Tech in the Political Landscape of 2016

Tech in the Political Landscape of 2016

When it comes to the big issues that are near and dear to the hearts of those who work in the Silicon Valley, technology forward thinking individuals and more importantly voters may not be pleased with either Donald J Trump Or Hillary Clinton. “She wants to take us back to the 1990s and he wants to take us back to the 1890s-and we want to be in the 2050s” is what the CEO of Tusk Ventures said last week when considering the options of who is going to be king of the mountain.

In order to understand where you stand on the issues you should consider where the people stand and how things can be different gong forward in these respective fields. First up out of the gate is the big issue surrounding the H-1B Visas for the highly skilled workforce required of tech employees. There are a limited number of H-1B visas that are offered each year, thus allowing highly skilled workers- many of whom are able to work within their respective tech fields and are thus able to enter the United States. During the Republican debate that tool place in March Trump said that the so called Visas to which I am referring are, ” something that I frankly use and shouldn’t be allowed to use it. We shouldn’t have it. Very, very bad for workers. And second of all, I think it’s very important to say, well I’m a businessman and I have to do what I have to do. Its very bad for business in terms of- and its very bad for workers and its funfair for our workers. And we should end it.”

This is not a surprising stance considering Donald Trump and the political platform that he has laid out that is almost entirely built upon zenophobia and hate. But what he fails to realize is the fact that these visas in many ways help bolster US business through the development of things that products and the ability to allow our workers to maintain relationships and travel across borders more easily as well. This being the case he is painting a picture where in it appears like the German electrical engineer is coming and taking jobs from a US worker who is willing and able to do the job like the comparisons that are made between construction or gardening. But frankly there is more work than people to do it across the board and if the person doesn’t get things done here then they will obviously go forward and use there skills against the US at competing companies.

“It will enable our country to be what its always been, a place where people from around the world can come to start new businesses pursue their dreams and apply their talents to American growth and innovation.” is the stance that Hillary puts forth that paints a nicer picture but the actuality may be further from the truth when all is said and done. But who knows this election year should be interesting for your tech products in the future.

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