Action this day, Obama style

Over at Business Insider, Russell Halley considers the news of the day with an attitude appropriate to the occasion:

Summertime blues? Credit rating downgraded, economy crumbling, markets crashing and support collapsing? People clamoring for the plan you know you don’t have?

Best to get out of town, let them think you’re sweatin’ out the strategy.

Of course, before you go, you can still exercise the privileges of office. Quietly. Through Executive Orders.

It’s a beautiful thing.

President Obama did just that on Thursday with an order designed to coordinate a “government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce.”

Executive order 13583 creates a council of deputy agency chiefs and federal workers charged with developing a government-wide plan to improve diversity in recruitment, training, and promotion of federal workers, all due within 90 days. After that, each federal agency will have 120 days to develop guidelines of their own.

Really?

Really. John Berry, the director of the Office of Personnel Management explained the action in a conference call and said that “the federal government has a special opportunity to lead by example”.

It’s about time, too. According to the Federal Office of Personnel Management, minorities represent only 38.8 percent of the federal workforce and a mere 43.9 percent of the federal workforce is female.

It’s a national disgrace, but hopefully, this bold act of leadership will start to right the wrongs. After all, if the EEOC has the courage to fight for the rights of dwarfs who can’t see over the counter at Starbucks, surely the Federal Government can ensure that there are more people of color answering the phones at the IRS.

Feels good! How about another?

Halley doesn’t stop there. In fact, he’s on a roll. You will want to check out the whole thing unless you are struggling with anger management issues.

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