There’s a throwaway line in a Wall Street Journal piece today that should make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Actually, the hair on your head too.
It’s a big, beautiful welcome mat to the new enhanced administrative action that will guide the rest of President Obama’s term and which he plans to announce in the State of the Union address tomorrow night:
In recent weeks, senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett has reached out to chief executives seeking commitments that they won’t discriminate against the long-term unemployed in hiring practices. The White House has scheduled an event highlighting the initiative for Friday.
Reached out? REACHED OUT??
Reached out and clubbed them right over the head, is what she did.
Say you’re running a Fortune 500 company and the president’s closest aide calls and asks you to do something. Now, WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOUR CHOICES WHEN VALERIE REACHES OUT TO YOU?
You listen, see? Because coming from the White House, its an offer you can’t refuse.
They’re writing lots of regulations over there, see? And there’s all the nasty stories about the IRS maybe serving as a political tool, see? These people, you have to assume, don’t mess around. You don’t play, maybe you’re gonna pay.
So now Valerie Jarrett is telling companies whom to hire. Administrative action, indeed.