I agree that losing the technically edge and jobs to other areas and companies is a blow to the economy but this article makes it sound like a divorce case where one party is a rich celebrity and the other isn't. "I need enough alimony/palimony to keep me in the life style I am accustomed to living"

This is an issue of national security, the SIA and the chip execs argue. Even more importantly, there could be “serious consequences for our standard of living.”

Yes, unless Washington coughs up more cash to boost Silicon Valley’s labs, the American dream of a Hummer in every garage and a GMO chicken in every pot may never be realized.