With the unemployment rate the number one concern of most lawmakers and their constituents these days, legislators from both sides of the aisle are weighing in with their opinions on how the country can create jobs. Some believe the way back lies in infrastructure and manufacturing, others in deregulating the supposed "job creators." Still others believe doubling-down on illegal immigrants is priority one.
But most would agree that eliminating jobs is counter-productive. Which is -- apparently -- where Florida state representative Ritch Workman comes in. Workman wants to repeal Florida's 20-year-old ban on "dwarf tossing," which is exactly what it sounds like.
According to the representative:
I'm on a quest to seek and destroy unnecessary burdens on the freedom and liberties of people. This is an example of Big Brother government. All that it does is prevent some dwarfs from getting jobs they would be happy to get.
Stephen Colbert took up Workman's cause on Monday night's show, making it the subject of his popular segment, "The Word." Describing the ban as a "job killer," Colbert explained how a seemingly innocuous law affects regular Americans negatively: "I'm sure the only reason Peter Dinklage is on 'Game of Thrones' is because he couldn't get a good job being chucked at a wall."
When he puts it that way, it really makes you stop and think. Check out the segment above and let us know what you think in the comments. Is Workman's issue just plain silly, or does he have a point?