Trump Versus Clinton on STEM

A new report offers a side-by-side view of both Trump and Clinton's positions on technology and innovation

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La Habra, United States – July 8, 2016: Close up of Vote election buttons, with red, white, blue and stars and stripes. Hillary Clinton is the democrat candidate and Donald Trump is the republican candidate for President of the United States

It’s been and will continue to be a very ugly, nasty Presidential election year, up until Election Day. Knowing where each candidate stands on the issues is as important as voting. A new report compares Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s position on technology, side-by-side.

A new report compares Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s position on technology, side-by-side. The report was created by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading U.S. science and technology policy think tank.

Here is the breakdown of both candidates’ stances on technology and innovation, according to the report:

On Innovation

 

Clinton has spoken about establishing and expanding public-private partnerships to drive innovation and widely share its benefits.

Trump has been mostly silent on the issue of innovation.

On Technology Regulations

 

Clinton supports some regulations, including net neutrality—or keeping the Internet open—and those issues surrounding data privacy.

Trump’s only positions on tech regulations are with regard to China. He wants the government to be tougher with China on issues including intellectual property theft.

On Immigrants With High-Tech Skills

 

Clinton would create a startup visa program, allowing entrepreneurs in tech sectors to create companies and jobs in the United States. She has supported H-1B visas in the past, and she has proposed raising the number of visas awarded.

Trump is opposed to H-1B visas. He has stated he is pro high-skilled immigration, but he has also proposed blocking Muslims from entering the United States, which would potentially ban some highly skilled workers in the process.

On Science Funding

 

Clinton would expand the National Science Foundation iCorps program.

Trump wants to redirect funding to other projects, such as rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, and he is against funding scientific research or space missions.

On STEM Education

 

Clinton supports cities and wants to start establishing STEM-oriented high schools.

Trump said there is no shortage of STEM workers just because some STEM graduates can’t find jobs in their field.

You can read the ITIF’s report in its entirety.



13 Responses to Trump Versus Clinton on STEM

  1. noh1bvisas says:

    “Clinton has spoken about establishing and expanding public-private partnerships to drive innovation and widely share its benefits.”
    .
    translation: she will let in as many cheap, foreign guest workers are companies want.

  2. noh1bvisas says:

    “Clinton would create a startup visa program, allowing entrepreneurs in tech sectors to create companies and jobs in the United States. She has supported H-1B visas in the past, and she has proposed raising the number of visas awarded.”
    .
    this is why big tech is giving her 10s of millions of dollars. notice that whenever she talks about creating jobs in america she never says “for Americans”.

  3. noh1bvisas says:

    “Clinton supports cities and wants to start establishing STEM-oriented high schools.”
    .
    there is no incentive to go into STEM when the government allows in a couple hundred thousand cheap foreign guest workers every year. kids aren’t stupid.

  4. John80224 says:

    I won’t be voting for him, but Trump is not outright against H-1Bs nor has he flip-flopped to the degree many say on this topic. His position has been okay generally with keeping talented people but NOT primarily as nothing more than cheap substitutes for often even higher skilled Americans.

    • Mark says:

      Who else is there to vote for?

      • John80224 says:

        I’m considering writing in Chuck Grassley. I know it amounts to nothing more than my personal little stand, but there isn’t a viable candidate in my mind. This is probably my personally largest issue, but I just can’t bring myself to trust Trump in so many other areas of POTUS.

        • StopTheLies says:

          Clinton is already been bought and paid for by Wall Street and Silicon Valley. Sen Sessions has kept Trump on the right track with the H-1Bs, but how do we know Trump won’t “cut a deal” if elected? He has already changed his position once…

          So take a chance on Trump, or go with Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. The US desperately needs to break the corrupt two-party stranglehold. I am personally going to vote for Jill Stein. But make sure you vote — do NOT stay home.

          • John80224 says:

            If my presidential vote winds up being abstinence, I will still vote. I agree the two-party system is causing a great many issues, but writing in a Grassley seems about my only option on this issue. Sessions is more visible but not on the ballot either and frankly I’m not sure about some of what he represents that I currently have not dug deeply enough to speak to. From what little I’ve found both Stein and Johnson would also seek to expand this debacle rather than curtail it. So with them, I’d still be giving a nod to making this issue worse.

            I actually modestly defend Trump on the H-1Bs. His position has not been as flip-flopped as usually stated. The two most cited points are essentially that he claims: 1) he’ll stop using the visa for cheap labor and 2) we need to welcome skilled immigrants.

            That’s more or less my position, that I’m not against immigrants but bringing them primarily for the purpose to be cheaper substitutes for Americans is wrong.

  5. Perturbed Pundit says:

    Let’s face it – we’re screwed. A president Trump would be a complete disaster, and a President Corrupt-Hillary would sell out the American middle class (or – what’s left of it) in a heartbeat – she’ll piss on us and tell us that it’s just rain.

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  8. Mark says:

    Just found another way that H-1B is abused:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/umar-akbar-ahmed/us-businesses-take-advant_b_5057014.html

    “In determining equivalency, USCIS generally uses the “three to one rule”; three years of work experience makes up for each year the applicant lacks in the educational requirement. ”

    Shocking, isn’t it? A 20-something-year old Indian, who has never stepped foot in a STEM school can, after claiming 12 years of ‘experience’, can be assessed at equivalency to a 4-year Bachelors degree.

    • John80224 says:

      And yet they’ll say they can’t hire Americans with practical experience but not the degree… Bit of a double standard, eh?

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