Going back to work, one regulation at a time

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Wednesday, January 31, 2013

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.” — Ernest Benn, British author

Apparently having given up completely on the idea of individual freedom, free markets and fewer government regulations, the Republican-dominated Florida Legislature is considering a bill (SB 100) sponsored by Rep. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, that would prohibit employers from considering a prospective employee’s credit report as a part of the hiring process.

This ill-conceived attempt to help curve Florida’s dismal employment numbers wrongly assumes several things and ignores other more important considerations. In essence, this bill is a politician’s attempt to heal a heart attack victim by placing a Band-Aid on another patient’s broken toe. One can only assume this is being done because said politician has no idea how to heal the heart attack victim.

In this case, the heart attack represents the overall sputtering economy and lack of jobs.

The broken toe represents the unemployed, who are unemployed because the government (aka: the fixer of all things broken), hasn’t figured out how to prevent the heart attack. Detert has chosen to fix the broken toe because it is easier to mend something smaller and unrelated, than it is to heal the heart attack.

Her proposal amounts to (Click here to read the rest of the column in The Tampa Tribune).

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him atChris@IrreverentView.com.

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3 Responses to “Going back to work, one regulation at a time”

  1. Gordon Wayne Watts Says:

    RE: http://www2.tbo.com/news/opinion/2013/jan/31/naopino1-going-back-to-work-one-regulation-at-a-ti-ar-620637/

    (It’s cross-posted there too.)

    Chris, with all due respect, a person who has bad credit is MORE in need of a job, NOT LESS. The only problems you might have with forcing a person to hire a person with bad credit would be if the prospective job were, say, in the banking industry, where a person with bad credit would make poor investment or banking decisions. Otherwise, you’re basically punishing a person for being (in many, even if not all cases) a victim. Wrong!

    I am all for getting the government OUT of the way, but here, sometimes a little intervention is necessary to prevent an UNNECESSARY prejudice: people in deep debt need MORE jobs, not LESS. — LOL – Word.

    – -PS: @ The Tampa Tribune — you say: “Chris Ingram is a Republican political consultant and Republican analyst for Bay News 9. Email him at .”

    Huh? his email is missing! Now, I will have to go look for it.

  2. cingram Says:

    Reply to Gordon: I’m not passing judgment about people with bad credit. My argument is, government should stay out of the business of business. If you can fire someone for any reason, you should be able to hire them using whatever criteria, tools, etc at your disposal. Your entire argument is a concern about the person with bad credit. Why should businesses/employers be forced to lower their standards because someone has bad credit. Most people I know who have bad credit were irresponsible with their money. That isn’t to say banks and government weren’t partly to blame (they were), but the individual is ultimately responsible. That’s what I believe and I believe government shouldn’t tell businesses how to hire people.

  3. Gordon Wayne Watts Says:

    Thx 4 letting my weigh in, Chris.

    My addendum -and my reply – both did not post here (spam filters go it!) — here, however, are 2 website where they are cross-posted, for anyone that wants to see the additional comments:

    https://www.facebook.com/IrreverentView/posts/10151377693724235 (your Facebook)
    http://www2.tbo.com/news/opinion/2013/jan/31/naopino1-going-back-to-work-one-regulation-at-a-ti-ar-620637/ (The Tampa Tribune’s online publishing of your Op-Ed)

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