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Dear Editor:
As has been debated in many ILW.COM articles (Jose LaTour) and Letters to the Editor (Ali Alexander), the immigration community is being accused of furthering their own interests in favor of U.S. jobs. . .but then, don't we all? Well, not everyone. Bill Gates and Microsoft have their eyes wide open . . . . . for example this article (in pertinent part) written by Amy Waldman, published in the New York Times . . . . . "New Delhi, Nov. 12 -- Moving aggressively to preserve and expand Microsoft's market share in one of the world's largest emerging markets, the company's chairman, Bill Gates, said today that Microsoft will invest $400 million in India over the next three years. The company will expand its software and product development operations in India and make its Windows operating system and application software more widely available to the exploding new generation of computer users here. . . . . . ." Now, Bill Gates is to be commended for the social programs he is funding in India, but what about the USA . . . what about the ghettos of LA, New York, Chicago, Miami? And, four hundred million dollars in investment, now that's a chunk of change! To bad it's not being pumped into the sagging American economy, but what the heck, the USA will survive and Microsoft will grow, so where's the harm? What's the old saying? . . . . "What's good for Microsoft is good for the nation"?, or was that General Motors? What's the difference? Just one more example of an American corporation selling America out in favor of foreign interests and profits for their shareholders, and the "good of America". Thinking of re-incorporating in Bermuda, 'a'la Stanley Tools, Bill? Or will the Indian subsidiary suffice? The New York Times article goes on to say . . . . "Mr. Gates noted that new communications technology had already created opportunities for thousands of new jobs in India by making it possible to deliver services like customer support effectively from almost anywhere in the world, and he saw room for more despite the recent downturn in technology spending around the world. "If the Internet's potential had been overestimated in the short term,'' it is now being underestimated in the long run, he said. India, already a significant exporter of software and computer services, now has more than 500,000 people working in the technology sector. . . . ." Great, Bill . . . . how many of its devoted personnel has Microsoft laid off in the USA in the past year or two? Perhaps the unemployed ex-Microsoft employees can apply for work authorized visas to India so they can accept the high paying jobs Microsoft will be offering there . . . . yeah, work authorized visas to India for American computer engineers . . . fat chance. And, Bill, how many of your competitors have you driven out of business, forcing them to law off their employees, because of your heavy-handed business style - notwithstanding your recent vindication in the courts? Yeah, you've got great products, and I love to use them, but is going global really the answer? But hey, there's more . . . . the New York Times article goes on top say . . . . "Mr. Gates noted that new communications technology had already created opportunities for thousands of new jobs in India by making it possible to deliver services like customer support effectively from almost anywhere in the world, and he saw room for more despite the recent downturn in technology spending around the world. "If the Internet's potential had been overestimated in the short term,'' it is now being underestimated in the long run, he said. India, already a significant exporter of software and computer services, now has more than 500,000 people working in the technology sector. . . . . " What? . . . .". . . . .customer support effectively from almost anywhere in the world . . "? (I guess Antarctica or the North Pole are off limits to Bill.) Now, what is all this argument about foreign workers coming to the USA to displace US workers? Well, if the mountain won't come to Mohammad, then "Mohammad" will simply get on his private jet and fly to India. End of debate . . . . er, now, hey, pilot, which way is it to Beijing?

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA



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