From his lips: George W. Bush

On health care IT

'Within 10 years, every American must have a personal electronic medical record. The federal government has got to take the lead in order to make sure this happens'by developing what's called technical standards. And we've done good work, and we'll try to finish the standards by the end of this year.

'We're using programs such as Medicare and ... the veterans' hospitals to promote a better use of IT to make sure that health care adopts the habits of the 21st century.'

On homeland security

'We established the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, to merge and analyze in a single place all vital intelligence on global terror. We created the Homeland Security Council within the White House ... to help coordinate all homeland security activities across our government.
'The Patriot Act made other important changes official to the success of the new Homeland Security Department. It tore down the walls that blocked the FBI and the CIA from sharing intelligence.'

On spectrum allocation

'The spectrum that allows for wireless technology is a limited resource.... We need to unlock the spectrum's value.... The Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act is a bill where we can take spectrum that is currently allocated to government and auction it off to the private sector without diminishing our responsibilities in government.'

On wireless technology

'The problem with this kind of technology is that we can actually interfere with government uses, like radar. We want to make sure our radars work well. And so we took the necessary steps to make sure these wireless broadband applications could work within the same spectrum as the government functions, without interference. It took some awfully smart people to figure that out. But you know something? Our government employs awfully smart people.'


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