colorado-state-capitolDemocratic Rep. Beth McCann, also a candidate for Denver District Attorney, is pushing the most ridiculous bill we have seen in a long time. The bill, dubbed “Ban the Box”, would forbid employers from asking on job applications whether employees have a criminal background. The idea behind it is that it would help convicted criminals to get jobs.

You know what else would help them find meaningful employment? Not committing crimes in the first place. Just a thought.

But, this bill is pointless as prospective employers could still ask about criminal history in interviews. But, that would be a huge waste of employers’ time.

First of all, employers have to be able to understand an employee’s background before hiring. For example, an employer would never hire someone with a history of robbery to work near a cash register. It’s just not smart, and job seekers have to understand that perspective.

Even worse is the precedent that this sets in the hiring process. It is not the government’s role to come between an employer and prospective employee during the interview process. This is a clear example of government overreach.

It’s a nice sentiment to want to give criminals a second chance, but it should not be at the expense of businesses, many of whom are risking a lot to own a business.

This is just another example of Democrats siding with criminals at the expense of law-abiding citizens.