By Rick Manning
The Obama Administration has one shining quality — an ability to
dumbfound and amaze through some of the most ill-conceived proposals in
I’m talking bad like, “Abe, let’s go see the new play that is at Ford’s Theatre,” bad
The latest gem out of the White House comes via Robert Pear of the
New York Times, who reports that Obama wants to provide civil rights
protection for people who are unemployed.
Apparently, Obama believes that the reason that there are 14 million
unemployed Americans is because employers are discriminating against
Allow an unemployed person to drag an employer who doesn’t hire him
or her into federal court to prove that the reason they weren’t hired,
and presumably, someone else was, is because they were unemployed.
I’m pretty confident that threatening job creators with lawsuits by
14 million people who were not hired is not going to encourage
In fact, I’m pretty confident that threatening legal action against
job creators for failing to hire someone who is currently unemployed is
going to significantly reduce the willingness of that business to put
out a help wanted sign at all.
While stunned by the approach, in retrospect, no one should be surprised.
Remember, this is the Administration who made certain that lawyers
were among the first Obama Administration officials on the scene during
the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Somehow, in the warped world
of the White House, threatening lawsuits equates to helping solve the
It almost seems that in Obama’s hope-y, change-y world, the
ambulances chase the attorneys, and patients are healed by a lawsuit.
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