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    Re: Sen. Hatch wants unemployed to face mandatory drug tests

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    Sen. Hatch wants unemployed to face mandatory drug tests - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room


    Do Senators have to undergo random drug testing? All's fair...
    I agree with both the Senator and yourself.

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    Re: Sen. Hatch wants unemployed to face mandatory drug tests

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    Are prepared at a minimum to spend 300 million on that?

    That is assuming 15 million unemployed at 20 dollars per test. And no contested tests.
    I'm not very familiar with the facts on this topic. Do you know how many people on government assistance would be disqualified on the basis of a failed drug test, and how much money in turn would be saved?

    I'm wondering if that value meets or exceeds your 300 million figure.
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    Re: Sen. Hatch wants unemployed to face mandatory drug tests

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    Sen. Hatch wants unemployed to face mandatory drug tests - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room


    Do Senators have to undergo random drug testing? All's fair...
    I support mandatory drug testing for all tax payer funded employees.


    I also support mandatory drug testing for those seeking welfare,food stamps, section 8 housing and other tax payer funded benefits. Do you know why? Its because these things are supposed to be a helping hand not a hand out. If you got money for recreational drugs then you obviously do not need the assistance of the tax payers. Recreational drug use also interferes with your ability to get a job seeing how many employers drug test.
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    Re: Sen. Hatch wants unemployed to face mandatory drug tests

    A great idea! Just the other day, I was saying that we don’t have enough people manifestly lacking in moral fortitude, desperate for money and hooked on drugs.

    Like many obdurate conservatives, I don’t care about spending more government money or making society as a whole worse off, so long as I can hurt people that do things I find disagreeable. With Sen. Hatch‘s idea, we can forward the conservative goal of making it even harder for people on the margins to become or continue to be productive citizens!

    Having another homeless bum committing crimes on the street for their next fix rather than a functional addict/casual user at a working class job is a small price to pay for punishing people for doing things I disagree with. Reducing funding for an obviously beneficial program like unemployment and spending disproportionately great amounts on drug tests, prisons, and police is just fine by me!

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    Re: Sen. Hatch wants unemployed to face mandatory drug tests

    I don't agree with drug testing for EI. If you've worked the necessary period of time to qualify, then you are entitled to the money according to the rules. No drug testing is necessary. Your pay deductions went into EI.

    Welfare is different. My new position on it is that drug users should be accepted under welfare programs if they agree to effective rehabilitation programs. The system can care for them as long as they show an earnest effort to turn their lives around.

    On the whole though... this seems like another unjustified attack on the poor at the behest of the GOP. The poor are not the reason why we are in a recession/depression; it's the rich, corporate welfare in the trillions, and the organized criminals of Wall Street and their congressional cronies that has put us here.

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