Affirmative action, done correctly, forces employers to expand their horizons in looking for new recruits. I believe that this benefits both the people hired and the companies that do the hiring because those new people bring new blood and new perspectives that can help improve the ways things are done. Unfortunately, the individuals who would have benefited from the more restrictive recruiting perspective lose when competition for jobs is opened up in this way.
Even more insidious are the arguments of reverse discrimination when test results are over-turned. In college admissions, there have been many law suits where people with higher college admission test scores have sued when minorities were admitted with lower scores. In another context, these same individuals might be the ones arguing that such test results are artificial. However, in this context the test scores are assigned some miraculously unerring skill in determining who is or is not most qualified. Personally, my experience and the experience of people who make admission decisions on a regular basis is that such test scores are simply one tool to be used in identifying the best candidates. While there are real differences between candidates with widely varying scores, there is almost no difference between individuals with scores in similar ranges. Further, scores are often inordinately affected by certain factors that are not at all related to the actual capabilities of the individuals tested. For example, cultural differences, language differences, class differences, prior test taking experience, etc. can all affect results significantly but have no implications for future success. Even in the absence of affirmative action, this results in decisions that would appear irrational if measured solely against test results.
Another consideration is that when making admission decisions or hiring decisions, my goal is not to hire the most "qualified" individual for the job. My goal is to create to most qualified team or, in the case of a school, the student body that will provide the most challenging educational environment for helping students to excel. For example, in staffing large teams to design and implement computer systems, I found that I needed a mix of people who were highly experienced with the tools being used balanced by a group of highly motivated and intelligent people with little to no experience with the tools being used. If I replaced those less experienced staff with more experienced programmers, total team productivity declined dramatically even while costs of development went up. There are lots of reasons for this, but they underscore the point that there are no simple measures of who is "best qualified" for a position. In particular, I found that cultural diversity was one of the factors that measurably improved team productivity.
That has nothing to do with the opposition to Obama. I am sure that there are a few people that oppose him due to that, but not 'the right'. Could it have anything to do with his lack of experience? How about his questionable ties with questionable people in his life? What about his far left ideals and policies? What part of that is racist?
I hope you are stirring the pot, because if not, you must be pretty ignorant to make a comment like that.
Last edited by ducknwork; 04-21-2011 at 05:36 PM.
And that's your answer to my questions? Seems obvious you have no answers.
As to your questioning the 'count', according to what I've seen, it's more than a few thousand. Even someone only looking through one eye could make that estimate.
But, as stated, it will have little to do with what your party chooses to see, or what this corrupt administration chooses to force upon us all.
Just for the hell of it, take a look at this:
I ' ve been receiving these all day, and I thought I ' d send this one out that seems to have the most pics (except this one has a really great shot of the masses outside the capitol from a different angle than most:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1213056/Up-million-march-US-Capitol-protest-Obamas-spending-tea-party-demonstration.html?ITO=1490 ) It's quite the spectacle.
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There is obviously a difference in performance between the races. The left would like to place that blame on the history of the country and racism only, and that could play a large roll in the current problems in black culture. But any alternative to that view isn't even discussed, and is shot down as racism 100% of the time. If the problems in black culture are rooted in a combination of factors and some of those factors are within the culture itself, they will never be worked out, because there will never be a discussion about them.
I'm going to end right there before I'm accused of being a racist.
I'd say there's only a couple hundred people there.
Last edited by ducknwork; 04-21-2011 at 05:36 PM.
JDogger you are whacked. Nowhere in my post about Affirmative Action is Obamas name even mentioned and you turn it into a racist issue. Get real, you Liberals are the ones always spouting racism if someone doesn't agree with your views. The fact of the matter is Obama has NEVER run anything, not even a Dairy Queen which is becoming very apparent to the American Public.
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