Is Bush Good for the Tech Worker?
Opinion: Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper claims re-electing President Bushand supporting his tax plan and proposal for an "ownership society"is just what the tech community needs.The Republican Party, the party of lower taxes and less government, has always been aligned with the nations business interests. So youd think the tech communityan industry growing in importance in the United States and globallywould staunchly support President George W. Bushs re-election. That hasnt been the case, however. In 2000, tech supportedwith votes and contributionsthe unsuccessful candidacy of Democrat Al Gore. But this year, if campaign donations are any measure, the industry appears to be moving slightly toward the Republican Party. The Center for the Study of Responsive Politics, a campaign finance group, shows contributions from people working in the computer and Internet business to be just about evenly matched between parties, with 51 percent of contributions going to Democrats and 49 percent to Republicans. Thats probably not a big surprise to Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Draper, 46, is a lifelong Republican whose family has enjoyed a long friendship with the Bush family. That makes him one of the best people to call and ask why tech entrepreneurs and others should support Bushs re-election.
In e-mail and on the phone, Draper ticks off his list.