Besides the absence of baby pigeons, one of life's great mysteries is that in many cases you need to be gainfully employed so that someone else will hire you. No one likes a layabout, especially human resource departments who would rather not see that CRITICAL gap in your LinkedIn profile. But Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer tells the Daily News that such discrimination "is an outrageous bias that has no place in New York," and says he will lobby city council and Albany for a bill banning the practice.

Some methods of discriminating against the unemployed are subtle, while other employers flat-out state that they're not hiring you unless someone else already has. "To some extent, it's a lazy human resource pratice," a senior attorney at the National Employment Law Project. "They're trying to fill one job, and they get 100-plus applications. it's sometimes easier to exclude those who have been unemployed."

President Obama, who has a bit of a stake in the nation's dismal unemployment rating, attempted to pass a law against employment discrimination, but like every single other issue facing our country, its been used as a point of partisan contention. But why would Republicans not want this law passed?