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Michigan's Welfare Drug Testing Yields Zero Positives

It's not as if Snyder's Michigan could use the wasted money...
Michigan's Welfare Drug Testing Yields Zero Positives

Well color me surprised! Once again, a terrible Republican plan by Michigan's GOP Governor has failed to achieve its goal; which is to catch those drug-abusing welfare cheats and expose the fraud of the whole 'entitlement' concept. Except, not one of the 303 recipients whom they tested, turned up positive. Not one.

Governor Snyder signed the unfair, wasteful bill at the end of 2014, and the year-long, anti-poverty experiment is set to expire this September. There has yet to be any financial savings to any state based on these findings. It's widely known that these tests only cost the state money, not the opposite.

This discrimination has come under fire especially when a bill has been proposed by a Democrat which challenges the idea of testing only the poorest among us. Shouldn't those receiving far more money in tax credits be subject to the same scrutiny,? Shouldn't the wealthy face the consequence of losing those deductions? It's hard to argue with that logic.

The bill proposed last week by Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D) would mandate that high income earners should be subjected to a drug test in order to receive tax credits.

Her “Top 1% Accountability Act” would require anyone claiming itemized tax deductions of over $150,000 in a given year to submit a clean drug test. If a filer doesn’t submit a clean test within three months of filing, he won’t be able to take advantage of tax deductions like the mortgage interest deduction or health insurance tax breaks. Instead he would have to make use of the standard deduction.

The Guardian reports:

Moore’s office said drug-testing welfare recipients and applicants is “blatantly unacceptable” and pushes a stereotype that impoverished individuals are more susceptible to substance abuse than other, wealthier individuals who are beneficiaries of government programs.

“Congresswoman Moore finds it shameful that states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida continue to push these discriminatory policies under the guise of fiscal responsibility,” Moore’s communications director, Eric Harris, told the Guardian.

“Drug-testing struggling families and individuals as a condition of eligibility for vital, life-saving social services is blatantly unacceptable and the insinuation that those battling poverty are somehow more susceptible to substance abuse is as absurd as it is offensive.”

When are people going to stop voting these misanthropic clowns into office? It seems when they are beaten over the head with proof that they DO NOT care about anyone but themselves.

Looking on the bright side, at least the presumptive GOP nominee might speed things along. The amount of publicity Trump's train wreck of a campaign receives might just drill the hard truth about Republicans through all the thick skulls who vote R.

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