Daily Show FINALLY Airs Full Segment on Drug Testing Politicians!
I have blogged about what Aasif Mandvi did to Governor Rick Scott already, but the full segment on the Daily Show finally aired! Glorious. At every turn, Mandvi takes on political figures and government officials, including Scott Plakon. With the eloquent use of his own brand of humor, he makes them look like the hypocrites they are for enforcing a welfare drug policy that mandates drug testing of John Q. Public when they themselves refuse to take a drug test.
In addition to outting the fact that they refuse to take drug tests, The Daily Show correspondent also expounds on the preposterousness of the entire law that requires people to pass a drug test for welfare. To wit, less than two percent (2%) of all potential welfare recipients tested to date have failed the drug test. So now you’re saying, “Right on, good for them, that’ll show ’em!”
But here’s the downside: Welfare applicants must pay the $30 to be drug tested up front, but if they pass a drug test–which they have 98+ percent of the time, the state of Florida’s taxpayers must fork over the greenbacks to pay for the passing test takers. So far, this has lead NOT to saving money by having the state “support drug addicts,” but has instead cost the state more than $200,000. Now that’s a lot of drug test passing!
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I knew this would eventually happen, but it hasn’t hastened the pace of other states wanting to pass similar laws requiring those who need government aid to take a drug test. In a time when we’re all doing everything we can just to pay our taxes, and we’ve been saddled with the debt of the massive 2008 Wall Street Bailout, how can any state claim that such drug testing legislation will save anyone any money?
The only thing this kind of policy will do is drive an even larger wedge between blue and red states, Tea Partiers and 99 Percenters, rich and poor.
It’s already a breech of the fourth amendment that we have to be subjected to drug testing for employment, and that’s more than enough. The fact that we would have to scrape together $30 to pass a drug test while we’re already in the dumps just adds insult to injury.
Leave your comment below and let me know what you think of this–and of course, don’t miss out on this epic Daily Show segment!