Software Shortage Threatens America!!!

Or so says Microsoft. The Hill reports:

“Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel and executive vice president, said at a press briefing that the lack of qualified job applicants is “approaching the dimensions of a genuine crisis” for tech companies.”

Have you ever seen a software shortage due to a lack of programmers? Have you ever seen the shelves bare in the App Store? Or in Google Play? Have you ever had trouble finding a free plugin for WordPress?

Not hardly, right?

As a coder myself, I can tell you that I am flabbergasted by the amount of software that we produce. Everywhere I look, there is a massive tidal wave of new software. Let me tell you, it’s quite intimidating when trying to think of new products.

And what about tech start-up companies? Is there a shortage of them? Are investors clamoring for more Groupon’s (GRPN) to IPO at $25 and then plunge to $5?

I don’t think so.

In fact, you could go so far as to say that the recent plethora of spectacular tech IPO flops is proof that we have too many programmers.

So what is Microsoft carrying on about? Nothing special. Just the same old drum beat for more cheap labor – especially labor of the H1-B indentured-servitude variety.

Further reading: “Professor Norm Matloff’s H-1B Web Page.
Further reading: “The Problem with Marc Andreessen.

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