Obama and Veterans

April 25, 2016

I often criticize President Obama, but he deserves credit for an initiative we should all support: his order to federal agencies to prioritize the hiring of US military veterans. Obama ordered that when two job applicants are equally qualified, the one who’s a veteran should be hired. It’s had an effect: while only about 7% of Americans are veterans, they make up nearly a third of current government hires.

Unfortunately, the Washington Post reports that Obama’s directive is proving confusing and difficult to enforce. “Equally qualified” can be a pretty subjective term. Some veterans who lost out on jobs have filed discrimination complaints; but in most cases, they couldn’t prove they were equally qualified. Some didn't realize there were several veterans up for one job. But critics claim some government hiring managers are using the ambiguity in the order to discriminate against veterans because they’re too efficient and goal-oriented, and they get frustrated with the federal system, which is anything but efficient and goal-oriented.

I started out by praising Obama, so I won’t even jokingly suggest that he’s trying to fix that problem by making the military just as inefficient, bureaucratic and politically-correct as the Department of Education. Maybe a better solution would be to concentrate on getting the private sector economy revved back up and once again creating good-paying jobs. Then veterans wouldn’t need to land government jobs. They could work in the private sector, where being efficient and goal-oriented are actually considered positives.

Read more about this on the Washington Post website here.

Comments 1-1 of 1

  • Glenn Grootegoed

    05/21/2016 01:29 AM

    This veteran Hospital thing we have down here in Phoenix is a mess. Mr. Huckabee The news can even touch the problems in this place. I have a story for you. I finished working in the North Dakota oil fields' wanted to come home to phoenix. Made arraignments went to Oregon to help friend move and ended up in the Portland VA with cancer. Six weeks later I'm on my way back to phoenix and to continue treatment at VA here. I made a follow up appointment for December 2015 I was told that's the first one I could get this was September. The surgeon set up a scan and scope operation the seventh of January I saw Dr. Sanghiv he said its went from low grade cancer to high grade and its back and I'm in trouble. He tells Andrews and the mayo clinic in Scottsdale Az and this need to be done soon. He did the referral and told me the Mayo would be in touch. After no One calls I started doing some calling. Nothing had been done at all. I called congressman Gallego a very good Lady Kendra Johnson called me the same day. told her my problem and they ran her around a little till I filled in the blanks for her. I did make it to the Mayo they did have the man I needed today I am cancer free no thanks to VA. guess what I would like to tell you most is I am so used to the poor attitudes of the people at VA and poor service that when I walked in that Mayo Clinic I could not believe that people in the medical field like their jobs and they smile and are interested in helping you. I felt like I really did have a chance to beat the cancer. At VA not so much. I think when they say thank you for your service they really want to say could you come back when I'm not so busy. I'm sorry Mr. Huckabee You probably have heard more than you care to hear about our broken country. I don't Know why but I feel like I can talk with you probably Mr. Trump also he's in a bit of a struggle right now and I think when the time is right you will speak up and maybe you will help me say the right words to God to help our leaders to see how far they have moved away from what their job really is all about. Thank you for your time and god bless you and your family.

Obama and Veterans

April 25, 2016

I often criticize President Obama, but he deserves credit for an initiative we should all support: his order to federal agencies to prioritize the hiring of US military veterans. Obama ordered that when two job applicants are equally qualified, the one who’s a veteran should be hired. It’s had an effect: while only about 7% of Americans are veterans, they make up nearly a third of current government hires.

Unfortunately, the Washington Post reports that Obama’s directive is proving confusing and difficult to enforce. “Equally qualified” can be a pretty subjective term. Some veterans who lost out on jobs have filed discrimination complaints; but in most cases, they couldn’t prove they were equally qualified. Some didn't realize there were several veterans up for one job. But critics claim some government hiring managers are using the ambiguity in the order to discriminate against veterans because they’re too efficient and goal-oriented, and they get frustrated with the federal system, which is anything but efficient and goal-oriented.

I started out by praising Obama, so I won’t even jokingly suggest that he’s trying to fix that problem by making the military just as inefficient, bureaucratic and politically-correct as the Department of Education. Maybe a better solution would be to concentrate on getting the private sector economy revved back up and once again creating good-paying jobs. Then veterans wouldn’t need to land government jobs. They could work in the private sector, where being efficient and goal-oriented are actually considered positives.

Read more about this on the Washington Post website here.

Comments 1-1 of 1

  • Glenn Grootegoed

    05/21/2016 01:29 AM

    This veteran Hospital thing we have down here in Phoenix is a mess. Mr. Huckabee The news can even touch the problems in this place. I have a story for you. I finished working in the North Dakota oil fields' wanted to come home to phoenix. Made arraignments went to Oregon to help friend move and ended up in the Portland VA with cancer. Six weeks later I'm on my way back to phoenix and to continue treatment at VA here. I made a follow up appointment for December 2015 I was told that's the first one I could get this was September. The surgeon set up a scan and scope operation the seventh of January I saw Dr. Sanghiv he said its went from low grade cancer to high grade and its back and I'm in trouble. He tells Andrews and the mayo clinic in Scottsdale Az and this need to be done soon. He did the referral and told me the Mayo would be in touch. After no One calls I started doing some calling. Nothing had been done at all. I called congressman Gallego a very good Lady Kendra Johnson called me the same day. told her my problem and they ran her around a little till I filled in the blanks for her. I did make it to the Mayo they did have the man I needed today I am cancer free no thanks to VA. guess what I would like to tell you most is I am so used to the poor attitudes of the people at VA and poor service that when I walked in that Mayo Clinic I could not believe that people in the medical field like their jobs and they smile and are interested in helping you. I felt like I really did have a chance to beat the cancer. At VA not so much. I think when they say thank you for your service they really want to say could you come back when I'm not so busy. I'm sorry Mr. Huckabee You probably have heard more than you care to hear about our broken country. I don't Know why but I feel like I can talk with you probably Mr. Trump also he's in a bit of a struggle right now and I think when the time is right you will speak up and maybe you will help me say the right words to God to help our leaders to see how far they have moved away from what their job really is all about. Thank you for your time and god bless you and your family.