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Article: In Silicon Valley, Technology Talent Gap Threatens G.O.P. Campaigns


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Among employees who work for Google, Mr. Obama raised about $720,000 in itemized contributions this year, against only $25,000 for Mr. Romney. That means that Mr. Obama took almost 97 percent of the money between the two major candidates. Apple employees gave 91 percent of their dollars to Mr. Obama. At eBay, Mr. Obama took 89 percent of the money from employees. Over all, among the 10 American-based information technology companies on the Fortune’s list of “most admired companies,” Mr. Obama raised 83 percent of the funds between the two major party candidates.


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Thoughts on why the creme of the crop tech employees overwhelmingly supported Obama over Romney? I would assume we all can agree that they are not looking for handouts. And do you see this as a legitimate issue for the GOP going forward?







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wickowick
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And do you see this as a legitimate issue for the GOP going forward?


Just like the MSM is to the left of center, how much of America's internet information is filtered and passes through these organizations. Yes there is a reason for concern.






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Simple, Palo Alto was built on science and engineering. The GOP is way to anti-science for anyone who deals in this world. This is one of the main reasons I vote democratic. When you have candidates who don't believe in evolution, you are going to lose Silicon Valley.





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The GOP is way to anti-science for anyone who deals in this world. This is one of the main reasons I vote democratic.


But unfortunately they don't believe in budgets...






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It is, no doubt. However, if you broke down the ethnicity of those people who work for these companies, let's just say, you won't get the makeup of an LSU football game.





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Just like the MSM is to the left of center, how much of America's internet information is filtered and passes through these organizations. Yes there is a reason for concern.


I always thought Ebay was left-leaning...






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I would assume we all can agree that they are not looking for handouts.


They know they are going to need the federal government to bail out their state. It's not a direct handout, but it's one step away.






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Teddy Ruxpin
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I'm super educated and I didn't vote for Obama.

What does that say?






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HailHailtoMichigan!
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PaddlingTiger
Nice try, bitch.

This is a reflection of regional politics, not
anti-revolution" mumbo-jumbo.

Where do you and DA come up with this garbage?






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ChiSaint
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They know they are going to need the federal government to bail out their state. It's not a direct handout, but it's one step away.


I assume you are not serious but assuming you are, how do you explain why 81% of the contributions of Microsoft (Washington)employees and 77% of the contributions of IBM (New York) employees were also to Obama? Should we assume that employees at these companies are that concerned about California's budget crisis? Or are Microsoft employees, for example, just assuming that the Evergreen State will eventually need a bail out and are being proactive?






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ChiSaint
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I'm super educated and I didn't vote for Obama.

What does that say?


I don't think it says anything as plenty of extremely intelligent, well-educated people voted for each of the two candidates. I am not making the argument that more intelligent people are more inclined to vote for one party or another. Although it has been statistically shown that people with advanced degrees are more likely to vote democrat, it's a separate argument as to whether such people are in fact more intelligent (however you want to define "intelligence") than those without advanced degrees.

However, many on this board have contended that people voting for Obama are either (i) looking for handouts, (ii) unintelligent, (iii) unable to grasp basic economic theory or (iv) otherwise completely uninformed about anything. This article identifies a group of Americans that are more likely to be intelligent, hard working high earners than your average American. And yet they supported Obama by a huge margin. I just wanted to see this board's explanation for such behavior.



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(i) looking for handouts, (ii) unintelligent, (iii) unable to grasp basic economic theory or (iv) otherwise completely uninformed about anything

it is unlikely that these things describe very many donors at all, regardless of who they donate to






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However, many on this board have contended that people voting for Obama are either (i) looking for handouts, (ii) unintelligent, (iii) unable to grasp basic economic theory or (iv) otherwise completely uninformed about anything.

just b/c you are a great programmer doesn't mean you can grasp basic economic theory






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I'm super educated and I didn't vote for Obama.

What does that say?
You hit the wrong button






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ChiSaint
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just b/c you are a great programmer doesn't mean you can grasp basic economic theory



Very true. But what percentage of Americans do you believe really grasp it? I would contend that of the 48% of the population that voted for Romney, there are not that many that understand economics. Likewise, there are very few that voted for Obama that do either. I do think it's a fair assumption that the average non-clerical employee (since clerical employees are unlikely to donate above the $250 minimum necessary to have their contributions reported) at a Google or IBM is more likely to be more intelligent than the general population and therefore more capable of understanding economic theory.






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i have worked in high tech for 15 years, and my work is mainly liberal (outside of sales). I will tell you the reasons that tech companies lean liberal

1. Younger - look at the stats, obama won the youth vote and tech companies are younger than other industries

2. Lots of immigrants - the indians, pakistanis, and chinese I work with believe the republican party is anti immigrant, and since they are immigrants, they don't like it.

3. Gays - tons of gays in tech

4. science - the republican party has a reputation for being anti-science, evolution is one but don't discount other policies (net neutrality).

5. Atheist - republican party is decidedly not friendly to atheists, and tech workers are more likely to be an atheist. The only people at my work that go to church (or temple) are the immigrants, and for the most part they are harrassed to go by their wives/mothers.

Also drug policy (bunch of pot heads), foreign policy (wars) play into this.






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buddhavista
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just b/c you are a great programmer doesn't mean you can grasp basic economic theory


its almost 100% on non economic issues. They would vote libertarian if there was a libertarian candidate available. But there is not, and they are pro-science, pro-immigration and not religious....GOP drives them away.

I hear at work all the time, if the republicans weren't bat shite crazy about religion I would totally vote for them.






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90proofprofessional
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I will tell you the reasons that tech companies lean liberal

good insight there with that list






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HailHailtoMichigan!
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Also drug policy (bunch of pot heads), foreign policy (wars) play into this.
Both parties support these things.

I agree with your other reasons, except for the "anti-science" tidbit.






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Thoughts on why the creme of the crop tech employees overwhelmingly supported Obama over Romney?
The ULTRA rich have been leftist for quite some time.

The Ultra rich stand to benefit the most from a large and powerful government that they can use to their advantage. Also, the Ultra rich have a great deal of wealth that isn't taxed at all and so of course, they're all good with INCOME tax increases and Cap Gains tax increases. These affect the well off far more than they affect the ultra rich.






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