Should the government make it much more difficult for companies to lay off workers?

We read every day about more layoffs and a worsening economic outlook. Why can't the government use their power to transcend economic realities again, and limit the number of unemployed. Heck, it worked with minimum wage, right? Maybe we can ask for advice from France. Its almost impossible to fire... show more We read every day about more layoffs and a worsening economic outlook.

Why can't the government use their power to transcend economic realities again, and limit the number of unemployed. Heck, it worked with minimum wage, right?

Maybe we can ask for advice from France. Its almost impossible to fire somebody there. Surely they are living in an economic utopia, right?
Update: jehen: Did I say anything about it being a proposed remedy?

Pay attention, and try to keep up.
Update 2: jehen: Just because it isn't publicly in the works today doesn't mean that it is in somebody's pipeline. And the purpose of "trolling" for those who would erroneously agree with this proposal is to, as you said, get a feel for the potential sentiment for such a proposal. Laws... show more jehen: Just because it isn't publicly in the works today doesn't mean that it is in somebody's pipeline.

And the purpose of "trolling" for those who would erroneously agree with this proposal is to, as you said, get a feel for the potential sentiment for such a proposal.

Laws "protecting" employees are common in many European countries, and from what I can tell much of our populace are intent on copying everything the Europeans do.
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