Friday, July 15, 2016

An Open Letter From Technology Sector Leaders on Donald Trump’s Candidacy for President.....AND My Response

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In this "Open Letter," ( a collection of Tech insiders write; "We are inventors, entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, researchers, and business leaders working in the technology sector. We are proud that American innovation is the envy of the world, a source of widely-shared prosperity, and a hallmark of our global leadership.

"We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field. Donald Trump does not. He campaigns on anger, bigotry, fear of new ideas and new people, and a fundamental belief that America is weak and in decline. We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation. His vision stands against the open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world that is critical to our economy — and that provide the foundation for innovation and growth...

"...We stand against Donald Trump’s divisive candidacy and want a candidate who embraces the ideals that built America’s technology industry: freedom of expression, openness to newcomers, equality of opportunity , public investments in research and infrastructure, and respect for the rule of law. We embrace an optimistic vision for a more inclusive country, where American innovation continues to fuel opportunity, prosperity and leadership."

To that, I retort, America is STILL trying to find that “level playing field.” While more than 3/4s of Americans oppose our existing segregation, the segregated standards of race/gender - based preferences, that fight is STILL being fought.

The U.S. government has failed the bulk of the American people — it’s workers. While every politician panders against “Out-Sourcing,” most economists argue that those jobs that can now be done by low-wage workers offshore, all of that misses the primary moral dilemma surrounding that, which is that those who’ve benefited most from Out-Sourcing (over 90% of the opportunities and profits generated by Out-Sourcing has gone to < 3% of Americans, business owners). Fact is, that morally those profiteers should be held accountable for educating and retraining all those displaced American workers...and NOT via taxes. GE, Ford, Apple, etc. should have to directly retrain those workers.

IF that would make Out-Sourcing cost-prohibitive, then that should’ve been factored into the original costs. That would be a bad decision made by the Corporations.

But worse than Out-Sourcing is In-Sourcing (bringing in cheap foreign labor, either via undocumented migrant workers, or, more prevalently by the abuse of H-1B Visas, mostly by our vaunted tech industry. H-1B Visas SHOULDN’T exist. IF they didn’t, America’s Tech firms would have to do right by America and American workers.

These companies (Apple, MS, Sun and others) have lobbied this government to work AGAINST the best interests of America and American workers and take responsibility for training and retraining its workforce.

Donald Trump is not seen as any kind of “American savior.” He’s just not “one of them,” one of those who’ve sold out American workers. Donald Trump is a “Thumb in the eye” to a broken and correct system.

For tech industry insiders to oppose Donald Trump is expected. They want to continue going on abusing American workers and replacing American workers with cheaper foreign workers. There’s a word for such people used among workers…it’s SCUMBAGS.

Anyone on the above list that hasn’t opposed segregated standards (“preferences”), our convoluted tax system, our horrific trade deals and anti-worker domestic policies are either, “Too late to the Party,” or one of the anti-worker villains in all this.

Tech, like the rest of American industry must do better by America and better by American workers. We can start by ending the naive idea of a unified world in which we’re all “citizens of the world.” Lose it, trash it, flame it. France, hell ALL of Europe has proven that idea a miserable FAILURE.

Moreover, that view stands against the idea of America, of Switzerland, of Nigeria, of Russia, of the Philippines, etc. and the idea of the unique heritage and cultural diversity of the people of the world. It stands AGAINST the very things that make us each unique and interestingly diverse individuals.

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