A Nation In Distress

A Nation In Distress

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Affirmative Action Vesus FDNY

From Rebellion:

Affirmative-action vs. FDNYfrom feed/http://www.dixienet.org/rebellion/atom.xml by Old RebelWhat's more important, abstract, absolute equality, or public safety? The answer depends on where you live. For example, if you're home and dry in distant DC, it's fun to dictate to the rest of the country how it should run its fire departments. Not enough minorities passing fire academy exams? Simple: Lower the grade required for passing. But if your life could depend on the quality of the firefighters in your home town, you MIGHT have a non-egalitarian outlook. That's the case in New York City:

Public safety is non-negotiable. That’s the message signaled Tuesday by lawyers defending the Big Apple's fire department from race-based bullying by the U.S. Justice Department.

Justice is trying to make the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) hire more minorities even though FDNY has taken extraordinary steps to recruit in black and Hispanic communities. The Obama administration, still unsatisfied, ramped up the pressure by demanding admissions quotas for interim hires and extremely low standards on fire-academy entrance exams.

As in Arizona, the local government is resisting the Federal government's harmful intrusion into its affairs. Good for New York! As Thomas Jefferson once said, "The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive."

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