The New Jim Crow – Workplace Discrimination Claims Rise in Congress

This is costing taxpayers millions… Says something about our elected officials who can’t, or won’t obey the law of the land.

Taxpayers foot bill for Hill harassment claims

The number of discrimination and harassment claims on Capitol Hill has doubled in the past five years — and taxpayers have shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle those disputes.

new report out Thursday says 168 claims were made in fiscal 2010 alleging discrimination and harassment — compared to 87 claims reported in fiscal 2006. Fifty-seven of the claims made last year were based on race, while 41 claims involved age, 34 involved gender and 28 involved disabilities, according to the report from the congressional Office of Compliance.

The harassment and discrimination claims stem from 105 cases filed with the Office of Compliance last year, meaning one person could make more than one claim. The vast majority of cases involve the large workforce under the Architect of the Capitol and Capitol Police, with about a fifth of the cases coming from House and Senate offices.

While the total number of complaints has risen, the payouts in settlements fluctuate year to year.

In fiscal 2010, taxpayers paid $246,271 to settle nine matters brought to the OOC over the years. That’s a big drop from the previous year, when $831,360 was spent to settle 13 claims. The cash awards settled matters of discrimination and harassment, as well as retaliation claims and disputes over contracts and pay. Since fiscal 1997, taxpayers have footed the bill for more than $13.2 million in cases resolved by the OOC.

Claims of retaliation and intimidation have also grown in the congressional workplace — from 46 claims in fiscal 2006 to 69 in fiscal 2010.

The OOC, which is charged with protecting congressional workers and facilities, is urging lawmakers to take extra measures to ensure Hill staffers are well aware of their rights. The OOC called for all offices to post a list of workers’ rights and require training for managers and staffers on how to prevent inappropriate conduct at the workplace….(more)

Americans Have No Love for Congress

In what quite possibly is the most pissed off public and American History, a new Gallup Poll has found that Congress has hit historic lows in terms of public confidence. Now, in no small part this recent downward opinion drop is likely due to the Debt-Ceiling Debacle manufactured by the Tea Bagger Republicans…

But respect for Congress has been going downhill for quite a while.

Trend: Trust and Confidence in the Legislative Branch of the Federal Government, Consisting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives

Americans Express Historic Negativity Toward U.S. Government

The findings are from Gallup’s annual Governance survey, updated Sept. 8-11, 2011. The same poll shows record or near-record criticism of Congress, elected officials, government handling of domestic problems, the scope of government power, and government waste of tax dollars.

Key Findings:

  • 82% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.
  • 69% say they have little or no confidence in the legislative branch of government, an all-time high and up from 63% in 2010.
  • 57% have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems, exceeding the previous high of 53% recorded in 2010 and well exceeding the 43% who have little or no confidence in the government to solve international problems.
  • 53% have little or no confidence in the men and women who seek or hold elected office.
  • Americans believe, on average, that the federal government wastes 51 cents of every tax dollar, similar to a year ago, but up significantly from 46 cents a decade ago and from an average 43 cents three decades ago.
  • 49% of Americans believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. In 2003, less than a third (30%) believed this.
It gets worse.  Let’s call this one the Palinization of Political Figures. That is, the running of people who neither have the intellect, morality, or basic integrity to hold public office, who are put up as candidates solely for adherence to political ideology, sex appeal (in the case of the MILF candidates), or ability to say something totally off the wall.
Snow Black and the 7 Dwarfs in the current Republican Presidential Primary – where the only guy with the capability and skills (Huntsman)…
Is dead last.
1972-2011 Trend: Trust and Confidence in the Men and Women in Political Life in This Country Who Either Hold or Are Running for Public Office

Why Republicans Are Afraid of Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren was brought in by the Obama Administration to develop the Consumer Protection Agency. Once it was set up – Republicans went to war to keep her from running it.

They were scared…Here’s why -

Obama and the Courts – Judicial Nominees

President Obama has nominated a much more diverse set of judges to the Federal Courts than any of his predecessors. Of course, that has resulted in Republicans fillebustering a higher percentage of his nominees and preventing the confirmation of qualified nominees. Obama has had fewer nominees confirmed than any recent President.

percent of all nominations confirmed

Percentage of Nominees Confirmed By President Since Carter

Now, Bush stacked the court with 322 far right wing sycophants, reactionary ideologues, and extremist right wing appointments, resulting in a Federal Judicial System and Supreme Court more hostile to minorities and Civil Rights than at any time since Dred Scott. Indeed, the financial association between Bush Supreme Court appointments and right wing financiers such as the Koch brothers have led many to believe the Supreme Court of the United States has been corrupted, by corrupt right wing judges. Of course an Obama Administration too cowardly to prosecute Dick Cheney’s war profiteers and torturers, isn’t likely to take on the job of prosecuting a corrupt Supreme Court judge – even if he is caught red-handed taking a $500,000 bribe through his wife.

