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Jon Halsey: Against government set asides for minorities

Comments re article 57500 State implements new procurement process for minority vendors

By Jon Halsey
Personal opinion

I thought Racial Discrimination was against the law in this county. Silly me.

I think it is an admirable goal to reach out to Small Businesses but to give preference based on Race is as abominable now as it was 60 years ago.

A new definition for "Politician" evidently must include the phrase: "unable to learn from experience." Affirmative Action has proven a disaster for young students channeled into Universities with a rigorous curriculum that they have been totally unprepared for. The graduation rate has been abysmal. If they had attended a local junior college more geared to their academic background they might have been able to get the credentials that would have allowed them success in the College with more arduous standards.

The Government "Construction Set-Aside" Rules have way too often led to Shysters being awarded the contracts, siphoning off a portion of the profits and then sub-contracting to non-minority often large firms with the result that very few minority workers actually get any of the new jobs.

I am positive that there are many minority business that are well placed to handle Government contracts, However these set aside programs have a brutal history of overlooking the ability of a firm to handle the business and tend to look only at their "minority status".

Now we have this mess which I predict will not only lead to a huge loss of taxpayers money but will also lead to a new onslaught of minority business failures due to being awarded contracts for which they will be ill-equipped to handle.

Surely a Country that reaches out to the world's "...tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to be free." owes more to these citizens than this shabby political sham. One would like to think that America is a land where Blacks are not treated like Blacks, Hispanics are not treated like Hispanics and Asians are not treated like Asians but instead we are all treated like American Citizens. If a business is shown to have a record of not hiring minorities - land on them with both feet and force them out of business. Beyond that, treat us all as the equals the way the Good Lord created us!

- Jon Halsey
Knifley, KY

This story was posted on 2013-02-08 17:36:41
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