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The Federal Government Must Focus to Crack Down on Discrimination [Opinion]

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It is time for zero tolerance.

In this summer of 2020, everyone in the United States ought to be able to agree that our country simply cannot allow any discrimination based on race, creed, color, gender, or any other factor. It has been going on too long, and it will be up to the federal government to shut it down.

Of course, getting serious about discrimination means devoting resources to the problem. To do that, the federal government will also need to shut down the unserious approaches that it has been indulging in for too long, and instead focus on effective programs that can make a difference.

For example, there are already equality-of-hiring laws on the books, and Washington must make certain all of those laws are fully enforced so citizens everywhere will have an equal opportunity to rise. However, the feds must also stop frivolous actions that don’t help enforce those laws, but do squander precious assets.

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One place to start trimming waste is the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in the Department of Labor. This bureau is supposed to promote affirmative action by federal contractors. That is a worthy goal.

However, since the Obama Administration, OFCCP has been adrift.

Just before President Donald Trump took office, the office filed a series of lawsuits alleging discrimination by important tech companies. These suits are not authorized under federal law, and are based on “statistical analysis,” not actual evidence. The timing of the suits is suspicious, as they seem aimed at embarrassing a new administration more than righting a wrong. This simply looks like grandstanding, which is par for the course.

“OFCCP has become an agency that appears to focus more on garnering splashy headlines and securing high-dollar settlements than it does simply pursuing its admirable, if at times, unglamorous mission,” as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wrote.

“OFCCP has dedicated its resources and personnel to probing alleged numbers-based systemic discrimination in pay and personnel actions while ignoring its basic responsibility to serve as a neutral enforcement agency,” the Chamber added. “This includes significant good faith efforts by federal contractors to employ and advance in employment women, racial minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.”
This is especially counterproductive when you consider the cutthroat nature of high tech companies. They are dedicated to fighting discrimination because they want the best possible person for each high pressure job, regardless of color or creed. They can’t afford to pass on quality people, because if they do, another company will use that person’s skill.

To crack down, the federal government should take more steps to work with companies as they combat discrimination, not threaten them. “OFCCP is too often antagonistic toward the regulated community, ignores the myriad and effective diversity efforts undertaken by contractors, engages in overly broad and unreasonable fishing expeditions for employment data, and pursues take it or leave it conciliation efforts,” the Chamber notes. It hears these complaints from its members, some of whom are frightened of even taking federal work at this point.

It’s clear that OFCCP’s current approach isn’t going to help solve today’s problems. The Trump Administration should take steps to pursue fairness under the law, but it should do so through the normal, effective channels. It should move any litigation to the domain of the Department of Justice, and sideline the politically motivated Obama hold-over lawyers at the Department of Labor.

The OFCCP’s original mission was one that used evidence to work hand-in-hand with government contractors to promote fairness in hiring and promotions. It should do that from now on as well. We need OFCCP to return to its roots, so our country can focus on finally rooting out discrimination once and for all.

Rick Amato, is a former financial adviser for Merrill Lynch and founded the Amato Wealth Management Group. He is currently the host of Politics And Profits with Rick Amato, and co-hosts Jobenomics America TV. Find out more at amatotalk.com.

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Dems Now Suggesting That Merrick Garland will Prosecute Donald Trump

With the nation having now broken the violence barrier, as it pertains to our politics, such speculation is downright irresponsible. 

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As the January 6th committee continues down a blatantly partisan path that is unlikely to bring the country together in any meaningful way, there are fears that their actions could spark a great deal of animosity within this powder keg of a nation.

We are as divided as we ever have been, or at least in the last 150 years, and every political motion must be true and just.  Otherwise, we can consider it fuel for whatever trouble appears to be looming just over the horizon.

The January 6th committee and the Democrats supporting it, being under the microscope as they are, must be particularly careful not to deal in rumors, hyperbole, or propaganda.  They have at least one hand firmly on the rudder of this nation for the time being, and any hard, jerking motions could send us all figuratively to the floor.

That’s why the latest speculation regarding their investigation is so mindlessly dangerous.

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Senate Democrats believe there is a good chance the Department of Justice will prosecute former President Trump for trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election and inciting the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, which would have major political reverberations ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

Democratic lawmakers say they don’t have any inside information on what might happen and describe Attorney General Merrick Garland as someone who would make sure to run any investigation strictly “by the book.”

The narrative was even bolder than that:

Sen. Richard  Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said “clearly what [Trump] did” in the days leading up and the day of the Jan. 6 attack on Congress “falls in the ambit of what’s being investigated and perhaps is criminal.”

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said it’s up to the prosecutors at the Justice Department whether to charge Trump, though he believes that the former president’s actions on and before Jan. 6 likely violate federal law.  

“They have all of the evidence at their disposal,” he said.

Kaine believes federal prosecutors are looking seriously at charges against Trump, although he doesn’t have any inside information about what they may be working on.

“My intuition is that they are” looking carefully at whether Trump broke the law, he said. “My sense is they’re looking [at] everything in a diligent way and they haven’t made a decision.”

