Skip to comments.5 Engineers: Who is better for engineering and tech: Obama or Romney?
Posted on 10/14/2012 11:13:02 AM PDT by null and void
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This Friday, though, we find ourselves fresh off of the vice presidential debates here in the United States. That followed the presidential debates by a week and there are still more head-to-head debates coming.
At this point, we're just weeks away from voting and the election could go either way. As is the case, weve heard snippets here and there regarding technology and engineering from the candidates. Wed like your take on their positions.
So for this weeks question were asking: Who is better for engineering and tech: Obama or Romney? Strictly in terms of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and not regarding the hot button issues that seem to make up most political debates, whose election would do more to better the world? And we do mean the world. This may be a US position but Americas actions influence the globe.
Post your short, constructive answer below. Be sure to stay tuned to this blog for more 5 Engineers questions in the weeks to come.
Obama is a disaster for anyone in the STEM disciplines who relies on a dynamic , merit based system that fosters innovation, in scientific and technological research and development and strong economic and tech base to support those activities.
“I got a bracelet too”
Obama could create a bigger pile of BS, that’s about it.
Romney wants more free trade which means more outsourced jobs including engineering.
Obama doesn’t seem to have a plan, except to spend taxpayer dollars to rescue companies once they have failed due to stupid trade policy.
Engineering forecast looks cloudy. But I see a strong demand 4 years from now for new politicians.
A lot of Democrat talking points in there.
Screaming a lie louder rather then learning even a single fact about how the US Economy works does not change your emotion base ranting to fact.
The Truth About U.S. Manufacturing
It’s called Protectionism. It has failed every time it has been tried. Clinging to an emotion based opinion rather then learning a single fact about how the US Economy works is childish. US Manufacturing is dependent on imports of raw material and goods. Your protectionist ideas would destroy the base of our economy.
My feeling is Romney is quite strong on trade.
Strongest in the GOP.
This is an easy question to answer. In 0bama-land, there’s welfare and midnight basketball, that’s all there is.
Considering the fact that the Democrat Party is controlled by Big Labor, and Big Labor are luddites, Obama can’t be good for engineers.
I remember as a youth in the 1980’s and a member of UFCW the rants in the union newsletter against scanners on the checkout line.
Labor unions hope to keep everything the same, the same people with the same job description.
That is nothing new, either. The 1877 railroad strike was largely about brakemen’s jobs being lost due to the Westinghouse air brake. The 1892 Homestead Works strike was about Henry Clay Frick seeking freedom to make innovations in the manufacture of steel in that industry’s early days.
A lot of Democrat talking points in there.
Especially about the alleged support of STEM in education. Alleged since the real intent the Democrats have for education is to dumb it down even further to create more clients for the Welfare State, while throwing more money at the teachers unions without expecting any meaningful results. Did not one teachers’ union leader say that they will start caring about the students when the students pay union dues?
R’s are pro-H1B because they want cheap skilled labor (engineers).
D’s are pro-H1B because they want more immigrants.
Either way, I no longer encourage my children to pursue engineering. And that is quite sad.
IIRC, that was an outgoing legal counsel (attorney) for the teacher’s union. But I’m sure he just said what they all think.
If Romney is elected and frees up the oil drilling industry, I see lots of demand for engineers in petroleum, manufacturing, etc.
MS Google and Amazon all support more H1B for the stated reason that they bring expertise that expands their buisnesses, hence increasing sales and profits.
What they don’t state is that they prefer to acquire young talent, cheaply, and grow that talent within their own corporate cultures.
H1Bs are used as slave labor in my area of engineering.
I’m competing not only with them locally, but with the Chinese slave labor.
I predict that there’s less than 10 years left for American jobs in my particular field. My company is already ramping up a 500 employee design center in China. All job openings within the company are in China, not here. We’ve been told specifically that any position eliminated here by firing or layoff goes to China.
I saw some video from the control room for the recent Mars landings. The people looked horrible. Obvious gays, men with earrings, slovenly dress. It looked like a kindergarten staff meeting.
You couldn't be any more wrong on this point. I am an engineer, working for a small (100 employees) US company. Because of free trade, we manufacture products in the US (only), and we export about half of our sales to China and Japan.
Obama has an iPhone, right? So of course he would be better for high tech. /s
Patently False. It was used by the founding fathers and was in place the first 170 years of our country's existence.
The facts are that we have 25% unemployment and everything in Wal-mart is made in China. There is nothing wrong with Protecting the American Market so that Americans employee other Americans. It's cheaper in the long run than employing Chinese and paying for Americans to sit idle.
You need to read something other than libertarian CATO institute crap.
The real history of free trade is that it devastated England's industrial base in the 1800's. It's devastated our's now. And protectionism has actually a long history of success.
The facts are that we embarked on a record era of lowering of import tariffs in the 1970's and the 1980's and now have the worst unemployment since the great depression.
I could do this all day.
PS. I've had graduate level courses in Economics. Don't tell me I need to learn how things work. You need to get beyond the basics. Take something besides economics 101. Or just look around you at what has happened to our country since we've implemented free trade policies.