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From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
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From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
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Civilized People should feed another human being in need regardless.
There is no need to test them for substance abuse at the time of this assistance because a sensible thing to do would be to make available a wide variety of resources that may help the individual become more self-sufficient. It goes without saying that neither should food assistance be contingent on an individual using these resources. In other words, the person(s) should be made aware that additional resources are available to them should they chose to seek other forms of assistance in addition to food. You offer them help.
And it is highly derogatory (in fact it is fucking offensive beyond human consciousness) to suggest that given the realities of American society, one of our fellow Americans must be abusing illegal drugs in order to need assistance getting food. Or for that matter that we should deny them food because they may suffer from a disease.
(btw crooks and reprobates receive trillions in government benefits here in America all the time!)
Definitely not! In my own experience, it is embarrassing and in a way undignifying enough to be in the position to need assistance, I don't need the aditional shaming of having to pee in a cup for a drug test. Besides, a mouthful of food shouldn't be denied to a human being just because they shot some coke earlier during the day, you just don't do that to anyone. It's definitely laughable that the idiot who suggested this crap was caught with COCAINE! So, how about we test members of Congress first?