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The Unacceptable Costs of Drug Testing Welfare Applicants

On: July 31st, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Number of Comments » 23

By Deborah Mackto

Florida has been hit hard by the deterioration of the nation’s economic condition. The recession and resulting unemployment has created the need for more families to apply for public assistance during a time when the State is facing significant budget deficits. On May 31st of this year Governor Richard Scott signed legislation into law that requires all applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to submit to, pay a fee for and pass a drug test by urine sample. Governor Scott said, “It’s the right thing for citizens of this state that need public assistance. We don’t want to waste tax dollars. And also, we want to give people an incentive to not use drugs” (Florida Governor Signs Welfare Drug-screen Measure). However, testing welfare applicants violates the United States Constitution, causes catastrophic emotional and financial hardship on our neediest citizens, fails to address Florida’s most dire drug…

The Greatest Political Evil…

On: February 19th, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Number of Comments » 25

…remains unchecked.

My hopes for a united United States continues to smolder deep in a pile of wasted ash. In the next election I may just vote against every incumbent running; Unless their opposition is too repugnant to pull the lever.

Where are the founding fathers when you need them?

 “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, it to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
—John Adams

Bloody Lambs

On: July 3rd, 2007 at 8:56 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Scooter Libby, bloodied sacrificial lambMy political sparring partner, Matthew Funk, of Driving Too Fast Down The Middle of The Road, has inspired me to comment on Bush’s commute of Scooter’s prison sentence.

Matt says, in part..

“You don’t sacrifice the lamb. You just stab it a little.

Who is appeased in that equation? Not the deity waiting for the sacrifice. Not the lamb’s owner. For sure not the damn lamb.”

He says plenty more too, and it’s a worthy read, but that summed up how I feel about it. If you are going to spare the lamb, spare the damn lamb. Bush comes off like he is trying to appease his critics with a half-assed half-measure. I would rather see him go whole hog, or whole lamb as the case may be.