>> Thursday, January 27, 2011
"The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly." ~ John F. Kennedy
The following message had been making the rounds on Facebook recently:
"Kentucky just passed the best law ever. To be on Food stamps, Medicaid,or Cash Assistance on your Children or yourself You have to pass a DRUG Test. Now every other state should do the same. If you agree re-post. People that work HAVE to take a drug test so should they. Amen....re-post if you agree"
When I first read it, I was at first elated, but then, I considered the source, and decided it sounds a little too good to be true.
Following the maxim, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't", I decided before I pass this tidbit on, I should research it to see if it's true.
So, I googled it.
This is what I found.
It turns out that it is partly true, and partly false. A bill has been introduced in one house of the Kentucky legislature. It has not been voted on yet.
Some time ago, I posted a photo of an actual "letter to the editor" that had been printed in some newspaper in the Pacific Northwest. I can't find the post now. Anyway, The author of the letter suggested drug screens should be required for welfare recipients.
Now, it appears the state of Kentucky is prepared to act upon that suggestion.
More likely than not, the bill will die on the house floor, if not sooner.
That is, if it doesn't get enough support.
We the people can make this proposal become a reality.
If you agree that this is a good idea(and I do), spread the word to all your friends and colleagues. We can make this happen by flooding the legislature's switchboard with our calls, and overwhelming their mail rooms and web browsers with messages of support.
We can set the precedence. If Kentucky succeeds in making this proposal a law, you know other states will follow suit.
Well, what are you waiting for?
Cross posted at Casting Pearls Before Swine