Sunday, March 30, 2008

Microsoft's Duplicity

So we know that Microsoft cannot get enough H1-B visas. We know that Bill lobbies Congress regularly for an unlimited number of visas. If you listen to him as our Congressmen do, you'd think that our high tech industry is going to come crumbling down around our heads because we Americans (and residents) are just too damn dumb, unlike those whipper snapper smarties that live in all the other countries.

If you want the truth, check out these videos on Youtube:

Bill Gates' addition to visas (part 1)
Bill Gates addiction to visas (part 2)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

We must be dumb as rocks

Microsoft has apparently begun arguing that having American citizens and legal residents lose their jobs due to displacement by labor imported via visas is good for us - so good that it creates more jobs that it takes!

This is an incredible statement. Bill must think that we are dumb as rocks to believe that one. There isn't a shred of evidence that this is true and there is a lot of evidence that there is nothing but a net job loss for Americans. Following this logic, we only need to import maybe another 200,000 foreigners to take jobs, then the resulting jobs explosion will employ everyone (trading engineering jobs for MacDonalds at best).

See an article on this at the Job Destruction Newsletter.

Way to go, Bill. Way to show thankfulness to the economy and workers that made you the richest person in the world. I bet your Democratic parents are proud of you.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Reasons why the H-1B visa cap will increase

  1. H-1B opponents have no clout
  2. The Gates effect
  3. There is grass root support for the H-1B visa
  4. The H-1B lottery is a big problem for tech firms
  5. Congressional support for visa
The above five reasons come from Patrick Thibodou here.

  1. Congress won't see through Bill Gates' misleading testimony.
  2. Congress doesn't want to know these truths anyway, as they don't want to jeopardize the lavish campaign contributions Congress receives from the tech industry.
  3. The Programmers Guild and many other critics of the H-1B program are diluting whatever influence they have (which Thibodeau correctly points out is limited compared to the huge clout wielded by the tech industry) by focusing on the second-sourcing issue (in which a firm hires H-1Bs and then rents them out to other firms).
The remainder come from Professor Norm Matloff here.