Stoned In Florida, Though If You're Poor, Probably Not

Stoned In Florida, Though If You're Poor, Probably Not

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Abby Zimet

Does this man look high or what?

Florida Teabagger Gov. Rick Scott's outrageous and probably illegal law to drug-test welfare recipients stems from his belief that poor people sit around getting high all day and thus deserve to be further humiliated not just by having to stand in line to feed their kids, but to pee in a cup before they can. The law, which could cost taxpayers over $1 million, ignores some basic facts: Most poor people are too poor to get high, and test results show far fewer of them use drugs - 2.5 percent - than the general population, at 8.9 percent. Author and columnist Carl Hiaasen has a better idea: Test all 160 Florida legislators in "a patriotic whiz-fest."

In an interview Wednesday with Rachel Maddow, Hiasson called  welfare recipients “an easy target. This is class warfare. This is picking on the folks who happen to be unemployed, especially the ones with children. And they are testing at such a lower rate than the general population. These people are living like monks compared to them.”
 

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