|Making the world safe for Qualcomm||Me Dot Org|
Mar 28, 2003 2:38 PM
|As Americans, British and Iraqis are fighting and dying, it's good to know that one American Congressman is looking at the big picture. Someone whose own political vision trasncends petty local politics, asks the tough questions, and faces the big issues. Someone who is not afraid to ask the one question not only Americans, but all the citizens of the world are asking:
Which wireless netork technology will Iraq adapt after the war?
|Yeah, he definitely shouldn't care about that...||TJeanloz|
Mar 28, 2003 2:47 PM
|Why would a Congressman want to promote jobs in his own district, when he could be supporting European jobs. Selfish bastard.|
|Jobs in his own district are evidently more important than logic||Me Dot Org|
Mar 28, 2003 3:02 PM
|'GSM is already deployed in every country of the Middle East region--CDMA is not deployed in any. Today there are 20 Arab countries with GSM networks and 60 million customers in the region ... the suggestion that CDMA technology be deployed in Iraq post-war is completely at odds with the rest of the region and the majority of the world. It would add to the country's isolation and arguably be at odds with the overall war effort.'
But I'm sure the Congressman would only suggest Qualcomm because it just happened to be the best for the Iraqis.
|That's why they call it the House of Representatives...||TJeanloz|
Mar 28, 2003 3:35 PM
|It is the Rep's job to work for his constituants. This is a representative who's doing his job, promoting his districts interests. Now it's up to 434 other representatives to say: "good effort, CDMA sucks, we're going with GSM because that will be better for Iraq, even if it is worse for your district". It's his job to be the champion for his district, and I can hardly be offended that he is doing it.|
|That's why bills get laden with pork||Me Dot Org|
Mar 29, 2003 9:00 AM
|Look, I understand what you're saying, but I find it offensive that this guy is attempting to get his share of the spoils of war before most of the blood has been shed.
When you say "Now it's up to 434 other representatives" to yea or nay the proposal, it seems you make the assumption that the standards issue will be legislated on merit. Too often what happens is another Rep will say, "Yeah, I'll vote for your bill if you attach a rider helping create jobs in my district".
If you get too much of this, the reconstruction of Iraq is going to be seen as a giant pork barrel designed more to create American jobs than help the people of Iraq. Given the emnity that exists in the Middle East because of this war, I think that would be penny-wise and pound-foolish. It would confirm the perception (rightly or wrongly) of many in the region that this war was something undertaken for financial gain by the United States.
I think it's in OUR best interests as a country to stay away from pork barrel politics in the reconstruction of Iraq.
|Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif (nm)||js5280|
Mar 29, 2003 12:18 PM
|shouldn't the iraqis be making this decision?||rufus|
Mar 29, 2003 3:54 PM
|no, we're not trying to be an imperialist power or anything.|| |