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Are Women Better at “Moving Dirt”?

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An astonishing story in the Seattle Times illustrated the deranged priorities of the big government left. “STATE: TOO FEW WOMEN, MINORITIES ON TUNNEL JOB,” proclaimed the headline.

The story? On a multi-billion dollar project to replace an aging elevated highway with a new underground passage, one minority contractor sued because he hadn’t won a contract “to transport dirt,” and “disadvantaged business enterprises” hadn’t gotten their mandated share. Federal officials supported the suit, threatening to stop all work on the tunnel, citing rules demanding that “minority contractors must be used, even if that causes a modest cost increase.”

No one even claimed that minorities and women could do a better job. For a project already behind schedule and over-budget, this attitude is insane: treating a costly infrastructure effort as a race and gender-based social program, not a means for affordable improvements in local transportation.

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  1. Sheryl Tregellas  •  Jan 17, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    In my opinion that is ridiculous. Ive met men who said they put their business in their wife’s name to win job bids as a minority contractor. Women cannot do some other jobs as well as men: firemen for example. Id prefer to be carried down a ladder from a 4th floor by a well muscled man, than a gal who is weaker than I am. We all simply are not capable to do it all. And our taxes should not be wasted trying to make all equal.

  2. Illinois Bob  •  Jan 18, 2014 at 9:07 am

    As we approach Martin Luther King day let’s be reminded that he taught us that a person should be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Forced equality in all things is the other side of the bigoted/sexist/gender side of the coin. This country will never regain the excellence level it once had until we can put the coin away – both sides – and award based upon performance and merit.

  3. Mike  •  Jan 18, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Another shining example of a world gone stupid in the name of fairness and political correctness. It boggles the mind, to know that their are so many many people so utterly lacking in common sense. It has come to the point where common sense can be considered a super power.

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