“An open letter from technology sector leaders”

It strikes me as odd that, I expect, many people who bemoan the influence of individuals like the Koch Brothers on our politics will applaud this attempt at persuasion by “Technology Sector Leaders”. (Kind of an absurd idea, nowadays, anyway, to think that “technology” is a “sector” by itself; “technology” is so broad that the statement is a bit like claiming that anything with a steering wheel is part of the “transportation sector” or something. Sounds like Silicon Valley arrogance at its highest.)

So, this is just Politics As Usual. Sigh. The corporate elites that agree with you are “true Americans exercising their freedom of speech”, while the corporate elites that disagree with you “have no business trying to buy elections. Everyone forgets that both groups are all 1 percenters who’s mission it is to convince YOU, you little unwashed person you, that what’s good for THEM is also good for YOU.

We know the score here, btw, especially those of us who have worked in the “technology sector” for decades, working FOR these arrogant educated fools. What THEY want is unfettered access to the Indian labor market and IIT grads, so they can bring them over here, paying them double what they’d make in India (but half of what they’d pay an American engineer), while they work them six days a week, 12 hours a day, and stack them up in bunk beds, two to four in a bedroom, walking distance from the office so they don’t have to be troubled with rentacars.

Trump wants to rain on the H1B program that currently permits this. Is it any wonder that the “Technology Sector Leaders” want no part of him. Ignore all that other drivel about Trump; this is about money. Always is.

The only good thing about this miserable election with no good choices is that it’s a bit like the readings obtained from the fastest/highest incline setting when you have a cardiac stress test; it exposes heart problems you otherwise don’t know you have. From Trump to Sanders to Clinton, we’ve exposed so many fault lines in our political views that are normally obscured by the fact that the US political parties. measured against global definitions of “liberal” “conservative” and “libertarian”, are BOTH “authoritarian conservative”…….that in the future, we might actually have a chance to turn this nation around and make it work for everyone.

Not just the “Technology Sector Leaders”. :-)

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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