Tuesday, August 9, 2011

How About Drug-Testing Legislators Before They Can Get Their Paychecks?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 6:22 AM

Last week, we had Stacey Campfield trying to figure out how to ensure that children starve for the crime of having shitty parents. This week, Ron Ramsey's grouching about not being able to drug-test welfare recipients so he can kick the drug users off the rolls.

Man, it's a shame we can't have a real fiscal note on that genius piece of legislation. What would the cost of reforming and expanding DCS to handle all the kids who would still need to eat, even if their moms can't get welfare any more? You'd have to imagine that might be huge.

This kind of reminded me of the current gun situation. The state legislature took great pains to make sure people in this state could carry guns just about anywhere, except, of course, down to Legislative Plaza. Tennessee's laws are good enough for us, but not for them.

But just imagine if this were not that case. What if state legislators had to be drug-tested before they could get their paychecks? Do you think Ron Ramsey is confident that none of his compatriots would test positive for a little nose-candy? Ritalin they hadn't been prescribed? Would we believe them that the positive for opiates was just because they couldn't break the lemon-poppyseed-muffin habit?

I think it could be really eye-opening and give voters some interesting information. I mean, if it's good enough for welfare recipients, it should be good enough for Ron Ramsey and his buddies, right?

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