PRESIDENT BUSH vetoed the Civil Rights Act of 1990 out of a professed concern that it would force businesses to resort to quotas in hiring and promoting women and minority workers.
That is nothing less than sheer nonsense.
No provision of the bill would have imposed government-required quotas of any kind. In fact, the bill specifically prohibited quotas. Had this not been the case, the AFL-CIO would not have sought its passage actively. The central point of the legislation was to require employers to show that their hiring or promotional practices bear "a substantial and demonstrable relationship to effective performance on the job." What could be fairer than that? Why should an employer be allowed to turn down women and minority applicants without a job-related reason?
Moreover, the bill would have prevented businesses from discriminating simply because the owners feel that their customers don't want to deal with women and minorities. What's wrong with such a prohibition? Why should employers be allowed to operate on the assumption that America is a prejudiced nation and that customers prefer to do business only with white mailes or only with young unmarried females?