We've been told that Barack Obama is always the "smartest man in the room," but the mounting evidence seems to say otherwise. This piece addresses Obama's idea of allowing the unemployed to bring "discrimination" lawsuits against businesses. If you're unemployed and a business refuses to hire you … sue the greedy capitalist bastards!
Zachary Roth reports:
The job creation bill that President Obama sent to Congress earlier this month includes a provision that would allow unsuccessful job applicants to sue if they think a company of 15 more employees denied them a job because they were unemployed.
That should work wonders for the job market.
We have yet another Obama idea that is better kept in the classroom for neo-Marxist professors to theorize over. Too bad voters hadn't kept professor Obama in the classroom.
First, Obama and the New Democrats extend unemployment benefits nearly ad infinitum – and now they'd like to encourage and enable the unemployed to sue.
Does extending benefits encourage people to get off the government dole or to continue on the Obama train? There are exceptions, of course, but typically welfare policy promotes non-productivity (unemployment becomes welfare once a person receives more than he has paid into the system).
A man called in to a talk-radio program recently and said he had been out of work for some time. He relayed his internal conflict over remaining on unemployment for so long. The government makes it so easy, he confessed, that it became difficult to turn down the taxpayers' "free" money.
The idea of allowing the unemployed to sue businesses, like other leftist ideas, is based upon complete ignorance of how business works and of the free-market system in general.
Contrary to what Obama and his advisers think, business people aren't in business to hire the unemployed. They are in business to make a profit – which in turn benefits everyone. If a particular unemployed person has what it takes to contribute to the success of the business and if the business is in a position to expand its workforce, that particular person likely has a job.
But if an unemployed person sat around watching Steve Wilkos and Maury for years rather than acquiring new skills, odds are this guy will be turned down.
Now, imagine that guy, high on Obama's "social justice" ideology, suing the business. Are such frivolous lawsuits likely to promote jobs or hinder them? In defending such nonsense, businesses would have to retain counsel and waste the time of its human resources personnel in preparing for court and attending hearings. The cost to the business of defending such lawsuits means less money the business will have to expand and hire qualified people.
And, what if the unqualified, unemployed person actually wins his lawsuit? Would the company be forced to hire someone it doesn't want? Or just pay damages to the artificially wronged person?
Such a patently ridiculous idea would also cause businesses to put short term hiring on hold as a matter of policy. American business people always find ways to overcome the counterproductive laws of the elitist political class, which has no earthly idea of how business operates. Obama's bill would compel businesses to stop (or drastically reduce) the interviewing of candidates – better to not interview than to interview with the risk of being sued.
If the latest "jobs" bill were to be passed, even more businesses will likely ride out Obama's last year in office, looking ahead to the happy day when the administration's job-killing policies are repealed.
Whether by unintended consequences or by inexplicable design, Obama's latest bill once again will repress the market – as opposed to creating jobs (or "saving" them, as he likes to say).
Since we are speaking of the Chicago-machine politician schooled in Sal Alinsky tactics, we cannot overlook the possibility of Obama trying to create yet another group of aggrieved government dependents. First, expand a "power base" by creating a "new norm" of perpetually high unemployment rates. Then, extend new government "rights" to this base, thus creating a larger Democratic voting bloc. Add this new aggrieved group to the list of fragmented constituencies, and voila: Obama might be able to squeak out a win in 2012!
Whether the Professor-in-Chief is malignant, clueless or both, he his proactively impairing the prosperity of the country.
Allowing the unemployed to sue American companies is a juvenile, overly simplistic idea that one would expect to emanate from an eighth-grade political science class, not from the president of the United States.
Monte Kuligowski is a Virginia attorney.