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ValJar “Reaches Out”

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.

23 thoughts on “ValJar “Reaches Out””

    1. Only until the truck pulls up to your house and delivers you to the train station to board your cattle car for the journey to camp.

  1. Kind of creepy and insulting. Telling the private sector what to do. Assuming they will “discriminate” comes from The Obama Admin’s basic lack of trust of the “evil” private sector.

  2. I’m not seeing anything more than a useless political talking point that won’t make a whit’s worth of difference in the unemployment tragedy that affects millions of Americans.
    The Acme Dynamite Corp won’t be hiring former Hostess Twinkie workers, nor will they be hiring the fork-lift driver from the failed green-energy companies. Like all profitable companies, they hire the people with the skills they need regardless of the length of their unemployment status.

    ValJar might rule the WestWing, but she doesn’t call the shots in corporate boardrooms.

    1. There are some companies who won’t hire anyone who’s been out of work for a long period of time.

      Yes, even in Obama’s McJobs economy.

  3. Thugs. The Chicago Way. This should never be happening in the White House. No private enterprise should be making commitments to an Administration. We have anti discrimination laws. And that is the problem. There is no rule of law by Valerie Jarrett or any one else who works for Obama.

  4. The Execs (Lockeed, BofA, Xerox, etc.) are signing ”pledges’ not to ‘discriminate’ against the long-time unemployed. Pledges? Lol. Grow up, Valjar! You look foolish.

  5. When is Hillary going to step aside and defer to ValJar who’s actually been running the country for the past five years, using Obama as her spokesmodel?

  6. Keith you are thinking about this wrong.
    Big Business is on Obamas side already.
    They don’t need arm twisting

    They want him to push Amnesty
    They want tax cuts.

    Wall Street has done very well under Obama as the rest of the nation falters.
    They love Obama, his free money and his push for their agenda as he hurts the small competition.

  7. When ValVal speaks, you better listen. Unless you want the Gibson Guitar treatment. (In whatever variation will best mess up your business and personal life.)

  8. “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”
    Harry S Truman, US President (1945-1953)

  9. Everyone is demanding jobs for themselves or some group.

    We could free up 11 to 20 million jobs by deporting illegal aliens.

    But, that aside, no one talks about the problem of people being competent to do a job. Those Americans who have disdained working hard in school or whose low community standards of expectation will be a blight upon businesses if hired into jobs they can’t do well. I see this already when I meet people who have done the minimum to get a degree and now feel they are geniuses at their job. I also know a woman who ran a bakery shop. She told me she had applicants who could not grasp how to make change from sales. She worked with the ones who really wanted to know, but could not teach them. She had to fire them — if the electronic cash registers go down, business can’t stop because an employee has been so poorly educated that they can’t work out what change goes to the customer when on a $3.96 purchase from a $5 bill.

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