Can’t read? Can’t write? Can’t find a job? Have no fear, the EEOC is here! And faster than you can say protected class, this governmental patron of the perpetually pathetic has decided that the lazy lunkheads of the American working world have now earned themselves inclusion under the cosseted catchall known as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In its militant mission to invent as many victim classes as it possibly can, the cognitively challenged cronies of the EEOC have decreed that employers who fail to hire an applicant due to the lack of a high school diploma or GED equivalent can indeed be liable for violating the ADA if said applicant has been diagnosed with a learning disability. Yes, a learning disability, that nebulous neurological dysfunction that has spawned an entire cottage industry of psychological diseases all fully armed with their professional practitioners and pharmacological panaceas.
How interesting that the EEOC would automatically leap to the conclusion that anyone struggling with reading, writing, and arithmetic, whether the fault of a trendy diagnosis or lack thereof, should be classified as a learning loser, genetically incapable of graduating from high school or chromosomally marred from passing the GED. What utter nonsense!
Whatever the reasons for dropping out of high school, teenagers eventually grow up, at least age wise. So it’s kind of sad to think there are folks in their 20s, 30s, and beyond who settle for a third-rate livelihood because they can’t be bothered to better themselves. Whatever difficulties people may face in mastering a basic education, the onus is always on the individual to dig up the motivation, time, effort, and self-esteem to achieve the baseline job credential. GED prep classes are offered everywhere and online resources abound. My gosh, it may not be easy, but it’s definitely do-able, learning disability notwithstanding.
But here’s the rub—you have to get off your dosey duff and actually take some action. You have to care enough about yourself to work toward achieving the minimal educational standard for the 21st century. But hell, why work to achieve when you can sit back and wait for your potential employer to provide you with a government-mandated accommodation for sheer laziness and failure.
Yep, this is just what the American economy needs—another EEOC egalitarian edict. It’s all about fairness, right? So much for hiring the best and the brightest.