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Va senator calls for ending diversity programs - wtvr

There are 10 comments on the WTVR story from Jul 23, 2010, titled Va senator calls for ending diversity programs - wtvr. In it, WTVR reports that:

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb called for ending government-run diversity programs in a newspaper column Friday, saying they have disadvantaged struggling whites and hurt the cause of racial harmony.

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Since: Feb 10

Midlothian, VA

#1 Jul 23, 2010
"Dandy" Doug Wilder, former governor and current fool has no business talking about how Webb was helped by minority support.

Without it, he never would have been elected governor or mayor of Richmond.

It was bad enough when he attempted to purchase 10 liquor stores while he was still governor, but now is acting like an "elder statesman".

He may be a lot of things, but statesman is not one of them.

Webb is correct, and it is long overdue.
Glen Allen

King George, VA

#2 Jul 23, 2010
va_tazdad wrote:
"Dandy" Doug Wilder, former governor and current fool has no business talking about how Webb was helped by minority support.
Without it, he never would have been elected governor or mayor of Richmond.
It was bad enough when he attempted to purchase 10 liquor stores while he was still governor, but now is acting like an "elder statesman".
He may be a lot of things, but statesman is not one of them.
Webb is correct, and it is long overdue.
I agree Taz, and I really think it will be a great way to ease the great race divide. Making the rules the same for everyone opens up competition which will certainly lower the cost of doing business for government. Treating EVERYONE as equal, with no special advantages to any one group can only reduce resentment between the races, and I think that is what everyone really wants. It is high time that the government stop treating the blacks as though they are too stupid to compete without giving them brownie (pardon the pun) points for being black.

“Sun worshiper”

Since: Jul 10

Midlothian

#3 Jul 24, 2010
C.C. thinks this smell funny. He think Sen. Webb not mean it.
Obummer

Clermont, FL

#4 Jul 24, 2010
The Senator is stating what we've all known for many years...A person should get a job or promotion because they are better qualified or have earned a promotion regardless of race...Government diversity programs simply create more racism and it is unfair, someone shouldn't get a job or promotion based on the color of a persons skin...
Glen Allen

King George, VA

#5 Jul 24, 2010
When government agencies (Federal, State, or local) put a Request for Proposal out for bid, the award should be based only upon LOWEST, responsive, responsible bidder, color of skin should not enter the equation at any point.Currently it DOES impact the decision (it falls under "responsive") on a bid award.Firms that are classified as Minority Businesses (did you know that some Richmond City Agencies only consider black owned, as minority?)should no longer get preferential treatment. Your taxes not only pay for the possible increased cost for goods or services (professional, or non-professional), but you are also paying salary for government employees to ensure the percentages of minority awards are being met. It is discrimination, but currently it is not only legal, but mandated.

Since: May 10

Rooted in Reality

#6 Jul 24, 2010
Why is it only discrimination when the "minorities" are perceived as being mis-treated? Affirmative action has done more to further the animosity between races than any other thing I can think of. One would think this is the 1950's instead of a the 21st century. Segregation and it's policies was wrong and noone with half a brain can justify it. Conversely, what is going on now is just as wrong. Anymore, an "equal opportunity" employer means that white men need not apply.

I believe that "Jimbo" felt the election fires burning hot at his heels and is trying to distance himself from racist reid and make us think he's just a regular guy. It's hard to trust anything coming out of this damno-rat congress. How's that debt thing working out for us anyway?
Obummer

Clermont, FL

#7 Jul 24, 2010
Glen Allen wrote:
When government agencies (Federal, State, or local) put a Request for Proposal out for bid, the award should be based only upon LOWEST, responsive, responsible bidder, color of skin should not enter the equation at any point.Currently it DOES impact the decision (it falls under "responsive") on a bid award.Firms that are classified as Minority Businesses (did you know that some Richmond City Agencies only consider black owned, as minority?)should no longer get preferential treatment. Your taxes not only pay for the possible increased cost for goods or services (professional, or non-professional), but you are also paying salary for government employees to ensure the percentages of minority awards are being met. It is discrimination, but currently it is not only legal, but mandated.
This true, I have been sent bid packages from city governments stating the bidding was only available to Hispanic women owned companies which automatically excluded my company from bidding on the contract...It excluded our company from bidding on not only one front but two, as our company isn't owned by women or Hispanics...I had no choice but to throw it in the trash...Not only was the paper that was used a waste but the time it took for a government employee to put together the package and send it to me...All companies should allowed to bid regardless of race or gender...

Since: May 10

Rooted in Reality

#8 Jul 24, 2010
Obummer wrote:
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This true, I have been sent bid packages from city governments stating the bidding was only available to Hispanic women owned companies which automatically excluded my company from bidding on the contract...It excluded our company from bidding on not only one front but two, as our company isn't owned by women or Hispanics...I had no choice but to throw it in the trash...Not only was the paper that was used a waste but the time it took for a government employee to put together the package and send it to me...All companies should allowed to bid regardless of race or gender...
Just another example of the govt. peeing on our legs and telling us it is raining. Where does this end anyway?
Obummer

Clermont, FL

#9 Jul 24, 2010
greg in central va wrote:
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Just another example of the govt. peeing on our legs and telling us it is raining. Where does this end anyway?
What really gets me about the whole thing was, we never asked to be sent a bid package, it just arrived, the package involved taking care of several government buildings...Since the (privately owned) facility we are currently contracted to take care is visited by a lot of city officials, they must have liked how the facility looked and decided to send us a bid package...What it really boils down to is the taxpayers, government employees and our company automatically lost the opportunity to find out if we could have provided better service at a competitive price... I'm guessing they would have liked the service if we only had been given a fair chance to bid...No one will ever know now though...
Glen Allen

King George, VA

#10 Jul 24, 2010
I would suggest you play the same game so many others are playing. Find a minority, make them a CEO of your business, pay them to do nothing, and get the contracts. You will be helping only the minority you select, and only financially (she/he will be learning nothing because they will be doing nothing), but you and your current employees will gain financially. Most (if not all) of the so-called minority consulting firms I use employ this technique, they may have other minorities working there to fill the required percentages, but the ones doing the skilled portion of the work, and making the important decisions, and the money, are white. Ultimately your client (the tax payers) will pay more for the service so you can pay the minorities, but hell, we can afford it.

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