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.

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10 Responses to “Possible Pitfalls of Obama’s ‘Recruit Our Veterans for Jobs’ Push”

  1. SignPainterGuy on November 11th, 2011 9:57 pm

    HAPPY VETERANS DAY to you all and Thank You to the families as well. You all are involved in the sacrifice of time, energy, life and limb in serving and protecting the Greatest Nation this world has ever known ! America truly is the land of the Free "Because" of the Brave !

    It`s a wonderful thing when an employer will voluntarily hold a job for one who leaves to serve our country. It`s a good thing to do all possible to hire a qualified vet. when he / she returns from service. I`d like to see that a vet. never has to pay a penny for treatment of injuries or illnesses contracted while in that service.

    When it comes to giverment providing jobs, the most qualified applicant should get the first opportunity. Period. When it comes to private employers, hire whoever you want !

  2. joyannaadams on November 11th, 2011 11:26 pm

    Ditto that SignPainterGuy…but the big companies are under great pressure to hire a quota. Government should not be able to give any group handouts.

    It's unAmerican. BUT…free medical care when they come back from war?

    Another great idea. Not thinking about running for President are you? Our choices are kind of…slim.

  3. SignPainterGuy on November 12th, 2011 12:47 am

    In the spirit of the great MaHa Rushie (Limbaugh), "I wouldn`t even run for town Alderman, much less Pres. of the US; I wouldn`t want the anal exam!"

    People who serve in the military are in fact willing to give the ultimate, their "ALL" ! They know going in, it could happen, and yet they serve anyway ! Eliminate a lot of useless or duplicated agencies and welfare programs, aid to countries that hate us, the UN, and you`ve got plenty of money left to take care of our veterans the way they deserve ! Notice, I said for injuries and illnesses contracted "while in service"; I`m not advocating "necessarily" blanket coverage for post-service / un-related medical conditions.

    Food for thought !

  4. dancermommd on November 12th, 2011 12:46 pm

    Vets already get a 5 point preference when applying for government jobs. They have for years.

  5. SignPainterGuy on November 12th, 2011 1:23 pm

    There you are !

    We MUST choose our best, most conservative candidates for any public offices and never again allow the American Pravda Media or the Rockefeller Wing of the Republican party to choose for us …. ever again !

  6. Marshall_Will on November 12th, 2011 6:47 pm

    True. I actually get 10. Hearing Disability. Big part of the reason I now prefer using email. Doug and Michelle have shown me even macho dudes like myself can text without risk of becoming gay.

    Arrgghh. Here's the problem; Progs have been whining up a veritable sh!@storm for years! It's WHY we're at WHERE we're at w/ OWS etc. This has been brewing forever. Their 'case' built primarily on the notion "Why should 'military' s-e-r-v-i-c-e be the defining parameter as to who gets college preference/funding and by extension… all the good JOBS!?!?!?"

    It's why we have Acorn, UNCF etc. etc. Gotta' be honest.., it's CFC time at the Base and… what w/ OWS draaaining every ounce of emotional energy out of the country? Let's just say, folks ain't feeling it! I keep passing out the forms only to find them BLANK and used as napkins on breakroom tables.

  7. Marshall_Will on November 12th, 2011 6:53 pm

    Point being, forget all about being in Harm's Way. Most of us will never see it. Unless you're an Infantryman or a Marine, the rest of us are pogues. In the rear w/ the gear.

    What Vet's HAVE exhibited 'is', a willingness to learn. That they CAN be trained. That they are trainABLE. They know how take direction, follow orders without and flack and exercise discretion and compassion when placed in a leadership role.

    I have never CLAIMED my Vet pts., even though entitled. ( There's that word again? ) Wouldn't we all feel better if rather than SINK to the Lowest Common Denominator as has been the case over the last several decades ( culminating in Occupy Insane Asylum? ) that younger Americans could RISE to the level of the discipline of these young Vets?

  8. SignPainterGuy on November 12th, 2011 7:29 pm

    "……..RISE to the level of discipline of these young vets ?" You`re kiddin`, right ?

    The OWSer types and lib students wouldn`t dream of it. They might have to wallow in mud, rocks or steaming, freezing sand of some hell hole for someone who might shoot back. They might even be expected to take orders and all that PT ! For starters ! (that`s where I was in `71, though I had all the respect for our military in the world. I just recognized the Vietnam "war" as being poorly run and definitely NOT being fought to win)

  9. Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup » Pirate's Cove on November 13th, 2011 12:09 pm

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  10. Juan on November 13th, 2011 9:04 pm

    Sounds like a law supported by Gloria Allred….Not

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