The Idiocracy of the United States – Thank You EEOC

There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation
~ President James Madison 1751 -1836 

Government agencies are assuming power they have no right to assume. Case in point – the EEOC is mulling over the possibility that requiring a HS diploma for certain jobs might be a violation of a person’s rights under the Americans for Disabilities Act. The out-of-control EEOC is concerned that HS diplomas discriminate against learning disabled people.

Think about one possible consequence of such a mandate – these could be the future employees who will be making your healthcare decisions.

The fact is that, having worked with learning disabled students, I know that they can earn a HS diploma or a GED, but, secondly, and more importantly, we cannot expect employers to hire people without basic requirements such as a HS diploma, which is where we are headed.

When government agencies run peoples’ lives, we are no longer a free nation. Why is the government telling private companies that their job hiring requirements have to be dumbed down?

We are not talking learning disabilities here, we are talking about taking the rights of employers to have job hiring standards.

We employ government bureaucrats, such as those in the EEOC, and I don’t understand why we are allowing them to run our lives.

This move by the EEOC generates the type of uncertainty for employers that makes it impossible for our economy to grow. No wonder we have a jobless recovery, as if there could be such a thing since a recovery without jobs is no recovery at all.

From the Washington Times: Employers are facing more uncertainty in the wake of a letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission warning them that requiring a high school diploma from a job applicant might violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The development also has some wondering whether the agency’s advice will result in an educational backlash by creating less of an incentive for some high school students to graduate.

The “informal discussion letter” from the EEOC said an employer’s requirement of a high school diploma, long a standard criterion for screening potential employees, must be “job-related for the position in question and consistent with business necessity.” The letter was posted on the commission’s website on Dec. 2.

Employers could run afoul of the ADA if their requirement of a high school diploma “‘screens out’ an individual who is unable to graduate because of a learning disability that meets the ADA’s definition of ‘disability,’” the EEOC explained.

The commission’s advice, which does not carry the force of law, is raising alarms among employment-law professionals, who say it could carry far-reaching implications for businesses.

Maria Greco Danaher, a lawyer with the labor and employment law firm Ogletree Deakins, said the EEOC letter means that employers must determine whether job applicants whose learning disabilities kept them from obtaining diplomas can perform the essential job functions, with or without reasonable accommodation. She said the development is “worthy of notice” for employers. Read about it here: Washington Times

Even the most committed Democrats (I’m not talking Progressives here) must realize this government is absurdly statist. Have we given up on freedom?

Did you ever see the movie, Idiocracy? In the movie, the Pentagon needs a guinea pig to volunteer for an experiment in which the subject sleeps for 500 years. They have to find someone not too smart to volunteer. They find a very average guy and, as it turns out, when he wakes up, the world is so dumbed down that he is the smartest person in the world.

We are dumbing down our country, maybe with the best of intentions, maybe not.