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Racial Set-Asides Cost D.C. Taxpayers

Washington, D.C. has a minority set-aside program that results in taxpayers of all races paying hundreds of millions of dollars more in taxes to pay for low-quality goods and services. Jonetta Rose Barras has a column in today's Washington Examiner about how affirmative-action contractors receive enormous sums for shoddy work. An earlier version of the minority set-aside program was struck down by the federal courts in O'Donnell Construction Co. v. District of Columbia, 963 F.2d 420 (D.C. Cir. 1992). The current version of the program sounds no better. It is a mystery that no one is challenging it. George Will has a column today in the Washington Post on the Supreme Court ruling against the use of race in student assignment by the Seattle Schools, which have taught that emphasizing "individualism" or planning ahead is racist.