Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Should Idiots be covered by the ADA?

I got to thinking this week... yes, it is rare but it does happen... shouldn't stupid people be covered by the American with Disabilities Act? My "professional" career was in HR and Recruiting so I know a thing or two about the ADA and a lot about stupid people.

Here is how the Government defines a disability: A disability, under Federal disability discrimination law, is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of a person's major life activities (for example, caring for one's self, speaking, breathing, or learning). A disability need not be obvious; such conditions as learning disabilities, psychological illnesses, asthma, or infection with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) may qualify as disabilities under the law.

So, if stupid people were covered by the ADA then companies would have to make allowances for them. This is not to be confused with smart people doing stupid things, see Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and Countrywide for examples of smart people doing stupid things. I worked at Countrywide and there were some very smart people there but they just did some very stupid things. Just think, if those companies had to hire some stupid people they might have gotten out of the bad loans sooner and saved their investor's money, not to mention their jobs. I mean only "stupid" people would have looked at housing prices going up double to triple percentages each year and thought.... "This is too good to be true, let's get out."

We had another "War Eagle Weekend." But I have to say that Auburn's 3-2 win was more like a soccer score than football:)

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)


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