Carl Hiaasen on Maddow: Don't Drug Test Welfare Recipients in FL, Drug Test the Lawmakers Instead

On last night's show, Rachel Maddow discussed mandatory drug testing plans (proposed and enacted) in South Carolina and Florida. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has tried to get mandatory drug testing for unemployment benefits in her state by saying that half of all applicants for jobs at one SC employer tested positive for drugs. In reality, that employer says that less than 1% of applicants who took the drug test tested positive. So, nice try, Haley.

In Florida, Governor Rick Scott successfully pushed for mandatory drug testing for anyone who applies for welfare. And as it turns out, Scott's assertion that "people [who] are on welfare are higher users of drugs than people not on welfare" in the state is now demonstratively false, because only between 2.5% and 4.5% of applicants have tested positive.

As Maddow noted, Miami Heraldcolumnist Carl Hiaasen has a rather wonderful plan for taking Scott's mandate to the next level:

Interestingly, the governor's pee-in-the-cup mandate doesn't apply to the one bunch that whizzes away more tax dollars than anyone else -- the legislators who pass such useless laws.

I say line up all 160 of 'em for a patriotic whiz-fest at the Capitol clinic. You think more than 2.5% might test positive? Let's find out.

Brilliant. Watch Maddow interview Hiaasen about the drug-testing issue right here:

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AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at September 29, 2011, 5:14am

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