Bill Clin­ton, in Austin, op­ti­mistic about fu­ture

Former pres­i­dent up­beat be­cause of emerg­ing democ­ra­cies, new tech­nol­ogy.

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - Former Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton gave the first key­note ad­dress at Dell World 2012 and af­ter­ward an­swered a few ques­tions with CEO Michael Dell (right). Clin­ton re­ceived cheers from the Austin crowd when he sat down and re­vealed his Longhorn boots. Laura Ske

Bill Clin­ton is op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture and on Wed­nes­day, he had plenty to say about it.

The former pres­i­dent spoke in Austin at Dell Inc.’s Dell World tech­nol­ogy show in a joint key­note ses­sion with CEO Michael Dell that ex­tended well past the two-hour mark.

Clin­ton said he is ba­si­cally op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture be­cause avail­able tech­nolo­gies can help emerg­ing coun­tries grow faster and new tech­nolo­gies can help the U.S. speed its growth.

He is also up­beat about the move to­ward democ­racy in emerg­ing coun­tries, even though that move looks messy at times, as it cur­rently does in Egypt. In ad­di­tion, he is op­ti­mistic be­cause the move to­ward sus­tain­able en­ergy poli­cies in rich and poor coun­tries cre­ates new jobs.

Clin­ton said he’s bullish about the U.S. be­cause the na­tion is younger that Europe and Ja­pan and prob­a­bly will be­come younger than China in the fore­see­able fu­ture, if that coun­try doesn’t change its “one-child” pol­icy.

“And if we get smarter about im­mi­gra­tion re­form, we will

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