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Ted Strickland: The Key to Economic Prosperity is DIVERSITY

August 25, 2009 at 12:21 pm Matt Leave a comment Go to comments

From Robert L. Smith in the PD:

On a day the governor announced that Ohio’s economic recovery had begun, hundreds of people from the region’s minority communities signaled their desire to be a part of it.

Nearly 400 people descended upon the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center Cleveland Monday for a workshop designed to connect minority businesses and talent to the jobs expected to emerge from the federal stimulus bill. [..]

“We are starting to see the beginnings – embryonic though they may be – we are starting to see the beginnings of a recovery,” [Gov. Ted] Strickland said.

The diversity of our state will provide us with a competitive advantage,” he added later in a short speech. “As your governor, I want you to know I am committed to achieving a more inclusive Ohio.”

This sort of nonsense is another example of why stimulus programs are always a bad idea: Because instead of being consumer focused, business success depends on being government focused. And in this case, the government apparently is focused on a touchy-feely, meaningless thing called “diversity.”

Gov. Strickland, diversity is not a competitive advantage. Ohioans are burdened with the 7th highest tax rates and the 3rd worst business climate in the nation. Therefore, Gov. Strickland, you and the legislature have given Ohio companies a competitive DISadvantage, and you are trying to make up for it with this warm-fuzzy nonsense.

Since the left supports making up new derivatives quite literally out of thin-air (CO2 and Cap-and-Trade), perhaps Strickland will create a new market for Ohio businesses to buy and sell diversity credits?

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