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  •  He's doing more than just procrastinating (2+ / 0-)
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    IT Professional, Mannie

    "If the H1B problem can only be addressed by future legislation?"  

    He's arguing to expand H1B's, now.   He's not just ignoring it until some later date.  He is actively creating more of a problem.  Right now.

    Bottom line, he is messing with my livelihood, and I have zero patience with his whining about how tough it is for corporations to find workers.  Between government and business, there is a very long list of actions that could be taken to alleviate any perceived "worker shortages" in the United States, before we need to starting importing more workers from abroad to take those jobs, and not only are none of them being pursued, many of them have been eliminated in recent years.   OTJ training.   Internships.  Entry Level Hiring.   College Grants.   Business/University parnerships.    When they have demonstrated that all of these methods have been tried and failed, then we can talk about selling U.S. workers down the river.

    Obama is one of the main cheerleaders for H1's.  If he wasn't up there giving us the "Rah Rah, H1B's" cheer, I might have more sympathy, but he's selling this hard.  If he wants to win Republicans over, those who DON'T work in tech (almost all the tech workers in my building are Republicans), then clearly, I am not his target audience, so he doesn't need my support.   I guess people who voted for him aren't the people he's working for.

    If the only way to get this legislation passed is to further erode my industry, then maybe we need to take a step back.   Because, U.S. tech jobs are important, as important as immigration reform, and I'm not behind selling off the one in order to purchase the other.  And, I believe that if Obama really tried, he could walk and chew gum at the same time, sell legislation that is fair to immigrants while preserving U.S. tech jobs.

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