|Found this cartoon that seemed to fit the theme of this post!!|
"the fucking bottom feeders on welfare can just damn well do the piss tests."
This comment totally missed the point of my last post!! That post wasn't a rant against drug testing, this one is. The last post was about those that make the rules should also follow those rules. WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER!!!!!! One of the problems in this country is there's two Americas, one for those who have to follow the rules and pay and those to whom the rules are mere suggestions and not really ones they need to obey unless they choose to obey them and to whom stuff is given freely even tho they can more than afford to pay.
Hey, if the president has to piss in a cup(and he does), then a piss-ant congress-critter can too!!!!!!
The real issue here is not drugs, but rather the issues of privacy, due process, probable cause, and the fourth amendment. We are dealing with a constitutional issue of the utmost importance. It raises the question of whether or not we understand the overriding principle of the 4th amendment." Ron Paul '97
Now if it's a 4th amendment issue for Congress, it should also be a 4th Amendment issue for all of us. I remember learning when I was in school that in this country a person is innocent until proven guilty, but with the way drug testing is done you are guilty until you prove you're innocent. Totally ass-backwards.
Another reason I am against drug testing willy-nilly is the tests are unreliable. When you are going to do thousands of tests, you go with the low bidder regardless of the results. When there is a false positive, that person will play hell trying to clear their name or may never know the result and will wonder why they are having so much trouble getting a job!! If it's a false negative, then the test is bogus. You haven't accomplished anything with the test and would have had the same result without the test and saved money at the same time. Why don't they report on the inaccuracy of drug testing any more, don't think they've improved, just nobody talks about it anymore!!
When they first started this bullshit of drug testing, the rationale was public safety. Test those that whose jobs could be a hazard to the public, truck drivers, pilots, train operators, and those in sensitive government positions, etc. (The military has their own fucked up rules and really isn't part of this discussion.) Then it became big business to test everyone with a blue collar, pink collar, or no collar, but not white collar!!! I say if you are going to drug test, piss test the suits, they can afford the good drugs!!!
Testing those at the bottom end of the economic scale is a waste. The cartoon in the last post about how only 2% of welfare applicants tested positive is based on fact. Those people probably had the money to buy drugs before they had to sign up for welfare. Once on welfare, who can afford drugs, and if they spend their miserable puny amount of money on drugs, who the fuck cares??? The only ones that benefit from drug testing those on welfare, food stamps, unemployment etc. are the companies that make the tests and those that administer the tests. Also it may give some jollies to the sadistic bastards that think if someone is poor they should suffer as much as possible.
This need to denigrate the poor and those less fortunate seems to cut across all types in society. Religious types, non-religious, well off, and those that are one missed check from having to seek assistance, why this is is a fucking mystery to me. I guess some people just need to be able to look down their noses at someone.