Candidates and STEM

(This page is a continual work in progress and is currently under construction)

This web-page was created to give you an idea of where our candidates stand in science, technology, engineering and math.  Now let me be the first to say that I am not a democrat or a republican, I am a citizen of the United States of America, I am an American.  I don't let the talking heads tell me what to believe.  If I feel strongly about an issue, I will objectively investigate the issues, and then form my own opinion based on evidence.  Then I make an informed opinion.  Out of all the candidates, I cannot believe that this is the best that the GOP and the DEM have  to offer.  These are dismal choices in my opinion.  All the choices stink, we are stuck with picking the least stinky candidate.  Really sad that this is the "Cream that rises to the top"....Its a shame that the people who would best perform the job of President of the United States do not run for office. 

In the section below we will look at climate science, the H-1B visas program, support for NASA and the space program, and any other relevant subject material.

The candidates all give a similar answer to science related questions....They all claim they are "not scientist".  But their opinions seem to suggest that somehow they are scientist or a least have an opinion even though they say "I am not scientist".  Using this expression is just a way for them to duck an issue.  The graph below tells the story.  This graph is in relation to climate change and associated weather knowledge.  If these guys do not understand basic meteorology, how the heck can they have an informed opinion about climate change.  It would be like a pilot giving their opinion about Shakespearean literature.....

One of my concerns is the H-1B visas.  What is an H1-B visa?  The US H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields such as in architecture, engineering, mathematics, science, and medicine.  Applying for a non-immigrant visa is generally quicker than applying for a US Green Card, therefore the H-1B visa is popular for companies wishing to bring in staff for long-term assignment in the US.

My problem with the H-1B visas is that these are jobs that are going to foreign workers when they should be going to our kids.  Where are our priorities?  These jobs should be going to kids from the United States first and foremost and if companies are not getting the types of kids they need, then they should take a bigger stance with STEM in our education system.  Speak up and let the middle schools, high schools, and colleges know what your needs are in order to graduate kids with the type of skills that these companies need.  The U.S should be setting lofty goals to inspire our next generation scientist and engineers.  Its my opinion that our generation is failing our future generations is this regard.  Instead of poaching kids from other countries, we should be figuring out how to get our kids interested in these jobs.

The U.S. currently allows only 65,000 workers who specialize in science or technology to immigrate legally each year. (An additional 20,000 are allowed under an exemption for those holding advanced degrees earned in the United States.) But the program has come under increasing criticism from protectionists and American industries that say the country is "outsourcing" labor and charge there is widespread abuse of the visa system.


Trump on H-1B visas....

Increase prevailing wage for H-1Bs. We graduate two times more Americans with STEM degrees each year than find STEM jobs, yet as much as two-thirds of entry-level hiring for IT jobs is accomplished through the H-1B program. More than half of H-1B visas are issued for the program's lowest allowable wage level, and more than eighty percent for its bottom two. Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the U.S., instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas. This will improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favor of the H-1B program. Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Senator, Marco Rubio, has a bill to triple H-1Bs that would decimate women and minorities.

Requirement to hire American workers first. Too many visas, like the H-1B, have no such requirement. In the year 2015, with 92 million Americans outside the workforce and incomes collapsing, we need companies to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed. Petitions for workers should be mailed to the unemployment office, not USCIS.


 Carson on H-1b visas program...

No real position.  Just says "immigration reform is not going to be that easy"

Bush on H-1b visas program

Jeb Bush has said it would be "foolish" not to expand H-1Bs: "We have this H-1B visa program for highly skilled workers... and there’s a cap on the number of people who are allowed to get green cards out of this process. We have a million H-1B visa holders that are here and only 250,000-300,000 a year are allowed in... so the math suggests that a majority of these people who want to stay are having to leave, and they become our economic competitors...  It’s foolish. This is not a zero sum game. I think a lot of people view immigration as, ‘Well, by supporting immigrants, you’re taking away from me.' And I would argue the exact opposite is the case. If we have this narrow perspective of, ‘Well, we’re not going to grow anymore and the pie is set, so I’m going to fight for mine,’ we’re doomed… Immigrants aren’t a drain on that, they’re actually a catalytic converter for sustained economic growth. And everybody benefits when we grow." 

Cruz on H-1b visas

Cruz has backed quintupling the number of visas in the program, which encourages legal immigration for highly skilled foreign workers. But it's a position that's causing headaches for him as the campaign develops.
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But thats not all for Ted .... He has recently changed his tune slightly on the H-1b visas.  My personal opinion is that he is just trying to appeal to his base, with imigration and not really address the root cause of the issue....
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Chris Christie on H-1b visas