The Executive Order President is at it again.
We’ve got executive orders that have made changes to black letter law in ObamaCare because the program wasn’t working out and he wouldn’t take it back to the Congress for revision. We have executive orders that have ordered Federal agencies to stop enforcing the law, specifically immigration law. We have a President who refuses to even talk to the Congress about legislation. If he doesn’t get his way he just hauls out his MightyPen and writes an executive order knowing that the Republican leadership in Congress will just whine and look the other way.
The next executive order will remove “the box” from job applications for the federal government and federal contractors. It’s unfair, you see, to require a man applying for a job as a cashier to reveal that he has felony convictions for theft. Or an applicant for a position as a security guard to reveal his felony convictions for assault and battery or manslaughter.
Let’s put this Presidential blather in perspective. The President talks about “underfunded schools.” In Detroit, where upwards of 95% of all public school students can’t pass basic reading or math tests, the city spends over $13,000 per student for their public school failure. Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. aren’t much different. Public schools aren’t “underfunded” Mr. President the unions and school administrations are out of control.
Now, back to “criminal justice reform.” Any time you hear the word “reform” in a sentence that relates to something the government is about to do, run for the hills. Think “healthcare reform” or “immigration reform.”
“While most agencies already have taken this step, this action will better ensure that applicants from all segments of society, including those with prior criminal histories, receive a fair opportunity to compete for Federal employment,” noted a fact sheet released by the White House this morning.
A “fair opportunity.” Huh? The way the process works now is, if you’ve got a felony conviction you check “the box” and then explain your situation. That gives employers the right to review the applicant’s situation and make a decision based on what they think is best for their business and for the safety of other employees.
In fact, most federal and many state agencies have already eliminated “the box” and this is simply a nudge to force all employers to opening their doors to more minorities with felonies. We know it’s targeted at minorities with felonies because “civil rights leaders” are applauding the President’s move and we keep hearing about how the criminal justice system is “racist.”
Obama is also throwing more money to community organizers.
Other reforms include up to $8 million in educational grants to help former inmates rejoin society with employment and job training as well as $8.7 million in government grants to address homelessness for criminals re-entering society.
Every one of those dollars will go down the community organizer sewer. Former inmates are “homeless” because they refuse to stay in halfway houses or they have mental health problems that they won’t address and they get evicted from housing. Or their families refuse to have them under their roof so we get to pay to house them. Except they won’t stay in the housing – too many rules.
“Job training?” Name one federal jobs program that has ever worked.
And in closing Mr. President let me not that your “it’s not about politics” ranks right up their with “you can keep your doctor.” It’s a lie. With you everything is about politics.