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The crisis of African American unemployment requires federal intervention
Briefing Paper #328; Economic Policy Institute ^ | December 14, 2011 | By Algernon Austin

Posted on 01/30/2012 9:00:10 AM PST by DBCJR

[Article featured link in an email newsletter by the US Census Bureau, Census Information Center, Jan Figart]

Millions of African Americans live in communities that lack access to good jobs and good schools and suffer from high crime rates. African American adults are about twice as likely to be unemployed as whites, black students lag their white peers in educational attainment and achievement, and African American communities tend to have higher than average crime rates. These issues have been persistent problems.

Jobs are essential to improving African American communities. Increased employment would help people in these communities lift themselves out of poverty. In addition, because poor economic conditions are an important causal factor behind poor educational outcomes and high crime rates are correlated with high unemployment rates, creating job opportunities would help improve educational outcomes and reduce crime.

This paper outlines a plan for significantly increasing the number of jobs available to African Americans. The plan, which targets communities with persistently high unemployment, includes three main components: creation of public sector jobs, job training with job-placement programs, and wage subsidies for employers. Although the plan is constructed with African Americans in mind, it would also provide benefits to Latino, American Indian, and white communities in which unemployment has remained high...

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Is it appropriate for an agency like the Census Bureau to be advocating for social engineering or wealth/prosperity distribution?
1 posted on 01/30/2012 9:00:16 AM PST by DBCJR
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To: DBCJR

They could try something like extending Unemployment Compensation, set-aside jobs, institute Affirmative Action hiring.


2 posted on 01/30/2012 9:05:11 AM PST by AU72
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To: DBCJR
Millions of African Americans live in communities that lack access to good jobs and good schools and suffer from high crime rates.

Hmmmmmmmmm ... I wonder why that is?

There are problems in the African American communnity which I cannot fix. And Federal money won't fix 'em either.

Let the negroes fix their culture. That must come first. All the rest will follow and, no, it won't require government money. Government money will just slow down the process of purging the ghetto culture.

3 posted on 01/30/2012 9:06:06 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (When the night falls, it falls on me, and when the day breaks I'm in pieces.)
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To: DBCJR
communities that lack access to good jobs and good schools and suffer from high crime rates

Liberals assume it is a coincidence that there are fewer private sector jobs in areas with high crime rates. It never crosses the pathetic little minds of the community organizers that this is cause and effect.

4 posted on 01/30/2012 9:07:22 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: ClearCase_guy

If Obama really, really cared, he would resign.


5 posted on 01/30/2012 9:07:22 AM PST by chopperman
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To: DBCJR

Just strengthening the tribal instinct.


6 posted on 01/30/2012 9:08:20 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: DBCJR
And you just thought the Census Bureau's job was only to count heads and ask you personal questions?
7 posted on 01/30/2012 9:08:35 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: DBCJR

Blacks will always lag behind whites in schools and jobs, until they develop a work ethic and a study ethic.

It is much easier just to blame whites for their problems and take taxes from those who work to try to absolve the problems of those who won’t work.

As long as welfare, unemployment, Affirmative action jobs and Social Security disability exist there will be workers of all colors there to suck it up. And there will be jobs sitting and waiting to be taken, jobs they don’t feel are up to their standards.


8 posted on 01/30/2012 9:08:58 AM PST by Venturer
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To: DBCJR
This is not from the Census Bureau, it is from the Economic Policy Institute a Neo-Marxist “Think Tank” that acts as a propaganda front group for the US Democrat Party.
9 posted on 01/30/2012 9:09:29 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: DBCJR
...Crisis of African American Unemployment Requires Federal Intervention...

I thought that's what the US Postal Service was for?

10 posted on 01/30/2012 9:11:04 AM PST by PGR88
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To: DBCJR

“Millions of African Americans live in communities that lack access to good jobs and good schools and suffer from high crime rates.”

There is no Federal policies needed.

They need to pick up everything of theirs that they can and evacuate the “government plantation society”[©Wuli 2012] cities that the Liberals, Progressives and Marxists created; and migrate to the states in the U.S. that are not run by the Liberals, Progressives, Marxists and unions.

Federal policies directed to solve their problems will not “save” or “empower” them, they will only strengthen and empower the “government plantation society”[©Wuli 2012] minded politicians and the perpetual entitlement programs they love.


11 posted on 01/30/2012 9:12:00 AM PST by Wuli (a)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Exactly! It’s a cultural thing......just look at Barry’s work ethic, in the office at 9, vacation every 4 weeks, etc, etc.

Those that break free of the mindset are successful, black, white or whatever complexion.


