immult as CEO

  38. @Nick, yes two of the worst in history. Why? Because they are both sitting Senators. This country has only elected a sitting Senator twice before. This country traditionally elects governors because they govern, which is what Presidents do. Senators don’t have experience governing. Even more scary is the likely win is a rookie Senator that has not even finished his first term and was never able to introduce a bill that got passed.

    Electing Obamessiah would be like choosing Mark Zuckerberg to replace Jeff Immult as CEO

  39. Wow, yet another article that leaves out the Libertarian party. There are 3 major people running for president you know. You would think the fact that Bob Barr is going to speak at FreedomFest (http://www.http://www.freedomfest.com/speakers.htm#Geo-Politics_&_Current_Events) about “Technology and Government Power – A Deadly Cocktail for Freedom” that you would write about that.

    http://www.bobbarr2008.com/a-real-choice

    Bob Barr is the 2008 Libertarian nominee for President of the United States. Previously, he represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, serving as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. He now practices law with the Law Offices of Edwin Marger, and runs a consulting firm, Liberty Strategies LLC, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and with offices in the Washington, D.C. area. Barr works tirelessly to help preserve our fundamental right to privacy and our other civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights

  40. Wow, yet another article that leaves out the Libertarian party. There are 3 major people running for president you know. You would think the fact that Bob Barr is going to speak at FreedomFest (http://www.http://www.freedomfest.com/speakers.htm#Geo-Politics_&_Current_Events) about “Technology and Government Power – A Deadly Cocktail for Freedom” that you would write about that.

    http://www.bobbarr2008.com/a-real-choice

    Bob Barr is the 2008 Libertarian nominee for President of the United States. Previously, he represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, serving as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. He now practices law with the Law Offices of Edwin Marger, and runs a consulting firm, Liberty Strategies LLC, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and with offices in the Washington, D.C. area. Barr works tirelessly to help preserve our fundamental right to privacy and our other civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights

  41. I think the term “mccain tech policy” and “obama tech policy” should not made a big issues to stand out those two big wheels and that has nothing to do with the so called SEO team.

  42. I think the term “mccain tech policy” and “obama tech policy” should not made a big issues to stand out those two big wheels and that has nothing to do with the so called SEO team.

  43. Today, Republican presidential candidate John McCain is introducing a tech agenda that differs from Democrat Barack Obama’s on “net neutrality” laws but has similar viewpoints on tax breaks, high-tech labor laws and other hot tech policy issues.

    Obama made his sweep through Silicon Valley last year, connecting with top entrepreneurs like Marc Andreessen, and telling us about his technology policy proposal, that was impressive in its depth. McCain, who has given some interviews this year where he’s outlined his policies, has up until now not presented any formal proposal, and has been criticized because of that.

    Furthermore, I stumble a clash videos awhile ago, the US Presidential candidates have talked taxes. The said clash videos is being featured in http://clashorama.com/index.php?id=194

  44. Today, Republican presidential candidate John McCain is introducing a tech agenda that differs from Democrat Barack Obama’s on “net neutrality” laws but has similar viewpoints on tax breaks, high-tech labor laws and other hot tech policy issues.

    Obama made his sweep through Silicon Valley last year, connecting with top entrepreneurs like Marc Andreessen, and telling us about his technology policy proposal, that was impressive in its depth. McCain, who has given some interviews this year where he’s outlined his policies, has up until now not presented any formal proposal, and has been criticized because of that.

    Furthermore, I stumble a clash videos awhile ago, the US Presidential candidates have talked taxes. The said clash videos is being featured in http://clashorama.com/index.php?id=194