In A New Bid To Push H-1B Program, Microsoft Manufactures Claim U.S. Students Can’t Hack It In Tech

Leaching off last week’s DNC Convention, tech industry-behemoths Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon hosted a mini-conference amidst the gathering elite aimed at building awareness of the supposed lack of tech-education among America’s youth. The policy-push comes off Microsoft’s ‘National Talent Strategy’ hatched a few years back; an initiative which the company’s own general counsel apparently admitted was nothing but a ‘manufactured crisis’ really geared to serve the industry’s H-1B immigration agenda. Indeed, if America really did have an ‘education crisis’ in the STEM-fields, why do so many of the hundreds of thousands of H-1B professionals imported here every year come from places that do far worse educationally than we do?

h/t XB

  • Ron MacDonald

    I’m several of these rules apply…

    Saul Alinsky’s 12 Rules for Radicals

    * RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)
    * RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)
    * RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)
    * RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)
    * RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)
    * RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)
    * RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)
    * RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)
    * RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)
    * RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)
    * RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)
    * RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    This is why EVERYONE should learn how to PIRATE EVERYTHING.
    Pirate all software, Jailbreak your iPhone, Torrent the F*CK out of all electronic entertainment (Music, TV, Movies, Games, Ringtones…) and whatever else you can get your hands on!
    Give them not a dime and laugh while you are doing it!

    • FactsWillOut

      Don’t forget to use open source software like Linux and Open Office.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        When open-sourced becomes as useful as closed-source, I’ll use that too.

        • FactsWillOut

          Well, depends what you need it for.
          Many websites are run off the fully open source Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP platform. I got my technologically challenged ex-wife using Ubuntu to watch Netflix, torrents, browse, use you-tube, google earth, maps, etc. There is free accounting software available, as well, not to mention the GIMP, which is an open-source equivalent of photoshop…

          The only challenges are ticketing systems, etc, that are used commercially.

        • Exile1981

          Actually open officeis just as useful as MS office theae days.

  • Just be honest: paying brown people a lesser wages is where it is at.

  • FactsWillOut

    Manufactured crisis indeed.
    1. Software development is still largely outsourced.
    2.Software is just code, so it can be made anywhere, and shipped almost free.
    This would seem to be just another way to flood our countries with undesirables, as there is little economic incentive to import software designers.
    As far as real STEM studies are concerned, 3rd world foreigners aren’t up to par when it comes to chip design, fiber optics, etc. That’s a strictly European and North American thing.
    Given the employment levels in the USA (and Canada), there should be no foreign workers allowed in at all.

  • jack burns

    This is also about brokered deals between the big Indian body shops like Infosys who are selling the raw meat at a discount. Remember those super high quality Obamacare sites? Its changed from a few people doing good who to an infinite number of monkeys on an infinite number of typewriters.

  • canminuteman

    If the American education system is so screwed up, isn’t that the governments fault since they have taken control of education? Since it is their fault, shouldn’t they do something to fix it, rather than population replacement? The Republicans should be turning this around to attack the Dems who run the department of education and fund most the universities.

    • FactsWillOut

      Trump may try that.
      Either the Dems screwed up education over the last 8 years, or M$ is lying.
      Which is it, Mr. Gates?

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I say 50-60 years.

        • FactsWillOut

          I was applying Alinsky’s rule 12.

  • Frances

    Microsoft is really cool about supporting big projects offshore; how about this time supporting a project in the USA to get young Americans up to speed?

    • xavier

      No way that would men taking a 0,000000001 decrease in profits and prevent me from buy a gazillion Sq metre property in prime real estate in elitelandia

  • Editor

    There is the possibility US STEM students are, in fact, falling behind because they are now being forced to attend “diversity, equity and inclusion” courses, thus wasting time that would be better spent attending their core STEM classes. Some may even bring these identity politics beliefs into their jobs after graduation, hiring based on quotas rather than merit, further damaging the US tech sector.