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GrumpySteen

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So... McCain's site has some information posted about his technology policies...

John McCain is uniquely qualified to lead our nation during this technological revolution. He is the former chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The Committee plays a major role in the development of technology policy, specifically any legislation affecting communications services, the Internet, cable television and other technologies.

The average download and upload speeds for broadband services across the U.S. have remained relatively unchanged over the past year as the U.S. continues to lag behind other countries in terms of broadband speeds, according to a report published by the Communications Workers of America labor union.(source)

John McCain Will Lower the Corporate Tax Rate To 25 Percent To Retain Investment In U.S. Technologies.

A report this week from the government itself shows that two-thirds of all U.S. businesses paid no federal income taxes between 1998 and 2005. A slightly higher percentage of foreign corporations doing business here paid no taxes either.(source)

(on the bright side, 25% of nothing is the same as 100% of nothing, so it's not like the rate matters as long as the loopholes stay in place)

John McCain will expand the number of H-1B visas to allow our companies to keep top-notch talent – often trained in our graduate schools – in the United States.

A 10 percent immigration-induced increase in the supply of doctorates lowers the wage of competing workers by about 3 to 4 percent.(source)

John McCain supports efforts to crack down on piracy, both on the Internet and off.

Because the current tactics of the RIAA (suing homeless people, dead grandmothers who hated computers, 12 year old girls) just aren't enough. We need to spend government funds to stop those damned dead, homeless twelve year olds.


Paris Hilton is looking like a better choice every day. [ohwell]

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this from the same guy who had never used Google until a few weeks ago?

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quote:
Originally posted by Steen:
John McCain will expand the number of H-1B visas to allow our companies to keep top-notch talent – often trained in our graduate schools – in the United States.

A 10 percent immigration-induced increase in the supply of doctorates lowers the wage of competing workers by about 3 to 4 percent.(source)

The interesting thing about that finding is employers are not allowed to pay H1-B applicants less than they would a native. That's the law. Nor are employers allowed to roll the cost of the immigration lawyer and processing fees over onto the immigrant worker. That's also the law. You can also pay an extra $1000 for express processing, thereby locking in a visa for your foreign worker. kreziserb went through all of this to get his H1-B, and he went through even more good times to get his green card. It's a real PITA for everyone - I'm surprised a company would take on immigrant workers if they could find Americans who could do the job. In the case of kreziserb, his employer decided the hassle of hiring him was less than the hassle of finding an American. And then they sponsored him for a green card years before his H1 was due to expire because they're just nice like that.

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it seems McCain doesn't understand issues; he is a puppet from his party and contributions.

He made Barack has a much better understanding on technology.

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Icon 1 posted August 16, 2008 15:22      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
employers are not allowed to pay H1-B applicants less than they would a native. That's the law.

And yet, stories of employers under-paying H1-B workers abound. The sad truth is, many employers see H1-B as a source of cheap, easily-exploited labour. Employees are far less likely to stand up for their rights when the employer can threaten them with deportation.

If the US government really wanted to ensure H1-B's weren't used as a source of cheap labour, they could follow the Danish example. The logic there is...
"You're importing a foreign expert, because you can't find the skills locally. An expert with such rare skills must be worth a lot of money. The minimum you can pay such an rare genius is... (insert quite high number here)".

If the number is high enough, employers will actually try to find a local worker first, (or maybe even train a local) before filling in the paperwork that says "honest, we can't find an american that knows how to change paper in a photocopier - but this Indian will do it for $200/week".

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Xanthine wrote:
employers are not allowed to pay H1-B applicants less than they would a native. That's the law.

despite the H-1B prevailing-wage requirement, actual pay rates reported by employers of H-1B workers were significantly lower than those of American workers (source)

the trend of low prevailing wage claims and low wages continues. In addition, while industry spokesmen say these workers bring needed skills to our economy, on the H-1B Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) filed with the Department of Labor, employers classify most of their H-1B workers as being relatively low-skilled for the jobs they are filling.(source)

Corportations aren't so good at obeying the law, but I think we all knew that already.

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quote:
Originally posted by Steen:

John McCain Will Lower the Corporate Tax Rate To 25 Percent To Retain Investment In U.S. Technologies.

A report this week from the government itself shows that two-thirds of all U.S. businesses paid no federal income taxes between 1998 and 2005. A slightly higher percentage of foreign corporations doing business here paid no taxes either.(source)

(on the bright side, 25% of nothing is the same as 100% of nothing, so it's not like the rate matters as long as the loopholes stay in place)

no, this is from the same people who think the oil companies need tax breaks (sadly that is often both parties) so i am going to bet that his rate lowering includes rebates to companies that already pay zero taxes so that they aren't unfairly left out.

wanna bet?

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quote:
Originally posted by Steen:


John McCain supports efforts to crack down on piracy, both on the Internet and off.

Because the current tactics of the RIAA (suing homeless people, dead grandmothers who hated computers, 12 year old girls) just aren't enough. We need to spend government funds to stop those damned dead, homeless twelve year olds.


Paris Hilton is looking like a better choice every day. [ohwell]

Is this the same John McCain who's being sued (along with the GOP) for using a Jackson Browne song in some ad without Mr. Browne's permission? The same Jackson Browne who, along with Mellencamp (there's a Reagan connection), is a diehard Democrat?

Maybe the following will help:

Honey you really tempt me
You know the way you look so kind
Iíd love to stick around but Iím running behind
You know I donít even know what Iím hoping to find
Running into the sun but I'm running behind

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BTW, this has made the rounds on CircleID - pay a visit to see leading tech. experts pan it.

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John McCain - ready to move us forward to the 19th century!
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