Gates wants to open the gate (and lots of camouflage)

If it's Thursday, it must be IT Blogwatch watching the Great Gates opine about all things tech to the great opiners themselves. Not to mention diy ghillie suits...

Pat Thibodeau hears his pain:

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said today that he feels "deep anxiety" over the ability of the U.S. to compete globally and added that the country is risking its technology leadership because of failures in its education system and immigration policies and inadequate research spending.

Dino Perrotti spots a bargain:

How can the American "King of Engineering" turn on the very engineers he created? To be fair, Microsoft has always attempted to get the best and brightest engineers from around the world to work for them. It is only fair that American corporations should be able to compete for the best and brightest from around the world. But unfortunately, that is not what the H-1B program has become. It has simply become a loophole to import cheap labor.

ibsteve2u was paying attention:

Were you awake enough to notice ... that the beginnings of the evaporation of our technological lead and the decrease in interest in the math and sciences fields on the part of our youths coincided with the increases in H1B visa limits and the offshoring of all things technical?

Kim Berry states the obvious:

Bill Gates complains that there will not be enough H-1b visas to hire all of the foreigners graduating from U.S. schools. Aside from the fact that many never intended to stay in the U.S., why is Gates proposing the obvious reform?

Angry Bear sums it up:

Mr. Gates is making four policy recommendations: (1) a stronger commitment to education; (2) more government investment in research; (3) patent protection; and (4) more open borders for foreign-born scientists and engineers. The first two strike me as good ideas and one can debate whether patent protection policies are the first best means for promoting R&D. But I'm sure the last recommendation will set Lou Dobbs off ...

Ephraim Schwartz won't sacrifice the little guy:

I think Gates and others know very well that H-1B is often misused as a way to reduce wages by hiring foreign workers at a lower pay scale. But they assuage their guilty conscience, if they have one, by believing that in the long run, increasing the pool of skilled high-tech workers available to U.S. companies will benefit our economy by creating more innovation, which in turn creates more jobs.

Even if this is true, does that mean we should let people drown in the short run for the common good? I don't think so.

2Truthy thinks Bill might own Washington:

The $46.5 Billion Dollar Tech Monopoly Man, Bill Gates, is back in Washington, DC today to testify before a Senate committee about the American Great Skilled Labor Shortage Myth. ... When it comes to looking over your shoulder to see what the other guy is doing on his race to the bottom, Silicon Valley, with its “You and who’s army? TechNet”, looks no further than to Bill Gates or John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, to follow their lead to the trough.

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Computerworld's online projects editor, Joyce Carpenter, compiled IT Blogwatch today. Regular Blogwatcher Richi Jennings will return next week.

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