Steve Wozniak, along with the late Steve Jobs founded the Apple Computer Company. Jobs, of course, became the CEO and Wozniak became an advisor and went on to found a number of technical companies.
Wozniak has now applied for Australian citizenship. One of the reasons sited is the technical advances that Australia is making on bringing to all people in their country a high speed internet. He pointed out that in the United States, the government needs to be involved, representing the people, not industry. It is not involved, and seemingly does not want to get involved.
In all the major industrialized nations in the world, the governments have set specific policies and if a telecommunications company expects to get involved, they had better toe the government’s line. In the US, our policies allow for the telecommunications companies to treat the airways as if they owned them. They don’t. We, the people own them. The telecommunications companies are not interested in what we want. They are only interested in satisfying their stockholders.
America certainly has lost its way and it doesn’t seem that we are going to find it any time soon. As long as we have a major political party that is defiantly ignorant we are not going to get out of the mess that we are in. We have a large percentage of the population who couldn’t care less about educating our youth. It seems that those who do want to educate them want to teach them the most nonsensical things about evolution, and the earth we live on. They want to teach the bible as if it were true — as opposed to having been written by the ancestors of Walt Disney. It is frightening! If we are going to survive in the 21st century we need to train scientists and engineers and make it attractive for them to want to stay in this country.
According to a survey by “America Wave” a marketing consultant company, the percentage of Americans aged 25 to 34 actively planning to relocate outside the US has quintupled in just two years, from less than 1 percent to 5.1 percent.
In Silicon Valley in California, a majority of the new start-ups were started by non citizens. I would certainly like to have them stay, but our broken immigration laws have forced some to leave. We seem to be so concerned about some poor man or woman who sneaks into the US to earn a few dollars for their family that we totally over looked the fact that we have a brain drain on our hands and we don’t have the national will to do anything about it.
As opportunities open up in China and India, young Americans are not afraid to learn the language and take advantage of these opportunities.
We might be still a land of opportunity — but we are not the only one.