Well, Happy New Year, all. In 2012, it appears we will continue our steady progression downward to the lowest common denominator in America. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has a letter ruling (not yet the force of law) warning employers that requiring a high school diploma may violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Employers could run afoul of the ADA if their requirement of a high school diploma “‘screens out’ an individual who is unable to graduate because of a learning disability that meets the ADA’s definition of ‘disability,’” the EEOC explained.
Employers generally would require a high school diploma to show that an individual has the basic mental capabilities necessary to complete the job asked of them. If a person has a learning disability so severe that they are unable to obtain said degree, even with all the hand-holding and extra time for test-taking such individuals receive because of their “disability”, then it is a good bet that they would not be a competent employee. But being an employer is no longer about production of goods or making a profit (I feel like I’m blaspheming just writing that word). It is now about being a make-work project. Any value you produce is now incidental to how many sad-sack cases you can employ.
Nor does it matter if these individuals can contribute anything of value to the employer, or grow in their knowledge and skills, to become better people. Such cognitive, nay, human development can only occur when it is expected of you, and required in order for you to succeed in life. What may have started out as sympathy and a desire to help the… how does one say this inoffensively?… mental midgets of society, has transformed us into a society without basic standards. If employers can’t even require the most basic of documents that show you’re not an idiot, then we may as well through in the towel. The American economy is in its death throes, unless we can exterminate such liberal dogma from the government.
And as a p.s., a legitimate form of welfare would seem to be to help those individuals who truly cannot help themselves. The government seems to be shifting the burden of welfare onto employers by making them pay individuals who aren’t worth their paycheck. Although, “shifting the burden” isn’t the right phrase. The liberal ideal seems to be to make everyone dependent on welfare, but call it by any other name but welfare. Social security and Medicare (most people take out way more than they put in), the earned income tax credit, unemployment benefits, etc. All welfare, but with none of the stigma to the individual.