There’s no way in hell anyone should ever vote for this idiot. She nearly destroyed HP. And, she doesn’t understand why it was important to protect American tech workers. The fact that Fiorina, Gates, Jobs, et al didn’t is exactly why the US is starting to lag in innovation.
I remember it well, but, for a refresher, some excerpts from Wiki, my bold …..
While she was chief executive at HP, the company weathered the collapse of the dot-com bubble, although the stock lost half of its value throughout her tenure. In 2002, the company completed a contentious merger with rival computer company Compaq, which made HP the world’s largest personal computer manufacturer. In 2005, Fiorina was forced to resign as chief executive officer and chair of HP following “differences [with the board of directors] about how to execute HP’s strategy.” She has frequently been ranked as one of the worst tech CEOs of all time.
….Fiorina proposed the acquisition of the technology services arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers for almost $14 billion but withdrew the bid after a lackluster reception from Wall Street. Following the collapse of the dot-com bubble, the PwC consulting arm was acquired by IBM for less than $4 billion. …..
….. Fiorina presented herself as a realist regarding the effects of globalization. She has been a strong proponent, along with other technology executives, of the expansion of the H-1B visa program. In January 2004, at a meeting to “head off rising protectionist sentiment in Congress,” Fiorina said: “There is no job that is America’s God-given right anymore. We have to compete for jobs as a nation.” While Fiorina argued that the only way to “protect U.S. high-tech jobs over the long haul was to become more competitive [in the United States],” her comments prompted “strong reactions” from some technology workers who argued that lower wages outside the United States encouraged the offshoring of American jobs. Fiorina responded against protectionism in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal, writing that while “America is the most innovative country,” it would not remain so if the country were to “run away from the reality of the global economy.”
I don’t believe she’s changed her mind, since she babbled this idiocy.
So, what’s happened to the American tech scene, since Fiorina, Jobs, Gates, et al flooded the US tech industry with millions of low-wage tech workers? The reality is that we’re lagging in producing quality tech workers. Why? Well, that’s easily answered with another question. Why would anyone pursue a career in tech work, today? Simply put, it doesn’t pay that well. One of the problems is that one simply can’t prove themselves to be good tech workers like a welder can.
Technology constantly changes, so each day is a new challenge, with new thoughts. Yes, it’s like that for everyone, but, in the technology field, it is literally like that every day. So, it doesn’t matter how good you were at a particular skill, because that particular skill won’t be used very long. You wouldn’t believe how good I was at some things which aren’t done, anymore. What the job requires is the ability to constantly evolve with the technology. It’s thinking. So, the field needs a constant influx of bright young minds. How does one ensure that the US constantly produces bright and capable people in the field? By keeping the wages up to entice the bright young minds.
What the tech CEOs did was to look to short-term gains at the expense of America’s future, and America’s people. Importing millions of low-wage workers only ensures mediocrity (at best) and the stifling of the amount of quality people wishing to pursue a tech field as a career.
Consider the fast pace advancements made prior to the early to mid 2000s, and then consider the advancements made since. Does this meet the exponential arc previously established? Consider Moore’s law …. again from Wiki …
“Moore’s law” is the observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit has doubled approximately every two years. The observation is named after Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of the Intel Corporation and Fairchild Semiconductor, whose 1965 paper described a doubling every year in the number of components per integrated circuit. In 1975, he revised the forecast doubling time to two years. His prediction has proven to be accurate, in part because the law now is used in the semiconductor industry to guide long-term planning and to set targets for research and development.The capabilities of many digital electronic devices are strongly linked to Moore’s law: quality-adjusted microprocessor prices, memory capacity, sensors and even the number and size of pixels in digital cameras. All of these are improving at roughly exponential rates as well.
What this means is that our abilities, via the tech field, should double ever two years. Have they? I currently have an 8-core processor, 16 gigs of RAM, PC waiting to be built. (The parts are sitting next to me, just pissing me off. I’m tired, but, I’ll get it built tonight or tomorrow.) But, what am I going to be able to do with all of this power? 16 gigs of RAM!!!!! It wasn’t long ago that a 16 gig hard-drive would have been huge! I’m going to have more computing power than the $10,000 servers I worked on just a few years ago! But, what am I going to be able to do with all of this power? Our capabilities through the tech field should be doubling along with the increase in power! But, what have we to show for it, today? An I-phone? Some really cool gaming systems? I’m presently using “old faithful”. Yes, I’ve seriously upgraded/modified her. But, she’s an old E-machine, single processor, and came with XP one. But, what can I do with the new PC that I can’t with the old one? Not much. And, this is the state of the tech field/industry world-wide. Yes, we still have innovations, but, they’re not coming along with the power, and when they do come, they’re not very meaningful. Why? Well, in part, because of people like Gates, Fiorina, and Jobs.
Fiorina is great at the real and accurate criticism of Hillary. But, she has simply shown herself to be unqualified to lead this nation and this nation’s people.