Reason 3,024,654 I laugh every time I hear someone claim that the GOP is about getting government out of people’s lives:
ViaÂ Matt Welch at Reason, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has proposed an amendment to theÂ jobs bill requiring that recipients of unemployment insurance or welfare benefits get drug tested before they get their checks. From theÂ Salt Lake Tribune:
People seeking unemployment benefits or welfare would have to first pass a drug test under a proposal Sen. Orrin Hatch will try to add to legislation extending the social safety net during this time of economic turmoil.
Hatch â€¦ said his idea would help battle drug addiction and could reduce the nationâ€™s debt. He will try to get the Senate to include his amendment to a $140 billion bill extending tax breaks and social programs this week.
â€œThis amendment is a way to help people get off of drugs to become productive and healthy members of society, while ensuring that valuable taxpayer dollars arenâ€™t wasted,â€ he said after announcing his amendment. â€œToo many Americans are locked into a life of a dangerous dependency not only on drugs, but the federal assistance that serves to enable their addiction.â€
I’d really like to find more constructive ways to engage, instead of mock, but transparent bullshit like this makes it hard.