Joel Kotkin: Silicon Valley Vs. America

Joel Kotkin: Silicon Valley Vs. America

“The money that has flowed to tech companies in San Francisco has and the much more important Silicon Valley has transformed these geographies, peninsula into something resembling glorified gated communities, populated by those lucky enough to have bought earlier and, increasingly, by techno-coolies shipped in from abroad,” says Joel Kotkin in a follow up to his earlier writing about California.

“In contrast celebrated social media firms, overwhelmingly concentrated close to the venture capital spigot, are both geographically constrained and and employ shockingly few workers. The darlings of the bubblicious tech boom — Twitter, Facebook, Zynga, LindedIn and Google — employ roughly 58,000 people combined; in contrast the old-line tech firm Intel employ 85,000 people, half in the U.S., while ExxonMobil provides livelihoods to 80,000.”

Amnesty Lobby Prepared for New Fight

“With the brutal fiscal fight now in Capitol Hill’s rearview mirror, immigration reform advocates from across the spectrum are ramping up the pressure on lawmakers to pass a far-reaching overhaul this year,” Politico writes.

“The more aggressive wing of the immigration reform community is launching a ‘week of escalation’ that will target the top three House GOP leaders and roughly two dozen other Republican lawmakers. Their goal is a vote on immigration reform this year. And the Evangelical Immigration Table is releasing a letter Monday signed by top faith leaders — a missive that comes amid a nationwide prayer blitz for reform.”

Shutdown Fight Makes Amnesty Deal Look Tougher

“Prospects for a comprehensive immigration reform bill remain cloudy after a bruising shutdown fight for Republicans that left hard feelings in Washington even as activists continue to push their cause. ‘The president’s actions and attitude over the past couple of weeks have certainly poisoned the well and made it harder to work together on any issue,’ said a GOP leadership aide asked about the chances of major immigration legislation making it to the White House,” NBC News reported.

“Republican leaders say they remain committed to fixing the nation’s broken immigration system. But, as the dust settles from the shutdown mess, both sides say that the time isn’t exactly optimal for a Kumbaya moment.”

Rubio Says Amnesty Deal Will Be Tougher Than Before

“Sen. Marco Rubio gave a downcast assessment Sunday about Congress passing immigration reform, arguing that fellow Republicans are leery about dealing with President Obama on the issue since he would not negotiate fairly during the recent fiscal crisis,” FoxNews reports.

“‘Immigration reform is going to be a lot harder to accomplish than it was three weeks ago,’ Rubio, R-Fla., who helped pass the Senate legislation handed to the Republican-controlled House, told ‘Fox News Sunday.'”

“Rubio said he agreed with Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador who last week said House Republican leadership would be ‘crazy’ to negotiate with Obama if the president makes the same ‘good faith effort’ on an immigration bill that he did on fiscal negotiations and that Obama is ‘trying to destroy’ the Republican Party.”

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    If we were like the German people with the way we do things we would be unstoppable…….but we thrive on individualism….the ironic thing is that as we become bigger that is exactly what will destroy us………….unless we stick to each other something Congress has show it is impossible…..there you have it…..a Crystal ball into the future…

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    Reform, amnesty, it’s all a frigging scam. The assholes want the beaners and illegals in the US so they can kill off all the white conservatives who are just too, too much trouble and expense to bother with. That’s why all these mass graves and all are being constructed all over the USA., why there’s 36,000 UN soldiers and 150,000 Russian troops in Region III on a FEMA “Drill” even as we speak, and why the CDC just had its first emergency meeting in 20 years to discuss a vaccine for some kind of weird middle eastern virus; and according to the supply and logistics logs of this so-called “drill”, they are expecting a lot of people to be sick. They are ordering antibiotics, 6 million blankets, for example. Obummer just barely got stopped from nuking South Carolina. I know, because I saw it all on Infowars. saw and heard a lot of other stuff that convinced me this was real, as well as this jerk-off imposing martial law all over the country. I spent at least two hours notifying every senator I could get hold of on my cheap cell phone (during the shut-down) and expected at least to hear a “No, No–bad boy! Mustn’t nuke the nice people, Mr. President!” Not a word. They are all in this together, and they all suck.

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    cynthia curran on

    Joel Konkin supports legalizing millions of illegal immigrants, just because he is against Silcon Valley doesn’t mean he is a good guy. Read Joel’s articles that opposed prop 187 in the 1990’s and Joel’s lament that LA is not the garment industry capital like it was in the 1990’s. Joel like it when LA was getting thousands of Hispanic and Asian immigrants and is now upset. because it isn’t. In fact FAIR is getting too much right wing and not supporting immigration control but promoting Joel Konkin who has a poor record on immigration since he is against Silcon Valley. Please have more fair covered and print some non people on the right that opposed the immigration bill because of environment or it drives down wages. Joel is also against environmentalism as well. Read his New Geography. web page and he is always for urban sprawl.

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    Cell Phones Don’t Replace American Engineered Manufacturing

    Its another lie the open border pundits use to justify more overpopulation with lower wages and only more federal debt to pay for it anyway.

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    Our “broken immigration system” is not fixed by more of the same non enforcement. This country continues to run up the white flag when it comes to enforcing the law and then everyone cries we need a “fix”. They say when you’re in a hole, stop digging. Instead, our advocates of “reform” just hand us an extra shovel.