News of what the federal government does never ceases to amaze me.  There apparently is no end to the stupidity of unelected government bureaucrats.  An Associated Press story reports: “Companies using criminal records . . . to screen out job applicants might run afoul of anti-discrimination laws as the government steps up scrutiny of hiring policies that can hurt blacks and Hispanics.  A blanket refusal to hire workers based on criminal records . . . can be illegal” according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  I wonder if this policy will encourage or discourage hiring?