What ever happened to hiring the best and brightest? You know… you work hard, get good grades, and apply for that job knowing that the company would be stupid not to hire you. I guess those were the good old days, because talent, merit, and ability don’t seem to matter. Just look at Barack Obama’s new guidelines for hiring government workers, and you’ll see that diversity trumps ability.

As noted in the Associated Press story on GOPUSA, Obama signed an executive order late last week “directing federal officials to design a government-wide strategy for making the federal workforce more diverse.” Are you kidding me? America’s economy is in the toilet; our schools (despite decades of liberal control) rank far behind other nations; and Obama’s plan is to make the workplace more diverse.

The three-page order directs the head of the Office of Personnel Management, a deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget, the President’s Management Council and the chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to develop the strategy within 90 days. Agencies then have 120 days to work the plan into their hiring and recruiting.

Who in the world deemed “diversity” to be some kind of virtue anyway? I mean… if you looked at resumes and interviewed people behind a screen so that you never saw the color of their skin, and if you hired based on their past experiences and how they presented themselves, wouldn’t that be the most fair way of doing it? Wasn’t the whole idea of a colorblind society to actually take race out of the equation? If you promote someone simply based on race, then by definition, you are holding someone back simply based on race. That is wrong!

The Washington Times has an excellent editorial about Obama’s diversity mandate.

President Obama’s new order instructs federal agencies to design new strategies for hiring, promoting and keeping workers of “diverse” backgrounds. The diversity the government is seeking is not diversity of ideas, outlooks or work experiences. In contemporary political parlance, “diversity” refers primarily to the color of one’s skin and not the content of one’s character. The executive order says the federal government “must create a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility and fairness to enable individuals to participate to their full potential.” In the name of “fairness,” however, the government will intensify programs that discriminate against white Americans by extending special privileges to everyone else. The order also says that “attaining a diverse, qualified workforce is one of the cornerstones of the merit-based civil service,” though merit and ability are not the metrics of choice when measuring success in diversity-driven career programs.

That last quote really has me scratching my head. A diverse workforce is the cornerstone of the merit-based civil service? How completely insane. The statement doesn’t even make sense. If you want to hire based on merit, then take race OUT of the picture. Hire the best people. Period.

With the election of Barack Obama, the liberals were singing in the streets. They said he would be the first “post racial” president. (Whatever that means.) Actually, what they meant by that was that was America could now move beyond race. Ha! What a joke. That last thing liberals want is for America to move beyond race. But, as we can see… affirmative action is alive and well in the Obama administration. No matter how you look at it, if you hire someone over someone else using race as a factor, that’s discrimination.

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