November 8 is another historic day in the USA. On Tuesday, we select the representatives of the ideas, innovations and policies we strongly believe in. Even though the races seem to be about personalities, they are really about ideas. As we vote for the advancement of ideas concerning, healthcare, immigration, taxes and regulation, we also must consider innovation and business growth initiatives.

We have all been carpet-bombed with ads and cards, and the issues are blurred. Below are three sources to inform about innovation and policy.

A good resource for sorting out the noise is the Wall Street Journal summaries of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s positions on a variety of issues.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also has resources.

Part of the chamber’s policy reflects what needs to be done for innovation:

“Our nation’s future economic success and competitiveness will depend largely on a thriving and innovative technology sector. American technology companies drive significant growth, innovation, export expansion, productivity gains, and wealth creation— not just in the tech sector but in the broader economy. And as you surely know, this sector isn’t slowing down. Technological innovations are revolutionizing our lives, our businesses and our economy. Artificial intelligence, for instance, is being used to reduce energy usage and diagnose medical maladies. Drone technology holds promise. Autonomous cars are being tested in cities around the country and have the capacity to make our roads safer and less congested. Wearable technologies are helping us lead healthier lifestyles, while the Internet of Things is making our lives more efficient and convenient in myriad ways. These are challenging yet exciting times to become our country’s leader. If your administration embraces smart policies, and the public and private sectors work together, American innovators and technological advances will help power our economy for decades to come. We stand ready to work with you and your administration to ensure that the technology sector continues to thrive and have an overwhelmingly positive effect on our economy and our country.” 

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has also provided voting information for our use.

The NAM policy platform:

“Every day, manufacturers go to work to serve their customers, strengthen their companies and improve their communities. And in doing so, they are advancing four core values that make America an exceptional nation. ‘Competing to Win’ is a policy roadmap that expresses the priorities of manufacturers in the United States. The strategy contained here would strengthen our industry and open new doors of opportunity for all Americans. This year, we will head to the polls for another presidential election. We will consider which candidate is best prepared to lead us in the right direction, to improve the quality of life in our country and to protect freedom and opportunity for the next generation. We firmly believe that this agenda will be an asset to any candidate or officeholder working to chart a new way forward.” — Jay Timmons President and CEO National Association of Manufacturers

You can read more about NAM’s policy ideas here.

Please vote on Tuesday and use these issues guides to help your decision.

“In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.” — George Carlin

Keep innovating!

Editor’s note: DWM’s October 2016 issue includes an in-depth analysis of the upcoming election as it pertains to the door, window and glass industries. Check it out here.

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