Right-wing Bullies

Dave Killion — June 2, 2011

I am, as I think you know, most certainly opposed to the welfare state. That said, the hypocrisy of this is sickening –

Expect challenges to a bill signed by Governor Rick Scott which will require welfare applicants to undergo drug testing.

The bill also requires that those who apply for welfare must pay for the drug testing out of their own pockets. However, the cost would be reimbursed if the person passes the drug test.

Republicans said the measure was needed because if taxpayers are screened at their place of employment, so should welfare recipients.

To my knowledge, the vast majority of those screened at their place of employment are government employees. If you are paid in taxes, then you are a taxfeeder, not a taxpayer. And since real, private sector taxpayers are seldom screened at their place of employment, we can just dismiss Republican justification for this disgusting bill.

If the Republicans are determined to do this, I wish they would at least be consistent about it, but I doubt very much we will soon see board members, executives, and other recipients of corporate welfare peeing into jars any time soon.

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