Re: Okay, So I'm Not Done After All :D (WAS: WHAT did you say?)

Subject: Re: Okay, So I'm Not Done After All :D (WAS: WHAT did you say?)
From: John Gilger <JohnG -at- MIKOHN -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 08:06:47 -0700

OK. I'll kick in $0.02USD

George wrote:

<snip>
Around here (here being Silicon Valley), the ongoing discussion about
bringing in technical talent from overseas via the H1-B visa route
highlights a major problem: a lack of homegrown technical talent in
this country. US companies would hire US citizens with the sort of
technical talent they're looking for if they were around. These same
companies (and we have discussed this before, btw) also say that the
homegrown folks they're looking for just aren't around.</snip>

It isn't that we aren't around, George, it is just that the companies have
an insane expectation that we are willing to lower our lifestyles for the
privilege of living in Silicon Valley or some other high-cost-of-living
location without the necessarily higher compensation.

WARNING: <RANT>
The fact is that their claim of US citizens not being available is an excuse
to import people who are willing to work cheaper and improve the corporate
bottom line so that the CEO can live in luxury in Silicon Valley.</RANT>

Now that I got that garbage out of my system...

I have a background similar to yours and I have resisted taking work in
California mostly because of the real estate prices, laws and taxes in that
state. These could be overlooked, but the compensation issue just puts the
icing on the cake. (I'm not bashing California out of provincial ignorance.
I lived a year in Napa and 8 years in San Diego during the 70s and 80s.)

John


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