Deciphering Mystery Wall Street Journal Illustration EEOC/Felons Piece?

I have been losing sleep trying to figure out the Wall Street Journal illustration attached to my tribute to the EEOC ever since the article was placed online Thursday night.

This is more confounding than a New Yorker cartoon.

Not sure who the little red men are supposed to be. EEOC bureaucrats?

I may have to ask the guys at the Masonic Temple.


4 Responses to Deciphering Mystery Wall Street Journal Illustration EEOC/Felons Piece?

  1. Tom Blanton February 20, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    I think I’ve figured out what this cartoon means. The big yellow men are the righteous big-hearted EEOC bureaucrats who have devoted their lives to ensuring that equal opportunities exist for everyone in order to spread prosperity across this wonderful nation. The little red guys are small petty mean-spirited Bovard-type malcontents attempting to prevent the great men of EEOC from helping people by scattering their writs of opportunity to the wind, stealing their briefcases and knocking them down.

    Apparently, the Wall Street Journal editors didn’t ask their statist cartoonists what this drawing meant to avoid looking stupid or they might not have used it.

    The thing that really has me confused is that if the government wants people to be more employable, maybe they shouldn’t make so many things felonies and ease off the zero tolerance stance on prosecuting victimless crimes.

    The bottom line though comes down to whether it is the role of government to determine who a private employer hires or fires. On this, the American people have spoken and they seem to think it is the role of government to micromanage every facet life.

    Being self-employed, I am free to discriminate against myself and fire myself anytime I want and then turn around and rehire myself. Those EEOC guys can kiss my ass because I don’t care if my employee has a criminal record or not, no matter how dangerous he may appear to be.

  2. Jim February 20, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    Tom, thanks for explaining that cartoon. As for the “small petty mean-spirited Bovard-type malcontents” – but none of them had clodhoppers or a railroad engineer’s cap. The drawing might have worked better if a few of them had cigars, though.

    I’m not sure if “the American people have spoken” – or if they have just defaulted. But at some point countenancing is as self-incriminating as speaking.

    If you’re having trouble persuading yourself to rehire yourself after the next time you get fired, I’ll be happy to provide a character reference.

  3. Tom Blanton February 21, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Thanks for offering to provide a reference, Jim. Do we have to fill out any government forms first?

  4. Jim February 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    No, a DNA sample will be sufficient.