12 posted on 01/30/2012 9:13:31 AM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: DBCJR
“African Americans live in communities that lack access to good jobs and good schools and suffer from high crime rates”

This is one of the stupidest things I've ever read and should be saved and taught as an example of the phony victim mentality and justification for increasing the size of government and reducing the freedom and rights of individuals.

Washington Dc is mostly African American and there are plenty of good jobs and blacks receive preferential hiring. Blacks commit crimes and glorify the criminal subculture. Just listen to rap music if you don't believe me. Or look at the crime statistics. African Americans and their liberal supporters waste hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars every year by ruining schools many of which were perfectly good years ago.

The other thing to understand is that your tax dollars paid for this report. Whoever wrote it is sponging off the taxpayers. We are paying for the government to produce this nonsense.

13 posted on 01/30/2012 9:14:49 AM PST by detective
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To: DBCJR
African American adults are about twice as likely to be unemployed as whites, black students lag their white peers in educational attainment and achievement, and African American communities tend to have higher than average crime rates. These issues have been persistent problems.

Not only in America ... but pretty much world-wide. It's nothing new, it's been going on for q while. I guess there must be a problem with me, for noticing this startling trait.

14 posted on 01/30/2012 9:15:35 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: DBCJR

Don’t know what the statistics are for 2011, but in 2010 the reported national high school graduation rate for African Americans was around 47% (New York and Philly 28%, Chicago and Washington DC 44%). That has nothing to do with intelligence or access to schools. It’s the result of a cultural cancer that is tragically stealing happy productive self-determined lives from black children, and is the result of policies and approaches encouraged by the left.


15 posted on 01/30/2012 9:15:47 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: DBCJR

“Is it appropriate for an agency like the Census Bureau to be advocating for social engineering or wealth/prosperity distribution?”

No, absolutely no.

The Census Bureau’s job is 100% no more than reporting national demographic information. It has no mission whatsoever to either propose or advocate on behalf of government policies directed towards any issue that may appear to arise from the demographic data.


16 posted on 01/30/2012 9:16:10 AM PST by Wuli (a)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, for some strange reason
(sarcasm) the cohesion of the Black family and neighborhoods were at a much better place than they are right now.

Place the blame directly against those well to do Blacks that abandoned those areas as soon as possible, the Doctors, Lawyers, Actors etc.

At one time the single Black mother had a certain amount of support in the Black community, watch the movie “Ray”
or the movie “Rosewood” a community prospering in the worst of times.


17 posted on 01/30/2012 9:16:18 AM PST by pennboricua
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To: DBCJR

Cry me a river. Blacks vote for the people that keep them down like this.

More government will get the exact same result. It always has.


18 posted on 01/30/2012 9:17:03 AM PST by dforest
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To: DBCJR

Well, I went to the DMV recently and noticed there was NO DIVERSITY there. ALL were black female...ALL. And there was one..(1) young lady who blew all the others away in transactions and speed..I told her so and she knew...It was very telling to me. 4 out of 5 are victims of a good job.


19 posted on 01/30/2012 9:17:22 AM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: DBCJR
"African Americans live in communities that lack access to good jobs and good schools"

Gee, maybe the producers should be forced at gun point to fund thousands of fleets and millions of busses in which to cart these good citizens around.. with subsidized fares, of course.

Whites can take cabs, get dragged out of them and get their cracker asses whipped too.. just for moral righteousness sake.


20 posted on 01/30/2012 9:18:11 AM PST by I see my hands (The old sod ne'er shall be forgot.)
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To: DBCJR
There is an inconvenient cultural and political component to this “crisis”.
21 posted on 01/30/2012 9:18:45 AM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: chopperman
If Obama really, really cared, he would resign.
short/sweet...he doesn't have the time; he has another round of golf /
tax-payer paid vacation / endle$$ campaign trip...(pick one / all that apply :)

22 posted on 01/30/2012 9:20:16 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (kill all the terrorists, protect all the borders, punch all the liberals :^)
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To: MNJohnnie

“This is not from the Census Bureau, it is from the Economic Policy Institute a Neo-Marxist “Think Tank” that acts as a propaganda front group for the US Democrat Party.”

You did not read carefully. It was a featured link in an email newsletter from the Census Bureau’s Census Information Center. Why is the Census Bureau promoting an article that is, as you say, propaganda?


23 posted on 01/30/2012 9:21:07 AM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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“...federal intervention...”

ABOUT TIME!!! I take that to mean greater accountability for educators ...because the failure of THAT system is what makes people unemployable.


24 posted on 01/30/2012 9:22:36 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Venturer

Your first breath is so correct. Their problems will exist until they figure out that the we cant do whiteys thing, we cant learn whites history, we cant fit into whitey culture doesn’t work. Whitey figure out what was necessary for man to live long ago. Now, its simple, get educated, get a job, make the societal contract and get on the tread mill. But that’s racist right?


