Friday, August 19, 2011

An insight into Obama's priorities

You may have noticed that the stock market is tanking, the economy is stalling (again), unemployment remains over 9.0%, the federal government is running a deficit of more than a trillion dollars and housing values have stagnated. If you've noticed these things, you might think to yourself, "What's the most important thing government could do to help the economy?"

Well, here's what's at the top of Obama's list: More diversity! From The Hill:

President Obama issued an executive order Thursday intended to coordinate a “government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce.”

The order creates a council of deputy agency chiefs and federal workers tasked with developing a government-wide plan to improve diversity in recruitment, training, and promotion of federal workers. The plan is due within 90 days, and each federal agency has been tasked with developing its own guidelines within 120 days after that.

“The federal government has a special opportunity to lead by example,” said John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in a conference call.

Because, you know, the economy just isn't going to get going until we have more people of color and women in government. According to OPM's own numbers, minorities currently have ONLY 38.8% of the federal jobs, and women make up ONLY 43.9% of the federal workforce. Clearly our top economic priority needs to be increasing those numbers! Because if we can just turn over 50.1% of all government jobs to women, the economy will immediately pick up.

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