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Obama's Race-Based Spoils System


Chester Arthur was a most unlikely reformer.

A crucial cog in the political machine of the Empire State's Sen. Roscoe Conkling, he was named by President Grant to the powerful and lucrative post of collector of customs for the Port of New York.

Arthur was removed in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes, who wanted to clean up the federal patronage system. But when James Garfield of Ohio was nominated to succeed Hayes, he sought to unite his party by picking the Stalwart Arthur as running mate.

Six months into the new administration, a deranged office-seeker shot Garfield. Arthur was president. And in a dramatic turnabout, he became the president forever associated with civil service reform, converting the U.S. government into a meritocracy where individuals were hired based upon examinations and advanced based upon merit.

In our time, however, Arthur's achievement has been undone, as a racial spoils system in federal hiring and promotions has been imposed by Democratic presidents, unresisted by Republicans who rarely exhibit the courage to stand up for their principles when the subject is race.

A week ago, an item buried in The Washington Post reported that Obama had "issued an executive order requiring government agencies to develop plans for improving federal workforce diversity."

Obama, wrote Isaac Arnsdorf, is targeting "a problem that has been on the administration's radar. Whites still hold more than 81 percent of senior pay-level positions."

Now, as white folks are two-thirds of the U.S. population, and perhaps three-fourths of those in the 45 to 65 age group who would normally be at senior federal positions, why is this "a problem"?

As no one has contended otherwise, we have to assume that the men and women who hold these top positions got there because of the longevity of their service and the superiority of their skills.

Why is the color of their skin a "problem" for Barack Obama?

As reported here previously, African-Americans are hardly underrepresented in the U.S. government.

Though only 12 percent to 13 percent of the U.S. population, blacks hold 18 percent of all federal jobs. African-Americans are 25 percent of the employees at Treasury and Veterans Affairs, 31 percent of State Department employees, 37 percent of the Department of Education, 38 percent of Housing and Urban Development. They are 42 percent of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., 55 percent of the Government Printing Office, 82 percent of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

According to The Washington Post, blacks hold 44 percent of the jobs at Fannie Mae and 50 percent of the jobs at Freddie Mac.

The EEOC, where African-Americans are overrepresented by 300 percent, has been asked to oversee the new "government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce."

I'm not making this up.

Perhaps, while he is battling for a greater diversity of sacrifice and rewards up there on Martha's Vineyard, our president might reflect on another example of the overrepresentation of white males — in the caskets coming home to Dover.

In the first five years of the Iraq war, Asian-Americans were 1 percent of our fallen heroes, Latinos 11 percent, African-Americans 10 percent. White Americans were 75 percent of the dead, and from photos of the fallen in newspapers since, the ratios appear to hold.

Does this overrepresentation of white men in the body bags and caskets coming home bother our commander in chief, who wants fewer white men at the top level of his executive branch?

"Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" says the Lord in Matthew's Gospel.

Has Obama taken a close look at his hypocritical party on Capitol Hill? Though African-Americans are fully 25 percent of all Democratic voters, in a Senate Democratic Caucus of 53 members, there is not a single black man or black woman.

Well, regretfully, we are told, none was elected

But if liberals believe in affirmative action, why don't Democratic senators practice as well as preach it? Why don't they lead by example rather than by exhortation?

Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have been around for decades. Why do they not agree to flip a coin, have one resign, and have Gov. Jerry Brown appoint Rep. Barbara Lee, head of the Black Caucus, to the U.S. Senate?

Why does not Barbara Mikulski, who has been there forever, not stand down and let Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley appoint Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore to the Senate? Let Chuck Schumer go forth and do likewise, show us what a heroic liberal is, and let Gov. Andrew Cuomo name an African-American to replace him in the Senate.

Senate liberals applaud affirmative action programs that deny white students and white federal workers admissions and promotions they have earned by their labors. But when, ever, has one of these liberals voluntarily made the sacrifice that he demands be imposed upon others?

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All good points, Mr. B., but while we're at it, and since you took great pains to point out in your last column that sa full 50% of Americans are "freeloaders" in your opinion, why don't you propose that all wealth currently being inherited be placed into a special account so that these funds can be distributed to people who work hard and earn a right to have it?

