We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...you have the bizarre spectacle of the media running from city to city and village to village to find an event to fit the narrative. Boy, these progressive narratives, one after the other and non-stop, are getting to be really annoying.
Peaceful, law-abiding tea-party groups who cleaned up after their protests — and got legal permits for them — were signs of nascent fascism lurking in the American soul. Violent, anarchic, and illegal protests by Occupy Wall Street a few years ago or, more recently, in Ferguson, Mo., were proof that a new idealistic generation was renewing its commitment to idealism.
What is actually happening is that H1B workers are more willing to work very long hours for lower wages. Most programmer jobs do not fall under the 40 hour a week rules for overtime so they are encouraged to work very long hours, many well in excess of 80 hours a week. This is the primary driver in the H1B program, kind of a neo-slavery. Another factor is that it is common in these progammer/engineer enclaves that the "boss" is also an H1B or of the same country of origin and will only hire fromthat country. In the industry it is common to see entire staffs being made up of H1B Indians, Koreans or Chinese, etc. An additional factor is that for American programmers working within one of these H1B enclaves there is open and hidden bias against the American worker, strong accents and work discussions in foriegn languages making it difficult to understand work flow and instruction. One of the little known factors in this system is while there is a mild but pervasive prejudice towards Americans there is a extremely strong prejudice towards American blacks. Having said all of this I can say I have worked with a lot of talented people and a much larger number of less talented and they came from al countries and all races. What I noticed most from the Koreans was singlemindedness and commitment to get the job done. From the Indians was camaraderie and cooperation to accomplish goals. From American programmers what I saw was mostly worker bees and a few real geniuses. The bottom line is that the H1B program was designed to push American workers out of the programmer workforce in favor of the foreign workers who are more willing to be slave labor.
You have to understand the danger of the Tea Party. When those people came together to protest, they took time off from jobs, little league, and a plethora of other responsibilities to make their voices heard. They could never have occupied anything as they had kids to get to bed and businesses to run.
So when the Tea Party came together to protest, they weren't venting, they bringing real change, real soon as they had to get back. If you need a job done, give it to a busy person.
On the otherhand, the occupiers had nothing to do so hanging out in the park for months was an upgrade for them. And what is more idealistic than throwing off all responsibility?