First of all, happy Veterans Day! As always we appreciate all you have done and the sacrifices you have made. I was going to do a separate Veterans Day post but you might have noticed there have been some server issues (again).
President Obama spoke at Arlington this morning, and took the occasion to encourage employers to make a concerted effort to hire veterans:
“So on this Veterans Day, let us commit ourselves to keep making sure that our veterans keep receiving the benefits they deserve,” Obama said
The president then highlighted Democrats’ push to pass a part of his job-creation plan that aims to encourage businesses to hire veterans.
“Our government needs their patriotism and sense of duty and that’s why I’ve ordered the hiring of more veterans by the federal government,” Obama said.
I have no problem giving our veterans extra consideration for job openings provided it’s something they’re qualified for — but this notion will get some serious blowback from Obama’s fellow lefties at some point, especially if the government runs with it as a hiring practice.
Just one example off the top of my head: The US military is comprised of about 80% men, so let’s assume that percentage holds among people no longer on active duty. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 “prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”
When Obama orders more hiring of veterans, he’s telling the people doing the hiring to give special consideration to a pool of people where eight out of every ten is male. Think the feminists will have something to say about this? And this is a president who recently signed an executive order directing heads of government agencies to crank up the “diversity”? Paging Barbara Boxer!
Who will be the first private sector employer sued (probably by one of Obama’s classmates at Columbia) for discrimination for hiring a male veteran instead of two female non-vet applicants because Obama suggested it?
Nice try, Mr. President, but if you’re serious about this “hire a veteran” thing, first you’ll need to go back and have your buddies remove all the employment traps they’ve helped set. Until then, the “Recruit Our Veterans” initiative is little more than a stimulus for employment discrimination attorneys.