FitStriver saidThis particular Republican Congressman gave us this headline
Trey Radel, Busted On Cocaine Charge, Voted For Drug Testing Food Stamp Recipients
As others have posted in online sites about this, why only food stamp recipients to be drug tested? Receipt of Federal funds is used as the premise & authority for imposing all kinds of Federal regulations on States and companies.
And it seems to me that the most senior lawmakers in the land, who make the most important decisions, and pass the most far-reaching laws affecting hundreds of millions of people, should be doing so with drug-free minds, don't you agree? And they receive Federal monetary compensation for their work.
Whereas food stamp recipients have little influence beyond their own lives. On top of which, where such food stamp testing laws have been implemented, few cases of illegal drug use have been detected, anyway.
It's like the voter restriction measures Republicans have been imposing, for a non-existent voter fraud problem, that merely succeeds in disenfranchising a demographic they assume votes predominately for Democrats. Establish a false need to justify a political goal.
In the case of food stamps, Republicans want them to be more onerous to obtain, to reduce usage in accordance with their ideological views, and to make more money available for tax cuts to their rich donors.
But OK, if Republicans want to impose drug tests, I would certainly support doing them on Members of Congress. I had to take them as a senior Army Officer, we all did, at the cost of my career if I failed one.
So it can't be very demeaning or insulting, can it, if we make our uniformed service members take them? It validated my fitness to lead and to make crucial decisions, and that's what Congress does, right?
And now we find actual cases of Members of Congress using drugs. Seems that makes a case for drug testing on Capitol Hill, and I'd even say in the White House, too. That's where the most important national decisions of all are made.