25 posted on 01/30/2012 9:22:36 AM PST by himno hero (Obamas theme...Death to America...The crusaders will pay!)
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To: DBCJR
Millions of African Americans live in communities that lack access to good jobs and good schools and suffer from high crime rates.

Guess there is a price to "keepin it real".

26 posted on 01/30/2012 9:22:55 AM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: DBCJR

Anyone who sees a response to this from either Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams, please ping me. Both of them could make mincemeat of this premise.


27 posted on 01/30/2012 9:24:37 AM PST by randita
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To: DBCJR
I got a better idea... get a frikin' job, already!

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clerical, mechanical, welder, roustabout, truck drive, 
electronic tech, operator assistant, seismic, crane 
operator, concrete finisher, and mud logger.

The industry is cyclical by nature and depends a lot on 
current political activities, price per barrel, supply & 
demand, etc.  There will be times when the industry is 
experiencing layoffs and or hiring freezes.

When searching for oil field employment  try to create a 
plan.  Most companies are busy and it can be hard at times 
to walk in off the street and expect an interview.  Make 
contacts and set-up interview appointments before visiting 
the region. 

- Most positions are labor intensive and involve outdoor work in all weather conditions.

- Minimum age restrictions may be 18 or 21 years old.
    
- Drug testing is required in the hiring process and performed randomly on the job.

- Most positions require a valid driver's license with a clean driving record.
    
- Some companies may require a background check upon application.
    
- Some require a commercial driver's license (CDL), or the ability to acquire one.
    
- Company work schedules may vary, e.g. 4 days on/4 days off; 7 days on/7 days off; 2 weeks on/1 week off with pay. 

- Significant overtime hours may be available. It is important to check with the company regarding work schedules.

- In limited circumstances, housing may be provided. Some companies provide a daily per diem for meals.


28 posted on 01/30/2012 9:24:49 AM PST by avacado
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To: pennboricua

In 2000, I attended a speech at a small venue where Condoleezza Rice who spoke about the black family of her youth. They worked hard, struggled and despite whatever adversity they prevailed. Johnson and the Great Society took the moral foundation out from under black culture in the United States. Look at Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams, nobody gave them anything, but they were raised with a strong ethical base (although if I recall Sowell’s youth was difficult)


29 posted on 01/30/2012 9:27:03 AM PST by OldGoatCPO (S,)
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To: pennboricua

In 2000, I attended a speech at a small venue where Condoleezza Rice spoke about the black family of her youth. They worked hard, struggled and despite whatever adversity they prevailed. Johnson and the Great Society took the moral foundation out from under black culture in the United States. Look at Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams, nobody gave them anything, but they were raised with a strong ethical base (although if I recall Sowell’s youth was difficult)


30 posted on 01/30/2012 9:27:13 AM PST by OldGoatCPO (S,)
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To: Venturer
The net effect of welfare and other governmental support programs, is that they facilitate the persistence of bad behavior and bad decisions by reducing the impact of consequences.

If the consequence of showing up to work late, dressed like a slob, and with a bad attitude was that you didn't eat that day, there would be a really-quick change in behavior.

31 posted on 01/30/2012 9:28:37 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (I'd agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.)
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To: DBCJR

How come every “solution” they advocated would only exacerbate the problem.


32 posted on 01/30/2012 9:28:37 AM PST by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man. Never trust anyone who hasn't been punched in the face)
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To: Venturer

Deferred gratification does not translate into ebonics.


33 posted on 01/30/2012 9:29:34 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: DBCJR; AU72; ClearCase_guy; Pollster1; chopperman; Cletus.D.Yokel; TexasCajun; Venturer; ...
"...includes three main components: creation of public sector jobs, job training with job-placement programs, and wage subsidies for employers..."

Say no more. Same old, same old. No need to waste one's time by reading further.

Taxpayer-funded make-work jobs, "job training programs," $5,000 tax breaks to an employer for hiring $50,000/yr people for whom there are no customers to serve.

34 posted on 01/30/2012 9:29:46 AM PST by sinanju (ua)
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To: DBCJR

Unemployment among blacks has had and been caused by Federal Intervention and It wasted billions of dollars that we could Not afford to lose.

Unfortunately for them unemployment is only going to get worse.These increases in employment are an Obama manufactured pipe dream.


35 posted on 01/30/2012 9:35:16 AM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: DBCJR
How many hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars have already been flushed down the toilet for these types of pipe dreams over the last 50 years?

If anyone can't figure out from that track record that taxpayer money won't solve the problem, then they are stuck on stupid.

But, being government bureaucrats, that would be a given.

