On average, people change jobs 8 times during their lifetime. With the economy in its current state of "flux" for lack of a better word (a.k.a. profanity) that number will surely rise significantly. Many of the 82.5% of Americans fortunate enough to still have a job in this horrible economy and the significantly far smaller percentage that still have a perfect credit score may think that A) Passage of H.R.3149: The Equal Employment for All Act is not their cause and B) think the catch 22 of no job = bad credit and bad credit = no job could never, ever happen to them. Well think again people! Unless you're in the top 1% of fabulously wealthy Americans born with a silver spoon, are immune along with your spouse and children to any and all life threatening diseases and injuries, have no chance of ever being sued or going through a divorce, live in a structure safe from all natural disasters, own your own business outright that cannot fail and on top of all those improbabilities . . . you have discovered a miracle defense against possible identity theft – then this cause is for YOU!
It sounds cliché of course, but "bad things do happen to good people" especially in this economy where many millions of Americans that once had perfect credit scores have been ruined. Because of credit ruination, these millions of talented, motivated humans are being discriminated against as they try to either become re-employed or change jobs for higher pay. Think it couldn't happen to YOU? A recent large survey of Americans that had just lost their job reveals that more than 52% said that it came as a "complete total surprise" they never saw coming. If your pink slip arrives tomorrow, how long could your credit score weather unemployment? During this current recession, more than 36% of the unemployed are without a job for more than 6 months and once they're re-employed – most make far less than in their previous jobs. So with that suggested 6 months of savings for emergencies now gone, guess what happens when emergency No. 2 arrives? You guessed it . . . a bad credit score and the beginning of a personal finance death spiral.
Passage of H.R.3149: The Equal Employment Act for All is NOT a bailout, a handout, welfare, unemployment benefits or a stimulus package, nor will cost the taxpayer a dime or add one penny to the national debt. It will simply curb the injustice of using someone's credit report against them when they are qualified for the job, desperately want to work and can actually find a job – if it were not for their credit report. How could anyone argue with that?
Nonetheless, the bill sits stalled in the House of Representatives because "the people" no longer have a voice in Washington, D.C. since we don't have lobbyists working on our behalf. What's surprising, however, even in this horribly corrupt political environment is the obvious "pay-to-play" exchange taking place between Barney Frank and Experian, Equifax and TransUnion (the top three credit bureaus making a buck off of YOUR credit report being sold to employers). Each of these top three credit reporting companies have political action committees known as PACs (a.k.a. Packing Away Cash to buy votes and influence) and in the campaign year '07-'08 the maximum that two of the three contributed to any one campaign was $10 K with Experian contributing $5 K. Guess who pulled the lever for the big "cha-ching" of $25 K being contributed toward their re-election campaign? The Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services where the bill is stalled . . . none other than one Barney Frank (The same guy that most Americans believe got us into this horrible recession via pushing the banking industry to make loans to financially unqualified borrowers via Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae). We know of course that the dollars and the stalled H.R.3149 bill is merely coincidental and are NOT connected in any way whatsoever. Makes you want to wave old glory doesn't it?
At a time in America when we're suffering a 17.5% unemployment rate (16+ M people), 1 in 4 children and 50 M people starving and more than 14% of homeowners are either in foreclosure or at least a month behind with in their mortgage; "the people" (a.k.a. the voters) it seems don't warrant the attention of our representatives in Congress. The injustice of NOT allowing someone that is qualified to work and who can actually find a job to become re-employed is beyond all comprehension . . . at least to those of us without a Harvard MBA. One would think that H.R.3149 would be promoted during his week's White House summit on jobs creation, but such a simple, zero tax dollars required solution that would re-employ millions within a month is getting no air time from the media or attention from either the current administration or Congress. H.R.3149 is just way too simply and therefore must have passed right over their heads somehow.
Where is the uproar from our fellow citizens, why isn't H.R.3149 not the cause célèbre of our Hollywood elite? Are we the discriminated against invisible or just on the wrong continent? Such legislation is already law in Hawaii and being considered in several states, but "we the people" can't wait on a state-by-state crawl that may never arrive in our state. How many more American children will have to go hungry, homeowners lose their homes and yes, even commit suicide because no job = bad credit and bad credit = no job? Get involved America, this is YOUR cause!
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