Not to mention the citizens and businesses who would have significantly reduced taxes - more money to spend and invest - as well as pissing off a lot less of the world, reducing our need for a large military budget in the first place.
Simplistic? Yes. But it can be refreshing how much more effective simple solutions can be than the quagmire of most bills passed.
Rather than try to get the handful of people disrupting the peace, officers chose to unleash the pellets and tear gas.
I walked through the area around 1pm. The hallways leading outside were thick with the smell. I saw a guy slumped against a wall, his face was completely red and swollen and a woman was washing it with water trying to help him out. The cops came up, yanked her by the arm, and kicked him over until he got up and stumbled away. They were not there to help someone who looked pretty seriously injured by their tactics. They were there to continue their fucking tactics.
If a few bad apples really did ruin things in your opinion, then a WHOLE lot of bad cops did a significant amount of damage to their image as a whole that day.
This issue has reached a crisis point. Computer science employment is growing by nearly 100,000 jobs annually. But at the same time studies show that there is a dramatic decline in the number of students graduating with computer science degrees. The United States provides 65,000 temporary H-1B visas each year to make up this shortfall — not nearly enough to fill open technical positions. Permanent residency regulations compound this problem. Temporary employees wait five years or longer for a green card. During that time they can't change jobs, which limits their opportunities to contribute to their employer's success and overall economic growth.
Interesting read, but this argument is not new and is based on a distortion of truth. If US companies simply offered fair pay, good benefits, and a general sense of job security to US citizens there would be no reason to insource labor from other countries. Mr. Gates implies that US workers are not willing to work IT anymore. He fails to mention why. Most college students do not wish to throw away 4 years of their lives (and thousands of dollars) on a career in an industry rife with outsourcing. Mr. Gates acknowledges that most US companies are not interested in offering competitive wages, so the only solution in his eyes is to import coders willing to work for a lot less (or, outsource). This has nothing to do with innovation and everything to do with creating downward pressure on IT costs.