36 posted on 01/30/2012 9:37:42 AM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: sinanju

Thanks, for the SO.. SO. :-D


37 posted on 01/30/2012 9:42:21 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (kill all the terrorists, protect all the borders, punch all the liberals :^)
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To: DBCJR

38 posted on 01/30/2012 9:44:22 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: DBCJR

Newt will fix it with janitorial jobs in schools and enlisting them building a base on the moon!

Just don’t ask about the money.


39 posted on 01/30/2012 9:45:08 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: PapaBear3625; null and void; Paladin2; writer33; Charles Henrickson

welfare is a step ladder, welfare is the top of that ladder

you have to get off that step ladder and go to another ladder, the tall one and climbing it takes effort and hard work.

sadly, the easy route is taken too often and those standing on the short ladder spend their time griping and complaining that those on the other ladder are “better off” but have no desire to climb off the step ladder and start climbing the tall one.


40 posted on 01/30/2012 9:51:10 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: detective
Blacks commit crimes and glorify the criminal subculture.

The root of the problem.

Unfortunately, for the rest of us (some of whom are black, too), since the real solution (ie. restoring the family unit and getting rid of government entitlements) will never be seriously considered, it may become necessary to declare martial law in the "hoods" and impose severe restrictions on movement and summary executions for sociopathic behavior. If tribal street thuggery spills over into civilized areas, civilized people of all ethnic stripes who become victims will demand that such a crackdown occur.

Perhaps that is exactly what Obama and his Chicago thugs are planning for ... they of course would not limit use of military force to the areas where it's needed. Top down, bottom up, inside out ...

41 posted on 01/30/2012 10:06:44 AM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: DBCJR

“The crisis of African American unemployment requires federal intervention”

US Postal Service?


42 posted on 01/30/2012 10:11:57 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: Venturer

Bingo!


43 posted on 01/30/2012 10:28:06 AM PST by Marathoner 244
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To: GeronL
Newt will fix it with janitorial jobs in schools and enlisting them building a base on the moon!

Bring back NASSA, the Negro American Space Society of Astronauts.

The Old Negro Space Program

44 posted on 01/30/2012 10:28:44 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: DBCJR
The social injustice represented by this type of unacceptable African American unemployment and poverty could be solved if out society made a real commitment to executing the following steps:

a. Focus on real affirmative action efforts. Force private employers to have at least 25% of their staff be composed of African Americans.
b. Insure that African Americans are placed into leadership positions in these organizations, CEOs, COOs, board positions
c. Government should place a moratorium on the hiring of non-African Americans for 10 years
d. Education requirements should be removed as a prerequisite for employment for African Americans
e. The Federal government should put together a large cash infusion for any African Americans that may have been involved in farming. An activity impacted by unfair treatment for centuries.
f. Loosen Federal and state requirements for assistance programs, including SNAP, WIC, SSI, Section 8, as well as programs for cell phone and internet access. Aggressively market these programs to African Americans.
g. Improve educational opportunities in the African American communities by removing the bulk of standardized testing and redevelop these tests to better reflect the unique knowledge patterns of these communities.
h. End or significantly reduce state prosecution for crimes having a higher incidence within the African American community. This could include incidents of unintended shootings, fighting and inadvertent property theft.
i. Rework the tax code so that all African Americans earning less than $250,000 annually would receive a payment rather than a tax liability.

Why the sarcasm? What better way to express the absurdity of the constant hand wringing over the state of the African American community. Start learning skills, start working, stop the mindless violence and end the whining and resentment.
45 posted on 01/30/2012 10:31:50 AM PST by Jay Santos CP ("Idiocracy"... It's no longer just a movie.)
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To: DBCJR

Bring back that wonderful program CETA. YIPEEE!


46 posted on 01/30/2012 10:33:11 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: DBCJR
Millions of African Americans live in communities that lack access to good jobs and good schools and suffer from high crime rates.

Why don't they use Section 8 to send them to nice neighborhoods where people work hard to live?

47 posted on 01/30/2012 10:38:40 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: DBCJR

Like we already don’t have affirmative action in hiring and promotion! Try working your way up the Civil Service ladder as a white male without any political connections. You’d better be patient.


48 posted on 01/30/2012 10:42:24 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: dfwgator

lol. That’s just wrong.


49 posted on 01/30/2012 10:46:13 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: DBCJR

The question should be “Is it inappropriate for an organization to continue 24/7/365 in perpetuity for a Consitutional Requirement that only calls for work once every ten years?

This is prevalent throughout our government - agencies going above and beyond their purviews: CDC (guns are a health problem), US Census Bureau (with dumbass stuff like this), Dept of Education (whatever the hell they call themselves now) with meals and diet, USDOT (mileage standards - none of their damned business), FDA, IRS, and on and on and on.


50 posted on 01/30/2012 10:48:19 AM PST by Gaffer
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