The Case for Requiring Members of Congress to Take Drug Tests


Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

In case you missed it, the Republicans in Congress got the Democrats to agree to drug testing many applicants for unemployment compensation. In return, the Democrats got the Republicans to sign off on an extension of unemployment benefits this year, although with the number of eligible weeks shortened. [...]

In short, the implementation of drug screening (for specified applicants) to receive unemployment funds stigmatizes less fortunate Americans by implying that if you aren't rich and anointed, you are a drug addict, a derelict or a criminal. [...]

Following the logic that people who stand to receive state or federal money should be drug tested, BuzzFlash at Truthout proposes that every member of Congress should pee into a cup and be certified drug free before being allowed to assume office. They should also be subject to random drug tests while they serve in DC. [...]

Let John Boehner be the first to show Americans that he is drug free, and let the rest of Congress - every member of the House and Senate - be forced by law to grab the plastic cup and head for a washroom stall.

You can read the rest here.

  • HarborGuy

    Ah my employer.

    Many thousands of us are subject to random drug and alchohol testing. Several years ago, there was a LOUD chant for the executives to voluntarily submit to the same testing.


    Big surprise....not.

  • Grouperdogamo

    If you pay into unemployment, you are entitled to it, whether or not you do drugs....unless you were fired specifically due to being on drugs at work, the argument and the drug testing are not valid.