- Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds
- Sen. Tom Coburn vows to slow down budget-busting bills ahead of recess
- Obama fantasizes about more executive power, signs new order on federal contractors
- Clintons call Klein, Halper, Kessler ‘a Hat Trick of despicable actors’: report
- Boehner accuses Obama of ‘legacy of lawlessness’
- Pro-marijuana group claims responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge flag swap
- Young adults shun Obamacare mostly due to cost: survey
- Stabbing attack on transgender girl, 15, was ‘bias motivated,’ police say
- LGBT adults still lean overwhelmingly toward Democratic Party
- Lawmakers rattled by Syria genocide horrors, call on Obama to act
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Forgive record ‘scars’
Question of the Day
The once-brilliant American workforce is permanently scarring itself out of work. Recent headlines suggest 90 million Americans are either out of a job or have given up looking for work altogether. This dismal figure is approximately 28.7 percent of the current U.S. population of 313,900,000.
The truth of the matter is that more and more highly skilled Americans are unable to be rehired elsewhere simply because of negative scars on their permanent records. Based on my 21 years of experience as a small- and medium-size business consultant, what I am seeing is a drastic spike in both firing and refused employment based on a candidate's bad or ruined credit, driving-under-the-influence charges or other criminal offenses, the inability to pass a drug test or a combination of these problems.
I don't condone these behaviors one bit, but modern technology now administers drug tests, background checks and credit-history reporting to human resource departments in nanoseconds. And not all outcomes are fair.
I've witnessed cum laude Ivy League graduates turned down for high-level employment because of a recent foreclosure and short sale now on their record. A 10-year lawyer lost her job following a two-glasses-of-white-wine DUI after her office Christmas party. These are not simply off-color Facebook posts; rather, they are serious rough patches with real career consequences.
Bitter divorces also have ruined careers, mainly because of short-term drug use, domestic disputes and/or the general financial disaster of a broken home. The most common reason I've gathered among them all has been the inability to pay the legal costs at the time of trouble. Especially telling is when groups of highly qualified people suddenly become unemployed (i.e. the organization closes down, entire departments are laid off, or the company is acquired outright, resulting in terminations).
Washington leaders must comprehensively consider helping this growing segment of highly qualified yet suddenly unemployable Americans either by enabling candidates to exonerate their records more fairly or by urging employers to reconsider their hiring and firing policies, especially in cases of credit-score duress. Countries that don't politically support filthy Hollywood media, hard drinking and narcotics, and sketchy home-loan organizations are gaining on us, and much faster than America can clean itself up.
BARON CHRISTOPHER HANSON
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
TWT Video Picks
Both parties recognize the Democrats' scam
Get Breaking Alerts
- Inside the Ring: Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- Report: 40% of weapons sent to Afghanistan are unaccounted for
- Catholic League slams Obama: 'Do Christian lives mean so little to you?'
- GOP leaders delay border bill, leave Obama in control
- CIA admits improperly hacking Senate computers in search of Bush-era information
- Sarah Palin's online channel hits snag as Stephen Colbert buys similar URL
- 'Big Bang' star Mayim Bialik helps send bulletproof vests to IDF
- EDITORIAL: Pols' misrepresentations fuel public's cynicism about politics
- EDITORIAL: 'Operation Choke Point': A noose for business
- EDITORIAL: For too many gays, 'tolerance' is a one-way street
- EDITORIAL: The real Lois Lerner exposed in newly released emails
- EDITORIAL: Meriam Ibrahim's happy immigrant story