Are these two stories connected? Oh, you betcha:
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was surprised to hear the president's voice on the phone. Barack Obama had two things to discuss with Lurie: the redemption of Michael Vick and the alternative-energy plans Lurie unveiled this fall for Lincoln Financial Field. I talked about the Vick story on NBC last night.
"The president wanted to talk about two things, but the first was Michael,'' Lurie told me. "He said, 'So many people who serve time never get a fair second chance. He was ... passionate about it. He said it's never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail. And he was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall.''
Guess Vick must be on Obama's White House Fantasy Football team; otherwise, why would The Cool One become so "passionate"?
Unless having companies hire criminals is part of his agenda...or, better said, perhaps forcing private companies to hire criminals is part of his agenda:
The federal agency that enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws is warning employers they could be sued if they refuse to hire blacks or Latinos because of a bad credit history or a criminal record.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last week sued Kaplan Higher Education Corp., accusing the company of using “a selection criterion for hiring and discharge — namely, credit history information — that has had a significant disparate impact on black job applicants.”
The lawsuit is part of a stepped-up but controversial effort to eliminate “arbitrary barriers” to employment for minorities by the EEOC, which is governed by five commissioners, three appointed by President Obama.
Hmmm...is refusing to hire a convicted felon really that arbitrary? Will "Justice" now force people to hire criminals in order to prove they are not racist? If a company hires a honest minority applicant over a black ex-con, is that company still liable for creating "disparate impact" ? (answer: yes, based on the Kaplan lawsuit, as Kaplan has plenty of minority instructors).
If you are a honest, hard-working, fully credentialed, unemployed American applying for a job, well...Obama has now pushed a minority criminal ahead of you on line, because they are...a minority criminal, and you are not.
"Fairness", Obama-style. And they wonder why businesses refuse to hire, and that damn unemployment rate remains so stubbornly high, no matter what they try to force the private sector to do...