Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Draft law tossed

Unbeknownst to most who haven't been on the receiving end of it, the Reagan regime passed a law in 1985 that barred men who failed to register for the draft from most federal employment.

Men affected by this law faced a lifetime ban from government jobs - even though draft eligibility ends at age 26.

Although Bush dodged the draft himself, the Bush regime enforced this law with a vengeance. Enforcement was so zealous that a man who was almost 38 lost his job when it was discovered that he failed to register for the draft 20 years earlier. This despite the fact that he had worked at the same agency for 17 years.

When another government agency offered him a job, that offer was withdrawn when it discovered he hadn't registered.

Furthermore, the man didn't even know he had to register back when he was 18!

The government spends its time investigating employees to make sure they registered with Selective Service 20 years earlier?

This might not be going on any longer though. Now a federal judge has thrown out this law because it violated constitutional safeguards against Congress punishing folks without a trial.

Now the next step is restoring jobs and giving back pay to those who lost their livelihoods under this law. This law sure turned out to be a costly endeavor, didn't it?

(Source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/01/27/national/a074118S31.DTL)

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