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Jack Roeser is Chairman and founder of Otto Engineering Inc. a manufacturer of electronic control and communication switches for aerospace, medical and industrial uses. Otto’s success is marked by the high precision and quality of its products. Jack has received over 50 patents in Electrical, Mechanical, Machinery and Marine products. In 1994, he ran for Governor in the Republican primary, receiving 26% of the primary vote. For over 25 years, Jack has been an advocate of education reform through the application of free market principles and of school choice. Jack's sport is sailing; he has won the Chicago - Mackinac race among many others.

Monday, April 16, 2007


Al Gore is rushing around proclaiming his religion of “global warming.” This is not the first time he has rushed off with some “inconvenient truth.”

The following letter was written about his “invention of the internet:”

August 2, 2000

To Rush Limbaugh

Dear Rush,

Senator Gore, who claims to have invented the internet, wrote an article for Scientific American in Sept. 1991. In it he lays out the need for the government to provide the fiber-optic network and also to train people how to make it work.

Let’s flash back to Nov. 1987 when my company, OTTO Engineering Inc., hooked up its engineering computers on Ethernet to our business and manufacturing inventory systems operating on a server using an entirely different language (Basic) and operating system. We did it using the TCP/IP Bridge, Transmission Controls Protocal/Inernet Protocol. Our small company, 250 employees at the time, certainly wasn’t the first to use the TCP/IP Bridge, which today hooks up all the World Wide Web.

Isn’t it strange that Gore was unaware that the problems of transmission and reception of diverse languages had been solved to such and extent 4 years previous to his article that a small company with a two person information department could do it?

How about the many companies that installed the fiber optic network many times over without a by your leave or government financing?

The worldwide web was actually built by a bunch of faceless unpaid nerds who found it a great adventure.

Gore is a big government guy. The dangerous side of this man is that he is sure he is right when he isn’t. Will Rogers said, “It ain’t the things we don’t’ know that hurt us so much but the things we think we know that ain’t so.”

Revealing quotes from Gore’s 1991 article:

1. “A high capacity network will not be built without government investment.”

2. “Federal Research Funding is also needed to train people in computational science.”

3. “The private sector cannot afford to build the high speed network we need and may not even be convinced of its value.”

4. “Federal leadership is needed to provide direction and coordination.”

5. “Without federal funding for the national network, we would end up with a Balkanized system, consisting of dozens of incompatible parts.”

6. “The alternative is to wait until other nations show us how to take advantage of this technology, and they will.”

Al Gore has more faith in the Federal Government than he does in American and its free people. We people have the reverse impression of Gore and his Federal government.

Jack Roeser, Founder and Chairman- Otto Engineering, Inc.

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