Undeniably, the fact that President Obama has nominated more women and minorities is also difficult for Republicans to swallow, with the confirmation of minorities taking nearly twice as long as their white, male counterparts.

I think Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is fully justified in exercising “the Nuclear Option”, and should do so ASAP.

Obama increases number of female, minority judges

President Barack Obama is moving at a historic pace to try to diversify the nation’s federal judiciary: Nearly three of every four people he has gotten confirmed to the federal bench are women or minorities. He is the first president who hasn’t selected a majority of white males for lifetime judgeships.

More than 70 percent of Obama’s confirmed judicial nominees during his first two years were “non-traditional,” or nominees who were not white males. That far exceeds the percentages in the two-term administrations of Bill Clinton (48.1 percent) and George W. Bush (32.9 percent), according to Sheldon Goldman, author of the authoritative book “Picking Federal Judges.”

“It is an absolutely remarkable diversity achievement,” said Goldman, a political science professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, who is only counting judges once, even if they fit more than one category.

The White House recently has been touting its efforts to diversify the federal bench during Obama’s tenure, now approaching three years in office.

The president won Senate confirmation of the first Latina to the Supreme Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor. And with the confirmation of Justice Elena Kagan, he increased the number of women on the high court to three for the first time. The Obama administration also nominated and won confirmation of the first openly gay man to a federal judgeship: former Clinton administration official J. Paul Oetken, to an opening in New York City.

“All of us can be proud of President Obama for taking this critical step to break down another barrier and increase diversity in the federal judiciary,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said upon Oetken’s confirmation. Continue reading

GOP Working to Tank the Economy To Defeat Obama

Republicans trying to tank the economy…


 

SC State Senator Robert Ford’s “Brothers”

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I know brothers — and I'm talking about black guys — they are not going to do the dirty work at Boeing, to do that hauling and all that building, that dirty work. ... A brother is going to find ways to take a break. ~ Sen. Robert Ford, D-Charleston

A guy who has never made himself unfamiliar with “Foot in Mouth” affliction – South Carolina (Charleston) State Senator Robert Ford’s phrasing has again landed him in hot water. Now, I think what Ford was trying to say is that every immigrant group in America spent their “time in the bucket” doing work nobody else wanted to do (some in chains). At some point, they got the skill, acceptance, or political control to move up the ladder to higher paying jobs – and aren’t willing to go back to picking cotton or lettuce for $1 an hour…

Jobs which have been filled by the newest immigrant wave.

Unfortunately, Sen Ford doesn’t appear smart, or couth enough to express that in a manner with any level of clarity.

As to his comment on the left – I hope what he is trying to talk about is low wages.

Ford comes under fire for his remarks

Charleston’s black Democratic senator once again has created a racial firestorm.

In a debate over hardening South Carolina’s illegal immigration law, Sen. Robert Ford argued against a new law because “brothers” don’t work as hard as “Mexicans.”

Ford said during a Senate committee meeting Tuesday that the state needs immigrants to fill hard labor jobs, such as construction jobs at the new Boeing plant in North Charleston, because black Americans won’t do the work.

“I know brothers — and I’m talking about black guys — they are not going to do the dirty work at Boeing, to do that hauling and all that building, that dirty work,” Ford said.

He went on to say that “brothers” do not want to perform hard work. “A brother is going to find ways to take a break,” he said.

He later made a comment about “blue-eyed brothers” also not wanting to work hard. Continue reading

Ultimate Warrior?



Think we have found the one black man in America who is actually more screwed up in the head than 24×7 serial spammer,  12 Blogs and counting, uber-conservative weenie slurper, Constructive Feedback – AKA the Porch Simian!

It’s Alvin Green… The Ultimate Warrior!

Alvin Greene Unveils Comic Book Of Himself After Losing Senate Election

Democrat Alvin Greene lost badly on Tuesday to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and will probably be remembered for running one of the strangest campaigns in recent memory, in addition to being one of the most unexpected candidates in modern history. Nevertheless, he will forever live on as a superhero — at least in his own comic book.

Greene was snubbed by the South Carolina Democratic Party and not invited to their celebration party on election night, but he insisted that he wasn’t at all unhappy because his party was going to be “bigger” — around 200 people.

But South Carolina journalist Deja Knight attended Greene’s party on Tuesday and said that there were only a handful of people there. In fact, members of the media outnumbered supporters. There were also a few people there doing documentaries on the former candidate.

Although the election for Greene is over, he lived up to his reputation for surprising journalists and creating a spectacle by focusing on his comic book called “Ultimate Warrior,” in which he is a superhero who saves people from foreclosures. Greene described the character as someone who can “can see into the future,” “leap higher than Michael Jordan” and “take on the Hulk.”

Hmmmmm… Wouldn’t be so sad if it wasn’t for the fact that the guy South Carolinians did select – Jim DeMint…

Only got a half French fry more in his Happy Meal.

 

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