|Jeb Bush On Preferences for Women
Jeb Bush has shown
his clear and unequivocal support for quotas and affirmative
action throughout state government. Although touted as a
move toward "fairness", Governor Bush's "One Florida" has
actually expanded reverse discrimination. Read the Press
Release (in the right panel) by the American Civil Rights
Coalition asking Jeb Bush to not sign a bill that expanded
affirmative action throughout the state.
If we elected Jeb
Bush for president, it is clear he would expand affirmative
action in the Federal Government and throughout the
nation. Time and time again Jeb has shown himself
to be a social liberal.
|The following is a Press
Release from The American Civil Rights Coalition asking
Governor Jeb Bush not to sign a Florida House bill to expand
discrimination against white and/or male citizens in
government contracting. Jeb Bush ignored this plea and
signed the bill into law, thereby expanding "affirmative
action" throughout the state of Florida.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 30,
Contact: Kevin Nguyen,
Governor Bush urged not to sign Florida
race preference bill
(SACRAMENTO) Ward Connerly and the
American Civil Rights Coalition (ACRC) warned that should a
recently-approved bill in Florida be signed into law by
Governor Jeb Bush in the next few days, it would represent a
preference program targeted exclusively to certain groups on
the basis of race.
House Bill 1323 would create the
Florida Minority Business Loan Mobilization Program that
permits state-certified minority business enterprises,
regardless of wealth, to request advance payments (up to 10
percent) on contract awards as a way to obtain or increase
working capital financing. Critics of the new program
say that a more inclusive way to spur capital development
among disadvantaged businesses is to make wealth or geography
a qualifying factor, not skin color.
If Governor Bush
signs HB 1323 into law, it would shatter the myth that
One Florida plan in 1999 was designed to end
preferences, said ACRC chair
Ward Connerly. Instead,
this legislation seems to conform with the desire
advocacy and entitlement groups to increase the number of
contracts through more crafty forms of
When he unveiled One Florida in
1999, Governor Bush observed that only a
million or 2% of available state spending" was spent
1998-99 with certified minority businesses. Whats
more, most of this
spending went to firms owned by white
women, who count as minorities under the present system.
Instead, he promised that One Florida will gauge
spending, not by illusory goals, but by the bottom line "we
increase the dollars actually spent on minority
businesses".[W]e will hold
[government] purchasing agents
accountable, by making public the amount of
business spending for which each agent is personally
his Executive Summary of One Floridas Equity in Contracting
Governor insisted: My plan is not race-neutral.
Diversity is something to
be embraced, not excused.
Race-consciousness is appropriate if State effort
come at the direct expense of non-minorities, as it does
set-asides and price
Bush can do the right thing and veto this racially
policy and insist on nonracial qualifiers to
this otherwise admirable
program, said Mr. Connerly.
But, by signing the bill into law, he would
Floridians that racial politics transcends equal
under the law.
HB 1323 was sent to the
Governor on Mary 22, and he has 15 days to sign or veto
it. If he takes no action, it automatically becomes