Pubdate: Thu, 01 Sep 2011
Source: USA Today (US)
Copyright: 2011 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc
Author: Doug Tauber


If Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Republicans want to require drug 
testing for people who take public money, why draw the line at the 
welfare rolls ("Drug testing of welfare applicants a GOP fishing expedition")?

Why not, as one member of the Alabama state legislature has 
suggested, require drug testing for state legislators and recipients 
of federal money? That should include chief executive officers who 
receive taxpayer-funded bailouts and government subsidies, state and 
federal contractors and -- best of all -- the lawmakers who enact 
these blatant violations of Fourth Amendment rights.

I'll bet the farm that they won't be so warm to these draconian 
proposals once they find that they are not only subject to the same 
laws that they pass on their own constituents, but they also likely 
will be forced to defund the same special interest groups that fund 
their re-election campaigns.

Doug Tauber; Valencia, Calif.
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