“I believe there are federal statutes that are very much implicated” by Trump’s efforts to overturn President Biden’s victory in the 2020 election, Kaine added.  

With the nation having now broken the violence barrier, as it pertains to our politics, such speculation is downright irresponsible.

As the January 6th committee continues down a blatantly partisan path that is unlikely to bring the country together in any meaningful way, there are fears that their actions could spark a great deal of animosity within this powder keg of a nation. We are as divided as we ever have been, or at least in the last 150 years, and every political motion must be true and just.  Otherwise, we can consider it fuel for whatever trouble appears to be looming just over the horizon. The January 6th committee and the Democrats supporting it, being under the microscope as they are, must be particularly careful not to deal in rumors, hyperbole, or propaganda.  They have at least one hand firmly on the rudder of this nation for the time being, and any hard, jerking motions could send us all figuratively to the floor. That’s why the latest speculation regarding their investigation is so mindlessly dangerous. Senate Democrats believe there is a good chance the Department of Justice will prosecute former President Trump for trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election and inciting the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, which would have major political reverberations ahead of the 2024 presidential election. Democratic lawmakers say they don’t have any inside information on what might happen and describe Attorney General Merrick Garland as someone who would make sure to run any investigation strictly “by the book.” The narrative was even bolder than that: Sen. Richard  Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said “clearly what [Trump] did” in the days leading up and the day of the Jan. 6 attack on Congress “falls in the ambit of what’s being investigated and perhaps is criminal.” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said it’s up to the prosecutors at the Justice Department whether to charge Trump, though he…

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UFC Chief Laments Lack of Available Monoclonal COVID Treatments

This, just days after Florida accused the federal government of hoarding the life-saving treatments.

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If you were to ask the government about the options that we have for defeating the coronavirus pandemic, you are likely to hear but one side of the story:  Vaccines.

The Biden administration has been unwavering in their support of these inoculations, even going so far as to attempt to install a constitutionally unsound vaccine mandate that took only two months for the Supreme Court to gut.

But there are other options too, induing the widely popular and effective monoclonal antibody treatments.  And, despite the government’s insistence on pushing vaccines on the masses, the Biden administration has also appeared to corner the market on these life-saving medicines…and they’re being awfully stingy with them.

“I bet I could get some f*****g pain pills quicker than I could get monoclonal antibodies,” UFC President Dana White said in regards to the rationing of monoclonal antibodies for treatment of COVID-19 during a press conference on Saturday following the UFC 45 Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.

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MMA Weekly asked White about a left-wing censorship campaign targeting Joe Rogan under the auspices of “misinformation” involving an “open letter” from assorted medical professionals and academic calling on Spotify, the distributor or Rogan’s eponymous podcast, to “take action” against what they described as “mass-misinformation” which is “medically and culturally dangerous.”

The exchange was lively to say the least.

MMA Weekly asked, “I was wondering what your thoughts were with the 200-plus doctors trying to put pressure on Spotify saying that Joe’s a menace.”

White replied, “Are they really? Well how about this, ever since I came out and said what I did, It’s almost impossible now to get monoclonal antibodies. They’re making it so you can’t get them — medicine that absolutely works, they’re keeping from us. I don’t want to get too political and start getting into all this s***, but ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies have been around for a long time. Now, all of a sudden, you can’t dig them up to save your life. The doctors won’t give them to you.”

The criticism arrives amid a flurry of complaints from Florida officials, complaining that the Biden administration simply will not ship these treatments to them, and without providing any reason as to why.

If you were to ask the government about the options that we have for defeating the coronavirus pandemic, you are likely to hear but one side of the story:  Vaccines. The Biden administration has been unwavering in their support of these inoculations, even going so far as to attempt to install a constitutionally unsound vaccine mandate that took only two months for the Supreme Court to gut. But there are other options too, induing the widely popular and effective monoclonal antibody treatments.  And, despite the government’s insistence on pushing vaccines on the masses, the Biden administration has also appeared to corner the market on these life-saving medicines…and they’re being awfully stingy with them. “I bet I could get some f*****g pain pills quicker than I could get monoclonal antibodies,” UFC President Dana White said in regards to the rationing of monoclonal antibodies for treatment of COVID-19 during a press conference on Saturday following the UFC 45 Vegas in Las Vegas, NV. MMA Weekly asked White about a left-wing censorship campaign targeting Joe Rogan under the auspices of “misinformation” involving an “open letter” from assorted medical professionals and academic calling on Spotify, the distributor or Rogan’s eponymous podcast, to “take action” against what they described as “mass-misinformation” which is “medically and culturally dangerous.” The exchange was lively to say the least. MMA Weekly asked, “I was wondering what your thoughts were with the 200-plus doctors trying to put pressure on Spotify saying that Joe’s a menace.” White replied, “Are they really? Well how about this, ever since I came out and said what I did, It’s almost impossible now to get monoclonal antibodies. They’re making it so you can’t get them — medicine that absolutely works, they’re keeping from us. I don’t want to get too political and start getting into…

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