Note from Dan: “VRWC” is shorthand for Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, a poster who has been on this blog for while. On a lot of issues we don’t always (or usually?) agree, but we’ve gotten to know each other and I have a lot of respect for him, and for his career. Below, he displays an interesting and open-minded view of an issue that’s been hot on this board today.
“There are able bodied people who won’t work and there are able bodied people who would work if they could. My guess (only a guess) is that the number one reason able bodied people don’t work is because they have a drug or other criminal charge in their background. It is difficult, almost impossible for people who have done time to get a job.
Many/most companies would hire people with records and give them a second chance. They used to do that. Now, if a company hires someone with a record, it is an added liability to that company if that person does something wrong. As a country we need to decide if people are forgiven and can restart their lives after they do their time or if we going to have to support them forever because we aren’t going to give them a chance.
Obviously, some/many of them would screw up their chance and commit more crimes, but some/many would get a job and support themselves and not be a problem. If this country is going to put a lot of people in jail and eventually release them, we need to give the ones who are released a chance to have a life after jail. It’s not much of a life if a person gets released from jail but is told he/she can’t work around the public or anyplace with a future, where they could prove themselves and advance their career.”