Bruce Mehlman, TCC executive director, said the White House should be credited with numerous schemes which advocate investment, however, limiting the tax deferral initiative is to the detriment of US businesses.
‘We cannot expect to lead the world in high-tech by marrying the world’s best innovation infrastructure with the world’s most confiscatory corporate tax structure,’ he said.
“The Obama Administration deserves credit for many initiatives to promote investment and innovation,” said Bruce Mehlman, Executive Director of the TCC, a group made up of high-tech CEOs focused on policies that strengthen American competitiveness. “But we cannot expect to lead the world in high tech by marrying the world’s best innovation infrastructure with the world’s most confiscatory corporate tax structure.”
“It’s the no. 1 issue in Washington for a majority of high tech leaders at a time when there is a lot on the table in Washington,” said Bruce Mehlman, executive director of the Technology CEO Council, which also includes chiefs from Intel and Hewlett-Packard.
Online organizing “still comes down to what you’re selling,” said Bruce Mehlman, a tech lobbyist who was assistant secretary of commerce in the Bush administration. “Obama, as an idea, was wildly popular. Will that work with health care reform?”
Mehlman is skeptical, but he added that a network of 13 million backers should not be discounted: “In the election, they mastered the tools better than anyone has so far.”
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“Some of the change is a realization that there’s a business case to be made here” for pursuing changes, said Dean Rosen, a health industry consultant at the lobbying firm of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti who served as a longtime GOP aide on Capitol Hill. “You have a system where the number of uninsured continues to climb.”
“There’s a feeling in health reform that there are these moments where there are alignments, and if you don’t seize this, it may be another five or 10 years before the opportunity comes again,” said Rosen. “Then the public may be more open to government involvement, and maybe single-payer folks will be in a better position to win the day.”
“There is the simplistic, straight story and the nuanced version,” said Dean Rosen, a partner at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti who was a Senate GOP aide at the time and later worked for the now-defunct organization that ran the ads, the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA).
Still, Jamie Brown, a former Bush administration official who helped prepare both Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. for their confirmations, said getting ready for Supreme Court hearings is more intense than preparing for other nomination hearings.
She said that in the other levels of hearings, when a nominee is asked about privacy or another thorny issue, “the standard answer for a circuit nominee is if they were confirmed, they would look to Supreme Court precedent and apply the law.”
“She would need to have a complete meltdown,” Ms. Brown said.
“It’s not about changing the substance of their answers, it’s about tone and style,” said Ms. Brown.
“One thing that’s clear to me both from the Obama proposals and those in Congress is that technology and innovation are the only viable long-term solutions to America’s energy challenge,” said Bruce Mehlman, executive director of the Technology CEO Council, an industry group that’s promoting green technologies.
On the Obama Corridor, sources point to an in-crowd with particularly tight ties to the Obama folks. Among them is Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc. – ironically a Bush administration alumnus who is executive director of the Technology CEO Council, which includes several CEOs who met with Obama. Mehlman’s partner David Castagnetti is also close to the former Clintonites who make up Obama’s staff. And Jon Hoganson, a principal at the firm, worked for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for five years and is viewed as a key conduit to the White House. Hoganson has performed a critical role in building the type of relations between the White House and the tech officials that led to Wednesday’s CEO summit.
“By surrounding yourself with people like Julius, you clearly seek advisers who are bullish on using technology to solve national problems,” said Bruce Mehlman, founding partner of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti.
Mehlman, a former assistant secretary for technology policy at the Commerce Department in the Bush administration, noted Obama’s support for using technology to lower healthcare costs and clean up the environment in particular.
In addition, Obama has argued that a tax credit for research and development should be permanent, a perennial goal for tech lobbyists, and has also spoken of the need for increased government funding on technology programs.”