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    Hillary in Silicon Valley promoting H-1B visas/green cards

    Hillary Clinton unveils innovation agenda

    By Julia Prodis Sulek
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    San Jose Mercury News
    Article Launched:08/30/2007 04:13:17 PM PDT

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke the language of Silicon Valley on Thursday when she laid out an "innovation" plan to the valley's high-tech leaders aimed at creating new jobs, encouraging math and science education, and "bringing the information age to every corner of the country."

    "Call this version 1.0 of my innovation agenda," the New York senator and former first lady said, suggesting a partnership with the group to "tweak it and fine-tune it."

    As part of her nine-point plan, Clinton said she would create a $50 billion energy research agency to reduce energy dependence and the threat of global warming; increase the research budgets of the National Science Foundation, and increase investment in research at the National Institutes of Health.

    "A culture that values and invests in ideas is part and parcel of the promise of America. And we have always supported that culture with public investment," Clinton told a group of CEOs and executives gathered at a Silicon Valley Leadership Group meeting at Applied Materials in Santa Clara. "The fire that was sparked here in this valley has made such a difference, but it can't be allowed to sputter out."

    Clinton said she supports increasing the number of foreign-born high-tech workers allowed into the country as well as providing tax incentives to encourage broadband deployment in under-served areas of the country and encouraging new technology in renewable energy.

    "It's clear from her remarks today, she's in tune with what Silicon Valley is looking for," said Joe Pon, vice president of corporate affairs for Applied Materials, which hosted the event. "As with anybody, it will be interesting to see what priorities they set when they get in office. But we're not going to let them off the hook."

    Clinton addressed about 200 high-tech CEOs and executives at the leadership group's annual "business climate summit."

    She also attended a luncheon at a Palo Alto hotel, where 800 guests paid from $250 to $1,000 to listen to her discuss a broad range of issues.

    Just before her speech in Santa Clara, she spent about a half hour with a more intimate gathering of about a dozen members of the leadership group. There, Clinton discussed three issues at the forefront of the high-tech industry: green and renewable energy, patent reform and protection and H-1B work visas for foreign-born engineers.

    "She was listening, highly informed and there was a great deal of commonality in the importance of these goals," said Ken Kannappan, president and CEO of Plantronics, a Santa Cruz-based headset maker. "I thought she was very sincere."

    For the past couple of months, a stream of presidential candidates have spent time in Silicon Valley, with four of them speaking at Google headquarters in Mountain View.

    But Carl Guardino, the CEO of the leadership group, said it's time the candidates stop considering Silicon Valley their "ATM machine" and started making deposits.

    Clinton received a round of applause when she said she supports increasing the current cap on H-1B work visas. She advocated relaxing green card restrictions of engineers "so they don't go home."

    Guardino pointed out that 53 percent of all engineers in Silicon Valley are foreign born and three of 10 new jobs are created by foreign-born CEOs.

    On another topic, the Democratic front-runner called her renewable energy plan, "energy 2.0," suggesting that instead of "leading in foreign oil imports, we should be leading in green-tech exports."

    "There's no reason we should be subsidizing oil discovery and exploration," she said. "Winning the 21st century energy race is as important as winning the 20th century space race."

    Clinton also discussed overhauling the health care system to help not only the uninsured, but the under-insured.

    "I have no illusions of how hard this will be," she said, "but I think we finely have a critical mass" of support.

    More students need to be encouraged to study math and science, she said. Fewer than 20 percent of American undergraduates earn degrees in science and engineering, compared with 50 percent in China.

    Perhaps the tech industry can learn from reality TV shows, she said with a chuckle.

    "Think of a series to bring real sex appeal" to science and math, she said.

    She also proposed federal tax incentives to bring broadband to all areas of the country.

    "What the railroads were to 19th century innovation, the broadband should be to the 21st century," she said. "It's critical if we expect to connect-up our country."

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    "On another topic, the Democratic front-runner called her renewable energy plan, "energy 2.0," suggesting that instead of "leading in foreign oil imports, we should be leading in green-tech exports." "

    I would agree with this one; it would be better for us to be exporters of alternative energy products, than to be constantly running after new nuclear power projects springing up in dangerous countries. You can't blame those countries for wanting to modernize and add electrical power. However, nuclear energy should not be the option. It is a huge security risk. Windpower and solar should be---but the cost has to be brought down to be competitive with nuclear power.

    OTOH, Clinton says, effectively, that the foreign born Silicon Valley engineers are creating jobs. Are those jobs being filled by other foreign born people, including illegals? Then there is no net gain for American citizens. There is a net gain, however, for governments that want to collect more taxes, but these taxes will go to serving the growing population---growing due to immigration.

    This is what really sucks about present liberal politics. They can make a seemingly resonable case---but all the statistics they cite in nearly any analysis are skewed by the rapidly increasing population of illegals.
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    I lived in the Silicon Valley before the dot com bust. Some of the best software was being made in America at the time. The city I lived in, Sunnyvale, California had many skilled software programmers. They had studied hard to achieve their skills. Someone convinced one of their criminals in the government that they needed H-1B visas, or one of the other flavors. It took a few months to replace all of the programmers with their new cheaper labor. Not only were our men and women driven from their jobs they were also driven from their homes and city.

    I’m not sure if it had anything to do with the bubble bursting but I’m sure it burst a lot of peoples bubble about their government and employers.

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    Just another reason not to vote for Hillary

    Just another reason not to vote for Hillary... didnt think she could hurt her case any worse, ... but then again.. her and her husband are the gift that keeps on giving all year long
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