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    Should politcians be legally required to take drug tests?

    Should politicians be legally required to take drug tests?

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    I say yes they should be tested.What is good for the goose is also good for the gander.
    Before anyone utters that is a violation of their privacy rights please remeber these are the same people who require all other tax payer funded employees to be drug tested and in some states require welfare recipients to be drug tested as well. These are also the same people authorize the various government agencies to spy on the American people whether they voted for the bill or continue to authorize funding for those agencies.Plus do you really want elected officials to be under the influence while making laws and policies that effect you?
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    Re: Should politcians be legally required to take drug tests?

    No, no one should be drug tested without a warrant or court order. Private companies shouldn't be able to require it of employees. It's none of their business unless the employee shows up drunk or high to work, and then you can fire them for the behavior, not the result of a test.
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    Re: Should politcians be legally required to take drug tests?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Should politicians be legally required to take drug tests?

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    I vote yes.




    I say yes they should be tested.What is good for the goose is also good for the gander.
    Before anyone utters that is a violation of their privacy rights please remeber these are the same people who require all other tax payer funded employees to be drug tested and in some states require welfare recipients to be drug tested as well. These are also the same people authorize the various government agencies to spy on the American people whether they voted for the bill or continue to authorize funding for those agencies.
    Your reasons are valid.

    Plus do you really want elected officials to be under the influence while making laws and policies that effect you?
    I'm pretty sure this has occurred multiple times.
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    Re: Should politcians be legally required to take drug tests?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    No, no one should be drug tested without a warrant or court order. Private companies shouldn't be able to require it of employees. It's none of their business unless the employee shows up drunk or high to work, and then you can fire them for the behavior, not the result of a test.
    I do agree with what you're saying, but james' "good for the goose, good for the gander" argument carries the day.
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    Re: Should politcians be legally required to take drug tests?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    No, no one should be drug tested without a warrant or court order. Private companies shouldn't be able to require it of employees. It's none of their business unless the employee shows up drunk or high to work, and then you can fire them for the behavior, not the result of a test.


    I usually agree with you on most issues, and if "noone" was required to be drug tested, I would say no, but they are so I say yes. I would go even further. I would require that all candidates for national office be required to take the same test that immigrants are required to take to become citizens--I think most of them would fail!
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    Re: Should politcians be legally required to take drug tests?

    Oh, the self-adulation of populists is on full display here.

    I suppose this proposal has a certain allure to those who think that the adage of picking the first few hundred names in a phone book to public service is a good idea.....but it's about as foolish.
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    Re: Should politcians be legally required to take drug tests?

    Quote Originally Posted by radioman View Post
    I do agree with what you're saying, but james' "good for the goose, good for the gander" argument carries the day.
    Yes, I'm saying it's bad for both the goose and gander and we should stop doing it in general without due process.

    Quote Originally Posted by Juanita View Post
    I usually agree with you on most issues, and if "noone" was required to be drug tested, I would say no, but they are so I say yes. I would go even further. I would require that all candidates for national office be required to take the same test that immigrants are required to take to become citizens--I think most of them would fail!
    That's fine. I don't want the immigrants to be required to take them either. My point was about the immigrants, the welfare recipients, the politicians, and the employees. No one should be required to take a test without a court order or a court ordered warrant.
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    Re: Should politcians be legally required to take drug tests?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Yes, I'm saying it's bad for both the goose and gander and we should stop doing it in general without due process.


    Agreed.
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    Re: Should politcians be legally required to take drug tests?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Yes, I'm saying it's bad for both the goose and gander and we should stop doing it in general without due process.



    That's fine. I don't want the immigrants to be required to take them either. My point was about the immigrants, the welfare recipients, the politicians, and the employees. No one should be required to take a test without a court order or a court ordered warrant.


    I agree but, unfortunately, that is not the way things are these days.
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    Re: Should politcians be legally required to take drug tests?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Oh, the self-adulation of populists is on full display here.

    I suppose this proposal has a certain allure to those who think that the adage of picking the first few hundred names in a phone book to public service is a good idea.....but it's about as foolish.
    I don't know about the self-adulation aspect of this thread.
    Politicians should be subject to the same rules they promulgate.
    Simple concept.....not at all foolish.
    No matter how cynical I become toward politicians, it's never enough.

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