Friday, January 15, 2010

Geek Shortage

Oh, no, DARPA says we have a geek shortage in this country! I'm more sympathetic to what people say in the comments: it doesn't seem like there's much of a shortage when American programmers are unable to find work and companies prefer to bring in foreign (i.e. "desperate to escape their home country's lack of economic opportunity and social nets and so willing to accept much lower salaries") employees. Work visas distort our domestic labor market. If the U.S. government wants more U.S. citizen programmers, they shouldn't assist in giving away the non-government programming jobs to non U.S. citizens. (I won't get into the outsourcing issue, though, because I don't think the federal government should get involved in trying to "fix" it; there's a limit to how much a U.S. company can outsource and still turn out a good, timely product.)

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