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Offline Paul

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The Americans With No Abilities Act
« on: January 26, 2013, 09:46:13 AM »
I swiped this from Jerry Pournele's site...

The Americans With No Abilities Act
 
President Barack Obama and the Democratic Senate are considering sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition.
 
"Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society," said California Sen. Barbara Boxer. "We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what they are doing."
 
In a Capitol Hill press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pointed to the success of the U.S. Postal Service, which has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance. At the state government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has an excellent record of hiring Persons with No Ability (63 percent).
 
Under the Americans With No Abilities Act, more than 25 million mid-level positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.
 
Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be given to guarantee upward mobility for even the most unremarkable employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of Inability (POI) into middle-management positions, and give a tax credit to small and medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two talented hires.
 
Finally, the Americans With No Abilities Act contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the non-abled, banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions such as, "Do you have any skills or experience that relate to this job?"
 
"As a non-abled person, I can’t be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them," said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost her position as a lug-nut twister at the GM plant in Flint, Mich., due to her inability to remember righty tighty, lefty loosey. "This new law should be real good for people like me. I’ll finally have job security." With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions of other untalented citizens will finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.
 
Said Sen. Dick Durbin: "As a senator with no abilities, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with no abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation and a good salary for doing so."

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Re: The Americans With No Abilities Act
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2013, 10:36:06 AM »
The nasty kernel of truth in all of this is that a significant number of Americans are simply unfit - by virtue of genetics, education, training, or other reasons - to participate meaningfully in a modern high productive technological society.

Eventually (if Ray Kurzweil is right) we'll handle this with excess productivity directed at simply providing these folks with a subsidized standard of living that will eventually come to be seen as being as much a human right as the freedom to breathe.

This is generally called the Economy of Abundance, or the Post-Scarcity Economy.  I personally think such a development is inevitable. 

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This would require an abundance of fundamental resources (matter, energy and intelligence), in conjunction with sophisticated automated systems capable of converting raw materials into finished goods.

Our ability to grow all three resource requirements, plus build those automated systems, is increasing at an exponential rate.
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Re: The Americans With No Abilities Act
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2013, 03:34:31 PM »
On the flip side, in the realm of the absurd, I saw one of those little sidebar, one paragraph items in my local dead tree paper that the Dept. of Education is formulating guidance to require schools to provide opportunities for "meaningful participation" in sports by kids with disabilities.

I'm not exactly sure how that's supposed to work.  Not many schools have all that many kids with that kind of problem who want to play sports.  So if they've got one kid in a wheelchair who wants to play, are they required so somehow create a wheelchair basketball team for him?  Or give him a spot on the regular team, even though he can't play within the normal rules?
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Re: The Americans With No Abilities Act
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2013, 08:38:26 PM »
Those with no abilities would become (unless they are totally self-deluded) quite depressed. I happened across a quote this week that explains how people can be happy in their work. 

"In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it; they must not do too much of it; and they must have a sense of success in it." -John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (1819-1900)

Of course, we now have many non-able, self-deluded people employed - they're in the government.
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