We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Not a problem, they just offer the job only to certain "preferred groups", happens all the time here in Canada.
Here is the government web page explaining how it works, http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/centres/definitions-eng.htm
and here's what a job ad looks like, https://psjobs-emploisfp.psc-cfp.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?toggleLanguage=en&noBackBtn=true&poster=183342&psrsMode=1
and on the one's not specific to certain "equity", they ask that you self identify.
"The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group."
I have a disability. I apparently do not have the personality, drive, innate skills, persistence, focus, and passion to succeed at the job that I desire that would pay me the amount of money that I would like to be earning. It's bloody unfair that those other guys who do have all of those things and are earning that much, are doing so when it's clearly undeserved. After all, they didn't start out wanting those skills and that money, it just happened to them. So they obviously don't deserve it, while I, who did start out wanting it, was unable to achieve it due to the unfair and random distribution of talents gifted me by the Creator.
I have a disability. **** you, pay me. (Unfortunately for me, I have forgotten that for everyone above me that I seek to claim some of their wealth, there are many more below me who are clamoring to claim mine.)
The obvious solution to this eternal unfairness of life, is that it is immaterial what others have. The only question God asks of you, is what are you going to do with the time and talents you have been given.
With Faith, this is enough. In a world without Faith ...
I must also say it, that wherever I go, whoever I meet, I should find some way to help. The talents and time I have been given, is not for me alone. To compel by legal force my help to others, is to deny each of us the challenge we must accept and strive for.
The progressive want to compel with force everyone else, because they have no Faith. They see others suffering, and think it unfair. They see others not helping to alleviate the unfairness they themselves perceive, and think it wrong. The Faith that the unfairness of life is an impenetrable mystery, and that it will be all good if each person is given the freedom to meet their own challenge.
In terms of their abilities to properly perform their present tasks, I would conservatively estimate that most, if not all, federal contractors currently meet that 7% threshold. The most troublesome aspect of requirement such as this is that it gives those who are hired as a part of this quota system disincentives to perform to the best of their abilities. As such, not only do they personally not improve, but the public's perception of "disabled" people is lowered making them even less inclined to hire "disabled" people. Such a quota ensures that federal contractors will hire 7% disabled workers, but never more than 7% and that other businesses will hire fewer than they otherwise would. And we will all be worse off as more tax dollars go to support inefficient and uninspired workers.
Most mainline airlines have GSA contracts to move government employees around the country on official business (like Las Vegas Conferences). Does this mean that 7% of the nation's airline pilots must be disabled? I don't think the average passenger would find that comforting..
The problem is not requiring government contractors to demonstrate that their hiring and work environment practices do not needlessly put people with disabilities at an employment disadvantage. A laudable opportunity-based goal. The problem is the further "laudable" outcome-based goal, to make Federal contractors "look like America".
1. Someone (usually highly-paid "advocates" and bureacrats whose jobs are based on the achievement of disability goals), has decided on the magic 7%. No doubt an inflated number, and any questioning of that number shows your moral depravity.
2. Since Federal contractors often have unique (and unique distributions of) skill sets, it will be difficult to achieve this 7%. Because for better or worse, a disabled person is less likely to acquire the required skill sets, and will often have lower productivity.
3. This will have the distorting effect of "dumbing down" disability, hurting the very people it is trying to help. As I satirically suggested above, anything can (and will be) classified as a disability to meet the magic 7%.
4. The government do-gooders don't care about the distortions and outright dishonesty this policy will produce. Their good intentions are all that matters.