Forbes writer John Tamny (whose book Popular Economics is great reading) attempts in this piece to explain why laws that make it hard to fire a worker get in the way of hiring anyone.

Demagogic politicians pretend to be friends of workers by pushing “compassionate” laws that put obstacles in the way of discharging a bad employee. Either they don’t know or don’t care that such laws have unintended consequences that harm good, ambitious people who never get a chance.