Well, I'd like the Democrats to think a little more creatively about policy, and I have the sense that much of this is heresy to some core liberals. But here goes:
#1 Affirmative Action. From our friends at Wikipedia, they define it as:
"a policy or a program providing advantages for people of a minority group who are seen to have traditionally been discriminated against, with the aim of creating a more egalitarian society. This consists of preferential access to education, employment, health care, or social welfare."
I wouldn't imply that racism or any of the other "isms" are fixed, my issue is more with (a) is this policy working (still?) and (b) even if it is still working, is it creating more problems than it is fixing? If this policy is an attempt to force a fix on current services that aren't working - e.g. funding urban public elementary and child care services, does this compound the previous problem of fair social services?. This would be a fair program to correct the social ills for a "lost generation" between the '50s/'60s, but what should the criteria be for ending this program all together?
Here in Atlanta, we have a law that there is to be preferential treatment to city contracts to be selected if they are minority owned businesses. This is where my particular issue is, because I am having to directly pay more in taxes to pay minority contracts. I don't have statistics, but I would assume we are also trading off quality (thus controlling long term costs) by placating this minority contract criteria. So, where does this stop?
What are the criteria to end the program?
Are there some programs which should continue to receive support? If so, which ones?
Are there some programs which should be ended? If so, which ones?
Is the Bill Campbell legacy for government contracts a correct one?
Should the Democrats embrace change in policy?