Many employees that develop computer systems at Oracle are feeling anxious after the election of President-elect Donald Trump. So are employees at IBM who make and market computer systems, along with offering other computer services. George Polisner, an Oracle employee, announced in a letter posted to social media site LinkedIn saying that he could not support the president-elect and would quit his job after Oracle CEO, Safra Catz, announced she was joining President-elect Trump’s transition team.
Why Some Oracle and IBM Employees are Upset
On December 13, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump met with various technology leaders. The meeting was organized by Peter Thiel who is the founder of PayPal and a hedge fund manager. Also, instrumental in the meeting was Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft.
One of those present during the meeting was Safra Catz. Before the meeting she said, “I plan to tell the president-elect that we are with him and will help in any way we can. If he can reform the tax code, reduce regulation and negotiate better trade deals, the U.S. technology industry will be stronger and more competitive than ever.” After the meeting, she decided to join the transition team that works to prepare all aspects of President-elect Donald Trump’s move into the office.
This upset many Oracle and IBM employees. One of them was George Polishner. In addition to being an Oracle employee, George has been an outspoken progressive political activist who helped organize events for Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton during the heated election. He says that while he would have been disappointed by Catz’s decision to join the Trump team that he would have stayed at Oracle if Catz had taken time off from work to assist in the transaction.
He says that he first told his manager about his decision before sending his letter to Catz and simultaneously publishing it to LinkedIn. The letter outlines why he cannot support President-elect Trump.
In specifics, he states that he believes that it is the president-elect’s intention to dismantle Social Security, the program making payments to retirees and disabled Americans. George also says that he believes the president-elect intends to dismantle Medicare that helps pay medical bills for those same adults.
He continues that he believes that Trump will incite violence towards minorities, the LGBT community and immigrants. He further says that President-elect Trump disrespects women, those who have lost family members through valiant actions during wars, senior citizens and people with disabilities.
He says that president-elects suggested appointments to positions within his top working staff, called his cabinet, further supports his beliefs. Other Oracle and IBM employees feel the same way. These appointments have to be approved by the United States Senate lawmakers before they can start their jobs.
Closing his letter he writes, “I am not with President-elect Trump and I am not here to help him in any way. In fact –when his policies border on the unconstitutional, the criminal and the morally unjust –I am here to oppose him in every possible and legal way.” There are other Oracle and IBM employees who probably feel the same way.
Safra Catz hopes that President-elect Trump will be able to reform the tax code. Technology companies, like those where Oracle and IBM employees work, also hope that President-elect Trump will help them negotiate better trade deals through lessening some of the regulations currently plaguing the industry.
What Happens Next?
Most Oracle and IBM employees will continue to go to work. Many are hopeful that their worse fears about Trump will not become a reality. George Polishner says he wants to take some time off. Then, he hopes to develop applications that can be used to unite minority groups. President-elect Trump will take office January 20, 2017. Sandra Catz will probably return to Oracle full-time although there has been discussion she will join Trump’s permanent team.
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