Those who inherit are truly freeloaders, are they not? They do nothing to earn it. They get the ultimate welfare, don't they?

Why should some poor kid born in the ghetto through no fault of his own be sentenced to a life of deprivation while a freeloader born into a rich family gets the unearned silver spoon?

Come on, buddy, step up. Or do you secretly believe that it is God's will that those who inherit get a free ride and those who don't are just sh*$ out of luck?

by survivors who did not a thing to earn that wealth other than be born in the right family,
Comment: #1
Posted by: Masako
Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:25 PM
I don't trust your analysis or statements. I remember when you raised money for Katrina and kept half of it to save your 700 club. I have learned in my 66 years that you can/t trust Republicans to be honest of to keep their promises.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Dan Bynum
Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:02 AM
It would behoove the Democratic Party to actually put forth a champion of the American family

Poser Obama ain't it, Baby

Middle America, that showed it was 'progressive' and voted for the
fraud and sellout that Obama has become, is now in recoil mode as the
economic destruction has continued unabaited.

'Anybody but Obama' will be the call of America

Dem Party knows this and is DYING to run HILLARY

She is really the Dem Party's Only chance, really

Obama is what was

RON PAUL all the way (yeah he's crazy, but not a poser like Obumer)

peace out

Comment: #3
Posted by: Soothsayer
Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:19 AM
Re: Dan Bynum
700 Club is Pat Robertson, not Pat Buchanan. But then I guess all white folks look alike.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Boswick Ho
Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:53 PM
What are you going to do when the caca hits the fan, Pat? Rub some shoe polish on your skin? Barbecue yourself in a tanning machine?
Comment: #5
Posted by: Villabolo
Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:17 PM
"In the first five years of the Iraq war, Asian-Americans were 1 percent of our fallen heroes, Latinos 11 percent, African-Americans 10 percent. White Americans were 75 percent of the dead, and from photos of the fallen in newspapers since, the ratios appear to hold. "

Um, George W Bush was President for the first 5 years of the Iraq War (2003-2008)

Also, the figures you cite are nearly identical to the racial makeup of the armed forces.

Good try, though, Pat.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Bill Saletan
Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:10 AM
Also, diversity doesn't mean "Black people" it means women, disabled persons, people of varying creeds and colors.

Comment: #7
Posted by: Bill Saletan
Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:15 AM
Not only do your figures on military deaths match the racial makeup of the armed forces, they very closely mirror the general racial makeup of the United States.

Also, technically, yes, blacks do hold about 18% of federal jobs. But what you fail to note is that this percentage drops dramatically with each rise in job grade. They hold 27.6 percent of the lowest positions (GS 1-4), 25.8 percent of GS 5-8, 15.7 percent of GS 9-12, 10.9 percent of GS 13-15 and just 6.9 percent of Senior Pay levels.

If you're going to quote statistics, Mr. Buchanan, may I suggest that you quote them in their full context and not just use those that justify your blantant racial bias against blacks in general, and our President in particular.
Comment: #8
Posted by: InformedVoter
Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:02 PM
Your analysis is impeccable as usual. Liberals talk the talk but do not walk the walk. They are BULLSHITTERS.
To help me to understand the reasons for the posts of several of your detractors I resorted this quote from the great Ann Coulter.
"The reason any conservative's failing is always major news is that it allows liberals to engage in their very favorite taunt: Hypocrisy! Hypocrisy is the only sin that really inflames them. Inasmuch as liberals have no morals, they can sit back and criticize other people for failing to meet the standards that liberals simply renounce. It's an intriguing strategy. By openly admitting to being philanderers, draft dodgers, liars, weasels and cowards, liberals avoid ever being hypocrites." -- Ann Coulter

Long time fan Michael A. D'Antonio
Comment: #9
Posted by: 91dodgespritrt
Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:11 PM
----'90's Show' chain-pulling DIS--traction.

MEANWHILE, Rockefeller CNP frton member, Pat Buchanan,
refuses to own up to the awesome unfolding of the Globalist
RED China sellout and TREASON OP.
Comment: #10
Posted by: bee free
Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:43 PM
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